Produced by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and UNESCO, and published by the OECD, the 2013 World Social Science Report represents a comprehensive overview of the field gathering the thoughts and expertise of hundreds of social scientists from around the world.
This edition focuses on the transformative role of the social sciences in confronting climate and broader processes of environmental change, and in addressing priority problems from energy and water, biodiversity and land use, to urbanisation, migration and education.
The report includes 100 articles written by 150 authors from 41 countries all over the world. Authors represent some 24 disciplines, mainly in the social sciences.
The contributions highlight the central importance of social science knowledge for environmental change research, as a means of understanding changing environments in terms of social processes and as framework for finding concrete solutions towards sustainability.
- 15 Nov 2013
Regional divides in global environmental change research capacity
Introduction to Part 2
- Françoise Caillods
Part 1 presented the urgency and complexity of global environmental change and highlighted the role social sciences should play in analysing the problems and in suggesting solutions. But do social sciences have the capacity to play that role – particularly where people are most vulnerable to the consequences of global environmental change? Part 2 analyses the state of social science research on global environmental change in different parts of the world, and its capacity to address the many complex issues that it raises.