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World Social Science Report 2013

Changing Global Environments

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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.

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Bibliometric analysis of social science research into global environmental change

The Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University carried out a bibliometric analysis of social science research on climate change and global environ-mental change as background information for this World Social Science Report 2013. This article describes how publications dealing with global environmental change were identified, the methodological challenges involved in producing a map of social science research on this domain, and the limitations of the analysis.

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