Strengthening the social sciences to help solve global problems
The International Social Science Council (ISSC) is an independent non-governmental organisation established by UNESCO in 1952. It is the primary body representing the social, economic and behavioural sciences at an international level. Our mission is to increase the production and use of social science knowledge for the well-being of societies throughout the world.
The ISSC is a membership-based organisation governed by a General Assembly and an elected Executive Committee. Our members include international professional associations and unions, regional and national social science research councils and academies, universities and institutes with major interests in the social sciences.
The Paris-based Secretariat manages a dynamic portfolio of activities aimed at strengthening the social sciences to help solve global priority problems and secure a sustainable future for all.
The ISSC works to:
- identify and mobilise resources for international research priorities
- facilitate research collaborations across regions, disciplines and scientific fields
- foster innovative talent and build social science research capacities
- provide access to global social science expertise, resources and networks
- connect research, policy and practice
The World Social Science Report is one of the ISSC’s flagship activities. The Council also convenes a World Social Science Forum every two years. These events provide a global platform for researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders to debate topics of world significance, and to determine future priorities for international social science. The World Social Science Fellows Programme seeks to foster a new generation of globally-networked research leaders to collaborate on addressing global problems with a particular relevance for developing countries.