UNESCO report on social sciences

In today’s Inside Higher Ed there’s a brief summary of a UNESCO report on the social sciences worldwide. Produced by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and co-published with UNESCO, the report is the first comprehensive overview of the field in over a decade.

The numbers quoted are really worth a read. While we expect social science research to be predominantly from the US and UK, there is a growing Asian and Latin American presence too.

UNESCO have a global commitment to promoting the value of social science. As the UNESCO site says:

“The authors observe that the world needs the social sciences more than ever, in order to confront the major challenges facing humanity, such as poverty, epidemics and climate change.”

There is a lot of additional information on the report from the UNESCO site, but if you only have time to digest one section, it really ought to be section 9.1: on the political use and abuse of social science research.

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