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Collaborative Research Grants for Early-Career Researchers in Africa

ICSU New LogoICSU, together with NASAC and the ISSC, will support 10 research projects across Africa. These projects are expected to generate new solutions-oriented knowledge that will help develop new urban paradigms in Africa and make African cities more resilient, adaptable and healthier. This is the first call in a five-year, 5 million Euro project that seeks to increase the production of high quality, integrated (inter- and transdisciplinary), solutions-oriented research on global sustainability by early career scientists in Africa.

Deadline: August 15, 2016

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ISSC releases Report on Sustainable Urbanisation Seminar


The International Social Science Council recently released a report on the “Sustainable Urbanisation — Transformations to Sustainability in Urban Contexts” seminar, which was held from November 2 – 8, 2014 in Taipei, Taiwan.  The seminar was taught by UGEC SSC Members Roberto Sanchez Rodriguez, Shu-Li Huang, Peter Marcotullio, and Darryn McEvoy.  UGEC Project Associates Sohail Ahmad, Aliyu Barau, and Yangfan Li also attended.

Read the concept note and the seminar report

Dialogues of Sustainable Urbanisation

Book_of_Blogs-200x300Today marks the release of a collection of diverse works from researchers across the globe who all have something important to say about the way in which our world is changing and how we can strive towards a more sustainable future.

‘Dialogues of sustainable urbanisation: Social Science Research and Transitions to Urban Contexts’ emerged from an International Social Science Council (ISSC) World Social Science Fellows’ seminar. This meeting brought together a diverse group of early career researchers, who gathered in Taiwan in November 2014 to discuss transitions to urban contexts from a social science perspective. The seminar involved weeklong discussions about sustainable urbanisation and the contribution of social science research to sustainable urban futures. However, a week was not long enough to hear the diverse perspectives within the room, let alone incorporate the plethora of viewpoints beyond it. The transitions to urban contexts taking place, and those that are anticipated in our futures, are characterised in terms of their plurality, diversity, fluidity, and change. This book of blogs embraces such uncertainty by welcoming dialogues on the urbanisation processes taking place across the world and what to do about the places we build, and the impacts of human activity on the environment, health and climate.

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The book is open access and available free to download. View the book on Google Drive. We recommend using the Cloud Pub Reader when opening the link. You can also download a PDF copy here. A print copy will be available soon.

Please help us spread the word about this collection of works from across the world. Join the conversation here #ISSCBookofBlogs.

Call for Applications: ISSC World Social Science Fellows Seminar on Big Data


The International Social Science Council (ISSC) calls for applications from outstanding early career social scientists around the world to become World Social Science Fellows and participate in a seminar on Big Data in an Urban Context from November 30 to December 4, 2015 in Xiamen, China.

Deadline for Submission is August 24, 2015 at 00:00 GMT.

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