World Social Science Report 2016

The report was launched September 22 in Stockholm. It was broadcast live and you can find the film here


The World Social Science Report 2016 highlights the latest social science knowledge on the state of inequalities today, and examines the effects of inequalities across multiple dimensions including gender, environment, access to knowledge, wealth and political power. Looking to the future, the Report asks what scenarios may develop from current levels of inequality, and highlights transformative responses to inequality at all levels, from the grassroots to global governance.


The Report challenges the social sciences to develop more innovative combinations of research to better understand why and how inequalities persist. It also points to inequalities in the production of social science knowledge itself – over 80% of academic publications on inequality in the past twenty years are by researchers based in North America and Europe – and calls for strengthened research on inequality from around the world, especially in those countries at the lower ends of the inequality scales.


The Report comprises contributions from 107 authors, originating from 41 countries worldwide, including voices that have gone unheard in recent debates about inequality, such as in low-income countries where inequality remains highly divisive but data scarce. The Report concludes with a clarion call to the research community to step up to the global challenges presented by inequality, and presents a framework for integrated, global research that can make a difference.


The World Social Science Report 2016 is prepared by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) in collaboration with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), and co-published with UNESCO. The event is hosted by SSEESS. Read more at the ISSC webpage where you can download the full Report in English, and the Summary in English, French and Spanish.


Thurs., 22 Sept. 2016
9.30 – 11.30
Beijer Hall, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA), Stockholm, Sweden.

9.30 Registration (refreshments available)

10.00 – 11.10 Presentation of the World Social Science Report 2016, with speakers including:

Dendev Badarch, Director – Division of Social Transformations and Intercultural Dialogue, Social and Human Sciences Sector, UNESCO
Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Director-General, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
Mathieu Denis, Executive Director, International Social Science Council
Melissa Leach, Report Co-director; and Director, Institute of Development Studies (IDS, Sussex University)
Naila Kabeer, Report Author; and Professor of Gender and Development, London School of Economics (LSE) Gender Institute
Bo Rothstein, Report Author; and Professor of Government and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

11.10 – 11.30 Questions and discussion with the audience.

11.30 – 12.30 Mingle with buffet lunch