The International Social Science Council (ISSC) is an independent non-government organisation established by UNESCO in 1952. It is the primary body representing the social, economic and behavioural sciences at an international level.


ISSC’s mission

ISSC’s mission is to increase the production and use of social science knowledge for the well-being of societies throughout the world. It seeks to strengthen the social sciences to help solve global problems. This also includes being actively involved in the development of a global agenda for solutions-oriented social science research on climate and global environmental change.

Projects related to global environmental change (GEC) issues

As a member of the Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability, ISSC has therefore played an important role in the development of the international research initiative Future Earth. With support from Sida, ISSC has also established a 10-year international funding and coordination programme on climate and global environmental change for the social sciences. This programme is called ‘the Transformation to Sustainability programme’ and was launched on 31 March 2014. It is planned to become a major contribution to the Future Earth research agenda.

How to get involved in ISSC projects

Social scientists in Sweden have the opportunity to take part in the ‘Transformation to Sustainability programme’. Ideally, they are able to involve natural, engineering, health and human scientists in their transformative knowledge networks, too.

Read more about SSEESS and the ISSC membership