Past Event

Launch of the World Social Science Report 2016

22 September 2016 8:30–11:30

Lilla Frescativägen 4A, 114 18 Stockholm, Sweden

The World Social Science Report 2016: Challenging Inequalities – Pathways to a Just World will be launched on Thursday, 22 September 2016, at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden. The event is hosted by the Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Sciences (SSEESS).

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 is co-directed by Melissa Leach, IDS Director and John Gaventa, IDS Director of Research. In total 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 launch is generously hosted by the Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Sciences (SSEESS), which is an Associate Member of ISSC.


  • Melissa Leach, Report Co-director; and Director, Institute of Development Studies (IDS, Sussex University)
  • Dendev Badarch, Director – Division of Social Transformations and Intercultural Dialogue, Social and Human Sciences Sector, UNESCO
  • Mathieu Denis, Executive Director, International Social Science Council
  • 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


To watch the event online or to attend in person please register via the World Social Science website

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