Academy-hosted ISSC World Social Science Fellows Seminar – a great success

World Social Science Fellows’ Seminar

Global Social Governance

Developing international social science research and impacting the policy process

From 29 July to 2 August 2014, the Academy’s International Advisory Group hosted the third in the International Social Science Council’s (ISSC) Programme of World Social Science Fellows Seminars. The overall aims of the ISSC’s programme of seminars are to create the next generation of social science leaders, by focusing on global challenges and priorities with particular relevance to developing countries.

At the London Seminar, the 20 Fellows from across the world had the opportunity to work together with other participants and with leading international specialists, policy advisers, practitioners and publishers to explore different approaches to inter- and trans-disciplinary research, their methodologies, the gaps and problematic of emerging themes.

In five intensive days, the Fellows were given the opportunity to chair, lead and report on conversations and panel discussions with experts on global social governance and the policy process, while collaboratively planning themed sections of journals, special issues, edited book and project proposals. They received valuable advice on international networking, project funding and dissemination from experienced researchers and organisers, and returned to their home institutions and regions ready to develop and consolidate their careers as international research leaders.

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Seminar attendees in action

Eight of the Academy’s Fellows, including five members of the International Advisory Group, and representatives from two of the Academy’s learned societies were among the contributors to the Seminar. Professor Linda Hantrais FAcSS, Chair of the Academy’s International Advisory Group, led the project to stage the event and the Academy is very grateful for her tremendous energy and hard work in making it happen.

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Some of this year’s World Social Science Fellows at the seminar

The Academy was partnered in London by the LSE’s Centre for International Studies (CIS). Venues and catering were provided by the British Council and the Suntory Toyota Centre for Economics and Related Disciplines (Sticerd) at the London School of Economics. The event was also generously sponsored by the LSE Asia Research Centre, the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York, the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow, the Leeds Social Science Institute and the Social Sciences Division at Oxford University. Several publishers – SAGE, Routledge Taylor & Francis, Edward Elgar, Policy Press, Palgrave Macmillan and Wiley – provided financial and practical support as well as offering the Fellows copies of books and journals. The Academy is very grateful to all sponsors for their support, without which this could not have happened.

An issue in the Academy’s series of Professional Briefings, based on the Seminar, is currently in preparation for publication in October 2014.

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