World Social Science Forum 2018

Sep, 25-28, 2018 FUKUOKA, JAPAN

Security and Equality for Sustainable Futures

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About WSSF

World Social Science Forum

■ The World Social Science Forum2018 is dedicated to security, currently one of the most pressing concerns of societies worldwide. Over the course of four days, the participants will look into various dimensions of security, interrogating how the demand for security relates to societies’ quest for equality and sustainability. Presenters will look into approaches, trends, and responses from different sectors. The WSS Forum2018 will allow identifying critical research priorities on security, as well as data and knowledge gaps, globally and in specific regions.

The series of World Social Science Forum is one of ISSC’s flagship activities. The WSS Forum gather researchers, funders, policymakers and other stakeholders from all over the world to discuss important societal challenges, take stock of social science contributions and capacities, and make recommendations for future research, practice and policy. The three Forum held in the past nine years have achieved great success, making this series highly prestigious and influential.

■The 4th World Social Science Forum will be hosted by Kyushu University in Japan. It is the first time an Asian institution has hosted the Forum. Since it was established as the fourth imperial university in 1911, Kyushu University has, among all major Japanese research universities, had strong ties with Korea, China and the rest of East Asia. This came naturally to Kyushu University, which is located western Japan in Fukuoka, a major trading hub for the region since the 7th century. Hosting the first World Social Science Forum in Asia will reaffirm the role of Kyushu University as an academic and socio-economic hub that integrates Asian countries into the 21st Century.  

International Social Science Council

◆The ISSC is an independent non-governmental organization established by UNESCO in 1952. It is the primary body representing the social, economic and behavioural sciences at an international level. Its mission is to strengthen social science to help solve global priority problems. Through its members and programs, the ISSC reaches hundreds of thousands of individual social scientists working across a wide range of disciplines and representing all parts of the world.

◆The ISSC is a membership-based organization governed by a General Assembly and an elected Executive Committee. Its members include international professional associations and unions, regional and national social science research councils and academies, and universities and institutes with major interests in the social sciences. The ISSC manages a dynamic portfolio of programs and activities.

World Social Science Reports

The World Social Science Reports address important societal challenges, take stock of social science contributions and capacities, and make recommendations for future research, practice and policy.
The World Social Science Report 2016 – Challenging Inequalities: Pathways to a Just World warns that unchecked inequalities could jeopardise the sustainability of economies, societies and communities. It was prepared in collaboration with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and co-published with UNESCO.

Transformations to Sustainability  

The ISSC’s Transformations to Sustainability (T2S) program supports international social-science-led research on the challenges of social transformation towards sustainability. The research and activities supported by the program aim to:

  1. Inform more effective, durable and equitable solutions to the problems of environmental change and sustainability;
  2. Promote the use of the best knowledge about social transformations by researchers, educators, policy makers, practitioners, the private sector and citizens.

Since its launch in 2014 the program has been building a global community of researchers and practitioners in social transformation and sustainability issues. Its goal is to build a body of expertise and knowledge on social transformation that can underpin the development of solutions to sustainability challenges in the long term.

The T2S program is coordinated by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

Co-sponsored Programs

Future Earth  

Future Earth is a major international research platform providing the knowledge and support to accelerate transformations to a sustainable world. Launched in 2015, Future Earth is a 10-year initiative to advance Global Sustainability Science, build capacity in this rapidly expanding area of research and provide an international research agenda to guide natural and social scientists working around the world. It is also a platform for international engagement to ensure that knowledge is generated in partnership with society and users of science.


The Comparative Research Program on Poverty (CROP), hosted by the University of Bergen, Norway, aims to build independent, alternative and critical knowledge and education which can inform policy, with the goal to understand, eradicate and prevent poverty.

CROP works to promote comparative research that is not only international in scope but also critical and multi-disciplinary – producing knowledge that is policy relevant and apt, creating dialogue with policy makers.

Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Program (IRDR)

The Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Program (IRDR) is a decade-long integrated research program. IRDR takes a global, multi-disciplinary approach to dealing with the challenges brought by natural disasters, mitigating their impacts, and improving related policy mechanisms. IRDR has a mission to generate new information and data, creating coordinated and integrated global data and information sets across hazards and disciplines.

Gender, Globalisation and Democratisation

The ISSC-sponsored Gender, Globalisation and Democratisation (GGD) Network aims to provide sound and reliable knowledge gathered from all parts of the world that can be used to improve the social, economic, and political position of women in this era of globalisation. GGD offers a global organizational structure for scholars from different regions of the world.