World Social Science Forum 2015
On behalf of the International Social Science Council, I am pleased to invite you to the third World Social Science Forum which will be co-hosted by HSRC and CODESRIA.
A broad range of topics can be addressed under theme "Transforming global relations for a just world", many of which are open to interdisciplinary and comparative interrogation. These topics include amongst others -- global inequalities as it relates to governance, patterns of production and consumption, cultural exchanges, quality health and education, climate change and adaptation, and human rights and social justice. The action oriented nature of the theme will allow the Forum to demonstrate the relevance of social science for public policies and social intervention.
We trust that as we meet in Durban in 2015 to deliberate on global transformations for a just world we will have the wisdom to learn from our varied experiences as we examine social science for knowledge co-production, public policies and social intervention.
Prof. Olive Shisana
Chairperson: WSS Forum 2015
Chief Executive Officer, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa
Patrons for the WSS Forum 2015
'This is a timely initiative on a crucial issue in today's world. I can only praise the World Social Science Forum 2015 for bringing together key forces of change towards a Just World: innovative social science researchers, dedicated policy shapers, and active citizens from around the world. The problems we all face are increasingly complex, entangled, and global; any news bulletin in any country bears witness to this. We need more social science studies to help understand these challenges and consciously shape our responses to them. We also need more spaces where researchers and society can openly debate the issues, influence each other, work out solutions and decide to act together. I am personally convinced of the transformative power of knowledge shaped in this spirit. I fully endorse and support the objectives of the World Social Science Forum 2015, and welcome the organisation of this important event in Durban, South Africa by the International Social Science Council, the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research, and their partners.'
Sir Michael Marmot
Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health (health)
Professor Thandika Mkandawire
Professor of African Development LSE (development theory, economic policy and development and social policy in developing countries and political economy of development in Africa)
Ms Navanetham Pillay
Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (human rights)
Professor Pierre Sané
Secretary General of Amnesty International (human rights)