Launch of the World Science Report "Changing Global Environments"

organized by ZEF, EADI, ISSIC and the City of Bonn at ZEF in Bonn

On the occasion of the launch of the

World Social Science Report 2013: Changing Global Environments

The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) in collaboration with the International Social Science Council in Paris (ISSC), the Center for Development Research of the University of Bonn (ZEF), and the Bonn Sustainability Portal are pleased to invite you to the Bonn launch of the World Social Science Report 2013.

Venue: Center for Development Research (ZEF), Walter-Flex-Strasse 3, 53113 Bonn (see map) Date: Monday, November 3, 2014, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm (followed by a reception)

The launch in Bonn brings together distinguished social science and environment experts to present and discuss the key messages of the report and possible policy implications:

  • Dr. Heide Hackmann, Executive Director, International Social Science Council (ISSC)
  • Dr. habil. Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Director and Professor of the Department Political and Cultural Change, Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn
  • Prof. Detlev Müller-Mahn, Institute of Geography, University of Bonn
  • Prof. Jakob Rhyner, Director of United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (tbc)
  • Dr. Ines Dombrowsky, Head of Department of Environmental Policy and Natural Resources Management, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik - German Development Institute (DIE) [Moderator]

Background: The opening of the 2014 global climate summit in New York was accompanied by widespread citizens’ protests worldwide - labeled by international media as the “people’s climate march”. Actually, people are demanding economic and political justice and a scaling-up of politics to match the challenges of climate change. Social science needs to be at the heart of understanding and responding to global challenges such as climate change, pollution, resource limits and planetary boundaries of economic growth. With contributions from 150 international scholars, the World Social Science Report 2013 issues an urgent call to the international social science community to work together more effectively. Moreover, cooperation with colleagues from other fields of science as well as with users of research should be strengthened to be able to deliver solutions-oriented knowledge for today’s most pressing environmental problems. The World Social Report 2013 calls for a transformative social science that is:

  • bolder in reframing and reinterpreting global environmental change as a social problem;
  • better at infusing social science insights into real-world problem-solving;
  • bigger in terms of having more social scientists to focus on global environmental change;
  • different in the way it thinks about and does research.

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