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Research at ISS

ISS’ mission is to create and share state-of-the-art critical knowledge in relation to global issues in the areas of international development, social justice and equity.

ISS research focuses on studying political, economic and social developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America, North Africa, the Middle East and transition economies. The Institute explores new developments in North-South and South-South relationships and the role of the BRICS countries, especially in relation to globalization and development.

ISS research is accessible to the academic community in the Global South, and attempts to influence policy-makers and practitioners.

The Institute aims to capitalize its unique methodology of co-constructing and co-creating new knowledge, and contribute to the education of a new generation of researchers and change agents in their own societies and on the world stage, amongst others through a large PhD programme.

Research is organized into four research programmes.

ISS research programmes