Solid and socially relevant research at ISS

Global Development and Social Justice Research programme

As a leader in the field of development studies, the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) finds responses to today’s global problems. Issues such as poverty, inequality, migration, conflict and ecology are important in the ISS research agenda.

Our Global Development and Social Justice research programme takes a critical approach to policy responses that are formulated to social, economic and political issues. The critical attitude is the result of a deeply felt need to analyse the way in which power differences among groups of people result in policies and practices that are highly beneficial to the powerful and detrimental to the powerless.

Some highlights

Successful PhD defence by Natacha Bruna

'Extractivism, rural livelyhoods and accumulation in a "ClimateSmart" world'

ISS research projects

Projects carried out by ISS researchers

Latest publications by ISS researches

A round-up of latest publications by ISS faculty and PhD researchers

Research values

ISS is committed to a more just social order at a global scale. We combine rigorous academic research with high societal relevance that has the potential to drive action and contribute to change:

  • Critical - we use a critical approach and analyze how power relations have produced policies and practices that are highly beneficial to the powerful and detrimental to the powerless
  • Participatory - we produce knowledge with stakeholders, rather than only for them and seek to produce knowledge in ways that engage those most affected
  • Societally relevant - we work in partnership with others, including NGOs, social movements, and other local, national and global networks and benchmark our research with the needs of society
  • Embracing the global North and South - we expect research findings from both areas to inform one another
  • Bridging theory and practice - we aim to take our knowledge out into wider world in different ways
  • Linking with teaching - we seek to bring the research we undertake into the classroom to inform, challenge and inspire our students

Research news

All ISS news
  • Migrants and Access to Health Care in Costa Rica

    About three-quarters of the Costa Rican population think migrants misuse public health services. Academics & NGOs disagree. Which claim has empirical evidence?
  • Successful PhD defence by Natacha Bruna

    An analysis of the implementation and outcomes of green policies.
  • Preparing for the next pandemic

    There will come a day that we will have to deal with a new pandemic, that is a fact, states professor Peter van Bergeijk in his new book. Read his interview.
  • Successful PhD defence by Anggun Susilo

    'The Indonesian National Program for Community Empowerment (PNPM)- Rural: Decentralization in the context of neoliberalism and World Bank policies'
  • What are refugees represented to be?

    Mahardhika Sjamsoeoed Sadjad takes a closer look at Presidential Regulation #125 and its aim to improve the humanitarian response to refugees and asylum seekers

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