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.
ISS research highlights
Land politics in Ethiopia, Colombia and Myanmar
Gender Inequality, Homophobia and Violence: the three pillars of patriarchal norms and attitudes and their relations
Analysing shantytown resettlement in Casablanca, Morocco, from residents’ perspectives
Operating within the framework of the research programme Global Development and Social Justice, and contributing to the overall research objectives of the institute, four research groups bring together senior academic staff, post-docs and PhD researchers.
The four research groups mobilize the intellectual capital that is present at the institute for research activities that are undertaken by staff within or across the groups, depending on the nature of the research topic at hand. The four research groups reflect the diversity of research at ISS in terms of research foci and methodological approaches.
- PhD defence
Public Defence by Raffael Beier
- PhD defence
Public Defence by Amrita Datta
ISS Working Paper No. 644
Roundtable on vulnerability v. resilience in disaster risk reduction
- PhD defence
Public defence by Åsa Ekvall
Scientific integrity at ISS
To promote awareness of scientific integrity, all EUR researchers are expected to have signed a Declaration of Integrity. By signing the declaration researchers endorse the principles of scrupulousness, trustworthiness, verifiability, impartiality and independence as formulated in the code of conduct of the Association of Universities (VSNU) in the Netherlands.
For ISS a more elaborate coda was composed for the field of Development Studies, on the basis of discussions amongst academic staff during and after a research ethics workshop held in October 2014. See the declaration of scientific integrity (below) which is signed by all ISS academic staff and PhD researchers.
Our research values and themes
- committed to a more just social order at a global scale, built on notions of distributive and procedural justice
- making a contribution to capacity development
- and building awareness that power relations have produced the very differences in capacities among the privileged and the disadvantaged
- through doing research with societal relevance, not just about people, but with and for people
These values are expressed in all our research carried out within four distinct themes:
- Migration and diversity
- Social protection and inequality
- Conflict and peace
- Environment and climate change