Researchers at the International Institute of Social Studies participate in a growing number of research networks with academics and activists from around the world. Under the auspices of these networks, they organize international conferences and workshops, and publish articles in academic journals. All the networks that ISS participates in carry out research in the broad field of development studies.
ISS research networks
The International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA) is a network engaged with the study of humanitarian crises caused by disaster, conflict or political instability. Humanitarian studies concern how humanitarian crises evolve, how they affect people and their institutions, communities and societies, and the responses they trigger.
New exclusionary politics are generating deepening inequalities, jobless ‘growth’, climate chaos, and social division. The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) is focused on the social and political processes in rural spaces that are generating alternatives to regressive, authoritarian politics.
Initiatives in Critical Agrarian Studies (ICAS) is a community of like-minded critical scholars, development practitioners and movement activists from different parts of the world who are working on agrarian issues. It responds to the need for an initiative that builds and focuses on linkages, and advocates a mutually reinforcing co-production and mutually beneficial sharing of knowledge. ICAS also promotes critical thinking and engaged research and scholarship.
Globalization has led to greater coordination of production in different countries. Yet these global value chains often leave individuals, groups and whole regions in a disadvantaged position. This network seeks ways in which disadvantaged groups and regions can benefit from value chains. The network seeks to combine value chain dynamics with local and regional development processes. This ensures that issues like labour rights, representation, gender equity, fair trade, corporate social responsibility, social inclusion and sustainability are addressed.