World Social Science Report 2013

Global warming is more about people than carbon emissions

Latest World Social Science Report on the importance of social sciences when dealing with climate change

Published by UNESCO, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the 2013 World Social Science Report, entitled Changing Global Environments, features articles by more than 150 leading experts from all over the world and represents the full gamut of social science subjects: anthropology, economics, development studies, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology.

The argument that underpins the 600-page volume is that people, human behaviour and societies need to be at the heart of all attempts to tackle the challenges of environmental change and phenomena studied by the natural sciences.

The report was prepared and edited by the ISSC with the support of leading specialists from all the over the world, including centre director Johan Rockström.

Bolder, better, bigger and different
The report aims to engage social scientists in all disciplines in academia, research institutes, think tanks, NGOs, and government agencies all over the world, as well as intergovernmental organizations.

It calls for a new—bolder, better, bigger and different—approach to social science:

- Bold enough to reframe and reinterpret global environmental change as a fundamentally social process;

- Better in terms of incorporating social science insights into problem-solving;

- Bigger in terms of the need for more social scientists to address the challenges of global environmental change;

- Different by changing the way the social sciences view and practice science—its theories, assumptions, methodologies, institutions, norms and incentives—to help meet the complex interdisciplinary and cross-sector challenges facing us.


Executive Summary [PDF, 1.6 MB], also available in French and Spanish

Full Report: Readable version


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Executive Summary [PDF, 1.6 MB], also available in French and Spanish

Full Report: Readable version

It is available in print from UNESCO Publishing
UNESCO ISBN 978-92-3-104254-6

The online version can be bought at OECD Bookshop


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