The International Social Science Council
The International Social Science Council ( ISSC ) is an international non-profit-making scientific organisation with headquarters at UNESCO House in Paris. It is the primary international body representing the social and behavioural sciences at a global level.
The Council’s role is to advance the practice and use of the social and behavioural sciences in all parts of the world, and to ensure their global representation. This involves:
In fulfilling this role the ISSC acts as a catalyst, mobiliser and co-ordinator of social sciences across disciplines, domains, and national cultures, bringing together social science researchers, scholars, funders and policy makers from all parts of the globe.
The ISSC was founded in 1952, following a resolution adopted at the VIth UNESCO General Conference in 1951. The Council continues to be supported by UNESCO.
In 1972 the Council was transformed into a formal federation of international disciplinary associations. In 1992 the constitution was amended to enable the membership of national and regional social science organisations. Today the ISSC is composed of a wide membership from which it draws its strength and its role. ISSC members and associate members include: