1963-2018 - 55 years of Research for Social Change

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Publications


UNRISD pursues an active and varied publications programme, which includes in-house and commercially published books, special reports, programme and occasional papers, as well as newsletters on specific events and the Institute’s work in general.

This section provides a catalogue of our publications, and free online access to many of them. We encourage you to subscribe to our free email alerts service to be informed when new publications are posted on this Web site.

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Overcoming Inequalities: Towards a New Social Contract - UNRISD Strategy 2021-2025

May 2021

Overcoming Inequalities: Towards a New Social Contract - UNRISD Strategy 2021-2025

It is in a spirit of realism, positivity, determination and resourcefulness that this document sets out our work for the next five years, organized across five programmes: Transformative Social Policy Gender Justice and Development, Alternative Economies for Transformation, Environmental and Climate Justice, and Translating Research into Policy and Practice—Bonn Programme.

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A New Eco-Social Contract: Vital to Deliver the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

March 2021

A New Eco-Social Contract: Vital to Deliver the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Author: Katja Hujo

The 20th century social contract—an implicit bargain between economic imperatives of growth and productivity, and social imperatives of redistribution and social protection—has broken down and cannot sustain the transformative vision of the 2030 Agenda. For the 21st century, UNRISD believes, the contract is in need of a fundamental overhaul. Find out what we have in mind in this new brief.

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Universities and Social Inequalities in the Global South

June 2021

Universities and Social Inequalities in the Global South

Author: Maggie Carter, Katja Hujo

Inequalities today are persistent and rising, with income and wealth inequalities intersecting with differences across race, gender, ethnicity and geography. Overcoming such multidimensional inequalities requires that we reinvent, reimagine and strengthen a wide range of policies and institutions. Education is seen as a key pathway out of poverty, and crucial for economic growth, empowerment, democratic citizenship and sustainable development. In recent decades participation in tertiary education has increased significantly across the globe, in parallel with heightened social aspirations and the expectation of better labour market opportunities stemming from a university degree. So is higher education a key to social mobility in countries of the global South today? What challenges are universities in the global South facing? And what policies show the greatest transformative promise when it comes to higher education as a pathway to more equal societies?

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Food Systems and Nutrition Patterns

May 2021

Food Systems and Nutrition Patterns

Author: Neetu Choudhary

This report explores the potential for transforming global food systems and nutrition patterns so that they minimize environmental impacts, are resilient to shocks, and ensure all people equal access to a healthy diet, now and in the future. It highlights the key role that governments, agricultural enterprises, solidarity networks, and scientists and practitioners have to play as agents for sustainable transformation within global food and nutrition systems.

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Human Well-Being and Capabilities

May 2021

Human Well-Being and Capabilities

Author: Sophie Plagerson

This report presents qualitative and quantitative evidence contributions, including a variety of case studies, in the context of current policy-relevant knowledge on SDG progress. The findings underline individual, relational and collective dimensions of well-being, as well as the linkages between different social, health and environmental interventions. Recommendations for policy change include the equitable and inclusive expansion of access to health, education and social protection; improvements in governance build state capacity, broaden inclusion and progressively realize human rights; wider and better access to technology and information; environmental action; and inclusive decision making.

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