CPPF Expert Brainstorming on Syria (VTC)

At the request of the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, CPPF held an expert workshop on Syria. This meeting aimed to reflect on national and regional trends and developments eleven years after the start of the Syrian war, and on the role of the UN’s Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic.


CPPF hosted its 8th annual Forum for UN Resident Coordinators in the Middle East and North Africa Region in Geneva, Switzerland on 27-29 June 2022. The Forum covered regional political trends and cross-cutting topics such as human rights; drugs, crime and corruption; climate change and water politics; media and new technologies; migration; and risks and opportunities for the UN in the MENA region.

CPPF Meeting on Climate Change, Peace, and Security in Central Africa

On June 30, the SSRC's Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum held a virtual workshop on climate change, peace, and security in Central Africa with key partners, including ECCAS, DPPA-DPO, and UNOCA. The workshop presented UNOCA's recent report on climate change and its adverse impact on peace and security in the region while also looking at initiatives, capacities and opportunities for regional resilience.

Religion, Spirituality, and Democratic Renewal Grantee Workshop 2022

From September 6-10, 2022, Religion, Spirituality, and Democratic Renewal (RSDR) Grantees across the 2020, 2021, and 2022 cohorts gathered at the Fetzer Institute Seasons Retreat Center for a grantee workshop. The convening was designed as an opportunity for grantee to reflect on their multidisciplinary research experience and encouraged grantees to connect their projects to issues that transcend their disciplines and research specialties. It was also designed in support of the program's goal of forming a tightly connected intellectual community that would untangle age-old questions around democracy and religion and learn to bring those questions into public conversation. Thirteen grantees with …

2022 SSRC Katznelson Fellow Lecture:
Mario Small

Live Stream ▼ Mario Small Quetelet Professor of Social Science at Columbia University who will speak on Why Big Data Science Will Need Qualitative Research: A Case on Racial Inequality in Financial Access followed by a response from Sandra Susan Smith Daniel & Florence Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice, Harvard Kennedy School Director, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy ––––––––––––– Friday, September 23, 2022 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern About the Lecture The data revolution in social science has inspired researchers to use massive, newly available datasets from private and public sources to understand social phenomena. The trend may suggest to …

APN-Next Gen Joint Research Methods Workshop in Partnership with AIPECT

Casablanca, Morocco

The Social Science Research Council’s (SSRC’s) African Peacebuilding Network (APN) and the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa (Next Gen) programs held their joint Research Methods Workshop in Casablanca, Morocco in partnership with the African Institute for Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation (AIPECT) on Sept 26-29, 2022. The event commenced with opening remarks by Dr. Fred Palm, the vice president of the SSRC, and Dr. Cyril Obi, the program director of APN and Next Gen. This was followed by the introduction of SSRC fellows and workshop facilitators by Dr. Duncan Omanga, the senior program officer of APN and Next Gen. Dr. …

APN-Next Gen Outreach to Kenya: Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST)

The African Peacebuilding Network (APN) and Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program, which are part of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), have been engaged in outreach to African universities with the goal of reaching graduate schools in African countries whose students have not received fellowship awards from either program. Specifically, the university outreach program amplifies the reach of ongoing competitions by providing information and advice on navigating the fellowship application process, including testimonials from former APN and Next Gen fellows on their experiences with the fellowships and the opportunities provided. Ultimately, the overall objective is to diversify the …

CPPF Meeting on Ethiopia

On 27 October CPPF convened a meeting on Ethiopia at the request of the UN Eastern Africa Division of DPPA, the meeting aimed to discuss the current conflict in northern Ethiopia and its implications, as well as the likely scenarios to unfold.

China and the Global South Workshop

On 3-4 November 2022, the China and the Global South workshop was held at the Penn Club, the workshop brought together scholars from different parts of the world to discuss the preliminary findings of the China and the Global South Project and strategies for building sustainable research capacity on China’s engagement with the Global South

Great Lakes Stakeholders and Experts Retreat

On 10-11 November 2022, CPPF held the 5th Great Lakes Stakeholders and Experts Retreat in Nairobi, Kenya. This retreat brought together Special Envoys and international decision makers representing regional institutions, member states, and peace operations, together with scholars and expert practitioners on and from the Great Lakes.

African Studies Association (ASA) Annual Meeting

The Social Science Research Council’s (SSRC’s) African Peacebuilding Network (APN) and Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa (Next Gen) programs hosted two panels at the 2022 African Studies Association (ASA) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia on November 17-19. The panels were an opportunity for current and former fellows of the program to showcase their research findings, connect with peers from across the world, and receive feedback from conference participants. The first panel, titled “Digital Cultures, Voice and (New) Forms of Civic Participation in Africa,” was chaired by Dr. Duncan Omanga and featured Dr. Charles Prempeh (Next Gen fellow, 2016), Dr. Toyin …

2022 College and University Fund Conference: Social and Behavioral Science at Scale

New York, NY

Societies around the globe face pressing challenges at scale: pandemics, hunger, climate change, growing economic inequality, threats to democratic institutions. In order to discover cost-effective solutions to these and other challenges, we need to conduct social and behavioral science at a scale proportionate to the threats we confront.