• 1.A Portrait of California 2014–2015

    California Human Development Report.

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  • 2.AIDS, Security and Conflict Research Hub

    The AIDS, Security and Conflict Research Hub is a portal for the latest work on the areas covered by the SSRC's AIDS, Security and Conflict Initiative (ASCI): HIV/AIDS in uniformed services; HIV/AIDS, humanitarian crises, and post-conflict transitions; HIV/AIDS and fragile states; and gender and cross-cutting issues. The site is home to the Resource Database, a community-editable "field mapping" tool for collecting data on people, institutions, and resources in the fields of HIV/AIDS, security, and conflict. Go to the hub front page.

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  • 3.Abe Fellows Global Forum

    A new initiative of the Abe Fellowship Program, the Abe Fellows Global Forum (Abe Global) is designed to bring Abe Fellow research and expertise on pressing issues of global concern to broader audiences. Abe Global will host several events each year in partnership with academic and civic organizations throughout the United States. Upcoming Events Three events will be held in 2017. The first two events focus on the theme of “Confronting Climate Change: What Can Japan and the US Contribute to Creating Sustainable Societies” and will be held October 18, 2017 in cooperation with and at the Asia Society Texas Center in Houston and October 20, 2017 in cooperation with the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University. The extraordinary and far-reaching impacts of the 2017 hurricane season bring this problem into even sharper focus and will inform these discussions. The third event will cover “Japan and the Leadership of the World Trading System” and will be held on November 10, 2017 and in cooperation with Columbia University's Center on Japanese Economy and Business and School of International Public Affairs. The Abe Fellowship Program is a partnership between the Social Science Research Council and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.

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  • 4.Abe Fellowship Program

    Supporting US- and Japan-based researchers focusing on contemporary issues.

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  • 5.African Peacebuilding Network

    Supporting independent African research on peacebuilding and its integration into regional and global policy.

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  • 6.Anxieties of Democracy

    Can representative democracies be strengthened to govern more effectively?.

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  • 7.Atlantic Fellows Strategic Learning and Evaluation

    The Council has a long history of applying qualitative and quantitative social science methods to examine the conditions under which interventions by foundations, governments, and multilateral organizations are and are not successful. One such collaboration, between the Council and the Atlantic Philanthropies, is an ongoing 10-year longitudinal study of the impact of Atlantic’s work in the rural health care sector of Vietnam. Growing out of this work with Atlantic on Vietnam, and drawing on its own network of fellowships around the globe, the Council has been named a strategic learning and evaluation partner for the Atlantic Fellows, a newly established network of fellowships funded by Atlantic Philanthropies. The Atlantic Fellows comprise six large fellowship programs and the Atlantic Institute, a service and community development organization. Each fellowship is aimed at empowering a new generation of leaders and change-makers to advance fairer, healthier, more inclusive, and more equitable societies around the world. Fellows are typically early- to mid-career professionals from a range of backgrounds, disciplines, and life experiences. Through the global, interconnected set of fellowship programs, fellows collaborate across disciplines and borders to understand and address the root causes of pressing global problems. These include socioeconomic and racial inequality; barriers to full participation in democracy; and the social determinants of health and access to quality care. Each of the programs is distinct and grounded in its local context. This fellowship network is designed to secure the legacy of the Atlantic Philanthropies—which made its last grant commitments in 2016 and will close its doors by 2020—in the issue areas and geographies that were its traditional spheres of work. The Atlantic Philanthropies understands that a system of strategic learning and evaluation designed to guide and support the institutions selected for its “big bet” fellowships is essential to ensure that its investments contribute to a learning legacy and make substantial and sustainable impacts. To that end, the Atlantic Fellows programs are initially in a three-year incubation period, during which outside strategic learning and evaluation partners work closely with the fellowship host programs. Once the incubation period is over, the Atlantic Philanthropies will decide whether or not to continue funding the fellowships on a case-by-case basis. The SSRC is serving as the primary learning and evaluation partner for the incubation periods of four of the six programs, providing each fellowship with developmental support, ongoing formative evaluations aimed at improving the structure and organization of the fellowship host institution, and a long-term strategic learning and assessment plan. The Council will also provide a summative evaluation to Atlantic at the end of the incubation period that will be considered as one of the inputs in the final decision regarding future funding. The four programs with which the SSRC is partnering are the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity, the Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health, the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in Southeast Asia, and the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity. In addition to these four programs for which the SSRC is taking on the role of lead evaluator, the SSRC is coordinating learning and evaluation processes and partners across all six fellowship programs.

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  • 8.Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health

    The Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health seek social and public health solutions to reduce the scale and adverse impact of dementia. Fellows will be empowered to make significant progress toward prevention, cure, and treatment for dementia through an inter-professional training program and access to a strong, robust global network of mentors and colleagues. Fellows will translate research evidence and innovation into more informed and effective policy and practice. Fellows will have residential appointments of 6- to 24-month durations at either the University of California, San Francisco, or Trinity College Dublin, with curricula customized for each individual’s experience and plan. A core curriculum will include neuroscience, neurobehavior, epidemiology, statistics, leadership, communications, health economics, and public policy.

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  • 9.Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in Southeast Asia

    The Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in Southeast Asia seek to promote and improve health equity throughout the region, particularly among the most vulnerable and marginalized populations. Fellows from 10 ASEAN countries and China will work to reform health policy and systems, tackle social determinants, and address health inequities within and beyond national boundaries. Annual cohorts of 20 to 25 fellows will participate in a nonresidential program that includes attendance at events throughout Southeast Asia and an event at Harvard University. The program is intended to identify and nurture a new generation of young leaders from the region who are committed to pursuing social justice in health and building a collaborative community. The fellowship curriculum, which will be taught by core faculty and mentors, will combine peer, experiential, and online-blended learning. Upon completion of the program, fellows will be better able to enhance health equity by improving access to quality primary health care; formulating equity-oriented policies in health care systems; addressing issues involving economics, gender, and the environment; and establishing international alliances.

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  • 10.Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity

    The Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity seek to dismantle anti-black racism in the United States and South Africa through supporting visionary leaders who can challenge and advance ambitious and comprehensive solutions to racial inequality. The program will support the growth and development of a generation of leaders to advance racial equity through advocacy, research, communications and other interventions that change narratives, structures, systems, policies and practices. Annual cohorts of 25 fellows will participate in an 18-month nonresidential program that includes six week-long sessions in New York, Johannesburg, and other US and South African cities. Through the program, fellows will develop a deeper understanding of the history and conditions contributing to racial inequality. They will become more knowledgeable of cross-sector strategies for change and more skilled in leading transformative change. As a result, they will be better equipped to lead and implement interventions that ameliorate disparities and address the underlying causes of racial inequality.

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  • 11.Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity

    The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity program will identify and prepare a pipeline and network of diverse, multidisciplinary, action- and results-oriented leaders working toward integrated, comprehensive solutions to historical and structural impediments and systems that underpin international inequalities. The fellowship, based at the International Inequalities Institute of the London School of Economics, is available in three fully funded tracks (10 residential fellows, 10 nonresidential fellows, and 10 visiting fellows) tailored to meet the time or financial needs of experienced professionals. All fellows will receive a combination of academic opportunities, dedicated mentors, attendance at conferences and workshops, and a lifelong alumni network.

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  • 12.Big Data and Historical Social Science

    While “big data” often connotes new opportunities for understanding the present, largely through the analysis of social media and search engine data, other newly available kinds of rich data sources create huge possibilities for reimagining the past. In recent years, millions of previously difficult-to-access documents and massive archival data structures have become widely available to scholars of human history and the general public. The project on Big Data and Historical Social Science brings together researchers across a range of disciplines, methods, and research strategies to explore the intersection of classical historical and social science problems and big data. How can access to new kinds of historical data, and new capacities to manipulate and analyze them, allow scholars to address historical questions in new ways? In order to explore how scholars working on different aspects of a historical puzzle could collaboratively mobilize diverse datasets and data structures, participants established demonstration projects to focus on particular historical eras and questions. The first project is on "race" in the Americas in the period between the Reconstruction era and the civil rights movement (1877–1965). For this and future demonstration projects, the group will deploy techniques for “nesting” data—that is, utilizing temporal and spatial tools to understand changing data structures across time and levels of analysis—and for “linking” data—networking different kinds of data to provide a comprehensive picture and more thorough explanations of historical continuities and changes.

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  • 13.CEHI Web-Based Resources

    …[中文]The Resource Hub is an online, bilingual searchable database housing information about individuals and institutions working on environment and health issues in China, and relevant literature. Selected information on experience with environment and health issues overseas is also included. All information items are linked so that readers can easily trace information. Created in 2007, the Hub now includes over 3,500 items in English and Chinese. It provides a convenient way for researchers, policy makers, and practitioners in the field to access the relevant literature and identify partners for collaboration.   The FORHEAD website includes not only information about network events but also special features introducing new research on particular environment and health issues from across the disciplines, relevant conceptual and methodological tools, and international experience. These materials offer a flexible resource for educational institutions, government agencies and NGOs, who can download packages of information tailored to their needs for trainings, outreach, or other activities. .

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  • 14.CPPF Activities: Africa

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  • 15.CPPF Activities: Asia and the Pacific

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  • 16.CPPF Activities: Europe/Caucasus/Middle East

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  • 17.CPPF Activities: Latin America and the Caribbean

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  • 18.CPPF Activities: Special Projects

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  • 19.CPPF Activities: Thematic

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  • 20.Capacity Strengthening for Field Research in Insecure Places

    The UVC Initiative will strengthen conflict research in insecure places and the ways that conflict is researched, while building local research capacity in these places through two distinct methods: Investing in building and strengthening inter-disciplinary, local research networks in conflict-affected countries, and developing an approach that engages local researchers in all stages of research, i.e., from research design, data collection, analysis of data, writing up, to publication and dissemination of results. By involving local researchers in all stages of our research agenda, we create shared ownership, increase researchers’ trust in their own capacities, and establish international partnerships that provide mutual benefits while we produce high-quality, evidence-based scholarship. Developing training modules on fieldwork and ethics methods in insecure places. Some of our partners have also pioneered remote research methods in making use of civil society, activities, media, and research networks; while others conduct data-driven analyses on conflicts and peace processes, building on recent advances in geographic information system (GIS) and other digital technology. The UVC Initiative aims to collate these experiences and innovations in conflict research methods, develop training modules, and provide methods trainings across its research networks and partners.

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  • 21.Central Africa Policy Forum (CAPF)

    Facilitating informal information sharing between the UN, diplomatic missions, and the NGO community.

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  • 22.Children of Immigrants in Schools

    The Education and Migration project is coordinating a three-year research and fellowship initiative investigating the role of educational institutions and policy in the integration of children of immigrants. Under the leadership of sociologist Richard Alba of SUNY-Albany, we have assembled five bi-national (American and European) teams, staffed with senior principal investigators and research fellows (pre- and postdocs) from both the United States and the European country under comparison: School funding and tracking in New York City, USA, and Amsterdam, Holland. Navigating borders in schools and communities in California and Catalonia, Spain. The impact of timing, differentiation, and second chances in the United States and Great Britain. Promising schooling practices for immigrant children in the United States and Sweden. The transition to the labor market for Mexicans in the United States and North Africans in France.   More detailed information can be found on the project's website or by downloading the flyer on the right.

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  • 23.China, Africa, and the UN

    Mapping the evolving relationships between China, Africa, and the United Nations.

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  • 24.Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF)

    Mobilizing necessary knowledge to support UN capacity for conflict prevention, peacemaking and peacebuilding.

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  • 25.Conflict Research

    Through its wide-ranging networks, partners, fellows, and grantees, the UVC Initiative will produce and disseminate new research (books, journal articles, working papers, seminars, and workshops) on the evolution of complex and persistent violent conflicts in Central Africa, the Horn of Africa, and the Middle East (Syria/Iraq) and assess how different interventions affect conflict and the risk of its renewal. The UVC builds and expands on work already underway on the "political marketplace" and on war economies, including the role of humanitarian aid and military assistance in illicit economies. This stream of work will try to understand how the dynamics of a turbulent and globally integrated political marketplace drives violence, making armed conflicts intractable, mutable and vulnerable to moral populist agendas including extremism; how people attempt to construct public authority from below in such situations; and how these dynamics help to explain the success or failure of development and governance interventions. This work will be linked to grants the SSRC has received to participate in two research consortia, the Conflict Research Programme (CRP) and Centre for Public Authority and International Development (CPAID) at the LSE. A second theme of work for the UVC is forced displacement and the politics of return. This focuses on the physical and symbolic processes of "return" from violent conflict, looking specifically at the impact of three common types of support aimed at facilitating return: resettlement and reintegration programs, cosmologies of belonging, and issues of justice. Despite seeing record numbers of displaced worldwide, we know little about how viable ways of life are constituted post-return. Literature on disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) programs suggests that the impact of interventions to facilitate the demobilization and reintegration of combatants is at best mixed and at worst, has led to a remobilization for violence instead. This is a critical missing link in transitional justice debates—an understanding of who returns where, and what happens to them and to their communities once they return. Making sense of the local dynamics in these processes of return is key in post-conflict settings because it has implications for reintegration and reconciliation, and for the prevention of conflict relapse, as they touch on issues of social cohesion, livelihoods, land tenure, and long-term competition for power. The UVC was preceded and inspired by a number of research projects undertaken at the SSRC over the past five years, including the following: The Justice and Security Research Programme: a five-year international research consortium on justice and security interventions in conflict settings in Central Africa. Accommodation of Justice for the Displaced in the DRC (2014–2016): a two-year research consortium on displacement and justice in Central Africa, financed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO WOTRO), within its Security & Rule of Law in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings research program. The China-Africa Knowledge Project (2013–2017): CAKP focuses on China’s renewed engagement, including its security and multilateral engagements, with Africa. Funded by two, two-year grants by the Luce Foundation, the final year of the project piloted the China-Africa Peace and Security Fellowship, a small fellowship program to support Chinese field research in African conflict-affected contexts. This was done in partnership with SSRC’s African Peacebuilding Network program and the American Friends Service Committee’s East Asia Office.

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