• 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. 2017 Events Three events were held in 2017. The first two focused on the theme of “Confronting Climate Change: What Can Japan and the US Contribute to Creating Sustainable Societies,” and were held on 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 third event, entitled “Japan and the Leadership of the World Trading System” was held on November 10, 2017 in cooperation with Columbia University's Center on Japanese Economy and Business and School of International Public Affairs.   For more information on these events, click on the event links below.  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.African Peacebuilding Network

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

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  • 5.Anxieties of Democracy

    Can representative democracies be strengthened to govern more effectively?.

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  • 6.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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  • 7.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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  • 8.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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  • 9.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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  • 10.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 with 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?  The first demonstration project of this group is entitled “Reclaiming Lost Data on American Racial Inequality: 1865-1940.” Participants in this project include economists, historians, political scientists, and sociologists from across the country. After several planning meetings, the scholars working on this project were awarded a grant through the Russell Sage Foundation initiative on Computational Social Science to create accessible, linked datasets that will help social scientists of all disciplines gain access to more accurate information about African American populations in United States history.  Current participants   Marcella Alsan (Stanford University), Audrey Augenbraum (Columbia University) Peter Bearman (Columbia University), Leah Boustan (Princeton University), Karida Brown (University of North Carolina), James Feigenbaum (Boston University), Megan Ming Francis (University of Washington), Trevon Logan (The Ohio State University) Mara Loveman (University of California, Berkeley), Christopher Muller (University of California, Berkeley), Suresh Naidu (Columbia University), Evan Roberts (University of Minnesota), Eric Schickler (University of California, Berkeley), Benjamin Schmidt (Northeastern University), and Vesla Weaver (Johns Hopkins University).

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  • 11.Bodies of Water

    In recent decades, freshwater resources essential for human health and livelihoods have come under increasing pressure. Even as demand rises for human and industrial uses, water is less available because of privatization, or increasingly dangerous, as industrial and agricultural activity introduce new forms of pollutants, and climate change upends the predictability of water cycles. In response, new efforts to ensure water quality and access for both human and nonhuman users within a unified environmental stewardship perspective are proliferating. At the same time, scholarly attention to water largely remains siloed inside distinct disciplinary boundaries.  This working group aims to engage water from within the scholarly borderlands. Trained in the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies, they approach water as a multiplicity of objects. It is always present, even as it emerges in particular historical and cultural contexts, contingent upon the actions of human and non-human actors alike. However tempting it is to think of water as H20, water does not exist in the abstract; it cannot—in practice—be reduced to a formula. Whether an object of scientific study, aesthetic appreciation, economic use, ecological necessity, or everyday consumption, it is only encountered in, through, and as different kinds of bodies.  Working alongside scholars from a range of disciplines, this project seeks not only to identify the lacunae inherent in current approaches to knowing water, but also to determine the synergistic possibilities opened by combining the strengths of our disciplinary frames and methodologies. In approaching water as an active object, they aim to open up new pathways and methodologies for understanding and intervention. Project Chairs Etienne Benson Janice and Julian Bers Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences, University of Pennsylvania Christy Spackman Hixon-Riggs Early Career Fellow in Science, Technology, and Society, Harvey Mudd College  .

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  • 12.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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  • 13.CPPF Activities: Africa

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  • 14.CPPF Activities: Asia and the Pacific

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

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  • 16.CPPF Activities: Latin America and the Caribbean

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  • 17.CPPF Activities: Special Projects

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  • 18.CPPF Activities: Thematic

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  • 19.Call for Proposals

    OVERVIEW To encourage practically oriented and empirically rigorous research at the intersection of identity, community, and political participation, the Anxieties of Democracy program of the Social Science Research Council is proud to announce an open call for proposals for an interdisciplinary research development workshop to be held in New York City on February 7–8, 2019.  RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP The research development workshop will give participants the opportunity to give and receive in-depth feedback from their peers on in-progress or planned research projects and to meet others who work on similar topics. The workshop will be geared toward scholars who have existing empirical work on their topics of interest and who are looking to workshop their ideas for project extensions or follow-up work. Scholars who are within ten years of their PhD and early-career scholars are particularly encouraged to apply. We encourage applications from all relevant social science and humanities fields, including political science, history, sociology, psychology, and others. Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the organizers. We may also be able to support some attendees with research funding. All accepted participants will be expected to circulate a research design memo (10–15 pages) by January 7, 2019. We welcome memos that include some relevant results from past empirical work. WORKSHOP THEMES We particularly welcome proposals for research that addresses real-world problems and will involve working directly with political practitioners. At the workshop, discussion time will be dedicated to the question of how to work directly with political practitioners, including tips and best practices from scholars with relevant experience. Substantive research themes may include but are not limited to the following topics: Mobilization and the uses of identity-based political appeals • What appeals do politicians use to encourage citizen participation, and are these appeals consistent with democratic principles or are they exclusionary? • How do identity-based political appeals shape citizens’ perceptions of (the political significance of) their identities? How does participation affect perceptions of identity and community? The consequences of institutions on participation • How is participation by different communities affected by voter registration requirements, the regulation of lawful demonstrations, and other formal rules surrounding participation? • How do nonvoting interactions with the state impact political participation? Examples include the consequences of contact with the carceral state, felon disenfranchisement, and experiences with the administration of government programs. The consequences of participation • Whose voices are seen as legitimate? What group-based differences exist in how political expression is received, both by the broader public and by politicians? • Under what conditions are alternative forms of participation, such as non-violent or violent protests, effective, and when do they result in backlash? Cultivating political empathy • What kinds of political messages and appeals cultivate intersectional empathy for or among marginalized groups, and what kinds of messages decrease it? • Under what conditions are people motivated to work on issues that may not affect them directly? TO APPLY To apply, please send the following materials to democracy@ssrc.org by September 14, 2018, with “Application for political participation research design workshop” in the subject line: • Current C.V.; • One illustrative article-length piece of your scholarship; and • One-page statement of interest, including a brief description of your proposed research question and anticipated research methodology/design.

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  • 20.Call for Proposals: Media, Technology and Democracy in Historical Context

    OVERVIEW If you consult recent headlines, the news media is in crisis, and the problems are manifold: disruptive changes to media technology, the spread of misleading news, and anonymous harassment of public figures are causing serious concerns about the quality and trajectory of our democracy and the place of the news media in it. At the same time, these phenomena are not new; disruptions, falsehoods, and harassment have been topics of public concern at various moments throughout the history of media and democracy. How does the current moment, dominated by concerns over the rise of social media, the prevalence of online harassment, the commercial viability of the print press, and the loss of local journalism, compare to previous moments of crisis? Which developments have echoes in the past, and which concerns are truly novel or unprecedented? WORKSHOP THEME To encourage historically informed research on the impact of recent technological changes on both media and democracy, the Media & Democracy program at the Social Science Research Council is proud to announce an open call for papers for a research workshop to be held in New York City on December 13–14, 2018. This workshop will convene social scientists and humanities scholars whose work on the relationship between media and democracy is informed by historical comparisons and can speak—directly or indirectly— to current concerns in this area. Journalists and other practitioners working on in-depth treatments of these questions are also welcome to apply. Substantive research themes may include but are not limited to the following topics: Disruptive technological changes in historical perspective: Which features of the current decline in the viability of print media and local journalism have parallels in history? How are changes in the viability, reach, and virality of news similar to or different from the past? What are the implications for democracy today? Fake news and information wars in historical context: Current concerns over “fake news” and misinformation can be usefully placed in the context of a more long-standing concern among social scientists: that most citizens of mass democracies are not deeply informed about public affairs. What, if anything, should we be newly concerned about when it comes to contemporary disinformation campaigns? What policy solutions can we derive from better understanding the causes and consequences of prominent disinformation campaigns? Trust in the media and a “shared reality”: Trust in the traditional news media has dropped and is now divided by political party. Compared to the recent past, to what extent do Americans still live in a “shared reality”? Are so-called media bubbles more defined than they were in the past? What are the consequences for democratic discourse? TO APPLY To apply, please send the following materials to mdn@ssrc.org  by August 10, 2018. Please include “Application for media, technology, and democracy workshop” in the subject line. Current C.V. An abstract of 250–500 words, describing your proposed paper submission.

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  • 21.Call for Proposals: Political Institutions and Challenges to Democracy: America in Comparative Perspective

    OVERVIEW The “Political Institutions and Challenges to Democracy: America in Comparative Perspective” conference, co-organized by the Social Science Research Council’s Anxieties of Democracy program and Stanford University’s Global Populisms project, will bring together scholars of comparative and American politics to present research on the role of parties, the legislature, the judiciary, the bureaucracy, and other institutions in moments that challenge democracy. The conference will be held in New York City on January 31-February 1, 2019. Questions addressed at the conference will include: • What role, if any, do democratic institutions play in enabling or exacerbating the growth of antisystem sentiment and/or populist appeals? How do the responses of mainstream parties and politicians affect the electoral chances of antisystem candidates? • Can unresponsive or underperforming democratic institutions contribute to the popularity of populist or antidemocratic candidates? If so, what causes institutions to be(come) unresponsive? What reforms can address these concerns? • What role do party primaries and other electoral rules play in the electoral success of antisystem politicians? How do the roads to power for populist candidates vary between electoral systems? • What are the consequences of populist leaders in power for state institutions, such as the bureaucracy, the courts, and other branches of government? What are the consequences for democracy of hollowed out bureaucracies? WHO SHOULD APPLY We seek applications from scholars of American and comparative politics interested in a dialogue across subfields. For example, comparative papers that engage the United States as a comparative case, or that rigorously apply comparative theories to the United States, are welcome. In addition, we welcome Americanist papers that illuminate broader themes related to democracy and populism, even if they do not include an explicitly comparative component. We welcome applications from both junior and senior scholars in all relevant subfields, using a variety of methods. Accepted participants’ travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the organizers. HOW TO APPLY Applications are due by August 1, 2018, and should be sent to democracy@ssrc.org. Please make the subject line of your email “Application for Political Institutions and Challenges to Democracy Conference.” All applications should include a C.V. and a 250-to-500-word abstract of the proposed work to be presented at the conference. ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS The conference is organized as a collaboration between the Social Science Research Council’s Anxieties of Democracy program, which encourages academic research, practitioner reflection, and public debate on the role of US institutions in a polarized era, and Stanford’s Project on Global Populisms, which seeks to understand the causes and consequences of surging populist movements across established democracies. The organizers include Anna Grzymala-Busse (Stanford University), Frances Lee (University of Maryland), Nolan McCarty (Princeton University), Kris-Stella Trump (Social Science Research Council), and Didi Kuo (Stanford University).

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  • 22.Capacity Strengthening for Field Research in Insecure Places

    The UVC 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 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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  • 23.Central Africa Policy Forum (CAPF)

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

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  • 24.Centre for Public Authority and International Development (CPAID)

    The UVC has partnered with a new LSE research center, The Centre for Public Authority and International Development (CPAID), on a study focusing on how societies are governed in African countries facing prolonged conflict. CPAID will take a look at how public authority is understood, experienced, and perceived by the particularly vulnerable and marginalized populations in countries such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Somalia and Burundi and Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Ethiopia, CPAID. Through a focus on how families, clans, religious leaders, aid agencies, civil society, rebel militia and vigilante groups contribute to governance, along with formal and semi-formal government institutions. Through funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Global Research Challenges Fund, CPAID will speak to the on the ground realities and the risks and opportunities for international development policy and the promotion of new forms of inclusive growth. UVC Director Tatiana Carayannis is one of the co-investigators of CPAID. The UVC will produce a number of research outputs for CPAID and help enhance its impact strategy through the UVC's longstanding relationships with the United Nations and other international policymakers. For more information please see the CPAID website. .

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  • 25.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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