• 101.The Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network (CA/AC Research Network)

    Strengthening cross-regional research networks and collaboration.

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  • 102.The DR Congo Affinity Group

    Established on 1 November 2012, the Affinity Group on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a network of leading scholars and researchers working on the DRC who are deeply familiar with the context of the current challenges facing the country after two decades of war, and who can provide long-term analysis and recommendations to help inform international engagement in the region. This “brain trust” on the DRC provides analysis of the crises facing the DRC and situates these challenges in a long-term view of the political, social, and security trends in the country and the region. Where necessary, the Affinity Group identifies gaps in existing evidence and undertakes the necessary research to fill identified knowledge gaps. As with the landmark Ford Foundation Study Group on South Africa in the 1980s, and the short-lived UN Secretary-General's Resource Group on the DRC established in 1998 at the start of the Second Congo War, the Affinity Group on the DRC seeks to keep its analysis and research firmly distinct from advocacy efforts, yet remains flexible to respond to and help inform policy processes. DRC Affinity Group members: Download DR Congo Affinitiy Group Member Biographies [.pdf] Tatiana Carayannis (Project Director) Social Science Research Council Federico Borello Center for Civilians in Conflict Mvemba Dizolele Johns Hopkins University Jean-Marie Guéhenno International Crisis Group  Fabienne Hara Sciences-Po, Paris School of International Affairs Pascal Kambale Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) Michel Noureddine Kassa Initiative for a Cohesive Leadership in the DRC Jason Stearns Center on International Cooperation  Jean Omasombo Tshonda The Royal Museum for Central Africa at Tervuren and University of Kinshasa Anneke Van Woudenberg Human Rights Watch Koen Vlassenroot University of Ghent Herbert Weiss The City University of New York.

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  • 103.The Drug Research Papers

    Disseminating research on drug policy.

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  • 104.The Fourth Wave: Violence, Gender, Culture & HIV in the 21st Century

    UNESCO commissioned the SSRC'S HIV/AIDS Program in 2006 to assess the social science, public health, and public policy literature dealing with the sociocultural and gender dimensions of the HIV and AIDS pandemic. Following the publication of an in-depth literature review, the SSRC and UNESCO invited more than twenty senior scholars, policy makers, and practitioners from around the world to contribute to an edited volume about the failure of policies and programs to respond to the growing feminization of the HIV and AIDS pandemic. The volume, co-edited by SSRC Senior Adviser Jennifer Klot and medical anthropologist Vinh-Kim Nguyen,The Fourth Wave: Violence, Gender, Culture & HIV in the 21st Century will be co-published by the SSRC and UNESCO in 2009. Working papers and an interactive essay forum will be launched in summer 2009. .

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  • 105.The Immanent Frame

    Secularism, religion, and the public sphere.

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  • 106.The Religious Lives of Migrant Minorities

    The SSRC Migration Program is sponsoring research to investigate the family, community, and national lives of Christian (Pentecostal), Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist migrants in London, Johannesburg, and Kuala Lumpur. The plan is to produce edited volumes about the religious lives of migrant minorities in each of city and a fourth volume on the themes common to the three sites. This project marks the first attempt by social scientists to compare internationally the role of world religions in the adaptation of migrants to different national contexts.

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  • 107.Transregional Virtual Research Institute

    Media, Activism, and the New Political: InterAsian Perspectives.

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  • 108.Understanding Violent Conflict

    Strengthening the evidence base to better understand the complexities of violent conflict.

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  • 109.University Governance and Autonomy in the Changing Landscape of Higher Education in the Arab World

    The SSRC's Middle East and North Africa Program has undertaken an initiative to explore the role of the Arab university. We are focusing in particular on the efforts being made by academic communities to secure critical spheres of autonomy (vis-à-vis teaching, research, and publishing)--a process that is crucial for a functioning higher education sector and a lively public sphere. Another area of focus is Arab university governance: how has it evolved in response to national, regional, and global restructurings, and what impact has this had on the role of the university?.

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  • 110.Viet Nam Population Health Programme: Strategic Learning and Assessment

    Mobilizing knowledge to assess health and social interventions in Vietnam.

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  • 111.Vietnam Program

    Working to strengthen social science research capacity and links to policymaking in Vietnam.

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  • 112.Web Anthology on Migrant Remittances and Development: Research Perspectives

    In response to the growing interest in the possible contributions that migrants’ remittances can make to development, we have assembled an anthology of research articles that address this process as related to both internal and international migration. The overall goal has been to provide access to articles that bring key conceptual, methodological, and theoretical approaches to topics of central interest to both researchers and policy makers through contemporary research drawn from across the social sciences. Though much of the research is economic in approach, we also provide research based in anthropology, sociology, political science, and other disciplines.   This anthology is an experiment in publication. By agreement with the authors and original publishers, the articles provided for free downloading here will be available for one year, until March 2010. At that time we will reassess whether the anthology should and can be continued and, if so, in what form. Most publishers have allowed free access to their publications; some have charged a fee or imposed other restrictions; others have refused to permit open access to their publications on a “third party” website, even for a fee. Readers of this anthology are encouraged to download the articles provided for personal and educational use.   To download the anthology, go to:  Web Anthology Online Forum.

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  • 113.West Africa: Forced Migration and Human Rights

    To explore how a human rights framework might strengthen protections for forced migrants, the SSRC Migration Program organized research between social scientists and practitioners of international humanitarian and human rights organizations.  Research focused on the causes of forced displacement, protections and work, resettlement, and return of Sierra Leonean forced migrants.

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  • 114.Work with Economists in Cuba

    Fostering new systems in Cuba for distributing goods and services.

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  • 115.Working Group on Climate Change

    Why has climate change been so difficult to address through democratic institutions and processes? What are the consequences of climate change for political processes and outcomes? The Anxieties of Democracy program’s Working Group on Climate Change seeks to make the study of climate change a distinct and recognized area of study in the social sciences. The group’s members do this by seeding climate change-oriented research agendas in their respective fields of expertise. The group’s initiatives include convening conferences with leading as well as emerging scholars, initiating research programs, and training young researchers on the subject of climate change. In November 2017, the group published a series of three state-of-the-field reports that jointly set a political science research agenda for climate change. A short introduction to the reports also appeared in the Democracy Papers. The group is chaired by Professor Robert O. Keohane and Professor Nancy Rosenblum. For news and announcements about this working group and other Anxieties of Democracy program activities, you can follow us at: @SSRCanxieties.  Working Group Co-chairs Robert O. Keohane Professor of International Affairs, Princeton University Nancy Rosenblum Senator Joseph Clark Professor of Ethics in Politics and Government, Harvard University Current Members Scott Barrett (Columbia University), Bruce Cain (Stanford University), Jessica Green (New York University), David M. Konisky (Indiana University, Bloomington), Melissa Lane (Princeton University), Douglas McAdam (Stanford University), Michael Oppenheimer (Princeton University), Naomi Oreskes (Harvard University), Michael L. Ross (University of California, Los Angeles), Elke Weber (Princeton University) The following contributors have also supported the mission of the working group: James B. Ang (Nanyang Technological University), Michaël Aklin (University of Pittsburgh), Meir Alkon (Princeton University), Eric Beerbohm (Harvard University), Hilary Boudet (Oregon State University), Y.-H. Henry Chen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Deborah Coen (Yale University), Patrick J. Egan (New York University), Per G. Fredriksson (University of Louisville), Michael Greenstone (University of Chicago), Jennifer Hadden (University of Maryland), Henry Jacoby (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), David Kanter (New York University), Robert E. Kopp (Rutgers University), Ezra Markowitz (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), John Marshall (Columbia University), John McNeill (Georgetown University), Alison E.J. McQueen (Stanford University), Matto Mildenberger (University of California, Santa Barbara), Megan Mullin (Duke University), Victoria Murillo (Columbia University), Rachael Shwom (Rutgers University), Leah Stokes (University of California, Santa Barbara), Johannes Urpelainen (Johns Hopkins University), Audrye Wong (Princeton University).

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  • 116.Working Group on Distribution

    How have changes in the structure of the global economy thrown long settled features of distribution into question? Distinctive national institutions and politics filter economic shifts, and this working group seeks to understand how politics, the economy, and civil society intertwine to set the stage for a future settlement that may be different from country to country. The topics this working group explores include: Macro transformations: Are we in a period in which basic assumptions about the relationship between capitalism and democracy have shifted? The New Precariat: Economic shifts and new insecurities have had far-reaching repercussions for workers, as well as those in previously privileged positions. Experiencing Insecurity: How do newly and traditionally insecure citizens understand their opportunities and prospects? Creating the Future: How have shifts in the global economy impacted domestic coalition building? What are the appropriate public responses to new insecurities? The group is chaired by Professor Frances Rosenbluth and Professor Margaret Weir. For news and announcements about this working group and other Anxieties of Democracy program activities, you can follow us at: @SSRCanxieties.  Working Group Co-chairs Frances Rosenbluth Damon Wells Professor of Political Science, Yale University Margaret Weir Wilson Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science, Brown University Members Elizabeth Oltmans Ananat (Duke University), Ben Ansell (Oxford University), Carles Boix (Princeton University), Andrea Campbell (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Donald Davis (Columbia University), Andra Gillespie (Emory University), Jane Gingrich (Oxford University), Jacob Hacker (Yale University), Alice Kessler-Harris (Columbia University), K. Sabeel Rahman (Brooklyn Law School), Kathleen Thelen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Jonathan Rodden (Stanford University), Douglas S. Massey (Princeton University). The following contributors have also supported the mission of the working group: Stephen Ansolabehere (Harvard University), Desmond King (Oxford University), Ilyana Kuziemko (Princeton University), Kimberly Morgan (George Washington University), Bruno Palier (Paris School of International Affairs), Andreas Wiedemann (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Image credit: “Not Equal” by holeymoon [CC BY 2.0].

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  • 117.Working Group on Identity, Community, and Participation

    The Identity, Community, and Participation working group focuses on how identity and community influence political participation in the United States. Identity –nationality, race, gender, class–has been used to define the limits of acceptable political participation throughout our country’s history, while communities are a key locus of both political engagement and citizen-state interactions. Questions about how these variables interact are therefore long-standing. The group will revisit this topic in a historical moment defined by explicit race-and ethnicity-based political appeals, debates over the relationship between gender and power, evidence that the political preferences of the poor go unheard in the political system, and demonstrations originating in communities around the country.  For news and announcements about this working group and other Anxieties of Democracy program activities, you can follow us at: @SSRCanxieties.  Working Group Chair Claudine Gay Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government and of African and American Studies and Dean of Social Science, Harvard University Members Hahrie Han Anton Vonk Associate Professor of Environmental Politics, University of California, Santa Barbara Dara Strolovitch Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies and Affiliated Faculty, Princeton University Richard Yeselson Contributing Editor, Dissent Magazine The following contributors have also supported the mission of the working group: Elisabeth Clemens (University of Chicago), Cathy Cohen (University of Chicago), Katherine J. Cramer (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Larry Bartels (Vanderbilt University), Mickey Edwards (Aspen Institute), Archon Fung (Harvard University), Marc J. Hetherington (Vanderbilt University), Alexander Keyssar (Harvard University), Amy Lerman (University of California, Berkeley).

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  • 118.Working Group on Institutions

    The U.S. system, with its complex array of checks and balances, usually requires broad consensus to function. But this consensus rarely emerges in this era of ideological polarization, close two-party competition, public distrust, and hyperpartisanship. Meanwhile, policy challenges continue to mount, amidst growing economic, social, and political inequalities. The working group on Institutions addresses concerns about the performance and legitimacy of representative political institutions. The group operates under two assumptions: first, polarized parties are a fact of life, given the long evolutionary processes that have ideologically sorted the parties and that have finally brought U.S. parties into alignment with those in other advanced democracies. Second, major constitutional reform altering the U.S. system will not be forthcoming. If these two assumptions are correct, what does this mean for policymaking, federalism, and the functioning of American governmental institutions?  The group is chaired by Professor Frances Lee and Professor Nolan McCarty. For news and announcements about this working group and other Anxieties of Democracy program activities, you can follow us at: @SSRCanxieties.  Working Group Co-chairs Frances Lee Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland Nolan McCarty Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, Princeton University Members Brandice Canes-Wrone (Princeton University), Daniel Carpenter (Harvard University), Anthony Chen (Northwestern University), Elisabeth Gerber (University of Michigan), Daniel Gillion (University of Pennsylvania), Matthew Grossman (Michigan State University), Meg Jacobs (Princeton University), Suzanne Mettler (Cornell University), Gillian Metzger (Columbia University), David J. Samuels (University of Minnesota), Eric Schickler (University of California, Berkeley), Mark Schmitt (New America Foundation), Arthur Spirling (New York University), Charles Stewart III (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), The following contributors have also supported the mission of the working group: Lee Drutman (New America Foundation), Timothy LaPira (James Madison University), Nathan Gibson (Princeton University), Daniel Scholzman (Johns Hopkins University), Sam Rosenfeld (Colgate University), Peter Hanson (University of Denver), James Curry (The University of Utah), Kenneth Benoit (London School of Economics), Kevin Munger (New York University), Claire Leavitt (Cornell University), David Spence (University of Texas at Austin).

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  • 119.Working Group on Security

    Modern democracies face threats of various sizes, sources, and duration, from both state- and non-state actors. As a result, classical conceptions of a state’s security status no longer fit neatly into categories of peace, crisis, and war. These threats and the responses to them can raise hard questions about how to proceed within the ambit of democratic norms and institutions.  The working group on the Politics of Security considers these issues and more, probing the repertoire of institutions and ideas that democracies use to deal with threats. In the course of this work, the group will take up a range of issues, including population movements, war, terror, and tensions of security and privacy. The group is chaired by Professor Samuel Issacharoff and Professor Kiron Skinner. For news and announcements about this working group and other Anxieties of Democracy program activities, you can follow us at: @SSRCanxieties.  Working Group Co-chairs Samuel Issacharoff Bonnie and Richard Reiss Professor of Constitutional Law, New York University Kiron Skinner Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Carnegie Mellon University Members Jessica D. Blankshain (U.S. Naval War College), Gabriella Blum (Harvard University), Paul Collier (University of Oxford), Shaheed Fatima (Blackstone Chambers), Emily O. Goldman (University of California, Davis), Ira Katznelson (Columbia University), Stephen D. Krasner (Stanford University), Uday Methta (City University of New York), Pasquale Pasquino (New York University), Dana Priest (University of Maryland), Julian Zelizer (Princeton University). The following contributors have also supported the mission of the working group: Joshua Geltzer (Georgetown University), Zachary K. Goldman (New York University), Liora Lazarus (Oxford University) Image credit: “One Nation Under CCTV” by ogglog [CC BY 2.0] Co-Chairs Stephen Ansolabehere Professor of Government, Harvard University Margaret Weir Professor of Political Science and Sociology and Avice Saint Chair in Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley Co-Chairs Stephen Ansolabehere Professor of Government, Harvard University Margaret Weir Professor of Political Science and Sociology and Avice Saint Chair in Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley.

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  • 120.Working Group: Curating Knowledge

    Curating Knowledge Under Digital Conditions Transformations associated with digitization are causing significant shifts in the “scholarly ecosystem” of universities, book and journal publishers, and libraries that have historically served to set standards for the judgment of scholarly quality and impact.  In light of the increased access to knowledge that digitization allows, maintaining and enhancing standards of quality while democratizing access. Key questions addressed by this working group include: What is the role of the traditional “gatekeepers” of scholarly knowledge in this context? When are more open forms of curation compelling, and when are more traditional and demanding approaches appropriate? How can core values and practices of scholarship (e.g. peer review) be preserved under changing conditions, and how should scholarly practices and institutions be modified and adapted in light of these transformations? By what criteria should libraries, archives, and other curatorial institutions make choices in regard to what they collect and preserve? This working group brings together representatives from these different realms in order to discuss the principles, standards, and practices that should govern editorial curation. Co-chairs: Mary Lee Kennedy Chief Library Officer, New York Public Library Michael Schudson Professor of Journalism and Sociology, Columbia University.

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  • 121.Working Group: Digital Social Science

    Digital Social Science This working group will engage how social scientists use digital tools, methods, and data sources in their research. This includes “big data” (whether from the internet, social media, geo-spatial techniques, or more traditional quantitative and textual sources); the use of visualization tools for the collection, organization and analysis of data; and other ways in which data and information science is intersecting or could intersect with the social sciences. Along with these opportunities come serious challenges—scientific, practical and ethical—that may result from the expanding use of these forms of knowledge. Key questions addressed by the working group include: What can “big data” tell us about our social world and how it works—and what can’t we learn from it?  How can social science shape the norms and rules for how “big data” is collected and made available? How can we establish partnerships between social scientists and the businesses that own proprietary data, as well as the algorithms that organize their collection and use, for scientific and public benefit—while at the same time protecting privacy of research subjects when “informed consent” is neither required nor expected? How will new tools like information visualization, increasingly being used in fields like history, shape how social scientists are trained, and how they collaborate with each other? The group brings together a range of interested scholars and constituencies—social scientists, data scientists, legal scholars, digital humanists, and relevant actors in the private and public sector—to more deeply understand the ramifications of these innovations in the study of society, and to discover and shape how they might be used in ethical and public-minded ways. Co-chairs: Victoria Stodden Associate Professor of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Duncan Watts Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research.

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  • 122.Working Group: Transparency and Reliability in the Social Sciences

    Reliability and Transparency in the Social Sciences Enabled by advances in digital technology, the availability of social science research has increased exponentially, and the stakes of making it so have increased with it. Recent high-profile media coverage concerning the practices and reliability of the social sciences has brought it much attention, and not all of which is positive. More accessible data can deepen the reliability of social science, and is called for by funders and an increasing number of journals in a range of fields.  Digital technology also allows for scholars to provide access to the analytical process they use to connect evidence to interpretative and theoretical claims in ways not possible within the space constraints of a journal article.  Making this process “transparent” is central to sustaining a broader scholarly conversation. While the benefits of access to knowledge for use by the broader research community are many and varied, research transparency as a scholarly value is at times in tension with other values. These include the protection and privacy of human subjects as well as the safeguarding of intellectual property, not trivial for scholars who seek “first use” of the knowledge they produce.  Concerns have also arisen that the emphasis on transparency privileges some methodological and epistemological commitments over others.   This working group convenes a cross-disciplinary group of scholars to consider the current state of social science reliability and transparency across a variety of approaches, and explores whether and how principles of transparency and data access can be articulated to encompass different fields and ways of producing knowledge on and understanding the social world. .

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  • 123.Youth Disconnection

    Research on youth disconnection in America.

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