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UCD Social Science Research Centre

Ionad Taighde na hEolaíochta Comhdhaonaí UCD

Social Science Links

The UCD SSRC aims to be part of the development of a global network of research centres and institutes, exchanging ideas and people, and working towards increased international collaboration in social science research. Part of achieving that aim is developing and maintaining lines of communication, so this page provides the beginnings of links to centres of social science research around the world.


Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences.

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The Institute of Social Sciences has been established to build capacity, enhance performance and raise the profile of the social sciences at the University of Sydney. Its main activities will be to:

  • develop and construct cross-disciplinary research collaboration;
  • establish linkages with external partners in government, industry, and community groups, as well as with other universities, especially internationally; and
  • provide a focal point for the development of programs of teaching and learning in the social sciences.

In order to facilitate its interaction with every faculty and activities across the entire University, the Institute has been established at University level, and reports directly to the DVC Research.

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  • Germany

Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB - Wissenschaftzentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung)

The Social Science Research Center Berlin conducts basic research with a focus on problems of modern societies in a globalized world. The research is theory-based, problem-oriented, often long-term and mostly based on international comparisons. Important research topics include:

  • education, training and labour market
  • social inequality and problems of the welfare state
  • democracy and civil society
  • migration and integration
  • markets, competition and governance
  • innovation and science policy.

Around 150 German and international researchers work at the WZB, including sociologists, political scientists, economists, legal scholars and historians.

The Institute for Social Research, Frankfurt

In the direction of its research program the Institute links traditions of critical theory with new theoretical tools and modified research questions. The unifying purpose of the empirical projects is a broad analysis of "paradoxes of capitalist modernization." This refers to the analysis of those socio-economic, political and cultural processes through which the normative advances which has taken place in recent decades in the Western democracies are thwarted or undermined.

Priorities of research are:

  • Structural changes in normative integration
  • Capitalist rationalization and labour
  • Transformation of family life and changing conditions of socialization
  • Transformations of the welfare state and democracy
  • Culture industries and electronic media

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  • Ireland

Irish Council for the Humanities & Social Sciences

The Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) was established in 2000 by the Minister for Education and Science in response to the need to develop Ireland's research capacity and skills base in a rapidly-changing global environment where knowledge is key to economic and social growth. With the support of the National Development Plan, the IRCHSS funds cutting-edge research in the humanities, social sciences, business and law with the objective of creating new knowledge and expertise beneficial to Ireland's economic, social and cultural development. Through its membership of the European Science Foundation, the Research Council is committed to integrating Irish research in European and international networks of expertise. The IRCHSS is the National Contact Point for the Humanities and Social Sciences Framework Programme 7 (FP7).

NUI Galway Social Sciences Research Centre

The Social Sciences Research Centre (SSRC) is a network of academics in NUI Galway who share a common interest in interdisciplinary research in the Social Sciences. The Centre is involved in numerous activities: organising workshops and conferences, supporting publications, hosting visiting scholars, providing facilities for postgraduate students, and holding annual lectures.

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  • The Netherlands

Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research

The mission of the AISSR is to stimulate the achievement of excellence in scholarly research in the social sciences, build interdisciplinary and international research collaboration, and promote academic freedom. The AISSR consists of thematically focused research programmes anchored in one or more of the disciplines represented in the new institute (Sociology, Geography and Planning, Development Studies, Political Science, and Anthropology). Through these research programmes and under the guidance of the Academic Director and the Programmes Council, the AISSR will encourage multidisciplinary collaboration within and beyond the social sciences.

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Social Science Links