News & Announcements

Watch Marc Fleurbaey’s TedTalk

Marc Fleurbaey asks us the following question: Can researchers help us build a better society? His research focuses on the normative economy, distributive justice and the evaluation of public policies. He takes us with him in his reflection to go "Beyond our society"....

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Y7 Panel on Inequalities and Upcoming Y7 Summit

This year IPSP partnered with the Youth7 Group (Y7), along with the OECD, the IDDRI, the ESCP Europe, the OFCE and other main institutions. The Y7, is the G7 youth engagement group initiated by Open Diplomacy during the French presidency of the G20 / G8 in 2011. The...

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Erik Olin Wright, 1947–2019

We are sad to report that Erik Wright has passed away after a courageous fight against sickness. His legacy in social science is enormous. His lifelong work on real utopias was an inspiration for the creation of the IPSP and he has helped this group from the...

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“A New Society” in Italy

On Friday, February 1st, Sapienza University  of Rome will host an event dedicated to discussing and debating the findings of the IPSP report. Hosted in collaboration with the Forum Disuguaglianze Diversità, CIRET, and Italy's Rai Radio 3, the event will include...

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Spotlight: IPSP Policy Brief

IPSP authors Marc Fleurbaey (Steering Committee), Gianluca Grimalda (ch. 8), and Ingrid Woolard (ch.3), along with Romina Boarini and Orsetta Causa of the OECD, wrote a policy brief for the G20 meeting this summer (see announcement here). You can read the following...

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IPSP author at T20 Africa conference

On February 1–2, the T20 Group held a high-level conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, to discuss the G20's relationship with Africa. The T20 (or Think20) is an international network of research organizations dedicated to advising the G20 group ahead of their...

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Kenneth Arrow

We regretfully announce the death of Kenneth Arrow, member of our Honorary Advisory Board. His contribution to economics has been enormous and spanned all areas of the discipline, starting with a PhD on collective choice that already announced his deep interest in the...

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Leading scholars comment on IPSP report

A few months ago, IPSP authors Nancy Ammerman and Grace Davie issued a wide-ranging call for comments on the first draft of the IPSP report. As the Coordinating Lead Authors of Chapter 16, entitled "Religions and Social Progress," they invited the community of...

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Our Friend Tony Atkinson

We regretfully announce the death of Sir Anthony Atkinson, member of our Honorary Advisory Board. His work on inequalities, poverty and many dimensions of public policy has had considerable impact and will remain a reference. His encouragements to the work of IPSP...

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IPSP workshop at World Bank, October 20

On October 20th, the World Bank will hold a discussion of the first draft of the IPSP report. Marc Fleurbaey (Steering Committee) will provide an overview of the panel and discuss "Narratives about social progress," based on Chapters 4 and 8 of the report; Henry...

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IPSP presentation at SANEI conference, November 7

The annual conference of the the South Asia Network of Economic Research Institutes (SANEI) will take place on November 7-8 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The conference will include a "Panel Discussion on Growth and Human Development," led by IPSP author Dr. Purnamita...

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“The Future of Work”: IPSP Seminar at FGV

On October 17th, the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) will host a seminar to discuss Chapter 7 of the IPSP report, entitled "The Future of Work: Good Jobs for All?" Speakers at the event include Andre Portela and Werner Eichhorst, the Coordinating Lead Authors for...

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The education chapter at an OECD symposium

On June 16, 2016, Marius Busemeyer presented the chapter on „How education promote social progress“ at a Symposium sponsored by the OECD entitled „From Inclusion and Equity in Education to Social and Economic Prosperity“. The Symposium brought together current and...

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IPSP meets the OECD in Paris on Sept. 9, 2016

At the OECD headquarters in Paris, on Sept. 9, authors from chapters 3,4,6,7,8 present their work on the following topics: Growth and planetary welfare Inequalities Markets, finance and corporations The future of work Redistribution and well-being and get feedback...

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Spotlight on Chapter 7 Good Jobs for All?

This excerpt from Chapter 7 summarizes the impacts of globalization and technology on labor markets: It is hard to see clear evidence of the ‘end of work’ in the official statistics as yet.  Figure 1 plots the employment-population rate for those aged 15-74 in 2014...

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IPSP authors at IAMCR2016

On July 30, at the University of Leicester, UK, the 2016 congress of the INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION RESEARCH holds a session with IPSP authors Gerard Goggin, Ingrid Volkmer, Herman Wasserman: Global Media Policy, Governance, and Rights...

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IPSP at the World Social Forum, Montreal, Aug. 10-12

IPSP, in partnership with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Centre de Recherches en Ethique (University of Montreal), organizes two round-tables at the World Social Forum on Aug. 12, Université McGill – Pavillon Leacook (Local 110), 855 rue Sherbrooke Ouest Montréal. 9:00...

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Ana Falú on urban gender paradoxes

Ana Falú is a professor and researcher of architecture at the National University of Cordoba and serves as a lead author for Chapter 5 – Cities. In this interview, she discusses the paradoxes of growth in cities that disallow women from achieving social equality in...

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Stefano Bartolini on happiness and social growth

Stefano Bartolini is an economist at the University of Siena and serves as a lead author of Chapter 2 - Social Progress... A Compass. In this interview, he emphasizes the importance of creating intimate and social relationships in achieving happiness and describes how...

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Colin Crouch on democratic inequality

Colin Crouch is a former professor of political science and sociology at the University of Warwick and serves as a lead author for Chapter 9 - The Paradoxes of Democracy and the Rule of Law. In this interview, he explains how economic inequality can strain democracy....

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David de la Croix on growth and demographics

David de la Croix is an economist at Université Catholique de Louvain and serves as a lead author for Chapter 4 - Economic Growth, Human Development and Planetary Welfare. In this interview, he describes the relationships between economic growth and demographic...

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Gili Drori on governance of education

Gili Drori is a sociologist at Hebrew University and serves as a lead author of Chapter 19 - How Can Education Promote Social Progress? In this interview, she explains how governance of education is no longer solely in the hands of governments, and describes the...

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Ottmar Edenhofer urges for climate negotiations

Ottmar Edenhofer is an economist of climate change at PIK and MCC in Berlin and serves as a coordinating lead author for Chapter 4 - Economic Growth, Human Development and Planetary Welfare. In this interview, he discusses the need for strict climate negotiations that...

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Fernando Filgueira on welfare reform

Fernando Filgueira is a sociologist at El Centro de Informaciones y Estudios del Uruguay and serves as a lead author of Chapter 8 - Social Justice, Well-Being and Economic Organization. In this interview, he describes flaws in welfare systems and discusses how they...

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Karin Aggestam on bottom-up peace policies

Karin Aggestam is a professor of political science at Lund University and serves as a lead author of Chapter 10 – Violence, Wars, Peace, Security. In this interview, she advocates for the necessity of grassroots peace movements in contrast to counterproductive...

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Johannes Siegrist on the quality of work and life

Johannes Siegrest is a professor of medical sociology at the University of Düsseldorf and serves as a lead author of Chapter 7: The Future of Work: Good Jobs for All? In this interview, he discusses the disparities of quality of work conditions across geographies, and...

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Edenhofer (Chapter 4) presents work at CD Links

On May 17 and 18, CD Links - a collaborative research project linking climate and development policies -  held an expert workshop on multi-disciplinary dialogue on poverty and inequality in climate modeling. Coordinating Lead Author of Chapter 4, Ottmar Edenhofer,...

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Stockholm, May 17-18: Chapter 9 and 14 Workshops

Chapter 9, on democracy and the rule of law, and Chapter 14, on democracy and equality, will hold their chapter workshops at the Institute for Future Studies in Stockholm, Sweden. The workshops will take place on May 17 and 18 and will be an opportunity for the...

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Chapter 5 met in Paris on May 6-7

Chapter 5, focused on cities, met at FMSH in Paris, France this past weekend. The chapter is led by CLA Edgar Pieterse (University of Cape Town, South Africa) and CLA Saskia Sassen (Columbia University, USA) as well as eight other lead authors. We thank FMSH for their...

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Chapter 15 and 20 meet in Stockholm, April 28-29

Chapter 15 on Social Progress and Cultural Change and Chapter 20 on Belonging and Solidarity will both hold their chapter workshops this month. The authors will convene at the Institute for Future Studies in Stockholm, Sweden on April 28 and 29. The chapter workshop...

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Chapter 1 will meet in Dublin April 28-29

Chapter 1 on Social Trends and New Geographies is scheduled to meet at Dublin City University for their chapter workshop at the end of this month. From April 28 to 29, the two coordinating lead authors and twelve lead authors will meet to discuss their work and make...

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Chapter 10 Workshop, Paris, April 22-23

Chapter 10 on Violence, Wars, Peace, Security will be meeting in Paris, France later this month. The chapter workshop, held at FMSH on April 22 and April 23, will allow the two coordinating lead authors, Peter Wallensteen (University of Uppsala) and Michel Wieviorka...

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Chapter 3 to meet in Germany April 8-9

Chapter 3 on Inequality and Social Progress, under the leadership of Rebeca Grynspan and Stephen Klasen, will be meeting this weekend April 8th and 9th. The chapter workshop allows the coordinating lead and lead authors to come together face-to-face and make progress...

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“Mohammed, Tarik, Esra” by Pelin Tan

Op-Ed by Assoc.Prof.Dr. Pelin Tan, Sociologist                                                         Lead-Author of "Towards the Urban Society" – International Panel on Social Progress – Turkey A 17 year old Syrian refugee named Mohammed follows me to my department...

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Chapter 13 to meet in Australia April 13-15

Chapter 13 on Media and Communication, led by Nick Couldry and Koichi Iwabuchi, will meet at the University of Melbourne for a three-day chapter workshop. The workshop will take place from April 13 to April 15. A public lecture and panel will open the workshop: In...

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Chapter 6 meets at ESSEC in Paris on March 5-6

On March 5 and 6, Chapter 6 ("Markets, Finance and Corporations: Does Capitalism Have a Future?") will meet for their chapter workshop at ESSEC in Paris. The workshop is hosted by Marie-Laure Djelic and supported by ESSEC as well as the Swedish Research Council....

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Sanjay Reddy on growth trends and globalization

Sanjay Reddy is an Associate Professor of Economics at The New School for Social Research and serves as a Lead Author for Chapter 3: Inequality and Social Progress. In this video, he discusses several topics including growth trends in various countries, globalization,...

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Rob Reich on general education

Rob Reich is a Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Stanford University and serves as a Coordinating Lead Author for Chapter 19: How Can Education Promote Social Progress? In this video, he explains the importance of establishing widely available education...

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Elisa Reis on cultural perceptions of society

Elisa Reis is a Professor of Political Sociology at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and serves on the Steering Committee, the Scientific Council, and as a Coordinating Lead Author for Chapter 1: Social Trends and New Geographies. In this video, she...

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Dan Hausman on the allocation of resources

Dan Hausman is a professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and serves as a Lead Author for Chapter 18: Global Health and The Changing Contours of Life. In this video, he describes how one of the fundamental causes of social injustice is a shortage...

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Frances McGinnity on the work-life balance

Frances McGinnity is joint co-coordinator of Equality and Integration Research at the Economic and Social Research Institute and serves as a Lead Author for Chapter 7: The Future of Work - Good Jobs for All? In this video, she speaks about how managing the balance...

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Arne Kalleberg on precarious professions

Arne Kalleberg is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and serves as a Lead Author for Chapter 7: The Future of Work - Good Jobs for All? In this video, he discusses how job security and economic stability for the...

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Eden Medina discusses data privacy

Eden Medina is a professor of informatics and computing, law, and history at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is also a Lead Author of Chapter 11: Supranational Organisations and Technologies of Governance. In this video, she discusses how data privacy policy...

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David Schkade on well-being experiements

David Schkade is a Professor of Management and Strategy at UC San Diego, and serves a member of the Scientific Council of the IPSP as well as a Coordinating Lead Author for Chapter 8: Social Justice, Well-Being, and Economic Organization. In this video, he talks about...

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Science, technology and society workshop

The STS cross-chapter group meets in Hannover, on Jan. 13-15, 2016, to brainstorm about the role STS can play in Rethinking Society, and the notion of Social Progress. The participants of the workshop are authors spread over all the chapters of the IPSP report to...

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Islam and the West, by Akeel Bilgrami

This text is drawn from a longer speech given at the World Public Forum on ‘the dialogue between civilisations and the idea of a world order’. We speak much today of Islam, indeed do so obsessively, and we speak of its relations to the West, and when we do, we do so...

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Saskia Sassen on the global city

Saskia Sassen is a professor of sociology at Columbia University and serves as a coordinating lead author of Chapter 5: Cities. In this interview, she explains the role of global cities as networks rather than competitors, and discusses how language should change to...

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Martin O’Neill on the exclusivity of capitalism

Martin O'Neill is a political philosopher who teaches in the Politics department at the University of York and is serving as a lead author for Chapter 6: Markets, Finance and Corporations -- Does Capitalism Have a Future? In this interview, he discusses current issues...

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Akeel Bilgrami explains the unalienated life

Akeel Bilgrami works as a philosopher on the link between politics and culture. He discusses the difficulty for liberalism to deal with identity politics, invokes Gandhi's critique of modernity, the tension between liberty and equality, and introduces us to the idea...

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What the IPSP is all about…

Saskia Sassen, John Roemer, Nancy Ammerman, Sheila Jasanoff, Elke Weber and Akeel Bilgrami have taken the time to tell you about the IPSP. In the video below, they describe the goals of the panel and the impact that they hope the report will have on our world.  ...

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IPSP now available in Chinese

Today we are introducing the IPSP website in Chinese - the sixth translation following the English, Spanish, German, French, and Russian version. There are about 1.2 billion people who are native speakers of Chinese and we are looking forward to welcoming...

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IPSP Steering Committee adds five members

Ernest Aryeetey, Katsuhito Iwai, Elisa Reis, Leela Visaria, and Xiaobo Zhang have joined the Steering Committee: Ernest Aryeetey, Professor of Economics and Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana Katsuhito Iwai, Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo Elisa...

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IPSP now available in Russian

Today we are introducing the IPSP website in Russian - the fifth translation following the English, Spanish, German, and French version. There are more than 250 million people who are native speakers of Russian and we are looking forward to welcoming many...

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Social Media Presence Launched

A few days ago, the IPSP officially launched its Facebook and Twitter channel, increasing its public outreach and allowing people to stay up to date on the panel's progress. You can like/follow us here: IPSP on Facebook IPSP on Twitter Contact Us...

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New Partner: Institute for Futures Studies

The Institute for Futures Studies - an independent research organization focused on the development of society - has become the newest partner of the IPSP. Take a look at their work here: http://www.iffs.se/en/ Contact Us International Panel on Social...

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