UNESCO. Division of Social Sciences Research and Policy

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UNESCO. Division of Social Sciences Research and Policy

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  • UNESCO. Division de la recherche et des politiques en sciences sociales

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  • SHS/SRP
  • UNESCO. Division of Social Science Research and Policy
  • UNESCO. Division of Social Sciences, Research and Policy

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Dates of existence

1994-05-01 - 2011-09-15

History

In 1994, the Division of Social Science, Research and Policy (SHS/SRP) was created as part of a larger reorganization of the Social and Human Sciences Sector. SHS/SRP replaced the former Division for the International Development of the Social and Human Sciences (SHS/IDS) and the former Division of Population, Human Habitat and Development Studies (SHS/PHD). SHS/SRP continued activities on establishing UNESCO Chairs and University Twinning and Networking Programme (UNITWIN) networks in the social sciences and support of the International Social Science Journal. It was also responsible for publication of the World Social Science Reports.

Initially the Division of Social Science, Research and Policy was composed of two units: the Management of Social Transformations (MOST) and Capacity Building Unit (SHS/SRP/MOST) and the Human Habitat Unit (SHS/SRP/HH). SHS/SRP/MOST was responsible for institutional capacity building, data and information dissemination, policy-relevant activities concerning the MOST Programme, social transformations, exclusion and integration, sustainable human development, socio-cultural dimensions of environment, population and migrations, and coordinating the interdisciplinary and inter-agency project “Environment and population education and information for development .” SHS/SRP/HH was responsible for activities concerning the socio-cultural dimensions of human settlements and the implementation of projects on urban rehabilitation, especially concerning marginalized urban populations and the promotion of rural areas. In 1997, a Population and Migration Unit (SHS/SRP/POP) was added. The Human Habitat Unit was renamed the Cities and Human Habitat Unit (SHS/SRP/VHH) in 1999. In 2000, a Poverty, Micro Finance and Development Unit (SHS/SRP/MFU) was introduced. All these units had been dissolved by 2003 and replaced with units with slightly different areas of focus: Urban Development Section (SHS/SRP/URB); International Migration and Multiculturalism Section (SHS/SRP/MIG); Democracy and Governance Section (SHS/SRP/DEM); Policy and Cooperation in Social Sciences Section (SHS/SRP/POL). The Democracy and Governance Section was dissolved in 2004, but re-established in 2006, temporarily in SHS/SRP, before its activities were moved to the new Division of Human Rights, Human Security and Philosophy (SHS/RSP).

At the beginning of 2006, responsibility for the programme on physical education and sport, including the International Convention against Doping in Sport was transferred to the Division, creating a Physical Education and Sport Section (SHS/SRP/PES). Later that year, responsibility for activities relating to youth was also transferred, and a new Section for Youth, Sport and Physical Education was formed in the Division (SHS/SRP/YSPE).

In 2007, the International Migrations and Muticulturalism Section and the Urban Development Section were merged to form the Urban Development and Migration Section (SHS/SRP/URB-MIG).

The Division itself was dissolved in 2011 in the context of a reorganization of the Social and Human Sciences Sector. SHS/SRP activities were mostly absorbed by the Sector’s three new divisions: the Division for Inclusive Societies and Social Innovation, the Division for Ethics and Sustainable Development, and the Division for Youth and Sport.

SHS/SRP had the following heads: Ali Kazancigil, 1994-2002; [Acting Interim] Timothee Ngakoutou, 2002-2003; Chaibong Hahm, 2003-2005; [Acting Interim] Assistant Director-General Pierre Sané, 2005-2006; Wataru Iwamoto, 2006-2007; and, Elizabeth Longworth, 2009-2011.

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Related entity

UNESCO. Division for the International Development of Social and Human Sciences (1993-1994)

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temporal

Dates of the relationship

Description of relationship

The Division of Social Sciences Research and Policy inherited some activities of the Division for the International Development of Social and Human Sciences.

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UNESCO. Youth, Sports and Physical Education Section (2006-11-20 - 2011-09-15)

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hierarchical

Type of relationship

UNESCO. Youth, Sports and Physical Education Section is controlled by UNESCO. Division of Social Sciences Research and Policy

Dates of the relationship

2006-11-20 - 2011-09-15

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UNESCO. Social and Human Sciences Sector (1984 -)

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hierarchical

Type of relationship

UNESCO. Social and Human Sciences Sector controls UNESCO. Division of Social Sciences Research and Policy

Dates of the relationship

1994-05-01 - 2011-09-15

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UNESCO. Division of Population, Human Settlements and Development Studies (1993-03-25 - 1994-04-30)

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temporal

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UNESCO. Division of Population, Human Settlements and Development Studies is the predecessor of UNESCO. Division of Social Sciences Research and Policy

Dates of the relationship

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The Division of Social Sciences Research and Policy (SHS/SRP) inherited some of the activities of the former Division of Population, Human Settlements and Development Studies. See SHS/SRP for full administrative history.

Related entity

UNESCO. Division for the Promotion of Quality Education (2000-10-01 - 2006-07-11)

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temporal

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UNESCO. Division for the Promotion of Quality Education is the predecessor of UNESCO. Division of Social Sciences Research and Policy

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Responsibility for sports activities was transferred to the Division of Social Sciences Research and Policy (SHS/SRP) effective 9 January 2006. See administrative history for the Division of Youth and Sports Activities (SHS/YSA) for further information.

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Following RAD Rule 24.1A, authorized form of name comes from UNESCO Terminology Database as reference source. Other forms of name come from archival records (DG/Notes).

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Stub created, AWT, 5-8-2015. Authority record completed and entered upon review of Chief Archivist, AWT, 4-12-2015.

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