UNRISD is an autonomous United Nations agency that carries out research on social dimensions
of contemporary problems affecting development.
Announcing DFID Call for Expressions of Interest - Evaluation of UNRISD
The United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) is tendering for experienced evaluators to conduct an evaluation of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), covering the years 2008-2013.... more
New Think Piece Series on Social and Solidarity Economy
In the run-up to its major conference on Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE), UNRISD is publishing a series of think pieces by scholars and practitioners working on a broad range of issues within the field of SSE. ... more
50 Years of Research for Social Change—UNRISD 1963-2013
A new year marks a time for reflection. When the year is also a 50th anniversary it calls for longer pause – and for celebration. In August 1963 UNRISD was established through the inspiration of the first Nobel laureate in economics, Jan Tinbergen, and Gunnar Myrdal (1974 Nobel laureate). The vision of these leading economic thinkers of the day was that "development" – at the time largely defined by economic growth through planned capital accumulation, infrastructure investment and industrial modernization – was failing to take adequate account of social issues, and a concern that this failure could compromise the development project itself. ... more