1963-2013 - 50 years of Research for Social Change

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Publications


UNRISD pursues an active and varied publications programme, which includes in-house and commercially published books, special reports, programme and occasional papers, as well as newsletters on specific events and the Institute’s work in general.

This section provides a catalogue of our publications, and free online access to many of them. We encourage you to subscribe to our free email alerts service to be informed when new publications are posted on this Web site.

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Implementing Eco-Social Policies: Barriers and Opportunities—A Preliminary Comparative Analysis

September 2016

Implementing Eco-Social Policies: Barriers and Opportunities—A Preliminary Comparative Analysis

Author: Diletta Carmi

This paper analyses opportunities for and barriers to the effective adoption of eco-social policies in national programmes by undertaking a comparative analysis of case studies in three countries: Costa Rica, Ecuador and the Democratic Republic of Congo.The author looks at the different approaches taken in each country, analysing the benefits and trade-offs as well as the factors that led to their adoption or defeat. She then examines how the actors involved, the economic agenda, the national and international contexts, and the national policy framework influenced the success or failure of eco-social policies. Drawing from this, she identifies topics for future research on the topic.

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Redefining a Rights-Based Approach in the Context of Temporary Labour Migration in Asia

September 2016

Redefining a Rights-Based Approach in the Context of Temporary Labour Migration in Asia

Author: Nicola Piper, Stuart Rosewarne, Matt Withers

This paper analyses the implications of the dominant framework that has guided migration policy in Asia and identifies institutional gaps that hamper the realization of migrants’ human and labour rights in East, Southeast, South and West Asia.

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The Human Rights-Based Approach to Social Protection (Issue Brief 2)

August 2016

The Human Rights-Based Approach to Social Protection (Issue Brief 2)

This Issue Brief introduces readers to the human rights-based approach to social protection. It highlights the fundamental principles of this approach, which are explored in detail at socialprotection-humanrights.org, and directs readers to the key human rights instruments and other tools that are available to help policy makers and practitioners advocate for and operationalize a rights-based approach to social protection.

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Between Protest and Policy: Women Claim their Right to Agricultural Land in Rural China and India

August 2016

Between Protest and Policy: Women Claim their Right to Agricultural Land in Rural China and India

Author: Govind Kelkar

This paper situates the discussion on women and land in the broader context of women’s emerging agential power against the patriarchal forces of the state, market fundamentalism and social cultural norms that influence both formal and informal institutions at various levels. Women’s claims are thus framed against two major related factors: an insidious state-backed development policy that keeps women dependent on the male as the head of the household; and a combination of institutional structures with social norms and legal rules that shut most rural women out of land and property ownership.

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Gender Dimensions of Livelihood Security in Dryland Areas of China (Issue Brief 1)

August 2016

Gender Dimensions of Livelihood Security in Dryland Areas of China (Issue Brief 1)

Author: Andrea Kaufmann, Paola Cagna

This brief details the findings of a scoping study carried out by UNRISD together with the Centre for Chinese Agricultural Policy (CCAP) and other Chinese partners. It found, among other things, that there was limited understanding of issues at the intersection of environmental and climate change, livelihoods and gender, with little sex disaggregated data or gendered analysis of problems and impacts, or capacity to undertake such work.

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