1963-2018 - 55 years of Research for Social Change

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Current Research


Overcoming Inequalities: Towards a New Eco-social Contract (UNRISD Strategy 2021–2025) sets out the priorities and themes of the Institute over the period 2021–2025. It integrates research, communications, policy engagement, results and impact—and is calibrated against the fast-moving social, economic and political context as it impacts on development. It is the product of work with a wide range of stakeholders, and takes on board policy concerns and academic debates.

UNRISD carries out research that helps national governments and others achieve their sustainable development objectives. In our research we consider the innovations and pathways that can lead towards more inclusive development outcomes, while also exploring how critical obstacles can be overcome. Tackling the root causes of inequalities is a cross-cutting objective of all the research programmes. Furthermore, each programme in its own way brings insight to the development of a new eco-social contract.