AASSREC and GDN Launch Transformative Initiative to Elevate Social Sciences in the Indo-Pacific

The Association of Asian Social Science Research Councils (AASSREC) and the Global Development Network (GDN) are proud to announce the commencement of the ‘Boosting Social Sciences and their Contribution to Better Lives across the Indo-Pacific’ program, generously funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

This ground-breaking initiative aims to revolutionise social science research capacity, networks, and influence across the vast Indo-Pacific region. By mapping the current state of social sciences, supporting vital research initiatives through strategic research grants, and empowering regional collaborations, the program will create enduring networks and deeper understanding of the critical role social sciences play in addressing complex societal challenges.

Professor Dhananjay Singh, President of AASSREC, emphasised the program’s significance, stating, “This initiative marks a crucial step towards fostering collaboration and empowering researchers, particularly among underrepresented groups in the region. Our collective goal is to create lasting networks and amplify the role of social sciences in addressing pressing regional challenges.”

The Indo-Pacific, with its diverse population and multifaceted challenges, requires cohesive regional coordination. The program addresses key challenges such as the utilisation and policy impact of social sciences, the need for interdisciplinary approaches, and equitable engagement across countries and disciplines.

“Social sciences, with their interdisciplinary nature, are pivotal in addressing critical challenges ranging from development and environment to politics, technology, gender equity, migration, language, and governance structures within the Indo-Pacific,” said Professor Singh.

The ‘Boosting Social Sciences and their Contribution to Better Lives across the Indo-Pacific’ program embodies a concerted effort to drive collaborative research endeavours, promote equity, and empower social science researchers for a more inclusive and impactful future across the region.

View the program details on the AASSREC’s website for further information or sign up to receive updates on the program’s progress.