Management of Social Transformations

Opportunities for Research

UNESCO has introduced a new program, Management of Social Transformations (MOST), to foster international, interdisciplinary, comparative, and policy-relevant social science research. The program focuses on three areas: management of change in multicultural and multiethnic societies; cities as arenas for accelerated social transformations; and coping locally and regionally with economic, technological, and environmental transformations. The objective of MOST is to develop data to be used by policymakers working in the three priority areas.

MOST projects should be carried out by multidisciplinary research networks from several countries. Proposals should outline a framework for coordinating large-scale, multinational teams and should state why a comparison of the selected countries is likely to contribute significant knowledge to the policy-making process.

Recognizing that many psychologists may not have the multidisciplinary, multinational contacts required for MOST, the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) will work with psychologists to identify social scientists in comparable areas in a range of countries. Interested parties should contact the IUPsyS Secretary-General, Gery d'Ydewalle, PhD, at: Department of Psychology, University of Leuven, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium; telephone: 32-16-32-59-64; FAX: 32-16-32-60-99; e-mail:

The MOST Scientific Steering Committee meets twice a year--in May/June and November/December. Research proposals should be submitted at least 3 months prior to the meeting dates. For information about the application process, contact the MOST Secretariat at UNESCO headquarters: 1 rue Miollis, 75732 Paris CEDEX 15, France; 33-1-45-68-37-99; FAX: 33-1-45-67-82-06; e-mail: SSMOST@FRUNES21.EARN

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