GLOBAL: Social science expanding

Social science from Western countries continues to have the greatest global influence but the field is expanding rapidly in Asia and Latin America, particularly in China and Brazil.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, social scientists from South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya produce 75% of academic publications. In South Asia, barring some centres of excellence in India, social sciences as a whole have low priority.

These are a few of the findings from Unesco's World Social Science Report 2010: Knowledge divides. Produced by the International Social Science Council and co-published with Unesco, the report is the first comprehensive overview of the field in more than a decade.

Hundreds of social scientists from around the world contributed their expertise to the publication. The report was presented during its official launch at Unesco Headquarters in Paris last month.