A Worldwide Look at the Social Sciences

July 8, 2010

Western universities continue to dominate the social sciences, but the disciplines are seeing significant growth in Asia and Latin America, according to a new report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Among the findings:

  • Two-thirds of social science journals in the world are published in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany.
  • In Brazil, the number of social science researchers has nearly tripled in the last decade.
  • In China, spending on social sciences has increased 15 to 20 percent a year since 2003.
  • Social science research has been in decline in Russia and the other states of the former Soviet Union.
  • In Sub-Saharan Africa, three-quarters of publications in the social sciences are from a few universities in three countries: South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria.

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