The ISA is an international non-profit social science association established in 1949 under the auspices of UNESCO. Its purpose to represent social scientists everywhere, regardless of their school of thought, scientific approaches or ideological opinion, and to advance social knowledge throughout the world. Its members come from 109 countries.
The ISA is a member of the International Social Science Council and enjoys a status of the Non-Governmental Organization in formal associate relations with UNESCO and special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
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ISA Research Committees
The on-going scientific activities of the ISA are decentralised in Research Committees, Working Groups and Thematic Groups. Each deals with a well recognized specialty.
These groups bring together scholars who wish to pursue comparative research on a transnational basis and they constitute basic networks of scientific research, intellectual debate and professional exchange.
The Research Committee on Housing and the Built Environment is one of many ISA research committees. Each is designated by a name and number. Housing and the Built Environment is, for example, Research Committee 43 of the ISA (RC43, for short).
Other ISA research committees focus on a wide range of topics, including: Aging; Childhood; Communication, Knowledge and Culture; Community Research; Comparative Sociology; Economy and Society; Environment and Society; Ethnic, Race and Minority Relations; Health; Migration; Participation, Organizational Democracy and Self-Management; Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy; Regional and Urban Development; Social Movements, Collective Action and Social Change; and Women in Society.
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