European Coordination Centre for Research and Documentation in Social Sciences (Vienna Centre)

Centre européen de coordination de recherche et de documentation en sciences sociales (Centre de Vienne)
Centro Europeo de Coordinación de Investigación y de Documentación en las Ciencias Sociales
Europäisches Koordinationszentrum für Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung und Dokumentation

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6 Apr 1963, Vienna (Austria), in pursuance of resolution adopted by General Conference of UNESCO at its XIIth Session (1962), as an autonomous body of International Social Science Council (ISSC), following a decision of its Executive Committee. Also referred to as Vienna International Centre and by French initials: CEUCORS. Ceased activities in 1993, when functions transferred to International Institute for Social Sciences, Malta (IISS).


Facilitate contacts between social scientists from different parts of Europe and enhance scientific debate and exchange between them; stimulate European cross-national studies in social sciences. The Vienna (Austria) Centre thus fulfils a dual role: 'Political': promoting cooperation between social scientists from East and West European countries and by doing so contributing to the implementation of the Final Act of Helsinki (Finland) and to international mutual understanding; 'Scientific': stimulating European cross-national studies and thus contributing to the development of theoretical knowledge, the solution of policy problems and the internationalization of social science in numerous ways.

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'Scientific activities': coordination of international comparative studies; organization of conferences and workshops on topical themes in social sciences; stimulation of information and documentation exchange; training of social scientists in problems of the theory, methodology and organization of international East-West comparative research. Although set up to cover any realm of social science, not being restricted to a particular theme of social investigation, 'priority' is given to studies of social change and to research into problems of current societal relevance. 'Current Research Programme': (A) Technology and Society; (B) Environment and Society; (C) The Mediterranean Region; (D) Family and Demography; (E) Local and Urban Systems; (F) Language, Ethnicity, Culture; (G) The Economy and Agriculture; (H) Information and Documentation; (I) Peace and Conflict Studies; (J) Interdisciplinarity and Philosophy; (K) Training. Activities involve 'international collaboration' at every stage of the research process. Research conceptions and instruments result from discussions involving several national teams. Data collection is done by national teams according to generally agreed guidelines; interpretation and analysis are done both nationally and internationally. Instrumental in setting up and includes European Cooperation in Social Science Information and Documentation (ECSSID).


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Relations with 7 non-governmental organizations.
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Subjects *

  • Information
    • Documentation
  • Research, Standards
    • Research
  • Sociology
    • Sociology
  • International Relations
    • Planetary Initiatives
  • Comprehension
    • Comprehension

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



Last News Received

17. Jan 1994
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