Crisis and Global Transformations ‐ the mood for improving social sciences application in the XXI Century. The Arctic region and the Gulf of Guinea in comparison.

Project Title:
Crisis and Global Transformations ‐ the mood for improving social sciences application in the XXI Century. The Arctic region and the Gulf of Guinea in comparison

Start and End of Project:
2014 - ongoing

Chief Investigator:
Sandra Balão

Research Team:

Researcher Name
Institutional Afiliation
Sandra Balão  CAPP/ISCSP


Summary:

The main purpose of this project is to demonstrate how a crisis (and not exclusively the 2008 one) can be responsible for global transformations, which effects must be analyzed and explained. A second purpose is directly related to the choice of the cases of the Arctic region and of the Gulf of Guinea. Both are [new] real and potential strategic natural resources hotspots where the effects of these [new] global transformations achieve either a (supranational) regional or a (supranational) global character, what explains the need of an acute attention and long run perspectives of analysis. Thirdly, the final objective to be pursued is – by exploring the real and potential effects of these changing status quo on human social existence in those regions – to prove the need for social sciences “looking to reality as it is”. In the end, an exploratory Social Sciences Strategy for the XXI Century will be designed, stressing the need of a renewed responsibility for the social sciences.

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