Management of Social Transformations
Type of Structure: program
Regional Scope: global
Parent Organisations: UNESCO.UN
Child Organisations:
Duration : 0 to present
Contact Address: no office contact defined

General information and objectives

MOST Management of Social Transformations (UNESCO)

MOST is the latest of UNESCO's international programmes. Its purpose is to bridge the gap between researchers in the social sciences and between them and decision-makers. The core institutional budget for MOST is provided through the regular budget of UNESCO. The substantive activities of MOST are funded by contributions from UNESCO Member States and from national and international funding agencies.

The objective of the programme is to promote international comparative social science research. Main emphasis is on supporting large-scale, long-term autonomous research and on transferring relevant findings and data to decision makers. MOST also published state-of-the-art reports that assess existing information on specific topics. The overall long-term goal is to establish sustainable links between scientific and policy communities and to emphasise the relevance of social science research for policy formulation.

MOST operates on three high-priority research areas:
  • multi-cultural and multi-ethnic societies

  • cities as arenas of accelerated social transformation (sustainable management of cities)

  • coping locally and regionally with economic, technological and environmental transformations.

    MOST research aims at surveying the effects of global changes on local and regional levels in order to support the effort made by local population and authorities to cope with them.

    Contact information: UNESCO, MOST Secretariat, Mr. Paul de Guchteneire, 1 rue Miollis, F-75732 Paris Cedex 15, France. Tel.: ++33-1-45-683799; fax:
    ++33-1-45-678206; e-mail:; WWW-site:

    For further details, link to the MOST Home Page

    Last update: 5/5/22
    Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2023)

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