GRIP was established in 2019 as a collaboration between the University of Bergen (UiB) and the International Science Council (ISC) to foster co-designed processes of knowledge creation to understand the multiple dimensions of rising inequalities.
Since 1992, UiB has collaborated with what is now the ISC to tackle poverty in the form of an earlier programme called Comparative Research Programme on Poverty. The programme focused on working collaboratively with knowledge networks, institutions and scholars to promote research and policy exchange related to poverty.
Building on this legacy, GRIP will integrate different empirical and theoretical, qualitative and quantitative, local and comparative/global research approaches. Designed as an inter-disciplinary programme with an anchor in the social sciences, GRIP will involve health, data, natural and other sciences, in co-designed processes of knowledge construction.
“A key challenge for contemporary science is finding and identifying pathways to global sustainability that can reduce inequality and lift people out of poverty. Some of the significant gains that have been made in reducing poverty are now being threatened by pressing global challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss and conflict. The GRIP programme, by providing a vibrant and interactive network of social scientists that collaborate on these issues, can build the critical knowledge required to identify and develop these pathways”, said Mathieu Denis, ISC Science Director.