Global Social Change Research Project

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The Global Social Change Research Project is a project devoted to bringing a clear understanding to the general public about social change. They have reports about social, political, economic, demographic and technological change throughout the world.

History of the project[edit]

This project was started shortly before 2000. Since the project started producing reports, their reports have been cited in a wide variety of academic topics, such as general global social and economic transformation,[1][2] economic inequality,[3] macromarketing,[4] Gender and rural development,[5] organizational change,[6] capitalism,[7] tourism,[8][9][10] economic growth,[11] urban sustainability,[12] regionalism and policy[13] and especially in the area of quality of life.[14][15][16][17][18][19][20]

In addition to producing social change reports, staff from the project have written on applied sociology throughout the world,[21] conducted research about China,[22][23] and reviewed books on various topics such as applied statistics for public policy,[24] democracy and governance[25] and history.[26][27][28]

Reports from the project have been cited by a number of texts and studies, such as a course on sustainable development,[29] a chapter in a book on transnational education,[30] a chapter in a book on demographic changes and tourism,[31] and a paper on political regimes and education.[32]

Major Areas of Study[edit]

Some of the major reports from the study describe available indicators on the web to measure Quality of life[33] or progress of the world.[34] Recent reports show that, recently, World population growth is slowing,[35] and that, recently, inequality in Infant mortality rates between developing and developed countries is declining, mainly because infant mortality rates among developed countries is now very low, and so has stopped declining.[36]


One of the main conclusions from the population trend reports is that from 1950 to 2010, the distribution of world population changed significantly. The largest change was that Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean increased from 17.3% to 25% of the world population while Northern America and Europe declined from 22.7% to 12.4%. Asia changed little, only increasing from 60% of world population to 63%.


  1. ^ Aktan, C.C. “Understanding Change Trends and Dynamics in a Rapidly Changing World”, in: Qafqaz and Central Asia in a Globalization Era, (International Conference Organized by Qafqaz University, Bakı- Azerbaijan, 2–5 May 2007.
  2. ^ Jay A. Weinstein, Social and Cultural Change Rowman & Littlefield, 2005.
  3. ^ Atweh, Bill and Bland, Derek C. (2007) Action Research in Contexts of Change and Inequality. In: Atweh, Bill and Balagtas, Marilyn and Bernado, Allan and Ferido, Marlene and Macpherson, Ian, (eds.) Ripples of change: A journey of teacher education reform in the Philippines. Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Philippines, Philippines, pp. 193-219.
  4. ^ Paswan, Audhesh K. and Trang P. Tran. Vietnam and Entrepreneurial Private Enterprises: A Macromarketing Perspective. Journal of Macromarketing December 7, 2011.
  5. ^ Deji, Olanike F. Gender and Rural Development. LIT Verlag Münster, 2011
  6. ^ Langer, Josef, Nikša Alfirević, and Jurica Pavicic. 2005. Organizational Change in Transition Societies. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  7. ^ Giorgio Baruchello, Good and Bad Capitalism. Re-thinking Value, Human Needs, and the Aims of Economic Activity. 2009. abstract is here
  8. ^ Tom Baum, Demographic change and labour supply in global tourism to 2030: a tentative assessment. Chapter 5 in Contemporary Issues in Irish and Global Tourism and Hospitality. Geraldine Gorham, Ziene Mottiar,
  9. ^ Baum, T. (2010) Demographic changes and the labour market in the international tourism industry. In: How Demography Will Shape the Future of the Tourism and Leisure Industries: Where Have all the People Gone? Goodfellow, Oxford.
  10. ^ Gorham, Geraldine and Mottiar, Ziene, "Contemporary Issues in Irish and Global Tourism and Hospitality" (2010). Books / Book chapters. Paper 15.
  11. ^ Eff, E. Anthon, and Rionero, Giuseppe. The Motor of Growth? Parental Investment and per capita GDP. World Cultures eJournal, 18(1), 2011
  12. ^ C. Fu, J. Tah, G. Aouad, R. Cooper. Developing An Integrated Database For Urban Sustainability Analysis. 3rd International SCRI Symposium on April 2006 in Delft, The Netherlands
  13. ^ Leonardo Baccini, Andreas Dür. The New Regionalism and Policy Interdependence. Paper presented at the 66th Annual National Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April 3–6, 2008.
  14. ^ Hasan, Lubna. 2008. Cities and Quality of Life-Should We Monitor Pakistani Cities? Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, working paper 2008: 46
  15. ^ Kathleen W. Wyrwich and Cynthia R. Gross, Quality of Life in Clinical Medicine. Chapter in Sleep and Quality of Life in Clinical Medicine. Joris C. Verster, S. R. Pandi-Perumal and David L. Streiner.
  16. ^ E. Umunnakwe Johnbosco and A.O. Nnaji. Influence of Landuse Patterns on Otamiri River, Owerri and Urban Quality of Life. Pak. J. Nutr., 10 (11): 1053-1057, 2011
  17. ^ Křupka Jiří, Jirava Pavel, Kašparová Miloslava and Mandys Jan. Quality of life investigation case study in the Czech Republic. Proceeding FSKD'09 Proceedings of the 6th international conference on Fuzzy systems and knowledge discovery - Volume 1 IEEE Press Piscataway, NJ, USA ©2009
  18. ^ Kaldaru, H.; Kaasa, A.; Tamm, K. (2009). Level of Living and Well-being as Measures of Welfare: Evidence from European Countries. Discussions on Estonian Economic Policy (61 - 80). Listed here at Dr. Kaasa's page
  19. ^ Arun Özgür and Aylin Çakıroğlu Çevik, Quality of Life in Ageing Societies: Italy, Portugal, and Turkey. Educational Gerontology, Volume 37, Issue 11, 2011, pages 945-966.
  20. ^ Ryan, Diane M. and Lolita M. Burrell. What they deserve: quality of life in the US military. Chapter 26 in The Oxford Handbook of Military Psychology. Janice H. Laurence, Michael D. Matthews. Oxford University Press, 2012.
  21. ^ Gene Shackman, Xun Wang and Ya-Lin Liu. Doing Sociology Around the World. In Doing Sociology. Jammie Price, Jeff Breese, and Roger Straus. Rowman & Littlefield, Lexington Books, Lanham, MD. July 2009.
  22. ^ Jiaming Sun and Xun Wang, “Value Differences between Generations in China: A Study in Shanghai". Journal of Youth Studies, 1:65-81. (2010)
  23. ^ Wang Xun. Review of The Structure and Evolution of Chinese Social Stratification, Yi Li. In Journal of Asian and African Studies 2006 41: 521-523.
  24. ^ Gene Shackman. Review of Applied Statistics for Public Policy. by Brian Macfie and Philip Nufrio. In March 2006 issue of Journal of Official Statistics. Page 166-168.
  25. ^ Gene Shackman. Review of Democracy, Governance, and Economic Performance: Theory and Evidence. Feng, Yi. in International Social Science Review, Vol 79(3&4), 2004. Available at
  26. ^ Gene Shackman. Review of The Human Tradition in America: 1865 to the Present. Charles W. Calhoun (ed). In International Social Science Review, Vol 79(1&2), 2004. Available at
  27. ^ Gene Shackman and Ya-Lin Liu. Review of Transforming Post Communist Political Economies, Nelson, Tilly and Walker (eds), in the April 2002 issue of Teaching Sociology.
  28. ^ Gene Shackman. Review of How Societies Change by Daniel Chirot, in the April 2001 issue of Teaching Sociology
  29. ^ Rydén, Lars. "Social change and transitions of societies". Sustainable Development a Baltic University Programme course. Baltic University. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  30. ^ Francois, Emmanuel Jean (2016). What is Transnational Education (PDF). Rottersam/Boston/Taipai: Sense Publishers. pp. 3–22. ISBN 978-94-6300-420-6. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  31. ^ Baum, Tom (2010). Demographic changes and the labour market in the international tourism industry (PDF). Oxford: Goodfellow. ISBN 9781906884154.
  32. ^ Desjardins, Richard (2013). "Considerations of the impact of neoliberalism and alternative regimes on learning and its outcomes: an empirical example based on the level and distribution of adult learning". International Studies in Sociology of Education. 23 (3): 182–203. doi:10.1080/09620214.2013.790659.
  33. ^ Gene Shackman, Ya-Lin Liu and Xun Wang. Measuring quality of life using free and public domain data. Social Research Update, Issue 47, Autumn, 2005. Available at
  34. ^ Gene Shackman, Ya-Lin Liu, and Xun Wang, Global Social Change Research Project: Measuring Progress of the World. The New England Sociological Association 2009 Spring Conference. Springfield, MA, April 2009. Abstract here
  35. ^ Shackman, Gene, Xun Wang and Ya-Lin Liu. 2011. Brief review of world population trends. Available at
  36. ^ Shackman, Gene, Xun Wang and Ya-Lin Liu. 2011. Brief Review of Trends in World Infant Mortality Rate. The Global Social Change Research Project. Available at

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