Institute for Social Science Research on Algeria

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ISSRA’s Launch

8 June 2021

We are pleased to inform you of the launch of The Institute for Social Science Research on Algeria (ISSRA), Fr -Institut pour les Sciences Sociales et la Recherche sur l’Algérie,

معهد اﻷﺑﺎﺣث ﻓﻲ اﻟﻌﻠوم اﻻﺟﺘﻣﺎﻋﻴﺔ ﻋن اﻟﺟﺰاﺋﺮ 

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Launched in June 2021 , this new trilingual scientific platform (English, Arabic, French) is interdisciplinary, allowing a continuous dialogue between sociology, political science, economics, history, anthropology, and other related disciplines.

Led by two young Algerian researchers, Amel Boubekeur and Tin Hinane El Kadi, ISSRA is an independent research centre that aims to:

  1. Publish empirical and theoretical studies on different political, economic, social, and cultural aspects shaping
    contemporary Algeria.
  2. Contribute to strengthening local research capacities as well as promoting the work of a new generation of Algerian
    researchers in the international academic arena.
  3. Create a space for dialogue between those who make up the scientific community, policymakers, private actors,
    experts from different professional backgrounds, and civil society actors.

The institute’s activities include the publication of research papers, policy papers, as well as the organisation of working groups, training workshops, round tables, and conferences. ISSRA will also support two researchers annually to help them produce and publish an original piece of work.

To guide its activities, ISSRA has set up a scientific board. The board is made up of leading social scientists working on Algeria, including historians, political scientists, economists, sociologists, and anthropologists. The board currently includes the following researchers: Hugh Roberts, Karima Direche, Benjamin Stora, Rachid Ouaissa, Louisa Ait Hamadouche, Isabelle Warenfels, El Mouhoub Mouhoud, Taieb Hafsi, Fatma Oussedik, Mohamed Mebtoul, Jonathan Wyrtzen, and Ratiba Hadj Moussa.

ISSRA will host associate researchers and visiting researchers. Associate researchers contribute to ISSRA’s activities on a regular basis by publishing papers and organising events related to their research. Visiting researchers are hosted by ISSRA for a period of six months to conduct empirically grounded research.

ISSRA welcomes suggestions on articles, research projects and events in relevant topics. Please contact us at:

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8 June 2021