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national social science congress 10

Centering Social Sciences in Future-Proof Health and Well-Being.
27 - 29 July 2023 | Silliman University, Dumaguete City

In cooperation with Silliman University, the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC) will be holding the tenth National Social Science Congress (NSSC X) on 27-29 July 2023 in Silliman University Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. The NSSC X will adopt the theme Centering Social Sciences in Future-Proof Health and Well-Being.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed stark global inequities, fragilities, and unsustainable practices that pre-date this pandemic and have intensified its impact. Not only has it disrupted the flow of goods and people, but it has also reintroduced the longstanding flaws and issues within our public health system, especially in the Philippines. 

Recovering better from COVID-19 will depend on serious efforts to strengthen health systems, shore up social protections, protect economic opportunities, bolster multilateral collaboration, and enhance social cohesion. Yet, given the scale of action needed, the socioeconomic recovery from COVID-19 also provides a historic opportunity to reimagine societies using a social science lens and initiate the transformative changes necessary to achieve a better and brighter future.

When it comes to the social science view to prevent and control future pandemics, an understanding of the evolving role of politics, international relations, global health, economics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and ethics has been suggested as meriting urgent consideration by expert researchers. Insights from the full range of social disciplines, including global health, are needed now more than ever. Faced with pressing challenges and limited resources, governments urgently need robust evidence to inform critical policy decisions. While medical science has been front and center of the response to the virus, social scientists have an influential role in our recovery. 

Conference Themes

Now in its tenth gathering, the NSSC invites social scientists, scholars/experts, researchers, academics, policymakers, legislators, local officials, donor agencies, and civil society organizations to be involved in the discussion by sharing the results of their research. The research may fall within any of the existing discussion panel themes: 

  • History of public health in the Philippines
  • Role of power and politics in public health policies
  • Mental health in the Philippines
  • Indigenous peoples and traditional medicine
  • Public health: Insights from Big Data
  • Financial management of the government’s COVID-19 response in the Philippines
  • Intersectionality of gender and COVID-19
  • COVID-19 vaccination in the Philippines
  • Multilingual COVID-19 (social) media discourse
  • Epidemiological modeling of virus spread
  • Linkage between incidence and mortality rates, public health, and local economy
  • Advancing social science research methods in public health research
  • Research trends and trajectories in the social sciences and public health in the Philippines
  • Ethical and privacy issues on utilization of public health databases
  • Pandemic and the vulnerable groups and sectors
  • Monitoring health and well-being
  • Universal health coverage in the Philippines
  • Emerging and infectious diseases
  • Health innovations acceptance and impact
  • Telemedicines and e-health consultations
  • Social media, misinformation, and public health
  • Happiness economics
  • Efficient and effective healthcare provision
  • Research and development in medicine
  • Poverty and health
  • Economic burden of diseases
  • Health-related semantics and lexicons
  • Public health communication during a pandemic
  • Misinformation and disinformation on health
  • Role of media in health dissemination
  • Text analytics on health from social media
  • Healthcare policies and governance
  • Health careers and professional development
  • Management and administration of health care and well-being facilities
  • Governance and power relations in health programs
  • Monitoring public health and well-being
  • Citizen participation in public health planning
  • Community care and empowerment
  • Health care and equity
  • Power, place, and public health
  • Countercartographic interventions
  • Geonarratives and situated knowledges on health
  • Perception studies on health and well being
  • Theories and practices in public health
  • Social constructionist approach to health and well-being


Participants and presenters may get a discount for these hotels. You may contact them on how to avail of these discounts.

Registration Fees


Until 31 May 2023

After 31 May 2023




PSSC Members (individual members of PSSC member-organizations)



Students (graduate)



Students (undergraduate)



The registration fee will cover access to all sessions, lunches and mid-morning/afternoon refreshments, and a conference kit that includes a printed copy of the program and the book of abstracts.

Dates to Remember

31 Mar 2023

Deadline for submission of paper and panel abstract proposals

25 Apr 2023

Notification of paper or panel abstract acceptance

25 May 2023

Presenters’ deadline for registration (for paper presentation to be included in the program)

25Jun 2023

Presenters’ deadline for submission of full paper (for the selection of the best paper award)

26 Jul 2023

Pre-Conference Training (Sign up here)

27-29 Jul 2023

10th National Social Science Congress