The Faculty of Social Sciences was established in 1967 and has since undergone rapid expansion and significant transformation. The Faculty comprises the Departments of Geography, Politics and Public Administration, Psychology, Social Work and Social Administration, and Sociology. It also has six multidisciplinary research centres that provide a platform for research interaction and collaboration among colleagues on campus and in the wider world. To develop areas of excellence and to leverage our interdisciplinary approach to social science, the Faculty has identified four strategic areas for research, teaching and learning, and knowledge exchange for the medium to long term: China studies; nonprofit management and civil society; public policy; and social and cognitive neuroscience.

The Faculty seeks to contribute to the advancement of society and the development of leaders through a global presence, regional significance and engagement with the rest of China and strives to attract and nurture outstanding scholars in the social sciences from around the world through excellence and innovation in teaching and learning, research and knowledge exchange. The Faculty also aims to produce citizens with a global perspective who are critical thinkers, socially aware, ready to embrace diversity, and seek to make an impact on society.

Located in the heart of Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international trade, the University of Southern California is a world-renowned private research institution enrolling more international students than any other U.S. university.  Established in 1880 USC has more than $650 million in annual research expenditures, and is ranked among the top 10 private universities in U.S. federally supported research activity. With over 3500 full time faculty, its 18,000 undergraduate students and 22,000 graduate students pursue degrees in a wide range of academic disciplines.  The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy is one of the most distinctive and highly regarded schools of its kind in the United States. Its faculty and students alike share a common concern for the public good and a vision of a better tomorrow. They are committed to producing innovative research and improving communities at home and abroad. What sets USC Price apart from its peers is a unique multidisciplinary approach that bridges the public, private and nonprofit sectors to address the complex problems in our rapidly changing world. The USC Price School recognizes the importance of adding a global dimension to its degrees and student experience. It has a strong international orientation by expanding the opportunity for overseas projects, especially in Asia.

To support the organization of the biennial International Conference on Public Policy, the International Public Policy Association (IPPA) is established with the objectives of promoting scientific research in the field of Public Policy and contributing to its international development. IPPA organizes a regular international general conference on Public Policy with a view to developing international networks which contribute to the Public Policy field, and promoting the international diffusion of knowledge on Public Policy.