Thursday, 12 July 2018

SEGH 2018, the 34th Conference of the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health on Sustainable Geochemistry was successfully held at Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia during 2-7th July 2018. Dr. Chaosheng Zhang attended the conference, assessed presentations for student prizes, and made an oral presentation on use of hot spot analysis to reveal spatial patterns and hidden information in environmental geochemistry. Dr. Zhang is the immediate past President of SEGH (2015-2017).

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Dr. Chaosheng Zhang, School of Geography and Archaeology, was recently elected as co-Chair of International Medical Geology Association, for the service term 2018-2021. Dr. Zhang served as a councillor of IMGA for two terms during 2013-2015 and 2015-2017. The purpose of IMGA shall be to facilitate and promote co-operation between geoscientists, biomedical researchers, decision-makers and professionals to address human and animal health problems caused by geologic materials or processes.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Congratulations to Daithi Maguire on receiving the Geological Remote Sensing Group (GRSG) annual student award, Daithi will receive £1,000 to support his studies and research work and an invitation to the 2018 Annual Conference in London to present his winning paper. [Further Info]

Monday, 9 July 2018

Dr Eugene Farrell recently participated in the 10th International Conference of Aeolian Research (ICAR X), Bordeaux, France 25-28 June. Eugene and his colleagues from Canada and USA presented research on ‘Temporal patterns of aeolian saltation from field deployment of a vertical array of high frequency laser particle counters’. This small-scale sediment dynamics work is based on field research conducted in Jericoacoara, Brazil. During the conference there was a delegate fieldtrip to the largest coastal dune in Europe called Dune du Pilat located in Arcachon Bay 60 km from Bordeaux. The dune is around 500 m wide, 2.7 km in length, and up to 130 m above sea level. The dune is a famous tourist destination with more than one million visitors per year. Eugene reports that they seem to provide the appropriate amount of facilities and services to accommodate this volume of visitors through very strategic management practices. He hopes that Ireland can learn from these types of case studies to develop sustainable tourism economies that can support rural communities and provide impetus for the young people to stay at home.

Monday, 9 July 2018

The School of Geography and Archaeology hosted over 150 Transition Year students from seven schools in Co. Galway for work placement training on the data rescue portion of a collaborative project between Met Éireann and NUI Galway. [Read More]

Friday, 6 July 2018

Twelve female scientists will take to their soap boxes and bring science to the streets of Galway as part of NUI Galway’s second annual, Soapbox Science Galway. The event will take place from 11am-2pm at the Spanish Arch, Galway on Saturday, 7 July and is free and open to the public. More Info

Friday, 6 July 2018

Dr Shane Conway, Postdoc Researcher in the Discipline of Geography's, Rural Research Cluster was recently interviewed on Connemara Community Radio about generational renewal in agri, women in farming and the work carried out by the NRN on Ireland's RDP 2014-2020 [Listen]   

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Dr Eugene Farrell successfully applied to Enterprise Ireland for the H2020 Co-ordinator Proposal Preparation Support Scheme. The scheme facilitates preparation and submission of competitive proposals to the European Research Council Starting Grant. Dr Farrell is building on his current Earth Observation research funded by Geological Survey Ireland. The title of his project is ‘The Coastal Data Cube: frontier research to transition to climate resilience’. High resolution EO (satellite) and Unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) mapping are both ground breaking but we are only just beginning to establish how these technologies can supplement and/or replace conventional ground-based and aerial survey techniques. To date, there has been very limited effort to fuse all these approaches to combine the strengths and negate the limitations inherent to each. The Coastal Data Cube is designed to generate validated OBTE boundary conditions (Oceanography, Bathymetry, Topography, Ecology) at temporal and spatial scales not previously possible.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

The latest publication from the ENERGISE project (coordinated by NUIG) seeks to broaden our understanding of how sustainable change can come about in the residential energy sector. The paper focuses on the complex interactions of everyday life that underpin our energy use. It thereby goes beyond dominant individualistic approaches that are primarily grounded in narrow behavioural economic theory. The paper is co-authored by Dr Gary Goggins  and Dr Frances Fahy from the Department of Geography and Ryan Institute. Access the full publication here

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Geography is delighted to host Prof Erika Wolters (Oregon State Uni) and Prof Donna Lybecker (Idaho State University) this July. Erika is a Moore Institute Visiting Fellow and Director of Oregan State University’s Policy Analysis Laboratory. Donna is Professor of International Relations, Environmental Politics, Comparative Politics and Chair of the Political Science Department in Idaho State University. She is currently a Visiting Researcher with the Planning and Sustainability Cluster in Geography at NUIG. Both colleagues are working with Dr Frances Fahy this summer to develop a cross cultural analysis of the CONSENSUS data (@consensusIre @EPAIreland) that has been gathered by her CONSENSUS research team in NUI Galway and in Oregon State University.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Congrats to Prof Erika Wolters (NUIG Moore Visiting Researcher) on the recent publication of When Ideology Trumps Science: Why We Question the Experts on Everything from Climate Change to Vaccinations. The book examines how proponents of scientific findings and the scientists responsible for conducting and communicating the applicable research to decision makers are encountering direct challenges to scientific consensus. Using examples from high-stakes policy debates centered on hot-button controversies such as climate change, GMO foods, immunization, stem cell research, abstinence-only education, and birth control, authors Wolters and Steel document how the contested nature of contemporary perspectives on science leads to the possibility that policymakers will not take science into account when making decisions that affect the general population. In addition, the book identifies ways in which liberals and conservatives have both contested issues of science when consensus diverges from their ideological positions and values. It is a compelling must-read for public policy students and practitioners.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Recent research carried out on the ‘Farmer-Farm Relationship in Later Life’ by Dr Shane Conway, Dr John McDonagh and Dr Maura Farrell in the Discipline of Geography’s Rural Studies Research Cluster at NUI Galway, in collaboration with Anne Kinsella, Senior Research Officer with Teagasc, was recently featured in the Connacht Tribune. ‌[READ]

Monday, 2 July 2018

Recommendations set forth in a paper published in the International Journal of Agricultural Management by Dr Shane Conway, Dr John McDonagh and Dr Maura Farrell in the Discipline of Geography’s Rural Studies Research Cluster at NUI Galway, in collaboration with Anne Kinsella, Senior Research Officer with Teagasc, calling for the establishment of a Macra-style organisation geared specifically towards the needs of the older generation of the farming community, were featured Farming Independent. [READ]

Thursday, 28 June 2018

It’s been a busy June for Dr Frances Fahy who was presenting at venues ranging from the European Parliament in Brussels, Dublin Castle, Aalborg University, Copenhagen Business School to the fields of Mullingar! Frances was performing at the Living Labs at Body and Soul Music Festival which took place last weekend June 22nd and 23rd in Westmeath. On the festivals new ‘green stage’ Frances was debunking some myths about sustainability and presented on her pan-European research on sustainable energy (www.energise-project.eu) as well as NUI Galway’s new plans for sustainability.

Monday, 18 June 2018

An up-coming event on Wed June 20th (7pm, The Strand Hotel, Dugort, Achill) will shed some light on how Achill’s coastal communities respond to storms and provide some initial ideas around solutions to potential future weather risks for the island. [Read More]

Monday, 18 June 2018

Dr. Chaosheng Zhang has been appointed as an Adjunct Professor in Chengdu and Honorary Director of Centre of Big Data for Smart Environmental Protection. Pictured: Dr. Chaosheng Zhang (left) receiving certificate of Adjunct Professor from President Yusong Yan (right) of Chengdu Technological University

Friday, 15 June 2018

Really interesting findings from Dr Maura Farrell,  Rural Volunteerism study from NUI Galway, conducted with Volunteer Ireland,  Etownz and Galway Volunteer Centre. You can read the report here 

Monday, 11 June 2018

Congratulations to Dr Liam Carr and Dr Frances Fahy, members of the new IFAA Board for 2018/19. Members of the new Executive Board are pictured at Dublin Castle in June 2018 with Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at the U.S. Embassy in Dublin, Reece Smyth and Dr Dara FitzGerald, Executive Director of the Irish Fulbright Commission.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Dr Frances Fahy at Dublin Castle on Friday the 9th of June, as Treasurer of the Irish Fulbright Alumni Association, opened the 23rd IFAA  Scholars Dinner with a welcoming address for the incoming 2018/19 Fulbright Scholars.  The Fulbright Irish Awards provide grants for Irish citizens, and E.U. citizens who have been resident in the Republic of Ireland for three or more years, to research, study, or lecture in the U.S. on an annual basis. Frances was a 2013/14 Fulbright Scholar at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA, USA, researching the experiences of academics involved in policy-relevant research in the field of sustainability.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Dr Frances Fahy travelled to Brussels this week where she presented insights from the H2020 ENERGISE project at the European Union Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW). EU Sustainable Energy Week is the annual flagship event uniting policy makers, authorities, industry, stakeholders, NGOs, researchers and academia in the European sustainable energy sector. At the event, Dr Fahy launched the ENERGISE online database which maps over 1000 sustainable energy initiatives across Europe. You can browse the Open Access Dataset at: http://energise-project.eu/projects

Monday, 18 June 2018

The latest Whitaker Institute Policy Brief entitled 'The Farmer-Farm Relationship Impact on Generational Renewal' was written by Dr Shane Conway Postdoctoral Researcher in the Rural Studies Research Cluster at the Discipline of Geography.  You can read this brief here  

Monday, 11 June 2018

Book review of Dr Seamus Grimes book 'China and Global Value Chains' [Read Reviw]

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

An thought-provoking article on the topic of ‘Generational Renewal in Agriculture’, specifically as it relates to older farmers, written by Dr Shane Conway at NUI Galway, is featured in Teagasc's Summer 2018 TResearch Magazine [Read] 

Friday, 8 June 2018

Dr Kevin Lynch and Dr Audrey Morley talked to 6th class and Junior Infants from Galway Educate Together about Plastics in the Ocean and microplastics [Read More]

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Dr Shane Conway, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Discipline of Geography's Rural Studies Research Cluster was awarded the Geographical Society of Ireland (GSI) Postgraduate/Early Career Network (PECN) poster prize at the 50th Conference of Irish Geographers recently held at Maynooth University. The poster was titled 'Till death do us part: Exploring the Irish farmer-farm relationship in later life through the lens of ‘Insideness’. 

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Dr Karen Molloy, Discipline of Geography, NUIG presenting at the ‘Pint of Science’ which took place from the 12th – 14th May, Karen was part of the session ‘Innovating women in geoscience’ which took place in the Roisin Dubh.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Dr. Mary Greene was awarded the Geographical Society of Ireland Doctoral Research Award for her critical geographical research on consumption biographies. GSI president Dr. Niamh Cherry Moore presented Mary with her prize and certificate at the Conference dinner held in the historic Pugin Hall on the evening of May 11th.  Pictured with Mary is her PhD supervisor Dr Frances Fahy.

Friday, 1 June 2018

Congratulations to Michelle Curran on receiving the 'GSI Postgraduate Fieldwork Award'.  The Geographical Society of Ireland Travel Fund Award part-funded Michelle's attendance at the European Geosciences Union in Vienna, where she presented her research, “The Holocene Thermal Maximum: A possible analogue for future Ocean-Atmosphere climate Dynamics?” to the international scientific community. 

Thursday, 31 May 2018

New research exploring the impacts of volunteerism on the development and sustainability of rural communities was launched in NUI Galway on 16th May in the Institute of Lifecourse and Society.  Further details can be found at: https://bit.ly/2IoT4vy

Thursday, 31 May 2018

The Geographical Society of Ireland and Department of Geography, Maynooth University hosted the 50th Conference of Irish Geographers which took place from Thursday 10th of May to Saturday 12th of May 2018.  There were 18 representatives from the Discipline of Geography, NUIG in attendance.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Congratulations to Dr Chaosheng Zhang who has been appointed as the Adjunct Professor of Chengdu Technological University

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Climate change scientists base findings on what happened to Scotland’s last glaciers.  Read full article [here]

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Sir, – Your Editorial (“A senseless downgrading”, May 7th) rightly highlights President Michael D Higgins’s concern regarding the removal of history as a core Junior Cert subject. [Read full article]

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

On May 2nd 2018, Dr Frances Fahy was the recipient of NUIG's inaugural President’s Award for Societal Impact. This is a new award in recognition of the valuable contribution staff members make to society and the broader community, above and beyond routine support and academic activities, on behalf of the University. The aim of the President’s Awards for Societal Impact is to award the outstanding contributions of staff across the whole University who seek to use their skills and knowledge to improve the University’s contribution to society and our various communities, to stimulate excellence and help improve the visibility of the University’s impact on society. Frances was nominated for this Award by the Deputy Director of the EPA for her immense impact on the development of environmental policy, shaping how environmental research is funded on the island of Ireland and for successfully applying her research to influence change beyond the academic sphere. Frances was also nominated by the GSI on the basis of her active service to the Society in a number of committee roles for over a decade and her outstanding contributions to promotion of Geography as a subject across the Island of Ireland.

Monday, 30 April 2018

On April 19 Dr Eugene Farrell (Geography, NUIG) hosted 50 planners from the Irish Planning Institute at his field site in The Maharees, Co. Kerry to discuss the challenges of (1) the local coastal community faces from human/natural pressures and (2) the planners face in the implementation of new climate legislation, such as the National Adaptation Framework, and the changes that are occurring in Local Authorities for the transition to a climate resilient Ireland. [Read Full Article]

Monday, 30 April 2018

Scientists fear that global warming and melting of the Greenland ice sheet will weaken or shut off these warm ocean currents, which could result in much colder temperatures across Ireland, Britain and Europe. [Read Full Article]

Monday, 30 April 2018

Interview with Yutao Sun and Seamus Grimes on their recently published book 'China and Global Value Chains' [Listen]

Friday, 27 April 2018

An recent article co-authored by Dr Gary Goggins and Dr Frances Fahy has been nominated for the International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS) “Best Sustainable Development Research Article Award”. You can have a look at the selection of the top-10 nominated articles, download, read them, and you can vote for your favourite. The winner will be honoured during the 2018 ISDRS Conference in Italy. Links to the shortlisted articles, and voting procedure, can be found here: http://isdrs.org/journals/best-article-2017/

Monday, 23 April 2018

Dr Richard Scriven's article on contemporary Pilgrimage featured in RTÉ's Brainstorm platform  [Full Article]

Friday, 20 April 2018

ENERGISE researchers Frances Fahy and Gary Goggins were in the US at the AAG in New Orleans in April and organised three sessions exploring social and cultural influences on domestic energy use in international contexts.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Congratulations to Michelle Curran and Daithí Maguire who both received a Networking & Travel Award from the Marine Institute to attend and present at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018, Vienna, Austria. Presentation titles: A possible analogue for future Ocean-Atmosphere climate Dynamics? (Michelle Curran, Audrey Morley, James Wright, and Yair Rosenthal), Wednesday 11th April The application of satellite-borne remote sensors for monitoring coastal erosion and ecosystems in Ireland (Daithí Maguire, Eugene Farrell), Thursday 12th April Michelle and Daithi gratefully recognise the support of the Marine Institute under the Marine Research Programme with the support of the Irish Government.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Discipline of Geography, Rural Studies Cluster Research Seminar: Research seminar by visiting speaker Professor Thoraddur Bjarnason, Professor of Sociology, University of Akureyri, Northern Iceland Title:      Nostalgia, Otherness and Beyond: Changing Ruralities in Icelandic CinemaDate:     Monday 16th April @ 4pmVenue:   Seminar Room 113, Discipline of Geography [download]

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Dr Frances Fahy visited Lisbon as an Advisory Panel member for new #PROSEU#H2020 project - learning how we can all become pros at energy consumption! #energyefficiency@H2020EE

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Dr Anne Schiffer, The Leeds School of Art, Architecture & Design at Leeds Beckett University visited The Discipline of Geography to speak with the  MA Environment, Society and Development students on ethnography in global South. @ShapeEnergyEU leading to further collaboration! #ethnography#energy

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Every day, at every meal, people across Ireland are reliant on a global network of actors to produce, process and distribute the food that they consume. But the dominant system of industrialized food provisioning is unsustainable both from a socio-economic and an environmental perspective. The additional demands that will be made on the food system over the next 30 years and beyond will place additional pressures on an already fragile system. A necessary transformation of the food system requires action from all levels of society, including organizations and institutions that provide food. Organizations such as hospitals, workplaces and educational institutions shape the meal choices of thousands of people every day and have a significant impact on the food system through their procurement and provisioning activities. These activities have a direct impact on people’s health, the economy, social wellbeing and the environment. [download full policy]

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

The closing conference for a creative momentum project is on April 12th from12-2pm, Electric Galway, 36 Upper Abbeygate Street, Galway.  This free event will be an opportunity to network, explore the outcomes of project activities and resources developed.  [Further info and to register for the event]

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

The College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies offers postgraduate scholarships to support full-time PhD research within the Structured PhD programmes of the College. The 2018-19 scheme is now open. Applications will be accepted until 5.00 p.m. on Monday 16th April, 2018. The application form and supporting documentation are now available, from http://www.nuigalway.ie/colleges-and-schools/arts-social-sciences-and-celtic-studies/phd-research-degrees/scholarships/.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Congratulation to Daithi Maguire  on winning the Best Climate Change Presentation sponsored by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment  at the 28th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium (ENVIRON 2018), Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland (ESAI), 26th – 28th March 2018, Cork Institute of Technology.  The title of his presentation was "The application of satellite-borne remote sensors for monitoring coastal erosion and ecosystems in Ireland"

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Four recent graduates from Geography’s MSc Programme in Marine and Coastal Environments had their work presented as expert evidence to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Housing, Planning & Local Government on the ‘Prohibition of Micro-Plastics Bill 2016’.  Dr Audrey Morley and Dr Kevin Lynch supervised the graduate projects over the last three years. The Oireachtas Committee was very appreciative for the presentation, which highlighted the presence of micro-plastics in shellfish, nephrops and marine sediments on Ireland’s west coast. In conjunction with work frim GMIT it forms an important body of work in an Irish and European context.  See part of the recording here.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Dr Terry Morley has been short-listed for a Presidents award in Teaching Excellence, recognising  his energy, engagement and dedication to teaching and learning at both undergraduate and graduate level.  Both students and colleagues have benefitted from his enthusiasm and expert incorporation of innovative and effective learning methods since he joined the Geography.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

First review of newly published book on China by John West, Adjunct Professor at Sophia University, Tokyo. 

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Dr Maura Farrell was recently awarded the Dean’s Award for research undertaken during the Academic Year 2017-2018.  Her award is in recognition of her significant research achievements and societal impact in the area of rural development policies and strategies.  Maura is currently Principal Investigator and lead Researcher with the National Rural Network Project funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

A case study carried out by Dr Shane Conway, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Discipline of Geography's Rural Research Cluster at NUI Galway and the National Rural Network, aimed at promoting and inspiring generational renewal in agriculture was recently featured on the Agriland website and social media pages.  Agriland is Ireland's largest news portal for farmers and the agricultural sector.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Minister Kevin Boxer Moran announced that the OPW is funding a Coastal Erosion Risk Management Study for the Maharees, Co Kerry [costing €150,000]. This is the first major step in coming up with a fit-for-purpose solution to protect the Maharees from long term climate change impacts. Well done to Dr Eugene JC Farrell and Dr Kevin Lynch of the MSc Coastal and Marine Environments for their ongoing involvement and using their coastal research to support these rural coastal  communities. [full article]  

Friday, 23 March 2018

Dr Eugene Farrell of MSc staff has been awarded a €1000 grant from the National University Ireland to publish a new version of the work '10 Reasons Why Geomorphology Is Important'. This new version targets case studies on the Irish landscape so that Irish readers will be able to identify and learn about some of our unique landscapes (Burren, Clew Bay, Killary fjord, Conor Pass Dingle, Maharees tombolo, Giants Causeway, Croagh Patrick, etc. This new academic science book will be in two languages (Irish and English) and will be used by third and second level lecturers/teachers and students. It will be available for free online to everyone. [download]

Friday, 16 March 2018

Dr. Liam Carr, along with postgraduate students Desiree Farrell and Atalya Peritz, attended the Donegal Marine Tourism Conference: Connecting Our Coastline, in Portnablagh on March 8, 2018 to spread the word about tourism research coming from the Geography department and to speak with stakeholders. They also briefly met with BBC’s Monty Halls, who shared his passion on the transformative benefits of tourism experiences.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

The Geopolitics and Justice Research Cluster together with the School of Geography & Archaeology welcomed John Restakis, Execurive Director, Community Evolution Foundsation, Canada to give a seminar titled 'Humanising the Economy - Political Economy for People & Planet', Thursday 15th March @ 4pm, Seminar Room 113, Discipline of Geography. [download]

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Whitaker Ideas Forum: Margaret Brehony, Deconstructing Homelessness: Individual Pathologies versus Austerity and Structural Exclusion Date:  March 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pmLocation: CA110 (SAC Room), Cairnes Building, NUI Galway, IrelandSpeaker(s): Margaret BrehonyAffiliation: Population and Migration The Irish government’s response to homelessness, set out in an ambitious housing policy Rebuilding Ireland (Department of Housing, 2016), has failed to stem the rising numbers of people becoming homeless. Now a major social problem, the number of people who are counted as homeless in the state has risen steadily since 2014..... [Read More]

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Sustainability in Festivals, Meetings and Events Featuring: Chris Johnson, Kambe Events/Shambala Festival Ben Twist, Creative Carbon Scotland Rob Rankin, Vagabond Tours Dr Frances Fahy, NUI Galway Karen Foley, Clare County Council Andrew Mullen Radisson Blu Cork Mary Walsh, Cork City Council Samantha Harding, Elevate Clare Who should attend:  anyone involved in event/conference/festival/meeting management and organisation; arts/music organisations, hotels, venues, local authorities:  Further information  

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Dr Frances Fahy attending a fantastic weekend for The Irish Fulbright Alumni Association  as  alums descended upon NUI Galway for some art and culture. 

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Congratulations to Dr Stephen Hynes and all in the Whitaker Research Institute for their successful 'Getting it over the line': writing research proposals workshop for early career researchers, which took place on Monday the 26th of February 2018. Stephen Hynes, Kieran Conboy, Frances Fahy and Aine Ryan all shared hints and tips on research proposal writing.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Frances Fahy and Michelle O Dowd Lohan presented the NUI Galway Sustainability Strategy to the Greenleaf EU delegation in Galway City Hall on Wednesday 21st of February

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Throughout February 2018 Geography was pleased to host Prof Monica Mulrennan,  Visiting Moore Institute Fellow,  from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Monica's research focuses on local knowledge, resource use and management practices, tenure arrangements, and attachments to the coast, particularly as these relate to indigenous communities in coastal settings. Monica is working with Dr Liam Carr and Dr Frances Fahy examining seaweed harvesting practices on the Irish coast. 

Thursday, 8 March 2018

On Monday February 26th 2018 Dr Kathy Reilly presented an overview of her on-going research project entitled ‘Deconstructing Homelessness: Finding a Place for Geography’ at an event organised by collaborating community, voluntary and statutory groups working in Galway City. The solutions focused event brought together key agencies and Local Authority representatives to explore innovative and sustainable solutions to the prevention of homelessness in Galway City. Dr Reilly’s work is funded by an Irish Research Council Policy and Society Award. Further information on the event can be found at: http://galwaycitycommunitynetwork.ie/from-immediate-need-to-sustainable-solutions-preventing-homelessness-in-galway/

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Dr Mary Greene is awarded RIA Charlemont Scholar Dr Mary Greene was awarded the 2018 Charlemont scholarship award. Attending the Royal Irish Academy Charlemont Ceremony in Academy House, she was joined by a cohort of fellow scholars who had travelled from various universities in Ireland to receive their Award from RIA President, Prof Michael Kennedy. Awardees spanned a wide diversity of disciplines in the social, natural and engineering sciences. Recognising the importance of travel and cross-pollination of ideas, the Charlemont scholarship scheme awards high impact travel grants to early career postdoctoral researchers. Dr Greene will use this grant to travel to New Zealand during the 2018 summer period to expand the geographical range of her research. There she will conduct novel research to further explore the intersections of social change and daily consumption and facilitate cross cultural comparisons to be drawn between Ireland, The Gambia and New Zealand. More information can be read here: https://marygreene.blog/2018/02/28/becoming-a-charlemont-scholar/

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Finding Your Way to Education On Friday February 23rd 2018 Dr Kathy Reilly provided a keynote address at an event held at GMIT’s Castlebar campus entitled ‘Finding your Way to Education’. The event included academics, community stakeholders and representatives from migrant communities across the West of Ireland and particularly included information for refugees and asylum seekers who are looking to access third-level education. Drawing on research completed with Dr Valerie Ledwith (also Geography, NUI Galway), Dr Reilly presented findings on migrant educational experiences in Galway City and urban-fringe, focusing specifically on issues of educational access, achievement and aspiration. Further details of the event can be found at: http://www.gmit.ie/news/open-event-finding-your-way-education-migrants-fri-23-feb-2-pm

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Professor Ulf Strohmayer, Discipline of Geography, NUI Galway gave a lecture titled 'Sustainable Transport for Galway'.  February 5th, The Studio, Town Hall Theatre, Woodquay, Galway.  [see lecture here]

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Dr Frances Fahy and Dr Gary Goggins (Discipline of Geography, NUI Galway), with their colleague Dr Henrike Rau (LMU Munich), were invited to write a contribution for the London School of Economics Impact Blog about their recent publication on measuring the impact of research. The LSE Impact Blog is a widely read resource for researchers, students, think tanks, government, and anyone else interested in maximising the impact of academic work in the social sciences and other disciplines. The blog is based on the article “From invisibility to impact: Recognising the scientific and societal relevance of interdisciplinary sustainability research” published in Research Policy.You can read the blog here.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Congratulations to Dr Liam Carr and Dr Frances Fahy (NUI Galway) on the launch of the new MOSES project - Maritime, Ocean Sector and Ecosystem Sustainability. MOSES a 2.2 million Euro, three year INTERREG Atlantic Area Programme led by NUI Galway (PI Stephen Hynes). Liam, Frances and PhD candidate Desiree Farrell will be examining the Wild Atlantic Way in the context of the European Blue Growth Agenda and Dr Carr leads a large Work Package developing the MOSES Marine Sustainability Assessment Toolkit. The project runs until 2021.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

A ‘Young Trained Farmer’ case study carried out by Dr. Shane Conway, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Discipline of Geography's Rural Research Cluster at NUI Galway and the National Rural Network, was featured in last week's edition of the Galway Advertiser, Tuam Herald and Roscommon Herald. This educational and enlightening case study aims to inspire young farmers throughout the country to actively engage with, and avail of the various schemes and supports available to them under Ireland's Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 and has now been featured in 7 leading local and regional Irish newspapers over the past 3 weeks. The case study has also recently been added on the Farm Viability section of the National Rural Network website: http://www.nationalruralnetwork.ie/young-trained-farmer www.nationalruralnetwork.ie

Monday, 12 February 2018

Maeve McGandy, winner of the Neil Smith Graduate Research Award 2017, pictured at Lá na nGradam with NUIG President, Prof. Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, and Programme Director of the MA in Environment, Society and Development, Dr John Morrissey. Maeve is currently working for UN-Habitat for the Asia-Pacific Region in Japan.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Great article in RTE Brainstorm today by @GeogNUIG & @RyanInstitute post doc Dr Siddhi Joshi who is co-PI with Dr Eugene Farrell on a @GeolSurvIE funded field #experiment to study maerl beaches @EOS_NUIG @SeaShoreNUIG [read article]

Monday, 12 February 2018

Dr Mary Greene has published a new chapter on the dynamics of energy demand over the lifecourse in the exciting new book ‘Demanding Energy:  Space, Time and Change’ (edited by Dr. Alison Hui, Dr. Roise Day and Prof. Gordon Walker’). As outlined on the books website “Demanding Energy: Space, Time and Change" critically engages with an important but rarely-asked question: what is energy for? This starting point foregrounds the diverse social processes implicated in the making of energy demand and how these change over time to shape the past patterns, present dynamics and future trajectories of energy use.” Dr Greene's chapter in the book explores the value of a biographical scale of analysis for revealing insights into complex experiences and processes of change. In treating individuals’ energy practice as dynamically evolving through the lifecourse within the context of a changing socio-technical landscape, she discusses innovative approaches for improving understanding of the ways in which lives, practices and contexts intersect in energy systems change.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

From Immediate Need to Sustainable Solutions: Preventing Homelessness in Galway City A solutions-focused event bringing together the Community & Voluntary sectors with key statutory agencies and the Local Authority to explore innovative solutions to the prevention of homelessness in Galway City, now and into the future.   The Harbour Hotel, Monday 26th February, 9.30am – 4pm. Further information:  info@galwaycitycommunitynetwork.ie

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Dr Maura Farrell and Dr Shane Conway (Discipline of Geography, NUI Galway and the National Rural Network) are pictured at the recent West Women in Farming 'Farm Diversification & Enterprise' event on page 9 of Irish Country Living in last week's Irish Farmers Journal (03/02/2018). [Irish Country Living Article]

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

A piece about a presentation given by Dr. Maura Farrell (Discipline of Geography, NUI Galway and the National Rural Network), at the recent West Women in Farming Ireland (WWFI) Farm Diversification & Enterprise Event is featured on page 3 of last week's Farming Independent (30/01/18). [NEWS]

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Tommy Marren from Midwest Radio interviewed Dr Shane Conway (Discipline of Geography, NUI Galway and the National Rural Network) live on air on Tuesday the 30th of January. You can listen to this interview here: [listen here] 

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

A recent Irish Farmers Journal Podcast (episode 150) with Mairead Lavery, Editor of Irish Country Living speaking to Dr Maura Farrell (Discipline of Geography, NUI Galway and the National Rural Network) can be found here: [listen to podcast]

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

A ‘Young Trained Farmer’ case study carried out by Dr Shane Conway in the Discipline of Geography, NUI Galway for the National Rural Network has been featured in last week's edition of the Connacht Tribune, Leitrim Observer, Clare Champion [NEWS]

Friday, 19 January 2018

Dr Frances Fahy presenting at the Planning and Environment Reserach Group of the RGS, New Researchers Event held in Exeter Community Centre in January 11th and 12th, 2018

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Dr Liam Carr and Geography MSc student Jeff Black used their winter holiday to document the plastic load present on the island of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. Over a 10 days and nearly 4km of beachfront, they collected nearly 1,500 items of litter, most of which plastic, from nine beaches within St. Croix’s East End Marine Park. They also sieved 135 litres of sand for microplastic fragments. This research is part of a larger project funded by St. Croix Science and Conservation, which focuses on educating local residents on how they can help reduce local contributions of coastal and marine plastic pollution.

Monday, 22 January 2018

First year students from Coláiste Iognáid in Galway win two BT Young Scientist awards for their project, ‘Think Before You Drink: Microplastics’  Three young Scientists Aoibhe Briscoe, Ellie Concannon, and Kate Owens, first year students at Coláiste Iognáid in Galway, competed for this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Awards in the Category Biological and Ecological Sciences with their project ‘Think Before You Drink: Microplastics’. Mentored by NUI Galway, the students won first place in their category and a special award issued by the Environmental Protection Agency for Best Environmental Project presented at the BT Young Scientist 2018....[Read More]

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Dr. Mary Greene expands her research to explore the lived experience of energy transitions in Global South contexts As a successful applicant of the H2020 SHAPE ENERGY Research Design Challenge, Dr. Mary Greene, collaborating with Dr. Anne Schiffer (Leeds Beckett University), travelled to Africa over the Christmas break to conduct novel ethnographic research on past and ongoing energy transitions in The Gambia ....... [Read More]

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

In 2017 Dr. Patrick Collins received and Aarhus University Visiting Fellowship. The Fellowship supported a four month research visit to Aarhus, Denmark where Patrick worked with colleagues in the Department of Culture and Communications. Patrick also worked closely with the team tasked with the monitoring and evaluation of Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture.During his sabbatical Patrick also spent a short research visit in Hull, the 2017 UK City of Culture.In December 2017, Patrick launched his new book “Creative Economies in Peripheral Regions” the first book to explore the nature and extent of creative economic activity in Europe’s northerwestern periphery,. Detail: http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319521640

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Congratulation to Dr Frances Fahy pictured here receiving her Presidents Award for Research Excellence 2017 from the President, Dr Jim Brown

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

The cruise aboard the #CelticVoyager for the incoming MSc class of 2018/19 has been scheduled for October 4th to 7th 2018

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

The School of Geography and Archaeology is running another Spring Lunchtime Lecture Series this year, with the first lecture starting on Monday, January 15th.  The lectures this year will take place in the Town Hall Theatre, Woodquay, Galway.  Please note, while the event is free it is advisable to come early to ensure a seat as pre-booking is not available.  Download full programme here:  Spring Lunchtime Lecture Series (PDF)

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Pictured at the launch of NUI Galway’s Sustainability Strategy are l-r: Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Registrar and Deputy President, NUI Galway, Dr Frances Fahy, School of Geography and Archaeology, NUI Galway, Senator Alice-Mary Higgins, Seanad Éireann and Professor Colin Brown, Ryan Institute, NUI Galway. Photo: Paul Fennell

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Comhghairdeas to Dr Frances Fahy on her appointment to the Board of the European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption & Production #ERSCP17 General Assembly / https://t.co/CVikQJ70Mj

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Dr Eimear Heaslip receiving her PhD award from GMIT in November 2017. Her research supervised by Dr Frances Fahy and Dr Gabriel Costello, employed A Transdisciplinary Approach to explore Low Carbon Energy Transitions in Irish Islands

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

The Carl von Ossietzky Universität in Oldenburg, Germany hosted a talk by Geography’s Dr Kevin Lynch in December 2017. The talk outlined challenges faced by Ireland in planning for climate change. The seminar series being run by Prof. Dr. Ingo Mose is funded through the EU’s Erasmus programme and has proved to be an excellent platform for international exchange of good practices. Recent developments in Ireland as outlined at a recent EPA event were also discussed during Dr Lynch’s talk. 

Friday, 8 December 2017

Eight Geography Postgraduate students, representing the MSc – Coastal and Marine Environments, MA – Environment, Sustainability and Development, and Geography Doctoral Programme, were selected to attend the 2017 EU Youth Seminar on Environmental Sustainability at the EU Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. The Delegation, comprised of 100 students from Ireland, Czechia, and the Netherlands, interacted with Members of the EU Parliament, presenting their ideas on how best to address pressing issues surrounding EU fisheries, urban renewal, and climate action.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

NUI Galway was confirmed as the host for the EUGEO 2019 conference at the recent EUGEO conference held in Brussels in September 2017. The conference theme for the 2019 EUGEO conference is "Re Imagining Europe's Future Society and Landscapes" The theme focuses on the centrality of the concepts of society and landscape within the Discipline of Geography and will be CoChaired by Dr Kathy Reilly and Dr Frances Fahy.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

A team of scientists on board the RV Celtic Voyager during a recent survey to understand the habitat use of elusive beaked whales, got more than they bargained for when they encountered four separate groups of breaching whales within a couple of hours survey effort near the Rockall Trough.  Congratulations to Dr Patricia Breen, Discipline of Geography, NUI Galway, Chief Scientist on the survey.Media Articles: https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2017/1204/924923-rare-whales-spotted-off-irish-coast/ https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/scientists-find-home-of-elusive-whale-36379888.html https://www.marine.ie/Home/site-area/news-events/news/scientists-uncover-important-habitat-elusive-beaked-whales-0    

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Congratulation to MSc graduate Jake Martin and Dr Audrey Morley on publishing their research in Scientific Reports (an online open access scientific journal published by the world’s leading scientific journal - Nature).  Jake Martin, Amy Lusher, Richard C. Thompson & Audrey Morley.The Deposition and Accumulation of Microplastics in Marine Sediments and Bottom Water from the Irish Continental Shelf

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Congrats to Dr Audrey Morley (+ MSc staff) on receiving a Marine Institute award to purchase specialist research equipment. We welcome a Particle Size Analyser (with all the bells and whistles) to our research inventory in 2018.      Download Article:  https://www.marine.ie/Home/site-area/news-events/press-releases/minister-creed-announces-marine-institute-funding-grants

Friday, 28 April 2017

Congratulations to Geography PhD student Daithi Maguire on winning the Richard Fitzgerald Poster Prize for Best Aquatic Environment Presentation, (prize sponsored by AquaTT) at the  ENVIRON 2017, 27th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium, Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland conference held at the Athlone Institute of Technology, 10-12th April 2017. The title of his poster was “The Application of Copernicus Satellite-Borne Remote Sensors for Monitoring Coastal Erosion and Ecosystems in Ireland“

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Professor Niamh Moore-Cherry, President of the GSI, presenting the Award to Professor Mary Cawley, Adjunct-Professor of Migration and Rural Societal Change in the Whitaker Institute and SoGA, at NUI Galway, on the 3rd November

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Vittoria Semplici graduating with First Class Honours on the MA in Environment, Society and Development. Pictured with Programme Director, John Morrissey, and NUIG President, Jim Browne. Vittoria now works for the UN in Bonn.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Richard Scriven, lecturer in Geography, is leading a project with artist Vicky Lanagan involving a series creative workshop series exploring holy wells with primary schools and heritage groups. It is being funded by the Creative Ireland County Cork Grant Scheme under the community participation strand of the Creative Ireland Programme 2017-2022.

Monday, 13 November 2017

This year’s celebration of Geography Awareness Week is upon us. It runs from 12-18 November 2017. It promotes what geography is, why it is important, and the relevance of a geographic education in preparing citizens to understand and debate pressing social and environmental issues and problems. A list of events that are taking place across Galway and the country can be seen on the GSI website:   http://www.geographicalsocietyireland.ie/geoweek-2017.html

Monday, 13 November 2017

John Morrissey, Senior Lecturer in Geography and Associate Director of the Moore Institute, has published a new book critically telling the story of repeated US military interventions in the Middle East and Central Asia over the last 30 years. Entitled The Long War, the book focuses on the archives of US Central Command, and engages a wide range of scholarship on imperialism, geopolitics and neoliberalism, in critiquing the US military’s role in enacting US foreign policy in the most energy-rich region on earth, and in documenting the profound human consequences of military violence.

Monday, 13 November 2017

During 21-23 August, 2017, the Overseas Chinese Affairs of the State Council of China established a new Advisory Committee as a think-tank of Chinese government for the development of China in the areas of culture, policy, and science & technology. This committee comprises about 300 experts in various fields from all over the world, with nearly 200 of them in the Science & Technology sector. The inauguration ceremony was held in the People’s Congress Hall in Beijing. Three NUI Galway staff members, Sanbing Shen (Regenerative Medicine Institute), Xinmin Zhan (Civil Engineering) and Chaosheng Zhang (Geography) have been appointed as members of the committee. Afterwards, the Chinese Ambassador to Ireland, Mr. Xiaoyong Yue welcomed the members from Ireland at the Chinese Embassy in Dublin.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Staff members of NUI Galway’s Discipline of Geography have been shortlisted in the ‘Excellence in Marine Education and Training Award’ category for their MSc in Coastal and Marine Environments course.  Best of luck to the team: Dr Eugene Farrell and Dr Kevin Lynch, and Drs Frances Fahy, Aaron Potito, Audrey Morley, Terry Morley and Chaosheng Zhang.   Full Article: [HERE]

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Dr Aaron Potito and three Geography undergraduates just returned from a 10-day field class in Chengdu, China, with Sichuan University’s University Immersion Program. The field course in Environmental Change and Sustainability included students and teachers from China, Italy, Australia, United States and Ireland.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis, co-edited by Gerry Kearns, David Meredith and John Morrissey, and published by the Royal Irish Academy, has been shortlisted for the GSI Book of the Year Award. (http://www.geographicalsocietyireland.ie/awards.html). Book reviews of Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis: "To counteract global capitalism’s tendency to run roughshod over the planet - uprooting communities and destroying environments - it is vital that we construct an embedded understanding of place as well as a concept of justice that defends the earth as our only home. This book and the idea of ‘spatial justice’ is a triumphant step toward that goal" - Dr David Nally, University of Cambridge"Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis is more of a complete project than just a book, with excellent essays from noted scholars in Irish Geography and Irish Studies. It includes an essay by Danny Dorling, one of the best known geographers of his generation, and the triumph of the interview with David Harvey, the best known urban and geographical scholar of the generation" - Prof. Stephen Royle, Queen's University Belfast"This book bravely provokes debates on the questions and issues it is addressing concerning the Irish financial crisis. It is an admirable attempt to speak truth to power in regards to the Republic’s need to focus on social and environmental justice, health care, education and the marginalized" - Dr Charles Travis, Trinity College Dublin  For details on the book, please see the RIA website here (https://www.ria.ie/publications/books/spatial-justice-and-irish-crisis).

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Aoife Ní Fhlatharta, PhD Geography candidate and recipient of the Dr Patrick Commins Rural Research Award was recently awarded the Rural Policy Studies Scholarship Fund to attend the 13th International Comparative Rural Policy Studies (ICRPS) Summer Institute, which is being hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks from the 14-26th July 2016. The funding which is supported by The Rural Policy Learning Commons project will cover the institute fee of $2000. The ICRPS Summer Institute provides a unique opportunity for students from a range of OECD countries to meet and work together on comparative rural policy issues. Participants of the Summer Institute will be exposed to the challenges of the rural North, and will have the opportunity to experience Alaska’s diverse interior. 

Thursday, 21 April 2016

The humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean, gender-based violence in Malawi, and the role of music in the lives of children in direct provision are amongst the research topics being funded by the Irish Research Council this year under its New Foundations programme. Details of the programme – which supports research on civic society and public policy issues – were announced today (23.03.16). In total, the Irish Research Council is providing €1 million to researchers across Ireland, on a range of projects involving collaboration between higher education researchers and NGOs. One of the projects is being led at NUI Galway by Dr John Morrissey, Senior Lecturer in Geography and Associate Director of the Moore Institute for Humanities. John’s project was initially developed during a recent research fellowship at the University of Cambridge. Entitled ‘Haven’, it is focused on the biggest humanitarian crisis in Europe since the Second World War, the Mediterranean refugee crisis, and has two core aims: to develop a collaborative body of research that addresses the root causes of the crisis and progressively offers an alternative envisioning of Western interventionism via the UN concept of ‘human security’; and  to initiate a series of public events where these vital perspectives can be constructively disseminated to key stakeholders, including the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Irish Naval Services and Irish Aid.For further information, please see the Haven Project’s website:https://havenprojectblog.wordpress.com

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Geography staff and students at the end of year EXPLORE awards lunch. EXPLORE is where NUI Galway students and staff partner up and deliver their innovative ideas.  It is a proven model for co-creation, co-design and co-delivering - both on and off campus. The Discipline of Geography hosted 3 of the 19 University awards for the 2014/15 academic year. The 3 projects were: The Aether Drone Project (Dr Eugene Farrell), Geo-Bogs: Conserving Ireland’s Natural Heritage (Dr Terry Morley and Dr Audrey Morley) and YOLO (YOung peoples’ Life Opportunities) (Dr. Kathy Reilly). The EXPLORE programme also got coverage in the local newspaper The Galway Independent