Friday, 11 October 2019

Dr Eugene Farrell held fieldtrips this week at Grattan Beach in Galway City with second year students registered in the Earth Surface Processes and Landforms module. Students assessed if Grattan Beach fulfilled all the criteria for a  Blue Flag designation. These criteria include: Environmental Education & Information, Water Quality, Environmental Management, and Safety and Services. The students also investigated for visible pressures (climate and human) on the coastline. Each team of students had to design long term coastal management strategies for the area spanning the spectrum of resistance to adaptation. The fieldtrips were supported by Geography staff and postgraduate students.

Friday, 11 October 2019

The School of Geography & Archaeology is a wonderfully vibrant and inspiring place to work and study, and this edition of Gortsceala captures some of our core passions: fieldwork, public scholarship and making critical knowledge count. 

Friday, 11 October 2019

Teagasc's 'TResearch Autumn 2019' quarterly magazine features research published in the International Journal of Agricultural Management on the topic of ‘Generational Renewal in Agriculture’ by Dr Shane Conway, Dr John McDonagh and Dr Maura Farrell in the Discipline of Geography's Rural Studies Research Unit at NUI Galway calling for policy makers to understand the 'language of farming', and also to value the older generation of the farming community's 'way of life' on their farms in later life when devising future farm transfer strategies (p.32-33). A piece by Dr Brian Leonard and colleagues at NUI Galway and Teagasc exploring farmer perceptions of risk in farm succession is also featured in this edition (p.34-35).

Friday, 11 October 2019

The 2019-20 MSc class in Coastal and Marine Environments spent three days on Inis Mór learning about life and livelihoods in the Aran Islands. As part of their visit, the students spent an afternoon with David OHalloran of Bláth na Mara (Flower of the Sea), learning about traditional seaweed harvesting techniques and how Bláth na Mara is establishing new markets for four different types of seaweed that grow locally. Learn more of their story at blathnamara.ie

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Open Care_Peat Meeting Ireland, 27th September, 2019.  Two days of interesting speakers, discussions, workshops and site visits, together with the partners and other peatland organisations. For further info: @INTERREG_NWE

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Dr Kathy Reilly has been invited to join Focus Ireland’s Research Committee. Focus Ireland works with people who are homeless or who are at risk of losing their homes across Ireland. The central function of the Research Committee is to provide guidance and advice in the planning and delivery of the organisation’s research and evaluation programme, within the context of Focus Ireland’s organisational strategic plan. This invitation is based on Dr Reilly’s current work exploring homeless experiences in Ireland, funded by the Irish Research Council’s Research for Policy and Society Scheme.

Monday, 7 October 2019

Dr Gary Goggins recently published a Whitaker Institute Policy Brief which looks how we can best design and implement initiatives aimed at sustainable transformation of household energy use. The policy brief can be read in full here.

Monday, 7 October 2019

The latest peer-reviewed article from the H2020-funded ENERGISE project has just been published in the prestigious journal Energy Policy. The paper examines the importance of how energy demand problems are understood and framed, and what this means for the type of solutions that are proposed. The work is a joint publication between researchers at NUIG (Gary Goggins and Frances Fahy) together with their colleagues from Aalborg University. The Open Access article is available to download in full here.

Monday, 30 September 2019

Bertra Strand and its dunes are in a precarious state. It has been pounded by series of storms in the past decade with dire consequences.  An integrated vision is needed for the future welfare of the whole coastal landscape, where the natural environment is inextricably linked to that of the local communities of Murrisk, Lecanvy and Belclare. To kickstart local climate action an event is being run by the EU Aelclic Project.  The event on Tuesday Oct 1st at 7pm in The Tavern, Murrisk, Co Mayo, will hear of international experiences from Prof Enzo Pranzini (University of Florence), Prof Bas Pedroli (Wageningen University) and Dr Maura Farrell (NUI Galway).  Hearing of good practices from Ireland and abroad will demonstrate that solutions do exist that can be beneficial to the communities and the natural environment at the same time. The outcomes of the event are expected to be, a greater awareness of possible solutions and a solid commitment from those interested to work together to take action. [Further Info]

Friday, 27 September 2019

Dr Eugene Farrell was an invited speaker to Edge Hill University Liverpool for the International Workshop on Coastal Resilience and Adaptation. The two day event included a field visit to Sefton Dunes and Formby where scientists met with managers from The National Trust and English Nature to discuss short and long term management practices and challenges. The team included members from the NERC funded Thai Coast Project. Items discussed included blowout mobilization to increase biodiversity; impacts of invasive species on habitats of natterjack toad and sand lizards; impacts of humans (visitors; pine plantations; Industry pollution); and community engagement.

Monday, 23 September 2019

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a fixed-term position as a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Department of Geography at the National University of Ireland, Galway. This position is available from November 1, 2019 for 12 months.  [Further Info]

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

NUI Galway was recognised as one of the co-organisers in two international conferences: ISEG 2019 The 11th International Symposium on Environmental Geochemistry held in Beijing during Aug. 7-10, 2019; MEDGEO 2019 The 8th International Conference on Medical Geology of International Medical Geology Association (IMGA) held in Guiyang during Aug. 11-15, 2019. Dr. Chaosheng Zhang served as co-chair for these two international conferences. 

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

During August, Dr. Chaosheng Zhang gave keynote talks at 3 international conferences: ICEPH 2019 The 5th International Conference on Environmental Pollution and Health held in Harbin during August 4-6, 2019; ISEG 2019 The 11th International Symposium on Environmental Geochemistry held in Beijing during Aug. 7-10, 2019; MEDGEO 2019 The 8th International Conference on Medical Geology of International Medical Geology Association (IMGA) held in Guiyang during Aug. 11-15, 2019. Dr. Zhang also acted as one of the workshop leaders for Medical Geology Short Course on provided on Aug. 11 during MEDGEO 2019.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Dr Shane Conway, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Discipline of Geography's Rural Studies Research Cluster at NUI Galway, spoke to Ella McSweeney on RTÉ Radio One's Drivetime show last week.  You can listen to this RTÉ Brainstorm Podcast piece here (@10.20):

Friday, 16 August 2019

Visiting researcher Dr Russell Prince from Massey University in New Zealand is enjoying his time working in Geography at NUI Galway and explains the purpose of his research stay:    ‘I'm a political and economic geographer with particular interests in policy mobility, which refers to the movement of policy from one place to another, and the geographies of market and economy-making. My current research is trying to combine these trajectories with a historical study of New Zealand's adoption of statistical methods in the middle decades of the twentieth century and the related invention of the New Zealand economy as an idea in itself. While I'm visiting here at Galway I'm spending my time taking advantage of the broadband to trawl through the many historical documents from the period that the New Zealand national library has made available through their digitisation project.’

Friday, 16 August 2019

Another great publication from the Energise research team: Dr Gary Goggins and Dr Frances Fahy have published a new paper exploring the Characteristics and governance of urban-based energy initiatives across Europe in the top ranked Journal of Cleaner Production. You can read the open access article here.

Friday, 16 August 2019

Congrats to our former PhD Graduate and Colleague Dr Mary Greene on her recent appointment as Assistant Professor at the Environmental Policy Unit at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Best wishes in the new post Mary!

Friday, 16 August 2019

Professor Ulf Strohmayer spoke to RTE1 Drivetime this week on 'Reclaiming the streets from the car' [Listen] 

Friday, 16 August 2019

Dr Eugene Farrell participated in a field excursion to Inis Mór (Inishmore) Aran Islands to examine large boulder deposits that have been moved by storm waves. Previously it was thought that only tsunamis had the power to move these giant boulders - the largest recorded to have moved exceeds 600 tonnes! The decade long research is being conducted by Prof Ronadh Cox (Williams College, Massachusetts, USA)  who visited NUIG Geography in Spring 2019. The fieldtrip – led by Prof Cox -  was attended by geographers, geomorphologists, oceanographers, geologists, and geophysicists. [More Info]

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Farmers in the south-east are fighting a losing battle against the impact of coastal erosion. Dr Eugene Farrell featured in an article in the Independent Farming feels that farmers will find it hard to "fight the economics of coastal erosion". It's very expensive to protect farmland from coastal erosion, especially if it will have to be replaced every few years. Authorities have to make decisions about who to protect. He explains that a number of farmers also feel very threatened by the loss of their land and that it is also impacting them emotionally. 

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Geography PhD student Helen Maguire speaks to the Irish Independent after comments by Stella Mc Cartney regarding laundry, see article here

Friday, 26 July 2019

The National Rural Network (NRN) team at NUI Galway, Dr Maura Farrell and Dr Shane Conway, recently organised a national seminar on the EU Action for Smart Villages Initiative in Ireland, entitled ‘Smart Villages and Rural Towns in Ireland: Revitalising Rural Areas through Community-Led Innovation’ on behalf of the NRN and the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD). This event took place in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone, on July 4th, 2019. This seminar was structured to build a greater knowledge base around the EU Action for Smart Villages initiative, and demonstrate how it can be planned, implemented and realized in an Irish context, particularly in the context of the design of the LEADER Programme post 2020. Dr Farrell also presented at this event on the topic of 'Rural Ireland: Embracing a ‘Smart’ Concept', while Dr Conway chaired proceedings. [READ]

Friday, 26 July 2019

Research carried out by Dr Shane Conway, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Discipline of Geography’s Rural Studies Research Cluster on the topic of ‘Generational Renewal in Agriculture’, calling for farm transfer policy makers to understand the 'language of farming', and also to value the older generation of the farming community's 'way of life' on their farms when devising future policy was recently highlighted in the Irish Farmers Journal. [READ]

Friday, 26 July 2019

Recommendations set forth in a recent study 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 have been featured the Connacht Tribune (cover page & p.68-69). These policy recommendations are aimed at allowing older farmers to maintain and sustain existing activities and daily routines on their farms in later life, whilst also ‘releasing the reins’ to allow for the necessary delegation of managerial responsibilities and ownership of the family farm to their successors, in order for generational renewal in agriculture to occur. [READ]

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Geography is delighted to welcome Dr Aisling Gallagher and Dr Russell Prince, visiting researchers from Massey University New Zealand who will be hosted by Dr Frances Fahy and Dr Kathy Reilly this July and August - we are really looking forward to the summer collaboration.

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Galway Convention Bureau is looking for champions in Galway to attract further conference investment in our city. In their recent communication Dr Frances Fahy and Dr Kathy Reilly’s hard work on the very successful EUGEO recently held in NUIG (attracting 450 delegates from 37 countries) was recognized in the Sunday Business Post last week.

Friday, 5 July 2019

An article about the impact and success of the Irish NRN' interactive LEADER and EIP-AGRI Project Storyboard databases  as a good practice dissemination model to communicate the success of the objectives set out in Ireland’s Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020 on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) and the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) is featured in the Spring/Summer 2019 edition of the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) Rural Connections magazine (p.36-37). This article was produced by the NRN team at NUIG, Dr Maura Farrell, Dr Shane Conway and Dr Aisling Murtagh. Please see here.  

Friday, 5 July 2019

An update on the current LEADER budget allocated to Ireland, funded through the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 (RDP), was featured recently in the Irish Farmers Journal. This article featured insights from Dr Maura Farrell, Lecturer in the Discipline of Geography at NUI Galway and Lead Researcher with the National Rural Network, Over 2000 projects, valued at €69 million have been approved for LEADER funding so far under the current programme.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Research carried out by Dr Shane Conway, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Discipline of Geography’s Rural Studies Research Cluster on the topic of ‘Generational Renewal in Agriculture’, specifically as it relates to the senior generation of the farming community has recently been published in the International Journal of Agricultural Management (please see: https://bit.ly/2x5OfPz). Globally the policy mantra about the survival, continuity and future prosperity of the agricultural sector, traditional family farm model and broader sustainability of rural society seems ultimately to depend on an age-diverse farming population.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

MSc student Jack Workman is working with Dr Eugene Farrell to test the application of multispectral (MicaSense RedEdge) and RGB images to map dune vegetation and habitats (e.g., the rare Natterjack toad) in The Maharees using UAV technology. Their research is illustrating the great potential of high-resolution UAV data and photogrammetric techniques in coastal science and related disciplines. UAV mapping represents a faster, more reliable, and cost-effective approach in landscape assessment for scientists and managers.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Dr Therese Conway, Discipline of Geography, is hosting Trevor Noon a student from Harvard travelling through Ireland in July.  Trevor is travelling to Ireland through the Henry Russell Shaw Purposeful Travel Fellowship. During his time in Ireland Trevor will be interviewing Therese for a documentary that seeks to explore the relationship between rural and urban populations

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Dr Eugene Farrell recently worked with Fingal County Council, An Taisce, and local coastal communities to identify the need for a  ‘best practice’ guide for beach cleaning in County Dublin. Public concerns of the dumping of the cleaned beach litter back on the dunes (containing plastics, wipes, faeces, etc.) need to be addressed with short- and long-term solutions. Dr Farrell’s role was to provide a scientific basis for beach-dune management and encourage local communities and local authorities to work together to adopt management plans that are sustainable and strike a proper balance between conservation and use of the beach and dune systems during the busy summer bathing months.

Monday, 1 July 2019

Article by Professor Ulf Strohmayer, Discipline of Geography, NUIG for RTE News Brainstorm [READ]

Monday, 24 June 2019

MSc student Eoin ÓFátharta is in the Maharees this week, conducting visitor surveys as part of his dissertation research on recreational values of dune systems. His work is supporting ongoing local efforts led by the Maharees Conservation Association, and is being assisted by Jack Workman, Daithí Maguire, Drs Eugene Farrell and Liam Carr.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

On May 09th 2019 Axel Leahy presented his views on policy challenges facing the European Union in relation to “Climate Action and Sustainable Development” to five Joint Oireachtas Committees - see video clip here (1hr 58mins into the May 9th recording).  The Ceann Comhairle organised the special joint sitting of five Joint Oireachtas Committees, the Joint Committee on Climate Action included. The session engaged with younger citizens in relation to key policy issues facing the European Union.  It is highly likely that the views aired on the day contributed in some way to the Government’s new climate action plan, with Tánaiste Simon Coveney saying a permanent Oireachtas committee dedicated to climate change is to be set up under the plan. 

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Dr Sara Hannafin was conferred with her PhD on 11th June 2019 at NUI Galway. Seen above with her supervisors Dr Nessa Cronin, Centre for Irish Studies and Professor Mary Cawley, Geography and the Whitaker Institute. Congratulations, Sara! Sara’s thesis is entitled  Coming ‘home’: place, belonging and the return migration of the second-generation Irish from Britain

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Congratulations to Dr Brian Leonard (PhD) on graduating with his PhD in NUI Galway on Tuesday 11th June.  Brian's thesis is entitled: Irish farm succession and inheritance: an examination of farmers’ economic decision-making strategies as socially-constructed risk assessment.  Well done also to his supervisors in Geography, Dr Maura Farrell and Dr Marie Mahon, and the Dean of Arts, Professor Cathal O' Donoghue and Anne Kinsella (Teagasc). 

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

A new book 'Energy Demand Challenges in Europe: Implication for policy, planning and practice', co-edited by Dr Frances Fahy and Dr Gary Goggins, has just been published by Palgrave MacMillan as part of the Palgrave Pivot series. This open access book examines the role of citizens in sustainable energy transitions across Europe. It explores energy problem framing, policy approaches and practical responses to the challenge of securing clean, affordable and sustainable energy for all citizens, focusing on households as the main unit of analysis. The book revolves around ten contributions that each summarise national trends, socio-material characteristics, and policy responses to contemporary energy issues affecting householders in different countries, and provides good practice examples for designing and implementing sustainable energy initiatives. Overall, the book is a valuable resource for researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and others interested in sustainable energy perspectives. The book is a key output from the H2020 ENERGISE project (GA number 727642) and is free to download.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

A very successful and enjoyable day was had by members of the Geography Department at the Ryan Institute Research Day 2019 on Friday 31st of May.  The discipline had great representation at the lunch-time poster session, and even won some prizes with Marta Cabello taking first prize for the Energy and Climate Change research theme and Megan Murphy O’ Connor winning second prize in the Marine and Coastal research group. Congratulations!

Friday, 31 May 2019

The role of EIP-AGRI Operational Groups in protecting biodiversity and tackling climate change was discussed on RTE Radio One’s Drivetime Programme on Wednesday the 29th of May 2019. Dr Shane Conway, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Discipline of Geography’s Rural Studies Research Cluster at NUI Galway and the National Rural Network was interviewed at the Irish Rural Link annual conference in Athlone on the 27th of May 2019 about this initiative along with EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan. The segment runs from 2:18:25 to 2:24:15 and you can listen back here.  

Friday, 31 May 2019

A new booklet on Ireland's locally-led EIP-AGRI Operational Group Projects, produced by the National Rural Network team at NUI Galway, Dr Shane Conway and Dr Maura Farrell in the Discipline of Geography’s Rural Studies Research Cluster, was launched by Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle TD, in the Department of Agriculture and Food, and the Marine offices at Johnstown Castle Estate, Co. Wexford on the 16th of May 2019. Shane also spoke at this launch about the NRN’s role in inspiring people in the farming community and rural areas to maximize the success of the objectives set out in Ireland’s Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020.  You can find and download this freely available booklet on the NRN website.

Monday, 27 May 2019

The Rural Research Cluster at the Discipline of Geography are delighted to be part the new 4 year RURALIZATION project. The research team are Dr. Maura Farrell (Principal Investigator), Dr. Aisling Murtagh (Post-Doctoral Researcher), Dr. Marie Mahon, Dr. Therese Conway, Dr. John McDonagh and Dr. Shane Conway.   The project started on May 1st and the kick-off meeting was held on May 15th and 16th in Barcelona. The project develops knowledge and supports policy making focused on access to land, youth visions for rural futures, newcomers to rural areas and new entrants to farming.   Follow RURALIZATION on Twitter @Ruralization_EU and more information is available via the CORDIS Fact Sheet

Monday, 20 May 2019

Congratulations to Geography PhD student Michelle Curran on winning the Postgraduate & Early Career Network (PECN) of the Geographical Society of Ireland (GSI)  poster contest at EUGEO2019

Friday, 17 May 2019

Dr Gordon Bromley, School of Geography and Archaeology, NUI Galway speaks to RTE Radio 1 on climate and biodiversity emergencyand  global warming [listen]

Friday, 17 May 2019

Delighted to welcome Dr. Larissa Naylor (Reader for Physical Geography at the University of Glasgow) for our Keynote lecture this evening. Larissa is an international expert in climate change adaptation, rock coast morphodynamics, ecological enhancement and greening of hard infrastructure and navigating the science-policy-practice interface. Larissa helped establish the UK’s Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership, and has reviewed the coastal chapter for the IPCC.

Friday, 17 May 2019

NUI Galway will host the 7th EUGEO (Association of Geographical Societies in Europe) Congress in conjunction with the 51st Conference of Irish Geographers from 15-18 May. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Re-imagining Europe’s Future Society and Landscapes’. [full article]

Thursday, 16 May 2019

The  EUGEO 2019 has delegates from over 35 countries attending..... Talk about international collaboration  !!!

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Looking forward to our opening Keynote address this evening by Dr. Michele Lancione (Senior Research Fellow and Director of ECR Development in Sheffield University).  Michele is an urban ethnographer and activist and his Keynote lecture will focus on the theme of Homelessness and governmentality.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Delighted to welcome almost 500 delegates from 37 countries to the EUGEO 2019 Congress which commences today in Bailey Allen Hall on NUIG campus. Dr Kathy Reilly EUGEO Co-Chair, Prof Lokesh Joshi (NUIG VP for Research) and Prof Zoltan Kovacs will officially launch the Congress at the Welcome reception at 5.30pm on Wednesday 15th of May in Bailey Allen Hall. 

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

The School of Geography and Archaeology at NUI Galway is proud to jointly host the 51st Conference of Irish Geographers 2019 and the EUGEO Congress 2019. The conference one of the largest European gatherings of geographers, will take place over four days (May 15th – 18th 2019)

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Congratulations to Dr Liam Carr who was recently elected as Secretary for the Irish Fulbright Alumni Association at their AGM I’m Boston College on May 3rd

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Rory O’Callaghan of Seasearch Ireland will present a talk on the unique challenges of recording in marine inshore waters, the work of Seasearch Ireland and some of the amazing life lying just below the surface of Galway’s marine waters, including photographs and videos of these unique habitats.  Galway's Hidden Gems Talk, 9th May, 7:00 PM.

Friday, 3 May 2019

A public exhibition of Ireland’s 23 locally-led EIP-AGRI Operational Group projects took place from the 17th to 23rd of April 2019 in Agriculture House, Kildare Street, Dublin.  This EIP-AGRI exhibition, aimed at inspiring people in the farming community and rural areas to maximize the success of the objectives set out in the Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014 – 2020, displayed booklets, posters, infographics and interactive content detailing the main aims, objectives, activates and background of each of the successful EIP-AGRI projects. This content was created by the National Rural Network team at NUI Galway, Dr Shane Conway, Dr Maura Farrell and Dr Aisling Murtagh, on behalf of the DAFM.  Please see here for more info.

Friday, 3 May 2019

A new booklet on Ireland's locally-led EIP-AGRI Operational Group Projects was launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, T.D. on the 17th of April, 2019 in the Agriculture House, Dublin. This publication was designed and produced by the National Rural Network team at NUI Galway, Dr Shane Conway, Dr Maura Farrell and Dr Aisling Murtagh, to highlight and promote the 23 Irish EIP-AGRI Operational Groups nationally and internationally. A budget of €59m is set aside for these projects. You can download this freely available booklet here.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Dr Shane Conway, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Discipline of Geography at NUI Galway and with the National Rural Network (NRN) spoke about the impact & success of the NRN' interactive EIP-AGRI Operational Group Storyboard database as a good practice dissemination model to communicate the success of the objectives set out in Ireland’s Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020 to attendees at the ‘Networking for Innovation’ session at the  European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) ‘networX - Inspiring Rural Europe’ event held in Brussels, Belgium from the 11th to 12th of April 2019. Dr Conway is pictured here at this event with EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan.  More information about this event can be found here

Friday, 26 April 2019

This coming Monday the MA Environmental, Society and Development class are embarking on a week field trip to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Here they will visit development agencies, such as the UNDP, and engage in field-based exploration of post-conflict development processes.

Friday, 26 April 2019

Maria O’Connell (MSc Coastal and Marine Environments & Climate Action Regional Office) hosted Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, as he officially launched the Climate Action Regional Office for the Atlantic Seaboard North in Aras an Chontae, Castlebar, on Friday April 5th 2019. Read full article here.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

The BASS students on their field trip to Barcelona

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

The Marine Institute recently welcomed an international group of experts to Galway to discuss how marine spatial planning is used to balance the different demands for using our ocean.  Read full article here

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Dr Eugene Farrell was the invited keynote presenter on April 15th in Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick for the Regional Studies Association (RSA) workshop on Sustainability Transitions in the Coastal Zone. The RSA research network aims to bring together scholars focused on the dynamics of coastal zones as economic spaces in order to catalyse a discourse on new coastal economies, addressing problems of lock-in and system inertia in the current regime and exploring means to foster radical innovation for sustainable and resilience based coastal development all while making sure the spatial dimension and the regional context are fully conceptualized

Thursday, 11 April 2019

What a great experience, an evening at Galway Aquarium with marine spatial planning experts organised by Dr Liam Carr, Discipline of Geography, NUI Galway.  Hands-on work on how best to plan & use our coasts & oceans. 

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Our  Applied Social Science  2nd years students are exploring  Barcelona urban Geography with Professor Ulf Strohmayer, Fieldbased learning !!!

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Dr Gordon Bromley  used this amazing tool 'The Climate Reanalyzer' today with Merlin College transition year geography students. Reproducing the climatic phenomena we've experienced recently & comparing them to long-term means is invaluable

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Dr Eugene Farrell looks at how communities tackle coastal and marine management in Ireland. He argues that we need to work in the knowledge that our ‘natural’ geomorphic systems will no longer be fully natural; they will be impacted by our actions; they will be host a myriad of stakeholder interests that are often conflicting; and that many of our natural geomorphic systems are being ‘squeezed’ out of existence from natural and human pressures [Watch]

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Congratulations to PhD student Michele Curran for being selected to talk at this years #soapboxScienceGalway, come see female scientists talk at Spanish Arch on 29 June! #STEM#Climate@GeogNUIG

Monday, 8 April 2019

Dr Maura Farrell, Discipline of Geography will give a talk on 'Researching the Rural: Going Global and Staying Local', Tuesday May 7th at 1pm,  GO10, Moore Institute. [Read More]

Thursday, 4 April 2019

RTE Brainstorming,  Opinion: the decision to make geography an optional Junior Cycle subject risks impoverishing Ireland's future, By Anna Davies, Irish Research Council and Frances Fahy, NUI Galway

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

[READ] Geography Newsletter, 1st April, 2019.

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Geography is delighted to host Mr Danijel Pavicic this week. Danijel is visiting from the beautiful city of Zadar on the west coast of Croatia and is completing a one week Erasmus + staff mobility training activity in Geography. The overall objective of Danijel’s training is to develop further cooperation between the Department of Ethnology and Anthropology at the University of Zadar with both the School of Political Science and Sociology and School of Geography and Archaeology in NUI Galway specifically in relation to the undergraduate programme: BSc (Applied Social Sciences).

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Professor Michael O’Connell (with Dr Karen Molloy) gave a presentation entitled “Prehistoric Landscapes of North Mayo” at the International Open Workshop: Socio-Environmental Dynamics over the Last 15,000 Years (11–16 March 2019) in Kiel University, Germany

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, T.D., launched the new Pearl Mussel Project at the beautiful Glenbeg Lake near Ardgroom, Co. Cork on Friday the 29th of March 2019. This EIP-AGRI Operational Group, awarded €10 million under the RDP 2014-2020, aims to design and implement a voluntary results-based agri-environmental scheme with farmers that will help protect the endangered freshwater pearl mussel, as well as benefiting the wider environment. It is 1 of 23 EIP-AGRI Projects in Ireland. Pictured here at the launch of this project is Dr Shane Conway, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Discipline of Geography's Rural Studies Research Cluster and the National Rural Network, with Minister Creed and Brendan Gleeson, Secretary General of the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine.

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Congrats to the ENERGISE research team, all members of Geography’s Planning and Sustainability Research Group on submitting their forthcoming book ‘Energy demand challenges in Europe: implications for policy, planning and practice’ to Palgrave Publishers in the UK  [Read More]

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Dr Patricia Breen travelled to Belfast last week to attend a workshop for the MarPAMM (Marine Protected Area Management and Monitoring) project. Patricia presented work from her previous postdoc in University College Cork on modelling species distributions of cetaceans, seabirds and fish. She also spoke about her current work in NUIG on risk assessment within fisheries for the SEERAC (Spatially explicit ecological risk assessment framework for conservation planning of coastal waters) project.

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

One of our Human Geographers Dr Richard Scriven has recorded a geography podcast series exploring different themes using a geographical lens. In one episode, Richard talks with Dr Gordon Bromley about his experiences of working in Antarctica and explains how he studies historical climate change using glaciers and rocks.  [listen]

Friday, 29 March 2019

Dr Valerie Ledwith gave a presentation at the Whitaker Ideas Forum on 'Examining Hungary’s Denial of Human Security for Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees' , [Read More]

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Two of Dr. Audrey Morley’s PhD students from the Palaeoenvironmental Research Unit (PRU), Megan Murphy O’ Connor and Dakota Holmes visited the IODP Bremen Core Repository at MARUM located within the University of Bremen from the 4th-15th March 2019.  [Read More]

Monday, 25 March 2019

[download] Geography Newsletter, 25th March 2019.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

On March 13th NUI Galway hosted a Heritage Ireland 2030 consultation workshop with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Kevin Lynch contributed a short piece on climate change and community resilience. Joe Fenwick has made an individual contribution to the consultation which he has agreed to share [download]

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

An interesting and insightful piece on the 'Family Farm Model' in Ireland, written by renowned farming journalist and reporter Ella McSweeney in today's Sunday Business Post, features research on generational renewal in agriculture carried out by Dr Shane Conway, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Discipline of Geography's Rural Studies Research Cluster at NUI Galway, and the National Rural Network. In this article, Dr Conway highlights the crucial importance of family farming to the sustainability and future survival of rural Ireland. More info here.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

[download] Geography Newsletter, 19th March 2019.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Dr Shane Conway participated in a 'Governmental Day Workshop' on behalf of National Rural Network at the FTTH (Fibre to the Home) 2019 conference held in the RAI Amsterdam on the 12th of March. The latest information on broadband and digitalisation policy developments in the wew discussed at this event, with a particular focus on tackling and addressing the challenges faced by public local and regional authorities in relation to fibre broadband deployment in rural areas throughout Europe.  More info here & here

Friday, 15 March 2019

What do you do when nobody listens to your concerns? Take action. Ireland’s school children have taken to the streets today in protest at what they say is Government inaction on climate change. Read more:  Irish Times, RTE News, Galway Advertiser 

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Dr Mary Greene participated as a workshop leader at the recent BurrenBeo Learning Landscape Symposium held in Kinvara (8th -10th March). Her workshop focused on innovative methods for engaging communities in societal transitions towards sustainability. More information on the symposium can be found here 

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Dr Mary Greene participated as a key panelist at the main panel discussion 'Changing for our Climate' at the Galway Energy Summit held in NUI Galway on 12th March. The panel discussion, moderated by RTE's George Lee, stimulated a lively discussion, with Dr. Greene raising themes relating to the often neglected social and human dimensions of the energy transition (Picture attached).

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

[download] Geography Newsletter, 11th March 2019.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Dr Patrick Collins was  invited to give a keynote talk by the Cork University Business School (UCC) on the Creative Economies of Peripheral Regions on Friday 8th March. The event was attended by a mix of policy makers, practitioners and academics.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Dr John Morrissey was recently invited to Oxford to outline his IRC project, Haven, to the British International Studies Association. John spent a few days as a visiting scholar at St Antony’s College, where he presented a paper on EU securitization discourse and responses to the Mediterranean refugee crisis.

Friday, 8 March 2019

Professor Gerry Kearns, Head of Geography, Maynooth and Gary Granville, Emeritus Professor, School of Education NCAD joined Pat Kenny on Newstalk for a debate: geography as a key to solving global problems such as climate change and poverty, and in proposing solutions to issues such as the housing crisis.   Listen to podcast here.

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

[download] Geography Newsletter, March 2019.

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Dr Frances Fahy at St Flannan’s open day in Ennis this sunny morning in County Clare

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Dr Gary Goggins last week published a letter in the Irish Times reflecting on our consumerist society, and asking the question "How much is enough?" Gary is currently working on the H2020 ENERGISE project, which explores social and cultural influences on household energy use, and engages participants across Europe in real-world experiments that challenge social norms around household consumption.

Monday, 25 February 2019

In a letter published in the Sunday Independent and the Irish Times, the heads of six university geography departments expressed deep concern at the removal of geography as a core subject in the Junior Cert.

Monday, 18 February 2019

Join top female scientists as they take to the streets !!!!   June 29th, Spanish Arch Galway. [more info]

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

In this episode (Eco Eye Series 17 ‘The Living Beach’; 12 February 2019) Anja Murray and Dr Lara Dungan examined the future of Ireland’s beaches with the rise of sea waters and associated effects of climate change and human activity, such as erosion. Coastal scientist Dr. Farrell set out the issues in the Maharees Heritage and Conservation project, whose volunteers have tried to help reverse these effects by planting dune grass, among other endeavours, to help push back the encroaching tide. But is it be enough to save this precious ecosystem?

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Congratulations to Brian Leonard (PhD candidate in Geography) on passing his viva yesterday, 05 February 2019.  His examiners were Prof Matt Lobley, University of Exeter and Dr Therese Conway, NUI Galway.  Brian's thesis is entitled: Irish farm succession and inheritance: an examination of farmers’ economic decision-making strategies as socially-constructed risk assessment. Brian completed his PhD through publications, one of which may be accessed here Policy drivers of farm succession and inheritance (published in Land Use Policy). Kudos too, to his supervisors Dr Maura Farrell and Dr Marie Mahon, Professor Cathal O Donoghue and Dr Anne Kinsella (Teagasc). 

Friday, 11 January 2019

Sara Hannafin (PhD student in Irish Studies and Geography) passed her viva on Friday, 7 December 2018.  Sara received the very rare recommendation of no corrections being required to her thesis. The examiners were Professor Mary J Hickman, London Metropolitan University and Dr Valerie Ledwith, NUI Galway.  Sara's thesis is entitled: Coming 'home': place, belonging and second-generation return migration from England to Ireland'. Her supervisors were Dr Nessa Cronin and Professor Mary Cawley.

Friday, 8 February 2019

Whitaker Ideas Forum upcoming talk about 'Learning from Living Labs: Experiences from the field' by Dr Eimear Heaslip, Discipline of Geography on February 13th at 1pm in CA110 (SAC Room), St. Anthony’s, JE Cairnes Building. [further details]

Friday, 8 February 2019

Dr Eugene Farrell was invited to present his research ideas at TEDX Galway on 07 February 2019. Dr Farrell presented two solutions that can support coastal communities and coastal ecosystems build capacity and resilience in the face of pressures from storms and human activities. The solutions included: (1) monetization of our coastal ecosystems in order to acquire large capital funds to support coastal conservation projects and (2) prioritize the role of coastal communities in decision making: local solutions for local problems.

Friday, 8 February 2019

Whitaker Institute Policy Brief Series from Dr Mary Greene, Discipline of Geography,  titled 'Exploring complex social drivers of (un)sustainable consumption' [READ]

Friday, 8 February 2019

Whitaker Institute Policy Brief by Dr Liam Carr, Discipline of Geography titled 'Nitrate Loading in Galway Canals: Challenges in Meeting Water Framework Directive Standards' [READ]

Friday, 8 February 2019

Whitaker policy brief from Rebecca Windemer and  Dr Frances Fahy’s on ‘End-of-life considerations for onshore wind in Ireland' [READ]

Monday, 4 February 2019

Congratulation to Geography staff members Terry Morley and Eugene Farrell  who are part of a successful EU INTERREG NWE project, ‘Care-Peat’, to develop new policies and methods for managing and monitoring carbon reduction from peatlands. The €6.23 million project involves partners from Ireland, the UK, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands. The award will fund local peatland restoration and monitoring as well as the development of innovative policies based on the data collected from restoration works. Dr. Morley is the Irish lead investigator based on his research an industry experience in wetland ecology. Dr. Farrell will use state-of-the-art drone technology to collect passive optical imagery to classify peatlands. The partnership also includes Niall Ó Brolcháin from the eGov Centre at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics and experts from the NPWS, IPCC, UCD, private consultants, Bord na Mona, An Taisce, and the Community Wetlands Forum.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

A European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI) seminar entitled ‘Multi-level strategies for digitising agriculture and rural areas’ took place from the 12th to 13th of December 2018 in Antwerp, Belgium. The main purpose of this workshop was to highlight the importance of strategic planning to steer the digitisation of agriculture and rural areas, combining European, national, regional and local levels. Dr Shane Conway, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Discipline of Geography at NUI Galway and with the Irish National Rural Network (NRN), spoke at this event on the importance of implementing a multi-method communication approach to engage, inform and educate farmers and rural communities throughout EU member states of national and EU-wide digital initiatives and inspiring examples. EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, delivered the closing speech at this seminar via video link.   More information about this seminar can be found here.

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Chaosheng Zhang  who received the Fáilte Ireland National Conference Ambassador Award on November 23 at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. Dr. Zhang successfully organised three major international conferences in the area of Environment and Health on campus of NUI Galway: ISEH 2010, SESEH 2012, and ISEH 2016. A forthcoming conference ISEH 2020 organized by Dr. Zhang will be held in Dublin during August 2-8, 2020.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

The MSc in Coastal and Marine Environments has secured four days of ship-time aboard the R/V Celtic Voyager from 10-13 October 2019. The research cruise, led by Geography's Drs Liam Carr and Audrey Morley with research support from the Ryan Institute's Dr Rachel Cave and Clynton Gregory, is the fifth consecutive year where the MSc cohort will design and conduct at-sea research in the waters off the west coast of County Galway. The 2019 cruise will provide important updates for Galway Bay's benthic community dataset while also collecting baseline data on the amount and distribution of microplastics in the water column. The 2019 research cruise will again be based out of Cill Rónáin, Inis Mór, and is made possible through funding from the Marine Institute.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

ISEH 2018, the 4th International Symposium on Environment and Health was held in Shanghai during December 4-6, 2018, where NUI Galway was recognised as a co-organiser and Dr. Chaosheng Zhang was a co-Chair. The ISEH conference series was initiated by Dr. Chaosheng Zhang, School of Geography and Archaeology, NUI Galway in 2012 where the SESEH (Sino-European Symposium on Environment and Health) conference was held in Galway as the 1st one of this conference series. ISEH 2020 will be held in Dublin during August 2-8, 2020, to be organised by NUI Galway.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Dr Eugene Farrell received grant funding from EPA Ireland and the Marine Institute to conduct a 2 year research project entitled "Achieving Resilience in the Marine and Coastal Environment of Ireland" (Ref: 2018-CCRP-MS.59; EPA Research Programme 2014-2020). Dr Farrell will work with colleagues based in UCC and the MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, Cork.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Dr. Eugene Farrell presented research with MSc students Ms. Hatty Dundon (“An Investigation of Digital Surface Model accuracy from UAVs within coastal environments”) and Ms. Niamh Connolly (“Historic and contemporary dune inventories to assess dune vulnerability to climate change impacts”) at the 6th Irish Geomorphology Scientific Workshop (University Ulster, Coleraine, December 07).

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

INQUA Congress 2019 (theme: Life on the Edge) takes place in Dublin during the final week of July 2019. Various deadlines are fast approaching including that for submission of abstracts (9/01/2019). In addition to the Congress lecture programme (there are sessions devoted to most aspects of the Quaternary), several interesting excursions in Ireland and Britain are also on offer. These excursions take place before, during (mid-Congress) and after the main Congress.  For full details, including financial support available to students, check the Congress web site, http://www.inqua2019.org/.

Friday, 18 January 2019

Drs Liam Carr, Frances Fahy, Eugene Farrell, and Mary Greene participated in a Climate Action Workshop at the Environmental Research Institute, UCC on Thursday, 18 January 2019. The trans-disciplinary workshop, part of the EPA Ireland-funded Imagining 2050 Project, brought together academics from across Ireland and tasked them with the challenge of how to best partner with stakeholders to pursue a climate-resilient future for Ireland. 

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Dr. Mary Greene participated as a panel discussant at the recent Geographical Society of Ireland Postgraduate and Early Career Research Network event on socially engaged scholarship. The event was held at Trinity College Dublin on December 7th and was well attended by early career Geographers from throughout the country. 

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

RTE Brainstorm by Dr Pat Collins, Discipline of Geography, NUI Galway [READ]

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Dr Eugene Farrell (guest editor) launched the special issue of Irish Geography  “The vulnerability of Irish landscape systems to climate change and human activity” at the 6th Irish Geomorphology Scientific Workshop held in University Ulster Coleraine 06-07 December. The special issue contains 14 research manuscripts focussed on Irish case studies from 33 authors located in 13 different institutes in Ireland, UK, Spain, Portugal, and South Africa. 

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Geography PhD candidate Mr Daithi Maguire presented his recently accepted research manuscript in Irish Geography at the Irish Earth Observation Symposium 2018 (An Teagasc, Dublin, December 06). Congratulations to Daithi for winning “Best student paper” for his oral presentation (“A Comprehensive Roadmap to 50 Years of (Satellite) Earth Observation Resources for the Island of Ireland (1972 – 2023)”) at the 6th Irish Geomorphology Scientific Workshop (University Ulster, Coleraine, December 07).

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

This Newsletter gives a good overview of open-data resources that provide the foundation for the reconstruction of various aspects of environmental change involving climate, human impact, sea-level change, pollution studies, etc., and the possibilities afforded by such resources.  [READ]

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Dr Mary Greene, NUI Galway coordinator of the ERASMUS PLUS Decoding the Disciplines research project, attended the Decoding Education transnational meeting in Roma Tre University last week. This project provides a forum for interdisciplinary learning for progressing pedagogical innovations in teaching complex socio-environmental issues at higher education across European Universities. Dr. Greene presented work relating to her application of the decoding methodology to teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels in the Discipline of Geography.

Monday, 18 February 2019

Geography at NUI Galway is delighted to announce a double success at the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme. Our own Dr. Audrey Morley, Lecturer in Physical Geography, has been awarded an MSCA Individual Fellowship and Dr. Gordon Bromleywill host incoming MSCA Fellow Dr. Maggie Jackson from the United States.  Both projects are funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme. [Further Info]

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Congratulations to our MA Environment, Society, Development 2017/18 cohort who received their masters degrees last week, pictured here with MA Coorindator Dr. Mary Greene. Wishing you all the best of your next chapter!

Thursday, 22 November 2018

A 'Generational Renewal in Agriculture' case study carried out by the NRN team at NUI Galway, Dr Shane Conway and Dr Maura Farrell, is featured in the September-October 2018 edition of the European Landowners' Organization (ELO) CountrySide Bimonthly Magazine (p.14-15).Created in 1972, the ELO, is a unique federation of national associations from the EU28 based in Brussels, which represents the interests of the landowners, land managers, rural entrepreneurs and family businesses at the European political level. The organization contributes to close cooperation between rural communities, and in doing so aims to counter the challenges of rural depopulation brought about by urbanization and globalisation. 

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Geo Week Talk by Duncan Stewart on Sustainability, Wednesday 21st November 2018 at 6pm, AC216, Arts/Science Building, NUI Galway.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Seminar by Dorothy Estrada-Tanck, University of Murcia, Spain will give a lecture titled:  Human Security and International Human Rights Law in the Mediterranean Crisis, the seminar will takep place Thursday November 22nd at 4pm in Room 113, Discipline of Geography, Arts/Science Building, NUI Galway. [Further Info]

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Welcome to the first issue of our new School Newsletter, Gortscéala! The School of Geography & Archaeology is a wonderfully vibrant and inspiring place to work and study, and this new newsletter captures some of our core passions: fieldwork, public scholarship and making critical knowledge count. [Newletter]

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

In collaboration with researchers in NUIG Geography, Dr Elly Walsh is delivering energy workshops in secondary schools as part of Galway Science Festival. Dr Walsh is pictured here delivering a workshop in Calasanctius College, Oranmore in November 2018. 

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

This year our annual GeoWeek (Geography Awareness Week) will focus on the role and potential of geography and geographers, academic and in practice,  in delivering on the SDG's. We will highlight the geographic research already being done in relation to the 17 goals and the potential for geographers and those interested in geography in contributing in the future   [further info]

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

'The Business End of Climate Change' with Dr. Gordon Bromley, School of Geography & Archaeology, NUI Galway.The evening will include lab tours, the display of archival materials such as meteorological data and scientific materials and the launch of an exciting new art exhibition -'Art of the Edge - Glimpses of a Changing World', which runs in the Hardiman Building from 1st -30th November 2018 . [further info]          Date: Thursday, November 1st         Time: 5.30pm         Place: G010, Moore Institute, Hardiman Building, NUI Galway

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Dr John Morrissey has won the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence for a second time. Programme Director of the MA in Environment, Society and Development and Lecturer in Geopolitics and International Development, John previously won the award in 2011. He is pictured here receiving his award from NUIG President Prof. Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh at the recent College of Arts conferring in the Bailey Allen Hall.

Monday, 22 October 2018

Invited by UNESCO International Centre on Global-Scale Geochemistry (ICGG), Dr. Chaosheng Zhang gave a plenary talk at the Seminar on the International Scientific Cooperation Program – “Mapping Chemical Earth” held in Langfang, China during October 15-17, 2018 with about 150 delegates. The presentation title was “Towards machine learning for identification of hidden spatial patterns and relationships in big data of environmental geochemistry”. The “Mapping Chemical Earth” program aims to produce maps for chemical components on the earth surface by collecting catchment sediment samples from all over the world.

Friday, 19 October 2018

Dr Eugene Farrell received the 2018 President’s Award for Societal Impact from NUIG President Prof Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh. This award stems from his work with local communities in The Maharees (Co. Kerry) to find solutions to coastal pressures from storms and human activities that have led to the chronic destabilization of the fragile dune ecosystems and increased erosion and flooding risks.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Since its opening up 40 years ago, China has benefitted hugely from its integration into the global economy and particularly since WTO accession in 2001, it has become one of the most significant manufacturing and assembly locations for technology global value chains. [full article]

Monday, 8 October 2018

Day two aboard the Celtic Voyager 

Friday, 5 October 2018

Meanwhile back on Inismor our MSc students are assessing machair (an Annex I habitat), an important grassland for both grazing and native plants and animals, @SeaShoreNUIG

Thursday, 4 October 2018

MSC in Coastal and Marine Environments students at work aboard the Celtic Voyager @SeaShoreNUIG

Friday, 5 October 2018

Day two of MSC fieldwork aboard the Celtic Voyager as it heads off around Inismor, @SeaShoreNUIG

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Dr. Gordon Bromley, NUIG addressing young people today at the 2nd Youth Summit on Climate Change#lovinggalway #youthworkirelandgalway#climatechange

Monday, 1 October 2018

Dr. Chaosheng Zhang was granted the title of “10 Leading Chinese Talents on Science and Technology in Europe 2018” during the 10th European Forum of the Federation of Chinese Professional Association in Europe (FCPAE) held in Helsinki on September 26, 2018, in recognition of Dr. Zhang’s outstanding research work on spatial analysis in environmental sciences.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

On Thursday 27th September, Geography's Palaeoenvironmental Research Unit will be hosting a guest lecture by former postgraduate student, Dr Michelle McKeown. Michelle will be presenting her new research on assessing the integrity of New Zealand's wetlands using testate amoebae at 12.30 PM in Room 113, Discipline of Geography, Arts/Science Building, NUI Galway. [Further Info]

Monday, 24 September 2018

A group of international female geoscientists from universities all over the world including NUI Galway, have taken a close look at their profession and discovered the barriers to success, while also pinpointing the sometimes simple changes that can be made to attract more women into innovative industries. The revealing results are published in Nature Publishing Group’s social sciences journal, Palgrave Communications.  To read the full study in Palgrave Communications, visit:  https://www.nature.com/articles/s41599-018-0154-0

Monday, 17 September 2018

Our Sustainability Journey, an event that will showcase NUI Galway Sustainability, will be held in O’Donoghue Theatre on Wednesday 26th September from 9.30am to 1.30pm. It is being organised by the Community and University Sustainability Project Team (CUSP) as part of the ‘Loving Galway’ festival and will feature a number of Ryan Institute researchers.   Loving Galway is a sustainability festival that will run from the 20-30th of September 2018 in celebration of the ‘Green and Blue’ spaces in Galway City. Loving Galway is a collaboration between Galway City Council, NUI Galway, and a number of community and environmental groups across the city.  CUSP is leading the roll-out of the NUI Galway Sustainability Strategy 2017-2020.  The vision of the strategy is to establish NUI Galway as a top class green smart and healthy campus.  The CUSP team is composed of more than 30 students and staff, from across the campus community.  The event will feature stories, music, comedy and coffee.  This is a free, public event, but due to space restrictions, registration is required.    We very much hope you will be able to join us on Wednesday morning September 26th.    Please book your ticket here.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Dr Frances Fahy and Dr Gary Goggins, together with colleagues working on the Horizon 2020 project ENERGISE, have recently published a chapter in a new book that seeks to advance energy policy through greater integration of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) research.  The book, emerging from the H2020 SHAPE ENERGY project, includes interdisciplinary contributions on a range of issues relating to a sustainable energy transition including energy poverty, justice, political ecology, governance and imaginaries. The book will be officially launched at an event in King’s College Cambridge on September 24.The contribution from ENERGISE, which examines alternative imaginaries for energy policy integration of SSH, is available to download here.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Congratulations to Dr Richard Scriven who was elected Secretary of the  Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)'s Social and Cultural Geography Research Group at the AGM last week in Cardiff. The group embraces researchers and activists in the UK, Ireland, and beyond interested in the way the world works to produce social and cultural difference, engaging with key social science debates concerning identity, subjectivity, citizenship and belonging.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

As part of the “Modelling maerl habitat dynamics in response to increased storminess” project funded by Geological Survey Ireland, Dr Siddhi Joshi and Dr Eugene Farrell carried out fieldwork last week on Trá an Doilín maerl beach in Carraroe, County Galway. They monitored the morphodynamic change in the very dynamic intertidal swash zone using 7 ultrasonic downward-facing distance sensors mounted on a large frame. A Go Pro camera was attached to the frame and high resolution cross shore beach profiles were collected using GPS and UAV. The offshore wave climate in Greatmans Bay was measured using a Nortec AWAC sensor. Results will be combined with coupled models of the maerl beach (XBEACH) and with a nested regional hydrodynamic model of Galway Bay developed by the team. They would like to thank the great support from colleagues in NUIG Geography for their laboratory and field support during the project (Daithi Maguire, Kevin Lynch, Liam Carr, Siobhan Comer and Terry Morley) as well as the support from members of the local community. The results will be presented to the local community during a public talk upon completion of the project.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Dr Eugene Farrell wrote a critical review in RTÉ Brainstorm of the urgent need for better infrastructure for Ireland's coastline communities and the need for immediate funding to develop and support sustainable tourism. [READ]

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

7th EUGEO congress on the geography of europe May 15th - 18th, Galway Ireland, [further info]

Friday, 27 July 2018

Dr Shane Conway, Dr John McDonagh and Dr Maura Farrell in the Discipline of Geography’s Rural Studies Research Cluster at NUI Galway, have recently published a paper in the International Journal of Agricultural Management entitled ‘Till death do us part: Exploring the Irish farmer-farm relationship in later life through the lens of Insideness’.   Applying Rowles’ concept of ‘insideness’ as a theoretical framework, this paper brings into focus the suitability and appropriateness of previous and existing farm transfer policy strategies, by presenting an insightful, nuanced analysis of the deeply embedded attachment older farmers have with their farms, and how such a bond can stifle the necessary hand over of the farm business to the next generation [READ]

Friday, 27 July 2018

Dr Richard Scriven wrote a blogpost for the Geographical Society of Ireland outlining the continuing social and cultural role of the annual Reek Sunday pilgrimage. He demonstrated how geographical themes can help provide new insight into this tradition. [Read]

Friday, 27 July 2018

Latest publication by the ENERGISE geographers! Congrats to Dr Eimear Heaslip and Dr Frances Fahy on their latest article, Developing Transdisciplinary Approaches to Community Energy Transitions: An Island Case Study. Focusing on Eimear's PhD field site location of Inis Oirr, the smallest of the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland, the paper discusses the design, development and implementation of a transdisciplinary methodological framework for community energy planning which combines conventional energy engineering techniques with in-depth qualitative approaches.

Friday, 27 July 2018

Rebecca Windemer, PhD researcher at the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University, has been awarded Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Overseas Institutional Visit funding to spend time as a visiting researcher in Geography at NUI Galway from November to December 2018. Rebecca’s research is exploring end-of-life decision making (repowering, life extension and decommissioning) for onshore wind and solar farms. Her research aims to understand how the temporary nature of planning consents and the duration of the impacts of the infrastructure influences decision making. During her visit Rebecca will be working alongside Dr Frances Fahy and the ENERGISE team to discuss her research findings and explore the planning policy, temporality and end-of-life options for windfarms in Ireland. 

Friday, 20 July 2018

Three ‘Farm Viability and Competitiveness’ case studies carried out by the NRN team at NUI Galway, Dr Maura Farrell and Dr Shane Conway have been included in the Government of Ireland's Project Ireland 2040 report entitled ‘Strengthening Rural Economies and Communities’. The NRN case studies included within this report detail a young trained farmer named Leo Morrissey’s successful farm transfer experience with his parents and older brother in Co. Galway, another about farm diversification on the Mulhall’s Coolanowle Country House and Organic Farm, situated along the Carlow and Laois border, and finally a case study on Glen Keen Farm and Visitor Centre in Co. Mayo. This publication, prepared by the DAFM and DRCD, was launched at the Government of Ireland's 'Creating Stronger Rural Economies and Communities' Project Ireland 2040 event held in Westport, Co. Mayo on the 13th of July 2018. Source: National Rural Network

Friday, 20 July 2018

Dr Maura Farrell, Lecturer in Rural Geography at NUI Galway, and Lead Researcher with the NRN, was an invited guest speaker at the Government of Ireland's Project Ireland 2040 'Creating Stronger Rural Economies and Communities' event held in Westport, Co. Mayo. on Friday the 13th of July 2018. Dr Farrell was included in the ‘How do we create stronger rural communities?’ session at this event and spoke in detail about the potential of family farm diversification in leading rural Ireland forward over the next 20 years. The full text of An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's inspiring speech at this event, co-hosted by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Agriculture, can be found here. Source: NRNImage Credit: NRN

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

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]

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.

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]   

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

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

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]

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.

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.

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]

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, 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, 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  

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

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, 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

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

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. 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, 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]

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

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.

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]

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

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

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

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]

Monday, 23 April 2018

Dr Richard Scriven's article on contemporary Pilgrimage featured in RTÉ's Brainstorm platform  [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.

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

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.

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.

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, 30 April 2018

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

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

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]

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

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, 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]

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]  

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, 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

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

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.

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]

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, 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]

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

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.

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]

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

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, 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.

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. 

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/

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

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

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.

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

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, 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 ‘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]

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]

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.

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

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, 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)

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, 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. 

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

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

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“

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, 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

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

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

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

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

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.

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