Background and Introduction

The Social Sciences Research Centre (SSRC) was founded in 1965/6 to exploit the intrinsic strength of an interdisciplinary approach to research across the social sciences at UCG/NUI Galway. Over this period of fifty years the SSRC has provided a focus for interdisciplinary research between economists, geographers, political scientists, psychologists, and sociologists. A primary focus of the centre's activities in the early years was research relating to the social and economic development of the West of Ireland. Reflecting its capacity to be adaptive and resilient, the SSRC has always encouraged the creation of, and provided a home to, a number of specialised research centres. In the most recent period five such specialised research centres - Health Promotion, Landscape Studies, Public Policy, Intercultural Studies, and Nationalism and Organised Violence – have functioned under the aegis of the SSRC. Membership of the SSRC is open to all full-time staff of the university. Postgraduate students may also join, as may social sciences researchers from outside the University with whom members share common research interests. One of the SSRC's main functions, historically, has been to publish the research findings of its members.

Future Directions for Research

At present, there are three main distinguishable strands of research being pursued by SSRC members. These are: smart and livable cities and towns, critical social theory and ethnographic approaches, and rural communities and their development.

Membership of the SSRC

Membership is open to staff and students of the University who have an interest in inter-disciplinary approaches to social science research. Membership forms may be downloaded CLICKING HERE.

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