Research is key to developing new technologies and new ways of thinking on sustainability. Our current research portfolio includes internationally-funded projects exploring issues ranging from socio-economic sustainable consumption research to engineering new marine renewable technologies that are socially and economically viable. NUI Galway researchers are actively working with local and regional authorities and local community groups on sustainability projects which feed into a range of sustainable development goals at the local, regional and national level, such as the GreenMap for Galway and the Ecoscience Writers in Schools Projects.

NUI Galway supports a large number of research centres related to sustainability and Environment, Marine and Energy has been identified as one of the University’s Five Thematic Research Priorities.

The Ryan Institute is NUI Galway’s hub for Environmental,Marine and Energy research and its members are committed to knowledge sharing and collaborations across disciplines.

For example, The Energy Research Centre (ERC), within the Ryan Institute aims to engage in research, education and outreach in the fields of Energy and Environment.

Its work is organised into four thematic research groups:

The Centre for Health from Environment within the Ryan Institute recognises the dependence of human health on our environment and promotes the concept that health and well-being is the most important resource that we derive from our environment.

The Moore Institute hosts a range of funded research projects, together with dedicated thematic research centres and research groups. Collectively they address key questions at the forefront of academic inquiry in the humanities and social studies. Some of the relevnt research groups include:

The Whitaker Institute is committed to a vision of a sustainable and inclusive society and the Institute includes as research clusters: Creative, Liveable and Sustainable Communities and Environment, Development and Sustainability.

The Sustainability Strategy will build on existing strengths by further embedding sustainability principles and practices throughout research and creating a repository of sustainability research.