Research Programme

The core research strengths of the contemporary humanities are critical thinking, depth of historical understanding and interpretative rigour. At UCD, researchers apply these skills to understand the dynamics of cultural, political and social change across a broad range of languages, art forms, technologies and historical periods.

Our research explores the relationships between peoples, places and identities, combining cultural and historical perspectives with an understanding of human interaction with landscape and environment.

UCD Humanities Institute seeks to explore the emerging synergy between traditional humanities interpretative skills and qualitative techniques with the quantitative potential inherent in the new digital archives at our disposal which can open up very long term historical perspectives and multiplicities of cultures, languages and communities for analysis.

We are also committed to placing the humanities at the forefront of interdisciplinary research which addresses major societal challenges relating to ecology, globalisation, cultural heritage, gender and sexuality, memory, language and communication, new media, well-being, privacy, and security.


Our research priorities for 2017-2020 are:

Ireland and the Caribbean: Comparative Perspectives
Modern Architecture and Culture in the Early Twentieth Century: From Exporting to Importing the New
Media, Encounter, Witness: Troubling Pasts
Architecture and Narrative: The Built Environment in Modern Culture