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Society and Economy

The world’s major socio-economic problems are complex in nature, they are systemic in form, they are interconnected in expression and they demand urgent attention by government.

Against a backdrop of global financial crisis and economic downturn, UCD researchers are investigating the intended and un-intended impacts and consequences of public policies. We are looking at the role, rights, and welfare of individuals in contemporary society and we are unravelling the changing perspectives on belonging, identity and citizenship in what is an increasingly urbanised modern setting.

Central to research in this domain are the following key areas: 

  • Identity, Conflict and Inclusion
  • Innovative, Ethical Public Policy and Enhancing the Public Sphere
  • Human Development and Flourishing/Child and Youth Wellbeing
  • Smart Cities.