Towards a Sustainable Future

Our environment is facing some of its greatest challenges due to unprecedented levels of human population and activity.  This has been recognised through global initiatives such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Convention on Biological Diversity.  The Earth Institute is part of UCD’s response to these challenges and is committed to high quality interdisciplinary research to improve fundamental understanding of our rapidly changing environment and to find solutions for a sustainable future. 

The Earth Institute has over 140 members and 250 associate members, spread across 24 of the University’s Schools, and has active links with a wide range of collaborators and stakeholders. It is home to state-of-the-art research laboratories in the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science and is a focal point for UCD’s environmental research.  It engages with researchers at all career stages and across disciplines including Biology, Business, English, Economics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Law, Computer Science, Geography, Agriculture, Archaeology, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Planning, Policy, Earth Sciences and many others.

The Institute fosters interdisciplinary research within and beyond UCD through an active programme of events and activities designed to bring researchers together from these different disciplines, to start new conversations, spark new ideas and support new initiatives relating to research and education, policy and governance, innovation and enterprise and engagement and society.

The expertise of its members revolves around seven themes, focusing on water, climate, ecosystems and evolution, crops for the future, built and constructed environment, people, work, society, and sustainable communities.  Current short-term strategic initiatives include the Centre for Irish Towns, DIVERSICROP, HempHub, Climate Resilient Agri-Environmental Systems (CRAES) network and the ECOBROKER project which seeks to connect environmental researchers and practitioners.  The Earth Institute has close links with many of UCD’s other institutes and research centres and is co-located with the SFI BEACON Bioeconomy Research Centre.

The UCD Earth Institute seeks to be a prominent voice in environmental research, policy, management and innovation in national and international spheres. It stimulates and facilitates engagement by UCD researchers with environmental policy-makers, decision-makers, industry and wider publics with a view to maximising UCD’s engagement and impact.

If you have any questions to ask, requests to make or ideas to suggest, please don’t hesitate to contact the team:

Prof. Tasman Crowe

Will Fitzmaurice
Institute Manager

Caitriona Devery
Research Manager

Liz Bruton
Communications and Engagement Officer

Macdara Molloy
Administrator (maternity cover)

Emily Cassidy
Institute administrator