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Institute members awarded IRC research funding to tackle societal challenges

Published: Friday, 29 October, 2021

The Irish Research Council Collaborative Alliances for Societal Challenges (COALESCE) programme announced its 2020 awardees last week and it was great to see two collaborations between Institute members receiving awards.

Karen Keaveney (School of Agriculture and Food Science) is leading project entitled Citizen Rural: Digital Data for Participatory Democracy in Remote Places in collaboration with Ainhoa Gonzalez (School of Geography); and Graeme Warren (School of Archaeology) is working with Sam Kelley (School of Earth Sciences) on the project Looking Up: the future of early prehistoric heritage in Europe’s mountains. Congratulations to Karen, Ainhoa, Graeme and Sam! 

Both projects are currently recruiting postdoctoral researcher roles:

UCD researchers were awarded seven of the 21 total awards granted, for projects including transformative digital approaches in key areas such as children’s mathematics education, rural development, migration and understanding harmful Covid-19 health narratives.

UCD received the highest number of awards in the scheme among Ireland’s higher education and research institutions. Each project is led by a Principal Investigator in Social Sciences or Humanities in collaboration with a co-applicant in STEM.