This theme crosses multiple fields including Arts, Business, Education, Humanities, Law, the Sciences, and Social Sciences. The People, Work and Society research theme is founded on the ideas of social, economic and ecological progress on a sustainable basis. We explore this at multiple levels including the level of the individual, families, groups, teams, organisations, movements, industries, governments, multi-stakeholder initiatives, and at the societal level.
The key to achieving these objectives is raising and answering difficult questions that address critical challenges including how do we ensure people can flourish in the transition to a sustainable, regenerative system; how do we ensure the future of work, that work is fit for purpose and that people can get decent work; how do we elevate care and caring to a valued position in society; how do we ensure racial justice fundamental to collective progress; how do we motivate and create new systems that put people at the forefront of progressive thinking and action?
As stated in the Beveridge report (1942), ‘a revolutionary moment in the world’s history is a time for revolutions, not patching,’ it is time to identify what is not working with our current ideas, structures and institutions and provide ideas and solutions to make them work for the good of humanity.
Contact our People, Work, Society theme leads Mags Crean (UCD School of Education), Donna Marshall (UCD College of Business) and Penelope Muzanenhamo (UCD College of Business) or the Earth Institute team to find out more about our activities in this area.