Welcome to the activity report for the Geary Institute for the period 2020–22. Despite the challenges of the past two years, it has been a busy and exciting time at Geary. We bid farewell to Professor Philip O’Connell, who was Geary Director from 2013–2020, and welcomed Professor Michelle Norris of the UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice as the new Geary Director. We have hosted an exciting range of events and training activities, both online and in person, not least our extensive programme of webinars on Ireland’s Covid response, which drew a wide audience from policy as well as academic circles.
In addition, we have celebrated some notable grant successes, including being appointed as National Coordinator of the European Social Survey (ESS), Round 11, following on from successful coordination of ESS since 2018 (Rounds 9 and 10); and leading on a multi-partner Horizon Europe project ‘GUIDEPREP’, which will lay the foundations for Europe’s first comparative birth cohort study of children’s and young people’s wellbeing. We are also delighted that we can once again welcome visiting scholars to the Institute and continue to support Fellows’ research activity and provide desks and collaborative facilities for a wide cohort of PhD scholars.
Professor Michelle Norris