Irish Social Sciences Platform


ISS21 was established with the aid of funding from the PRTLI4 programme and is affiliated to the Irish Social Science Platform (ISSP), an all-island programme of theoretical, applied and comparative research and graduate training focused upon the core themes of Knowledge, Innovation, Society and Space, coherently linking together significant and well-established centres of social science expertise across a partnership of third-level institutions. The 8 ISSP partner institutions are Dublin City University, IT Sligo, Mary Immaculate College, NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth, Queens University Belfast, University College Cork and University of Limerick.

ISSP research focuses on three strongly inter-related areas of recognised national importance: Building of the knowledge society/economy, supporting sustainable communities and promoting balanced regional and rural development and competitiveness. These themes are tied together and examined in relation to the concepts of innovation, spatial strategies and inclusion, providing a comprehensive understanding of contemporary Ireland.

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