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Dr Aoife Daly has been awarded almost €2 million in European Research Council Consolidator Grant

1 Feb 2023
Dr Aoife Daly, School of Law

Dr Aoife Daly, human rights academic in the School of Law, has been awarded €1.998 million in funding from the European Research Consolidator grants for her research ‘Youth Climate Justice’.

Dr Daly’s project examines the growing trend of child and youth activism, particularly how they are claiming and asserting their own rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Commenting on the impact of her work, Dr Daly said:

“The climate crisis threatens our futures. Many children are not accepting this and are instead working together globally to change government inaction. It is extraordinary to see children taking cases not just in national courts but at UN level. Children and youth have often been involved in social change, from fighting Apartheid in South Africa to Malala Yousafzai's campaign for girl's education in Pakistan. Yet with climate activism they are organizing on a global scale to do this.

It is incredibly exciting to conduct research on what the consequences of this could be. This project seeks to make leaps in what we know and understand about children’s rights, the ability of children to claim their own rights, as well as their ability to transform the world.”

ERC Consolidator Grants are part of the EU’s Horizon Europe programme. 

Dr Daly’s ERC Consolidator Grant is the first ever awarded to a College of Business and Law academic.

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