Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century
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ISS21 is an interdisciplinary research institute of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, the College of Business and Law and the College of Medicine and Health.
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News and Events
Beyond Trafficking - reflection on research with child and youth migrants in the majority world
On 24 April 2018, the ISS21 Migration and Integration Research Cluster hosted a seminar with visiting academic, Dr. Roy Huijsmans of the International Institute for Social Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Dr Huijsmans presented the findings of his research with child and youth migrants in the majority world.Read Article
New Perspectives on Youth Political Participation
Seminar Series - Current Research on Migration and Integration
Our first newsletter!
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ISS21 is delighted to issue its first newsletter.Read more
On 24 April 2018, the ISS21 Migration and Integration Research Cluster hosted a seminar with visiting academic, Dr. Roy Huijsmans of the International Institute for Social Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Dr Huijsmans presented the findings of his research with child and youth migrants in the majority world.Read more
The ISS21 Civil Society cluster hosted ‘New Perspectives on Young People’s Political Participation’ on Friday 23rd February 2018.Read more
The ISS21 Migration and Integration Research Cluster has a great line-up of speakers from among cluster members for this term's internal cluster seminar series. All are welcome.Read more
On 23rd November 2017, ISS21 hosted a book launch event at Bishopstown Library for the publication of: Self-Neglect in Older Adults: A Global, Evidence-Based Resource for Nurses and Other Healthcare Providers, edited by Dr. Mary Rose Day, Professor Geraldine McCarthy and Professor Joyce Fitzpatrick.Read more
Public Policy Seminar Family Caring: Experiences, Transitions and Information (ISS21 Caring Research Working Group)16 Nov
On 6 November 2017 the ISS21 Caring Research Working Group hosted a seminar on family caring in Ireland, at which reports from two IRC New Foundations projects were officially launched.Read more
A recent seminar on 'Licensees in the Private Rented Sector: A Forgotten Sub sector?' was hosted by the School of Applied Social Studies, Threshold and ISS21.Read more
On 5th May, the ISS21 Children and Young People Cluster, and ISS21 Disability and Mental Health Cluster, in conjunction with the School of Applied Social Studies, hosted a half day seminar exploring the relationship between neuroscientific and social scientific knowledges in the context of early intervention with children, and autism.Read more
The new faces of community, voluntary and cooperative organisations in England: Are contracts and markets transforming their character and what are the implications for Ireland?Read more
Looking Ahead: Brexit, Borders and Belongings
Friday 10th March 2017, 9.00am-1.00pm
University College CorkRead more
On Friday 23rd September 2016 a forum was held on 'Muslim Immigration in Europe: Masculinity, Politics and Law' organised by Study of Religions in collaboration with ISS21 Migration/Integration Cluster, Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (CCJHR) and Women’s Studies.Read more
Launch of Conference Proceedings: The Changing Landscape of Local and Community Development in Ireland: Policy and PracticeRead more
The ISS21 cluster on Mental Health and Disability is pleased to announce a one-day seminar entitled: Mad Activism in Academia: Challenging TraditionsRead more
The ISS21 Disability and Mental Health Research Cluster held a seminar, supported by ISS21 and the CACSSS Research Fund, on the theme of dance and acquired brain injury on 25th February 2016. The key contributors were Inma Pavon (UCC), Paula Larkin (Headway) and contributing dancers on the Connections project.Read more
Play Matters – exploring children’s play worlds
A one-day conference to mark the 30th anniversary of Wallaroo Playschool, Cork
In collaboration with the Institute for Social Sciences in the 21st Century – Children and Young People Research Cluster
13 November 2015 @ UCCRead more
Responding to Isolation and Loneliness: Housing and Community Perspectives
Thursday November 26th 2015
Respond! Conference Centre, John's College, WaterfordRead more
The ISS21 Civil Society Cluster presents a Conference on
The Changing Landscape of Local and Community Development in Ireland: Policy and Practice
Wednesday, 21st October 2015
O’Rahilly Building, Room ORB_G27, University College CorkRead more
Videos of presentations from the Irish Research Council-funded event 'Anti-Racist Social Justice Praxis across Education Sites in Ireland' are now available online:
ISS21 Research Findings Showcase Day:
Towards a Better Understanding of Children’s and Young People’s Lives in Ireland
Monday 29th June 2015 (11.00am - 5.00pm)
The EU and the southern Mediterranean
A two-panel workshop, 3-4 July 2014
Panel 1: ‘Disposable People’ - The Crisis in the Mediterranean
Panel 2: EU Cultural Policies and the Southern Mediterranean
Thursday 14th May 2015, 9.30am-4.30pm
CACSSS Seminar Room, O’Rahilly Building, UCC
ISS21’s Family, Gender, Sexualities Research Cluster is pleased to host a public symposium that will explore some of the key legal, social and political implications of the recently passed Children and Family Relationships Bill (2015) and the soon to be held referendum on same sex marriage (which will be held on May 22nd 2015).
Transforming Commitment into Action - towards gender equality for academic and research excellence
This is the theme of the GENOVATE Annual Convention to be held in UCC in March 2015. GENOVATE partners will come together to discuss the challenges and opportunities of transforming commitment to gender equality into practice in our universities.
A symposium and learning market will be held on March 11th (2.00-5.00pm). All are welcome.
Speakers include Advisor to the European Commission on gender and research Professor Ines Sanchez de Madariaga, Mr. Muiris O'Connor (Higher Education Authority, Ireland) and Professor Uduak Archibong (GENOVATE International Director).Read more
ISS21 recently celebrated the launch of two new books, both published by Routledge.
Prof Smadar Lavie to speak on 'Mizrahi Mothers, Wrapped in the Flag: Ultra-Nationalism, Apartheid, and the Divinity of Bureaucracy in Israel'08 Sep
ISS21 Seminar and Book Launch on Thursday 11th September, 3-5pm, CACSSS Seminar Room, O'Rahilly Building
A new working group interested in social scientific perspectives on issues of mental health and disability has been developed within ISS21.Read more
Researchers based in twelve different countries will converge on UCC next Tuesday, September 2nd, to map some of the key ways that economic, social and political crises in Europe have changed people’s migration patterns and life chances. The conference, titled ‘Crisis, Mobility and New Forms of Migration’ will run until lunchtime on September 4th.Read more
Applications are invited from candidates who wish to carry out original social science research for the degree of PhD (or PhD Track or MPhil as a pathway to a PhD) in Applied Social Studies at University College Cork.Read more
Congratulations to the Emigre team for winning the runner-up prize at the recent Pfizer-UCC Innovation through Teamwork awards.Read more
The GENOVATE UCC team was represented by Aifric O Grada and Caitriona Ni Laoire recently at the GENOVATE Annual Convention held in Trnava University in Slovakia.Read more
Minister of State for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock TD visited ISS21 on 10th February 2014.Read more
The ISS21 Migration and Integration Research Cluster will host a major international conference exploring the theme of Crisis, Mobility and New Forms of Migration on 2-4th September 2014.
The ISS21 Children and Young People Research Cluster looks forward to welcoming visiting researchers from the Childhood and Youth Research Institute at Anglia Ruskin University and from Child Studies at Linkoping University to UCC in late November 2013. Disa Bergnehr (Linkoping University) and Darren Sharpe and Carlo Perrotta (Anglia Ruskin) will meet with cluster members to explore potential future collaborations and will present their research at the seminars detailed below. This visit forms part of a knowledge exchange initiative funded by the UCC Strategic Research Fund.
All are welcome to come along to the seminars - see 'Read More'.
A forthcoming ISS21 seminar will present new research data and perspectives on the experience of working in the public sector in Ireland.
CACSSS Seminar Room, G27 O’Rahilly Building, 1.30-3.00PM, Wednesday 13th November 2013
The Emigre research team visited Aras an Uachtarain recently to present a copy of their recent report to President Michael D Higgins.Read more
ISS21 is very pleased to welcome Dr Nollaig Frost as Visiting Scholar at the Institute during Autumn 2013.Read more
We look forward to welcoming Professor Allison James and Professor Penny Curtis (Directors of the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth at Sheffield University) who will visit the ISS21 Children and Young People Research Cluster on the 3rd and 4th October 2013. Their visit is supported by the UCC Strategic Research Fund. During their visit they will participate in a number of research activities including the events below:
In recent years, Ireland has experienced a marked increase in emigration. The University College Cork project ‘Current Irish Emigration and Return’ (referred to as ‘Emigre’) aimed to discover why people are emigrating from Ireland today and discover what impact recent emigration is having on the Irish abroad and on the families and communities they have left behind them. The project was carried out at the Department of Geography and in the Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century (ISS21) at University College Cork and is funded by the Irish Research Council. Some of the project results will be launched at an international conference on Emigration at a Time of Austerity to be held in UCC on 27th September.Read more
The ISS21 Children and Young People cluster in association with the Children's Research Network for Ireland and Northern Ireland (CRNINI) recently hosted a workshop on ethics, consent and participation in research with children and young people. The event explored some of the complex ethical issues involved in conducting research with children and young people, from the perspectives of researchers, children, families and service-providers. Over 50 people from across the country attended this half-day workshop in UCC on June 14th.Read more
Deirdre Horgan (School of Applied Social Studies) and Helen Lynch (Department of Occupational Therapy) recently visited the Centre for Study of Childhood and Youth (Sheffield University) on behalf of the ISS21 Children and Young People Research Cluster.Read more
Professor Peadar Kirby (Professor Emeritus, University of Limerick) provides some reflections on 'What We Leave in Our Wake' in advance of the screening on March 20th.Read more
On Wednesday March 20th, the ISS21 Civil Society Research Cluster, in cooperation with the Centre for Cooperative Studies, hosts a special screening of the film 'What We Leave in Our Wake', with commentary by film director Pat Collins and by Professor Peadar Kirby.