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ISS21 Strategic Plan

The ISS21 Strategic Plan 2019-2024 was launched by UCC President, Professor Patrick O'Shea, on 4 November 2019. It sets out a vision for the Institute’s role as a leading centre for imaginative, interdisciplinary and impactful social science research concerned with addressing some of the key societal issues and challenges facing Irish and global societies today.

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Dr Mastoureh Fathi

Dr Fathi joined ISS21 as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) Research Fellow in June 2019. Her research project, 'Youth-Home', explores home-making practices in domestic and urban spaces among young male migrants who live in Cork. Using innovative methodologies, the project specifically analyses refugees and international students together to offer a novel reading into the less explored notion of what home means to migrant men.


IMMERSE is a four year Horizon 2020 project which aims to develop new socio-educational indicators of integration; map the integration of migrant and refugee children in education in Europe; and develop a set of recommendations on integration.

UCC is one of 11 European partners participating in this project, which is coordinated by Comillas University, Madrid. The UCC team includes Shirley Martin (PI), Deirdre Horgan, Jacqui O’Riordan & Reana Maier.

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Dr Monica O'Mullane

Dr Monica O’Mullane is conducting research on gender equality in Irish higher education as part of a four year fellowship funded by the EC Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship programme. The GendeResearchIreland project will explore gender equality through qualitative research on Athena SWAN, a gender equality programme which seeks to promote good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in science and research.


A core objective of the GENOVATE Consortium is the promotion of gender equality within its partner universities* through an action-research process.
Towards this objective, the GENOVATE@UCC team, supported by the Consortium, developed a Gender Equality Action Plan for UCC. The Plan includes nine gender equality actions, eight of which the University Management

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ISS21 Newsletter 2020

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Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century (ISS21)

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