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UCC Futures - Collective Social Futures

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We are currently recruiting academic posts for UCC Collective Social Futures.

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Development of a health impact assessment implementation model (HIA-IM)

This four-year project will explore ways to embed and normalise the practice of health impact assessment (HIA) in Ireland. The project is funded by the HRB and led by Dr Monica O'Mullane.

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CODA: A Hidden Minority Amongst the Majority

In 2023 Dr Noel O'Connell was awarded a five-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship under the SFI-IRC Pathway Programme. His ground-breaking research will explore how hearing children of deaf adults (Codas) experience the courtesy stigma (or stigma-by-association) of their parents and the cultural resources they use to become agents of their own empowerment. Noel is based in ISS21 and the School of Applied Social Studies.

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Dr Julius-Cezar Macarie

Dr Macarie was awarded a 2-year fellowship under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowship Programme to conduct research on precarity amongst women migrant night workers in Ireland. The PRECNIGHTS project will contribute to understandings of contemporary European labour migration and conditions of marginality in urban settings, not only in Ireland, but in other EU contexts.

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CareVisions is a three year (2020-2023) research project reflecting on care experiences during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic in order to re-imagine future care relations, practices and policies in Ireland and internationally.

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P4PLAY: People, Place, Policy and Practice for Play

The P4Play Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (MSC ITN) is a European Joint Doctorate (EJD) programme in Occupational Science for Occupational Therapists.

The EJD will provide training for a new generation of early stage researchers (ESRs), who can translate and implement innovative play solutions to benefit the health and wellbeing of diverse children, families and communities.

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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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ISS21 Newsletter 2023

The ISS21 Newsletter provides details on our research projects, events, new staff members and much more.

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ISS21 Strategic Plan

The ISS21 Strategic Plan 2019-2024 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. It was launched by UCC President, Professor Patrick O'Shea, on 4 November 2019.

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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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Dr Angela Flynn, Dr Carol Kelleher, Dr Niall Dunphy, Dr Claire Edwards, Dr Ger Mullally, Prof. Maggie O'Neill, Dr Olive McCarthy, Prof. John McCarthy & Dr Caitriona Ni Laoire.
21 Nov 2023

Collective Social Futures Festival of Social Science

On 20-21 November 2023 UCC Futures: Collective Social Futures hosted a Festival of Social Science, including a book launch; an evening of music and performance; and a full-day symposium showcasing social science research across UCC.
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Citadel performing to a full house
20 Nov 2023

Festival of Social Science: evening of music & performance

On 20-21 November 2023 UCC Futures: Collective Social Futures hosted a Festival of Social Science, including the launch of Professor Louise Ryan's new book, Social Networks and Migration: Relocations, Relationships and Resources; an evening of music and performance (see below); and a full-day symposium showcasing social science research across UCC. Music and Performance On 20 November, Collective Social Futures was delighted to host an evening of music, theatre and the spoken word that addressed important social science themes, including migration, climate change and sustainability, female empowerment, and gender issues. The line-up for the evening was as follow: World music from Citadel Performance poet Will Keohane Hip-hop group Misneach UCC Department of Theatre students presented Climate Change Theatre Action - short play readings including The Polar Bears and Magical Fungi in Times Square. 
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Professor Louise Ryan speaking at book launch
20 Nov 2023

Festival of Social Science: launch of 'Social Networks and Migration' (Prof Louise Ryan)

On 20-21 November 2023 UCC Futures: Collective Social Futures hosted a Festival of Social Science, including a book launch (see below); an evening of music and performance; and a full-day symposium showcasing social science research across UCC.
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14 Nov 2023

Navigating the hostile environment - Afghan evacuees in London

'Navigating the hostile environment - Afghan evacuees in London'  Speaker: Professor Louise Ryan, London Metropolitan University  Abstract Following the dramatic evacuation from Kabul airport in August 2021, the British government proclaimed its commitment to a ‘warm welcome’ for Afghans. This paper draws on original qualitative research to explore the emerging experiences of evacuees, and other recent arrivals, during their first year in London. Using the narratives of our Afghans participants, as well as insights from key stakeholders, we show how they navigated slow, opaque bureaucratic processes and lack of communication with official agencies. As a result of these lengthy processes, many thousands of evacuees remained in temporary hotel accommodation for 2 years. The paper argues that the ad hoc response of the Home Office and the Foreign Office has created ‘false distinctions’ between categories of Afghan refugees, reinforcing notions of ‘deserving’ versus ‘underserving’ migrants. This distinction allows the British government to present itself as humanitarian, ‘rescuing’ people from Afghanistan, while simultaneously maintaining its commitment to the ‘hostile immigration environment’.
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