About ISS21

About ISS21

ISS21 (Institute for Social Sciences in the 21st century) is an interdisciplinary research institute for the social sciences in UCC, that seeks to build, sustain and enhance research on social, economic and cultural issues that will shape Ireland during the 21st century.

The Institute brings together social scientists from a broad range of disciplines to pursue research at Irish and international levels in interdisciplinary areas such as citizenship, childhood, innovation and creativity, family, gender, health, migration, social justice and sustainability. It involves collaboration between the following academic departments: Applied Social Studies, Applied Psychology, Chinese Studies, Economics, Education, Epidemiology and Public Health, Geography, General Practice, Government, History, Law, Nursing and Midwifery, Occupational Sciences and Therapies, Philosophy, Study of Religions and Sociology.

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.

ISS21 has a teaching and learning role in ISSP through its Graduate Education Programme (GREP) that has been designed to achieve inter-institutional co-operation and maximise expertise in a structured interdisciplinary PhD Social Sciences programme.

Interdisciplinary research is conducted through research clusters in the following areas:

  • Ageing
  • Children and Young People
  • Civil Society
  • Disability and Mental Health
  • Educating for the Professions
  • Family, Gender and Sexualities
  • Migration and Integration
  • Poverties, Social Justice and Equalities
  • Society, Health and Political Economy (SHAPE)


We welcome opportunities to collaborate nationally and internationally in any of these areas.



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