About Us

ISS21 (Institute for Social Science 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.

ISS21 is built around dynamic, bottom-up, collaborations between approximately 150 staff across 19 Departments in the University. Through our interdisciplinary thematic research clusters and funded research projects, we address key questions facing Irish, European and global societies in 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.

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

  • Ageing
  • Children and Young People
  • Disability and Mental Health
  • Educating for the Professions
  • Genders, Sexualities and Families
  • Migration and Integration
  • Poverties, Social Justice and Equalities
  • Research for Civil Society & Social Action (REACT)
  • Society, Health and Political Economy (SHAPE)
  • Caring Working Group

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

Irish Social Science Platform (ISSP)

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. The 8 ISSP partner institutions are Dublin City University, IT Sligo, Mary Immaculate College, NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth, Queens University Belfast, University College Cork and University of Limerick.

ISSP research focuses on three strongly inter-related areas of recognised national importance: Building of the knowledge society/economy, supporting sustainable communities and promoting balanced regional and rural development and competitiveness. These themes are tied together and examined in relation to the concepts of innovation, spatial strategies and inclusion, providing a comprehensive understanding of contemporary Ireland.

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

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