Launch of Collective Social Futures

31 Mar 2023

UCC announces new research drive for Collective Social Futures

  • Applications open for 15 new academic positions at UCC.
  • Closing date for applications is 12pm (Irish Standard Time) on Thursday, 29 June 2023.

UCC has launched the next phase of its ambitious new programme of research prioritisation, with the latest stage aimed at understanding, re-envisioning and enacting our collective social futures.

UCC Futures - Collective Social Futures is re-imagining and addressing the complex and intertwined societal, environmental and political challenges faced across the world. These include social and gender-based inequalities, geopolitical shifts, migration, health and climate change and the urgent need to foster a more caring and liveable world for all. The imperative to develop more collective and social visions of the future is more pressing than ever.

UCC today announces that applications are sought for 15 academic positions as part of UCC Futures - Collective Social Futures. The appointment of researchers of excellence, from Lecturer to Professor (Scale 2), will connect disciplines and research strengths across the University, mapping to existing social-science research strengths.

By driving innovative, critical, theoretical, participatory and community-engaged research, UCC Futures – Collective Social Futures will foster excellence in social research to understand, re-envision and enact our collective social futures.

Building upon our history of outstanding social-science research, the Collective Social Futures interdisciplinary platform is led by the Institute for Social Science in the 21st century (ISS21) in collaboration with the Centre for Co-operative Studies, the Environmental Research InstituteCleaner Production Promotion Unit, the Inclusion Health Research Group and other renowned centres and schools. Together we will leverage cross-disciplinary synergies throughout our University and beyond, for meaningful co-production of knowledge, oriented towards social change and ecologically sustainable transformation.

These academic posts are a key part of the UCC Futures – Collective Social Futures recruitment programme. Applications are particularly welcome from those with a disruptive and transformative research.

Professor Maggie O’Neill, Professor in Sociology & Criminology at UCC, said: There is a long history of outstanding research at UCC across the social sciences which is deeply embedded in society and makes a difference. The new UCC Futures - Collective Social Futures is an exciting initiative, led by our interdisciplinary research institute, ISS21, that will build on this track record to catalyse new research and interdisciplinary partnerships with a shared focus on social transformation. Working together we will address key global challenges through blue skies, creative, community engaged and policy-oriented research. The new posts will contribute to how CSF can reimagine our social futures in more collective ways.”

Professor John F. Cryan, UCC Vice President for Research and Innovation said: “We are delighted to launch the next phase of the UCC Futures recruitment programme – Collective Social Futures. This programme of recruitment will drive a creative, inclusive, and interdisciplinary approach to this area and provide transformative leadership that will further enhance UCC's outstanding social-science research and research-informed teaching.”

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About UCC Futures

UCC Futures is an ambitious new programme of research prioritisation coupled with an innovative academic recruitment strategy across ten indicative areas of strategic importance that will build a foundation for economic, societal and cultural resilience and prosperity. UCC Futures provides the creative, inclusive and transformative interdisciplinary platform that mines the frontiers of curiosity inquiry at the intersection of disciplines.  This ambitions new programme of research prioritisation coupled with an innovative academic recruitment strategy across ten indicative areas of importance that encompass the Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, STEM, Health, Business and Law.

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

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