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Research Centres, Institutes and Projects

Research Themes

Research Themes:

UCC is a globally-oriented, research-led university that focuses on the challenges and opportunities that are shaping the future of our nation and the wider world. We prioritise research in areas that are recognised as significant at the highest international levels, thus creating real impact and uptake in the community beyond the institution.

Recognising that the foremost global challenges require interdisciplinary solutions, we target areas of major opportunity where UCC has the expertise, the infrastructure and the network to lead internationally. Interdisciplinary thematic areas in which UCC has excellence, scale and network to deliver significant impact include the following priorities, which are subject to regular review and the addition of new themes based on excellence and opportunity.

a. Chronic and Infectious Diseases
b. Creative & Engaged Citizenship
c. Financial & Business Services
d. Human Health, Activity & Social Wellbeing across the Lifespan
e. Food & Health
f. Future & Emerging Technologies
g. Gender, Equality & Diversity
h. Culture, Rights, Identities & Society
i. Sustainability & Climate Action
j. Innovation in Teaching & Learning

Institutes & Centres

University College Cork (UCC) is an internationally competitive, research-led University that plays a key role in the development of Ireland’s knowledge-based economy. The University research strategy is focused on creating major centres of excellence for world-class research and is closely aligned with key relevant Government and European Commission policies.

Success in the implementation of this strategy is evidenced by the large number of successful Centres, Institutes and Units that engage in research activity in UCC.

A full list of all UCC Centres, Institutes and Units is provided below, arranged by affiliated College as per the University Policy on the Governance of Research Institutes, Centres and Units ( Please follow the links for more information.

Science, Engineering & Food Science

Institutes & Centres Director/Head
Analytical and Biological Chemistry Research Facility Professor Anita Maguire
Cancer Biology at UCC Professor Rosemary O'Connor
Centre for Research into Atmospheric Chemistry Professor John Wenger
Cork Centre for Vitamin D and Nutrition Research Professor Kevin Cashman

Professor Mairead Kiely

Dairy Processing Technology Centre Dr Seamus O’Mahony (UCC PI)
ERI - Environmental Research Institute Professor Sarah Culloty
Food Industry Training Unit Mary McCarthy-Buckley (Manager)
Food Institute Jim Corbett
Insight — Centre for Data Analytics Professor Barry O'Sullivan
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre  Dr Abina Crean (UCC PI)


Medicine & Health

Institutes & Centres Director/Head
APC Microbiome Ireland Professor Paul Ross
ASSERT for Health Centre Professor Barry O’Reilly 
BioSciences Imaging Centre 

Professor John Cryan

Dr André Toulouse

Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation Professor William Molloy
Centre for Research in Vascular Biology Professor Noel Caplice
Cork Breast Research Group Professor Mark Corrigan
Cork NeuroScience Centre Professor Cora O’Neill
HRB Centre for Health & Diet Research Professor Ivan Perry
HRB Clinical Research Facility at UCC Professor Joe Eustace
Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT) Professor Geraldine Boylan
National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre Professor Richard Greene
Oral Health Services Research Centre  Professor Mairéad Harding
Parkinson's Disease Research Cluster Dr Sean O’ Sullivan

Business & Law

Institutes & Centres Director/Head
Centre for Children's Rights and Family Law Professor Ursula Kilkelly
Centre for Co-operative Studies Professor Thia Hennessy
Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights  Dr Fiona Donson
Centre for Investment Research

Professor Mark Hutchinson

Dr Niall O’ Sullivan

Centre for Law and the Environment

Professor Owen McIntyre

Dr Aine Ryall

Centre for Policy Studies Dr Noel Woods
Centre for Resilience & Business Continuity Dr Karen Neville
Centre for Sports Economics & Law (CSEL) Dr Robert Butler
Centre for Sustainable Livelihoods Dr Joe Bogue
Competitiveness Institute Prof Thomas C Lawton
Financial Services Innovation Centre Dr JB McCarthy
Health Information Systems Research Centre

Dr Ciara Fitzgerald

Dr Ciara Heavin

Dr Simon Woodworth

Human Resources Research Centre

Dr Ronan Carbery

Professor Anthony McDonnell

Spatial and Regional Economic Research Centre

Professor Justin Doran

Dr Frank Crowley

The Keynes Centre Dr Connell Fanning

Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences

Institutes & Centres Director/Head
CELT - Electronic Corpus of Irish Literature & History Dr Hiram Morgan
Centre for Advanced Studies in Languages & Cultures

Dr Patrick Crowley

Professor Nuala Finnegan

Dr Daragh O’Connell

Centre for Local & Regional Governance Dr Aodh Quinlivan
Centre for Mexican Studies Professor Nuala Finnegan
Centre for Neo-Latin Studies Dr Jason Harris
Centre for Planning Education and Research Mr Brendan O'Sullivan
Centre for the Study of the Moral Foundations of Economy and Society

Dr Kieran Keohane

Professor Arpad Szakolczai

Cork Folklore Project

Dr Tomás MacConmara

Dr Clíona O'Carroll

Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century

Dr Claire Edwards

Dr Caitriona Ni Laoire

Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Performance and Theatre Practices Professor Manfred Schewe
Irish Centre for Galician Studies Dr Martín Veiga
Irish Institute for Chinese Studies Dr Kiri Paromore 
Irish Institute for Japanese Studies

Dr Kiri Paromore

Irish Institute for Korean Studies Dr Kevin N. Cawley
Irish National Institute for Historical Research

Dr Damian Bracken

Dr Hiram Morgan

LOCUS – Irish Placenames and Title Names Dr Kevin Murray
MEWSC — Marginalised and Endangered World-Views Study Centre

Dr Lidia Guzy

Dr James Kapalo

Multitext Project Dr Hiram Morgan

Environmental Research Institute (ERI)

Institutes & Centres Director/Head
Environmental Research Institute - ERI  Professor Sarah Culloty
Aquaculture & Fisheries Development Centre - AFDC  Professor Sarah Culloty
Centre for Research into Atmospheric Chemistry CRAC Professor John Wenger 
Centre for Law and the Environment at UCC - CLE Professor Owen McIntyre, Dr. Aine Ryall
Cleaner Production Promotion Unit - CPPU Dr. Niall Dunphy 
UN Environment GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre - UNEP GEMS Dr. Timothy O’Sullivan
MaREI Centre - MaREI Professor Jerry Murphy, Professor Brian O’Gallachoir


Tyndall National Institute

Institutes & Centres Director/Head
Tyndall National Institute Professor William Scanlan (CEO)
International Energy Research Centre Professor Tony Day 
Irish Photonic Integration Centre (I-PIC) Professor Paul Townsend
Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland Donnacha O'Riordan

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