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Engaged Research

Engaged Research is an integral part of the research culture at UCC and engaged research generally drives impact on our grand societal challenges such as the Sustainable Development Goals. Engaged Research is an overarching or umbrella term describing a wide range of research approaches and methodologies, each having a core intent of collaborative engagement with and within society. Hence, engaged research is an inclusive approach that moves beyond the mind-set of conducting research for society and it includes practices such as citizen science, public patient involvement, or participatory action research as well as concepts such as co-production or co-creation of research.

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation at UCC is committed to supporting institutional capacity building for engaged research through the recent UNIC Engaged Research Seed FundEngaged Research Training and Community Engagement.


Case Studies

Dingle Peninsula 2030

A multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at transitioning the Peninsula to a low carbon and resilient community by 2030.


Imagining 2050

Engaged, envisioned and co-produced pathways for a low carbon, climate resilient Ireland.



  • Campus Engage Ireland provides a suite of resources on Engaged Research on their website.
  • collaborative report on engaged research by the Irish Research Council and the Irish Universities Association through Campus Engage on Engaged Research.
  • Campus Engage Civic and Community Engagement Charter - In 2014, twenty-two Presidents of Irish Higher Education Institutions signed the Campus Engage Civic and Community Engagement Charter which calls for stakeholder engagement to actively address the local and regional development, regeneration, and research agendas.

UCC Research

Aistriú Taighde

Office of Vice President for Research & Innovation, 4th Floor, Block E, Food Science Building University College Cork, T12 K8AF