Culture, Society, Rights & Identities

Some of the greatest challenges facing contemporary society relate to fighting global inequalities, ensuring peaceful and inclusive societies, and promoting the appreciation and recognition of sociocultural diversity. Embedded within a tradition of radical thinkers, artists and community activists and honouring Ireland's historical contribution to global social rights and cultural diversity through revolution, resistance and resilience, UCC research sets out to provide answers to these challenges, locally and globally.

Through emphasising creativity, engagement and collaboration, research and innovation in UCC is committed to societal and cultural impact, transformation and understanding. Through the development of interdisciplinary approaches within the Humanities and Social Sciences at UCC, we are committed to producing new insights into diverse past and present social and cultural histories, intercultural encounters and transnational interactions, and to giving form to these in cultural production. Led by the College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences and affiliated research centres and institutes, including the Institute for Social Sciences in the 21st Century (ISS21), UCC is contributing to the development of a local/global Irish society that recognises the influence of age, gender, ethnicity, language, belief, sexual orientation, ability and socio-economic background on societal participation. They are doing this in ways that value the rights, diversity and integrity of all persons and the imperatives of social justice.

“In this Decade of Commemorations UCC research continues to excavate and take inspiration from the social, political and cultural struggles of the past to forge a space for debate over current societal challenges, defining its mission to lead Ireland’s contribution to creating and sustaining a more just, imaginative and inclusive future for all.”

Professor Chris Williams, Head of College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Institutes & Centres
CELT - Electronic Corpus of Irish Literature & History
Centre for Advanced Studies in Languages & Cultures
Centre for Children's Rights and Family Law
Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights
Centre for Local and Regional Governance
Centre for Mexican Studies
Centre for Neo-Latin Studies
Centre for Planning Education and Research
Centre for Policy Studies [Academic Centre]
Centre for Sports Economics and Law
Centre for the Study of the Moral Foundation of Economy and Society
Cork Folklore Project
Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century
Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Performance and Theatre Practices
Irish Centre for Galician Studies
Irish Institute for Chinese Studies
Irish Institute for Japanese Studies
Irish Institute for Korean Studies
Irish National Institute for Historical Research
LOCUS - Irish Place Names and Title Names
MEWSC: Marginalised and Endangered World-Views Study Centre
Multitext Project


Schools & Departments
Centre for Architectural Education
Centre for Policy Studies
Department of Archaeology
Department of Asian Studies
Department of Early and Medieval Irish
Department of Folklore and Ethnology
Department of Film and Screen Media
Department of French
Department of German
Department of Government and Politics
Department of Italian
Department of Music
Department of Modern Irish
Department of Philosophy
Department of Sociology
Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
Department of Theatre
Digital Arts and Humanities
Discipline of Criminology
European Studies
Ionad Bairre
Language Centre
School of English
School of History
History of Art
School of the Human Environment
School of Irish Learning
School of Law
School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
School of Music and Theatre
School of Sociology, Philosophy, Criminology, Government and Politics
Study of Religions Department
The Irish Institute of Japanese Studies
Women's Studies

School of Applied Social Studies

School of Education


Research and Innovation

Taighde agus Nuálaíocht

Office of Vice President for Research & Innovation 4th Floor Block E, Food Science Building UCC