Transdisciplinary Conferences and Book

Environmental Citizenship

Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Transitions to Sustainability (Byrne, Mullally and Sage, Eds.) (Routledge, 2016)

Trans-disciplinary conversations on transitions to sustainability (2013 Conference)

Book Launch Event, 19 September 2016, UCC

Information on ‘Trans-disciplinary conversations on transitions to sustainability’ Conference which took place at UCC in September 2013 can be found in the links below:

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support made available by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation under its Strategic Research Fund.

Metaphors of Transformative Change


Metaphors of Transformative Change Colloquium Agenda

Environmental Research Institute, Lee Road

15th September 2017, 11am – 4pm


10.30am Assemble at ERI Building Seminar Room (1.28)
11am Welcome (Dr Paul Bolger, ERI) & Introduction (Dr Ian Hughes & Prof Edmond Byrne)
Link to Colloquium Book of Abstracts



11.05am−12.25pm Session 1: ‘Metaphor & Sustainable Transition’


  1. Gerard Mullally, Reflexive Sustainability:Metaphor as Transdisciplinary Method in the Anthropocene
  2. Niamh Sheridan, Dead Metaphors and What They Tell Us and Why We Should Listen
  3. Jools Gilson, The Rain Box: Raining on the Radio & Other Stories
  4. Kieran Keohane, Portals of Transition: from Joyce’s Arc(h/k)s to Facebook.
  5. Evan James Boyle, Myth beyond Metaphor-Mythopoeia in Transition
  6. James Glynn, Greenhouse Carbon Budgets:Household Metaphors Bridging the Science-Policy Interface on Climate Change


Discussant: Dr Ian Hughes


12.30pm−1.40pm Session 2: ‘Paradigmatic Change’


  1. Maureen O’Connor,A Different Difference
  2. Paul Bolger, Metaphors for Sustainability- Catalysts for change or business as usual?
  3. Fionn Rogan, Transformative Metaphors to Overcome Technological Determinism
  4. Ian Hughes, Metaphors of Change in Physics and Psychoanalysis
  5. Edmond Byrne, Complimentary dualism as a metaphor for Sustainability, Progress and Reality
  6. Lidia Guzy, The Dream as a Metaphor of Transformative Change


Discussant: Dr Kieran Keohane

2.20pm−3.30pm Session 3: ‘Living Metaphors: Narratives around Food, Health, Consumption & Education’


  1. Colin Sage, The metabolic rift as metaphor in the context of Irish agri-food
  2. Shane V. Crowley, Defamiliarisation of Food- This Time it’s Personal(ised)l
  3. Cormac Sheehan, Care is Art -How do you care for a person with dementia?
  4. Brendan Richardson, No Road to Damascus: The Glass Floor as metaphorical barrier to post-epiphany adoption of sustainable consumption
  5. Maria Kirrane, Gerard Mullally, John O’ Halloran, Alice D’Arcy, Edmond Byrne, Aine Ryall, Niall Dunphy, Fostering Sustainability Citizenship?Transdisciplinary Transitions in an Irish Third Level Institution


Discussant: Dr Ger Mullally


3.30pm−4pm Session 4: Open Discussion and Next Steps

  • Synopsis of Sessions by Discussants
  • Proposed Next Steps (Dr Ian Hughes & Dr Colin Sage) 
  • Open Discussion and Feedback


With thanks to the Environmental Research Institute for their support of this Initiative.

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