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Whitaker Ideas Forum: Farmers Perception of Climate Change in Ireland

February 6, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Speaker(s): Dr Sinead Mellett

Affiliation: Innovation and Structural Change

Organised by: Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change, NUI Galway

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This talk will be about the project that I am currently working on RiskAquaSoil. RiskAquaSoil. It is an EU INTERREG Atlantic Arc project supported by Euorpean Regional Development Funds. The aim of the project is to build resilience in our catchments and adapt to the impacts of climate change in terms of increased flooding, drought and water pollution. Due to the geographic position bordering the Atlantic ocean the Atlantic Area has high exposure to climate change. Increased intensity and frequency of storms, drought and flooding, altered hydrological cycles and precipitation variance have implications for the agriculture landscape. There are huge uncertainties in the way climate change will directly and indirectly affect agricultural and food systems. Since the landscape in the Atlantic Area is predominantly agricultural, and due to the high dependence of this sector to the climate variability, a transnational approach was set up to look work on the following topics:

Climate change effect on soil management: soil erosion, compaction and desertification have been pointed out as other key threats of the Atlantic natural resources.

Climate change effect on water management: while over the last years river floods have severely affected some of the Atlantic territories, in other regions droughts have drastically increased.

Lack of local community involvement and skills in risk management and climate change adaptation: in most of the European countries, damage compensation systems do not foresee the participation of local communities when applying these compensating measures. Moreover, increasing the adaptive capacity of farmers and systems, both to recover from shocks and to be prepared for changes is crucial.


This is one of a series of seminars in the Whitaker Ideas Forum. Sinead will be representing the Innovation and Structural Change cluster.








The Whitaker Ideas Forum is a weekly seminar, running Wednesday’s throughout the semester from 1:00pm-2:00pm in CA110. It provides the opportunity for members of the Institute to showcase their research. The result are presentations that highlight the diversity of the research being undertaken, while allowing for an opportunity to engage in discussions and, sometimes, collaboration with attendees. Below, you will find a list of this semester’s seminars, please click the title for more information on that seminar.

Date Presenter Seminar Topic Whitaker

Research Cluster

23 January Eoin Daly Popular Sovereignty after Brexit Conflict, Humanitarianism and Security
30 January Tom Gillespie Rising waters and falling prices: The effects of flood risk on the Irish housing market SEMRU
6 February Sinead Mellett Farmers perception of climate change in Ireland Innovation and Structural Change
13 February Eimear Heaslip Learning from Living Labs: Experiences from the field Environment, Development and Sustainability
20 February Lorraine D’Arcy Spatial Planning, Urban Design, Transport and Human Health – Much more than footpaths and cycleways Social Sciences Research Centre
27 February Luke McGrath Natural capital accounting for Ireland through boom and bust: Genuine Savings 1990-2016 SEMRU
6 March Dmitry Brychkov Systems Social Marketing Approach to Upscale Galway Cycling System SIPPS
13 March Mairead O’Connor Can temporality theory improve our understanding of project management problems? : A software development perspective Agile and Open Innovation (LERO)
20 March Aristides Vara Horna Domestic Violence and Businesses: Consequences and Responses in Global South Gender and Public Policy
27 March Valerie Ledwith Discounting the Displaced: Examining Hungary’s Denial of Human Security for Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees


Population and Migration