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Instagram Likes and Happiness

Research conducted by Whitaker Institute member Dr Elaine Wallace, co-leader of the Performance Management cluster and Associate Director of the Institute, in collaboration with the University of Zaragoza, Spain has examined how Instagram Likes affect people.  Likes can make you less lonely, but more unhappy – especially when your followers can see your Likes. Read more… | Read on »

Mobile Gambling

A study carried out by the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics has examined how the different gratifications sought from mobile gambling explain problematic versus non-problematic patterns in highly involved gamblers.  Lead author of the study, Whitaker Institute member Dr Eoin Whelan, of the Agile and Open Innovation cluster (LERO), spoke to Irish Tech News, Irish Examiner, and… | Read on »

Availability and Growth of ‘Lawtech’

The rapid development and increased use of software and technology for legal services and in the courts could reduce costs and improve access to justice but deepen the digital divide and strengthen existing biases in the justice system, research from NUI Galway has cautioned. Whitaker Institute member Dr Rónán Kennedy, leader of the Technology and… | Read on »

Irish Examiner – NUI Galway to lead €10m climate action peatlands project

The European Commission has announced the funding of €10million towards a project to highlight the power of peatlands to effect significant climate action wins. The seven-year EU LIFE Peatlands and People project is co-ordinated by Board na Móna, together with NUI Galway, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (of the Department of Housing, Local Government… | Read on »

Dr Shane Conway Wins Geographical Society of Ireland (GSI) Doctoral Research Award 2020

Congratulations to Whitaker Institute member Dr Shane Conway, of the Environment, Development and Sustainability Cluster, who was recently announced as the winner of the Geographical Society of Ireland (GSI) Doctoral Research Award 2020. Dr Conway was presented with the award for his PhD research that explored the human dynamics affecting intergenerational farm transfer in later… | Read on »

Social Marketing; A Behavioural Change Rebel turning 50

On February 19, the Whitaker Institute was delighted to host Social Marketing; A Behavioural Change Rebel turning 50. Most of us recognise that everyday life today is not the same as it was a few months ago let alone a few years ago what with climate change, the pandemic, social inequalities, digital technologies, global markets and so… | Read on »

Aggression and its Victims: Exploring Recent Developments in International Law

On 15 February, the Whitaker Institute was delighted to host Aggression and its Victims: Exploring Recent Developments in International Law. International law has not traditionally recognised individuals as victims of the crime of aggression. Recent developments may precipitate a departure from this approach. The activation of the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court over the crime… | Read on »