News for: Environment, Development, And Sustainability

Whitaker Members Receive President’s Research Excellence Awards

The Whitaker Institute is delighted that four of its members received President’s Research Excellence Awards at the annual Research and Innovation Symposium on 4 September. Dr Kieran Conboy, Lead of the Agile and Open Innovation (LERO) research cluster, received a Research Supervisor award. An Established Researcher award was presented each to Dr Frances Fahy—Lead of… | Read on »

2017-18 Whitaker Ideas Forum

The 2017-18 Whitaker Ideas Forum series begins on 13 September and takes place weekly on Wednesdays from 1:00pm – 2:00pm through 22nd November. The Whitaker Ideas Forum seminars have, to-date, showcased the diverse range of research being conducted across the Institute. The forum represents a great opportunity for early career researchers to present to their… | Read on »

New NUI Galway-led ENERGISE project seeks to transform energy use in households and communities across Europe and contribute to European policy-making on reducing energy consumption

ENERGISE is an innovative pan-European research initiative setup to achieve a greater scientific understanding of the social and cultural influences on energy consumption. Led by NUI Galway, and funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme for three years (2016-2019), ENERGISE will develop, test and assess options for a bottom-up transformation of energy use in households… | Read on »

Spatial Impact of Commuting on Income: A Spatial Microsimulation Approach

During the Irish economic boom years or the so-called Celtic Tiger period, Ireland experienced an unprecedented rise in commuting distances within extended local labour market areas. These new commuting patterns, driven by a dispersed settlement structure and an uncontrolled property bubble that had developed over the previous five years, resulted in an increasingly uneven spatial… | Read on »

Sustainable transport in a rapidly recovering economy: the case of Ireland

Dr Amaya Vega, a member of the Environment, Development, and Sustainability research cluster, and Eoghan Clifford, Civil Engineering, NUI Galway are the guest editors of the September Special Issue of Research in Transportation Economics. The issue presents a selection of papers delivered at the Irish Transport Research Network annual conference, which was hosted by NUI Galway in… | Read on »

Public acceptance of large scale wind energy generation for export from Ireland to the UK: Evidence from Ireland

Due to its location, the Republic of Ireland experiences comparatively high wind regimes. Energy policies in the EU have encouraged the statistical trading of energy; specifically Directive 2009/28/EC, which allows for the importation of renewable energy to count towards renewable energy targets. In January 2013 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the UK… | Read on »

Major new research project will examine regional inequalities in Europe

Researchers at the School of Geography & Archaeology and the Whitaker Institute, NUI Galway are part of a major new research project that aims to examine the dynamics behind regional inequalities in Europe and to propose new policy approaches for tackling inequality and promoting a more equitable distribution of resources. The IMAJINE project – Integrative… | Read on »

Segmenting for Sustainability on the Island of Ireland

This research argues for a disaggregation of pro-environmental behaviour into habitual and occasional behaviour. The former captures routine everyday activities such as regularly buying organic food or habitually conserving water. The latter describes occasional activities such as installing insulation and purchasing energy-efficient household appliances. Drawing on a survey of 1,500 households in the Republic of… | Read on »

2024 International Geographical Congress to be held in Galway

Congratulations to Dr Frances Fahy, leader of the Environment, Development, and Sustainability cluster, who, along with Prof Niamh Moore Cherry (UCD), represented Ireland at the International Geographical Union Congress in Beijing in August and won the bid to host the International Geographical Congress in Ireland in August 2024. This event is the largest international gathering of… | Read on »

Transferring the Family Farm: The Human Element

Intergenerational family farm transfer is a complex and highly topical issue that is increasingly seen as crucial to the survival, continuity and future prosperity of the agricultural sector, traditional family farm and broader sustainability of rural communities. While financial incentives to stimulate and entice the process are important, there are many more facets to the… | Read on »