News for: Environment, Development, And Sustainability

A management plan to protect Irish agriculture from climate change

Risk Aqua Soil, the project undertaken by Whitaker Institute members Edel Doherty and Sinead Mellett, has garnered media attention for it’s aim to alert society to the likelihood of climate disasters, and to address co-ordination for detection and risk management and recovery solutions. Read more about it here: Irish Tech News  Galway Daily Irish Examiner… | Read on »

Developing Transdisciplinary Approaches to Community Energy Transitions

Communities’ perceptions of energy are complex, place-based and situated in cultural and political contexts. Explicitly addressing the social study of energy and climate change, the research highlights how developing collaborative, fair approaches to community low carbon energy transitions poses critical questions for both technical and social scientific methods. This research argues that there is a… | Read on »

Sinead Mellett Featured in Irish Farmer’s Journal

Sinead Mellet, of the Environment, Development and Sustainability Research Cluster, was recently featured in the Irish Farmer’s Journal. In the article, a snipet from her presentation at the Climate Change Workshop in Tullamore (1/11/18) To read the piece, click here.

The Farmer-Farm Relationship Impact on Generational Renewal

A focus on generational renewal has been highlighted by the European Commission as a priority for future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform. A major challenge therefore presents itself in the area of intergenerational family farm transfer, to help achieve this objective. There are numerous, intricate emotional facets affecting the older generation’s farm transfer decision-making process… | Read on »

Unearthing Stumbling Blocks to Farm Succession & Land Mobility

Intergenerational family farm transfer is a complex and highly topical issue. Joint farming ventures (JFVs), including arrangements such as farm partnerships, share farming and contract rearing, have been advocated within Irish farm transfer policy discourses as succession models that can enable young farmers to become formal partners in the family farm business. They also allow… | Read on »

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 »