The Geary Institute, University College Dublin (formerly the Institute for the Study of Social Change) is a young and innovative government-funded research institute that carries out primary and applied research in economics and political and social science. The institute, which was founded in 1999, offers a Ph.D. program in the social sciences at the University College Dublin.
The institute's research areas include monitoring of social, political and economic change in Ireland and globally; poverty and inequality; European integration; sociology of health and illness; and public policy and public opinion. Researchers at the Geary study the operation and effectiveness of governments and the economy, international trade and investment, education returns and financing, identity, diversity and citizenship, health policy, crime and policing, and demographic changes in Ireland. They also evaluate public policy and analyze elections.
(Sources: Katherine Newman and Katrin Kriz' site visit, December 2003 and ISSC's website, August 2005)
Niamh Hardiman Research areas: Irish politics and the development of the Irish state; comparative politics; political economy of labor movements; welfare states; economic performance, political attitudes and political culture
Colm Harmon Research areas: educational disadvantage and financing of education; risks and returns of education
Betty Hilliard Research areas: sociology of the family; attitudes on gender roles in the family; qualitative research; working class women’s responses to the attitudes on sexuality of the Irish Catholic church
Research areas: policy evaluation of education, training and welfare policies; new ethnic communities
Research areas: qualitative study of stress management among workers in emergency services (fire brigade); human resource management in Irish local authorities
Dorren Mc Mahon Research areas: immigration; ethnic minorities in Ireland and Britain; social mobility; family structure and impact of educational outcomes; European comparisons of adolescent literacy levels
Research areas: oligopoly in general equilibrium; foreign direct investment; strategic trade and industrial policy; measuring the restrictiveness of trade policy; international comparisons of real income
Research areas: collective wage bargaining in Ireland and the Netherlands; comparative local and regional policy in Europe, as well as EU Regional policy; EU political institutions and policy choices; the EU Enlargement process; INTERREG and cross border co-operation in Northern Ireland
Research areas: public opinion and voting behavior; participation in European government elections and participation seen more broadly (in civic organizations, political knowledge), with an emphasis on gender and disability; European integration
Jennifer Todd Research areas: identity, diversity and citizenship; Northern Ireland conflict; contemporary ethnic conflict; comparative centre-periphery conflict; globalization; political identity and identity-change; European regionalisms and nationalisms
Inequality Fellows may get library access by getting a student card through Susan Butler, the Institute Manager, email@example.com, phone: +353 1 716 4610.
The institute organizes workshops, lectures and conferences on a regular basis. Ph.D. student “roundtables” are organized between mid-September and mid-May.
... during the summer:
Glenomena Residences are a new, conveniently located and affordable housing option for visitors of the University College Dublin (UCD) campus during the summer. These residence halls, which offer single rooms with en suite bathrooms for postgraduate students during the academic year, are a five minute-walk from ISSC and close to a small supermarket. The only drawback of this accommodation is that students cannot only book a room for two summer months, but have to book for the entire summer period, starting from the beginning of June to the end of August. For further information, email Suzanne Shorten, the residence hall’s manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
... during the academic year (mid-September to mid-May):
Susan Butler (email@example.com), the Geary's manager, has kindly offered to put an ad for accommodation in the UCD bulletin on behalf of Inequality Fellows. The cost of a room in a shared house amounted to 500 euros plus utilities per month in 2004. Information about accommodation can also be found on www.daft.ie. UCD’s International Office provides a list of available accommodations for international students for September and January.
U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter Ireland, but they need to register with the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin’s city center if they stay longer than 3 months (Source: section 6 in “Welcome to UCD”). For the latest visa-related information, visit the websites of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Department of State.
Questions about visas for non-U.S. citizens can be addressed to Carl Lusby at UCD’s International Office at Carl.firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: + 353 1 716 1492