Research and innovation are at the heart of the School's activities. As well as informing the teaching that the School provides in History and Geography to Arts and Education students, members of the school pursue an active research agenda. The primary focus of this research is the island of Ireland – its history and its geography – and members of the School have produced, and are engaged in the production of pioneering work on diverse aspects of medieval, early modern and modern Irish history, and the historical geography of the island in the early modern and modern era. As well as this, current research in the social geography of Ireland, in regional geography internationally and in past climates and climate change are evidence not only of the extent of the School's research footprint, but also its commitment to inform and to shape understanding and policy in modern Ireland.
Opportunities for Engagement
Members of the School participate frequently in the public sphere and contribute to public debate and to policy formation. They participate in the national and international media and serve on state bodies such as the Irish Manuscripts Commission.
They serve prominently in an editorial capacity in the production of academic journals, and are strongly represented on the editorial boards of major journals in the spheres of History and Geography.
They have acted as assessors for the Irish Research Council, for the Leverhulme Foundation, and other award granting bodies.
The School of History and Geography encourages and promotes international engagement. Members of the School are engaged in international collaborations with colleagues in New York University, Queen's University Belfast, Lund University, McGill University, HAN University of Applied Sciences, Nijmegen and others in various research projects and initiatives. They also speak regularly at international conferences and gatherings.
Research Interests and Expertise
Medieval Irish History: the archaeology of medieval Ireland, settlement, urban development
Early Modern Ireland: politics, society and economy; Anglo-Irish relations; famine and economic crisis; history of print and its impact; manifestations of public protest; gender relations
Modern Ireland: politics, society and economy; Anglo-Irish relations; land and economy; history of women in Irish society; the Irish revolution; the history of sport and recreation; Church-state relations; science and society; history of the Irish environment
Historical Geography of Ireland: Origins, evolution, and growth of Irish country towns, evolution of Irish cultural landscape from seventeenth century onwards, demise of landlordism in Ireland in late nineteenth and early twentieth century, life in the Irish Big House, built heritage of Ireland, evolution of Dublin city and its suburbs from nineteenth century onwards
Social Geography: Travellers in Ireland from the perspectives of their geography, population change, education, employment, health, housing, marriage patterns and family life, both in the 1950s and today
Economic Geography: University-industry links, entrepreneurship education in universities
Urban Geography: Contemporary settlement change in Ireland
Past and present climates and climate interactions: Irish landscape formation from Late-Quaternary to Holocene, Irish glacial geomorphology, Irish historical geology and geomorphology, studies of the contemporary environment at the interface of the atmosphere and northern ecosystems