14 May: SDG8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

14 May 2019
Seminar: 13.00-14.00

Workshop: 14.00-15.00
UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy


The eighth seminar in our series on the UN Sustainable Development Goals takes place at 13.00 on 14 May at the UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy. 

The seminars are open to all – whether you’re a researcher, a student or are just interested in learning more about the research that is helping to address the SDGs. 

Our speakers

Elish Kelly will talk about her research on the quality of new jobs created since the Great Recession in Ireland. Elish is  a Senior Research Officer at the Economic and Social Research Institute in the Economic Analysis Division. She received her Bachelor and Doctorate degrees in Economics from Trinity College Dublin. Her main research interest is in labour economics, with a particular focus on unemployment and active labour market programmes, migration, and wages and pay bargaining institutions. Elish has also undertaken research on equality and on education issues, along with participation in sport and physical activity.

Micheál Collins will talk about emerging trends in job insecurity. Micheál is Assistant Professor of Social Policy at the UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice. Prior to that, he was a Senior Economist at the Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI). His main research interests and publications are in the areas of income distribution, taxation, redistribution, economic evaluation and public policy. He was a member of the Commission on Taxation (2008-2009) and the Government’s Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare (2011-2014). He is a former chair of the Irish Social Policy Association (ISPA) and the Regional Studies Association (RSA) of Ireland. He is currently a member of the National Competitiveness Council, the TCD Pensions Policy Research Group and the Living Wage Technical Group. Micheál is a native of Ennis in Co. Clare and a graduate of NUI Galway, UCC and the University of Dublin, Trinity College.

Roland Erne contribution is titled “SDGs and their implementation: The tension between labour policy and politics”.  Roland Erne is Jean Monnet Chair of European Integration and Employment Relations. He has been teaching international and comparative employment relations at UCD since 2003. In 2017, Erne was awarded an European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant for a research project entitled Labour Politics and the EU’s New Economic Governance Regime (European Unions), which aims to explore the challenges and possibilities that the EU’s new governance regime poses to labour movements and the methodological nationalism in the field.

Chair: Philip O’Connell is Director of The Geary Institute for Public Policy and Professor of Applied Social Science at UCD. He has a long-held belief in the importance of evidence for policy making, having spent two decades at the ESRI before coming to UCD.  He has served as a consultant to the European Commission and the OECD, and was appointed to the Irish Labour Market Council. His research focusses on immigration and the labour market and he is National Coordinator of the European Social Survey in Ireland. 

Does your research relate to SDG8?

SDG collaboration and funding workshop

Directly after the Seminar Justin Synnott form UCD Research and Innovation will chair a workshop for researchers to discuss potential collaborations and funding opportunities that relate to SDG8. Join us to discuss how your work aligns with the SDGs and upcoming funding calls.

23 April: Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

23 April 2019
Intel Theatre, UCD Science Hub

Our speakers:

Prof. Murray Hitzman has been Director of iCRAG and an SFI Research Professor in the UCD School of Earth Sciences since March 2018. He worked in the petroleum and minerals industries from 1976 to 1993, primarily doing mineral exploration worldwide and was largely responsible for Chevron Corporation’s Lisheen Zn- Pb-Ag deposit discovery in Ireland. Prof. Hitzman worked as a policy analyst in both the U.S. Senate for Senator Joseph Lieberman (1993-94) and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (1994-96). In 1996 he was named the Fogarty Professor in Economic Geology at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) and served as head of the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering from 2002-07. He served as Associate Director for Energy and Minerals at the U.S. Geological Survey from 2016-17. He received the Daniel C. Jackling Award by the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) in 2015 and the prestigious Haddon Forrester King Medal by the Australian Academy of Sciences in 2016. He is considered a world authority in economic geology (mineral deposits) and has authored more than 120 scientific publications in the fields of economic geology and natural resources policy.

Maeve Boland is a Senior Geoscience and Policy Specialist, UCD/GSI, and has a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies surrounding geoscience policy. She has extensive experience in industry, academia, and policy settings. After receiving B.A. and M.Sc. degrees in Geology from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, Maeve worked in petroleum and mineral exploration in the private sector, and industrial minerals at the Geological Survey of Ireland. She later received her Ph.D. in Geology from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, where she developed her policy expertise and taught multiple courses on the intersection of science and policy. Maeve served as Director of Policy at the American Geoscience Institute (2013-2018);  an AAAS Executive Branch Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the USGS (2010-2012) and as the American Geophysical Union Congressional Science Fellow in the U.S. Senate (2009-2010). During her fellowships, Boland collaborated with stakeholders from Capitol Hill, the U.S. Department of Interior, the U.S. Department of Energy, the White House, and the private sector to address geoscience policy issues crucial to society.

Geertje Schuitema is a Lecturer in Consumer Behaviour and Technology Adoption at UCD’s College of Business. Prior to joining UCD, she received my MSc and PhD degrees in Social and Behavioural Sciences from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. After her PhD, Geertje was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Transport Research, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom and at the College of Business and Social Sciences at Aarhus University, Denmark. As a social scientist she works with scholars from many different disciplines and with industry on issues around consumer behaviour, public engagement and policy acceptance. This is evident in my active involvement in various research institutes and centres: she is a Principal Investigator in UCD’s Energy Institute, Funded Investigator of the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG), Funded Investigator of the Energy Systems Integration Partnership Programme (ESIPP), Academic collaborator of the Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems Strategic (SEES) Research Cluster and Academic collaborator of the Centre for Business and Society (CeBaS).

James McAteer is an experienced geologist with a BSc in Geology and Archaeology from University College Dublin. James currently heads up geothermal research at Irish engineering consultancy, Gavin and Doherty Geosolutions (GDG). Prior to his work at GDG, James worked as a hydrogeological assistant at the Geological Survey Ireland and geologist with geothermal consultancy, GeoServ. James joined the Geothermal Association of Ireland as a committee member in 2014 where is currently the acting Secretariat. James’ work as a geologist to date has focused on in-depth research into ground source heating technologies, deep geothermal resource assessments, as well as temperature measurement and data acquisition techniques. James is currently the lead project co-ordinator for the Geothermica co-fund project ‘Geo-Urban’ assessing the geothermal potential of Dublin City and Vallés, Catalonia, Spain.

9 April: Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

The sixth seminar in our series on the UN Sustainable Development Goals takes place at 13.00 on 9 April in room G80, UCD Newstead Building. This seminar will focus on the theme clean water and sanitation.


Our three speakers:

Wim Meijer is Professor of Microbiology and head of the UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science. Wim’s research team works in two thematic areas: water quality and human/animal health. His water themed research focuses on water quality of bathing waters and rivers, in particular in relation to fecal contamination, pathogens and antimicrobial resistance, working closely with colleagues in other disciplines (Civil Engineering and IT), with local authorities and national regulatory bodies.  

Charlie Coakley is the Sustainability Policy Lead at Irish Water. Irish Water is responsible for delivering safe and clean drinking water and environmentally safe wastewater services to household and businesses across Ireland. These vital services underpin the social and economic progress for Ireland, now and into the future. Charlie Coakley leads Irish Water’s dedicated sustainability policy team, developing and integrating sustainability policy and strategies. These policies and strategies are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG6 – clean water and sanitation.

Niall Roche is an Environmental Health Officer by profession but has worked in the area of overseas development and humanitarian action for the past 28 years. He initially worked as a volunteer with Concern Worldwide responding to the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) needs of Cambodian refugees in Thailand. Since then he has lived and worked all across Asia and sub-Saharan Africa working to protect public health primarily within the sector of WaSH. He currently works as a consultant mainly supporting organisations monitor and evaluate their work. He also works as a part time lecturer at a number of institutions including UCD covering topics such as Global Health, Public Health, Health, Environment and Climate and WaSH in Emergencies. 

Chair: Mary Kelly-Quinn is Associate Professor in the UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science. Mary’s research activities focus on the assessment of land-use and other anthropogenic activities and interventions on the hydrochemical and ecological quality of surface waters. 

28 March: Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

28 March 2019

Seminar 1-2pm
Workshop 2-3pm
UCD Sutherland School of Law
Moot Court

The fifth seminar in our series on the UN Sustainable Development Goals takes place at 13.00 on 28 March in the UCD Sutherland School of Law. This seminar will focus on the theme of gender-based violence in local and global contexts and will explore the growth of the commercial sex industry, gender and harm, as well as issues of gender equality, gender-based violence and humaniarian action in situations of conflict in southern and global contexts. There will be three presenters:

Dr Monica O’ Connor is Senior Researcher on the UCD Sexual Exploitation Research Project (SERP) and has been an independent academic/policy-maker and activist on gender-based violence for very many years, mainly in an Irish. but also EU Context and has recently published The Sex Industry (Agenda Press, 2019). Monica worked for Women’s Aid for many years in the 1980s and subsequently jointly authored the first report on Globalisation, Sex Trafficking, Prostitution – the experiences of migrant women in Ireland in 2009 (Kelleher Associates, O’ Connor, M and Pillinger, J) published with the Immigrant Council of Ireland. Monica served as a ministerial appointee on the firstTask Force on Violence against Women in Ireland and was the Irish expert on the European Women’s Lobby Observatory on Violence against Women for many years.

Pat O’ Connor, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Limerick and Visiting Professor, Geary Institute, University College Dublin. Pat’s research interests are currently focused on gender equality in higher education: with a particular focus on organisational culture, leadership and management, Her latest book, edited with Kate White, is Gendered Success in Higher Education: Global Perspectives (2017) published by Palgrave Macmillan. Pat was a member of the National Review on Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions (2016) and member of Women in Higher Education Management Network (WHEM).

Niamh Kingston is the Coordinator of the International School on Gender Based Violence in the Centre for Humanitarian Action, University College Dublin. She is a graduate of the MSc in Humanitarian Action and has previously worked in both the private and NGO sectors. Niamh’s main research interests include: adolescent sexual and reproductive health, addressing gender-based violence in emergency settings and challenges pertaining to global gender inequalities. 

Ursula Barry will chair the Seminar as Director of the UCD MA in Gender Studies, contributor to BSoc Sci Social Justice Programme and Co-Director of the UCD Centre for Gender, Feminisms and Sexualities (CGFS). Ursula represents Ireland on the EU Research Network on Scientific Analysis and Assessment of Gender Equality Policies

The seminars are open to all – whether you’re a researcher, a student or are just interested in learning more about the research that is helping to address the SDGs.

12 March: Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

12 March 2019

UCD Sutherland School of Law
William Fry lecture theatre

Join our panel of experts to hear about progress being made on SDG targets in Ireland and further afield.

Prof. Ciaran Sugrue

UCD School of Education

Goal 4 seminar chair

Dr Conor Buggy

UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Sports Science

Conor’s presentation:

Dr Stephan Köppe

UCD School of Social Policy, Social Justice and Social Work

Stephan’s presentation:

Dr Jennifer Symonds

UCD School of Education

Jennifer’s presentation:

26 February: Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

26 February 2019
UCD Conway Institute, lecture theatre

Join our panel of experts to hear about progress being made on SDG targets in Ireland and further afield.

Prof. Catherine Godson

UCD School of Medicine & UCD Conway Institute

Dr Jakub Gajewski

Programme Director for Research Institute of Global Surgery
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Jakub’s presentation

Dr Virginie Gautier

UCD Centre for Research in Infectious Diseases
UCD School of Medicine

Ms Helen Heneghan

Consultant Bariatric Surgeon
St. Vincent’s University Hospital 

Helen’s presentation:

19 February: Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

19 February 2019
UCD Science Hub, Intel Theatre

Join our panel of experts to hear about progress being made on SDG targets in Ireland and further afield.

Prof. Dolores O’Riordan

UCD Vice President for Global Engagement
Director, UCD Institute of Food and Health
School of Agriculture and Food Science

Prof. Jim Kinsella

UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science

Jim’s presentation

Dr Aifric O’Sullivan

UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science & UCD Institute of Food and Health

Aifric’s presentation

Paul Wagstaff

Senior Agriculture Advisor
Self Help Africa

Paul’s presentation

12 February 2019: Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Seminar: 13.00-14.00 | UCD Newman Building, Theatre P

Workshop: 14.00-15.00 | UCD Newman Building, F101


Prof. Patrick Paul Walsh

UCD School of Politics and International Relations & UCD Geary Institute

Prof. Nessa Winston

UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, UCD Earth Institute & UCD Geary Institute

Nessa’s presentation

Dr Ronan McDermott

UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science & UCD Centre for Humanitarian Action

Ronan’s presentation

Dr Tricia Keilthy

Social Policy Officer, Society of St Vincent de Paul

Tricia’s presentation