People, Policy, Places and the Economy Conference 19th - 20th September 2013
ISSP Centres in NUI Galway

Whitaker Institute

The Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change applies a multi-perspective research approach to business and social issues, with an impact-led focus at the core of its endeavours. One of its key values is the promotion of a sustainable and inclusive society, influenced by the broad dissemination of rigorous and relevant research. Furthermore, the Whitaker Institute seeks to continue the tradition at NUI Galway of critically pursuing knowledge discovery that stimulates academic debates and opens public conversation to advance the greater good.
The Institute is named in honour of eminent economist and former Secretary of the Department of Finance, Dr. T.K. Whitaker, who played a central role in devising the economic plan that set Ireland on the road to regeneration in the early 1960s. Drawing inspiration from his unparalleled service to Ireland, the newly formed Whitaker Institute has over 200 members and serves as the country’s largest research body focused on contemporary and relevant business, social and policy issues.
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Irish Centre for Social Gerontology  
The Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (ICSG) is a multidisciplinary research centre on ageing at NUI Galway. ICSG focuses on research, education and training in the field of social gerontology in Ireland and internationally.  Developing and promoting social and economic aspects of ageing in Ireland to support a holistic and positive view of ageing and act as a source for all involved in ageing in Ireland
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UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre

UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre undertakes research, education and training in the area of Family Support and Youth Development with an emphasis on prevention and early intervention for children and young people experiencing adversity.  The Centre is equally focused on knowledge creation around ‘what works' in the real world of practice and on utilising community based approaches to working with and for young people. With the support of UNESCO the Centre works on a range of international collaborations in relation to education programmes and policy initiatives.
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Centre for Disability, Law and Policy
The Centre for Disability, Law and Policy is almost unique in Europe and among a handful in the world. It focuses on advancing social justice and human rights for persons with disabilities through legislative and policy reform. It takes the new United National Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (an instrument which its members helped to draft) as its moral and legal compass for change. The Convention has been ratified at EU level which makes the European dimension increasingly important in framing the reform agenda in Ireland. Impending ratification by the US Senate will lead to enhanced Transatlantic dialogue which the Centre is well placed to benefit from.

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Centre for Research on Occupational and Life Stress 
Founded in 2005, the Centre for Research on Occupational and Life Stress (CROLS) is an integrated, interdisciplinary research consortium at NUI Galway, which comprises collaborators from the College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies, the College of Business, Public Policy & Law, the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, and the College of Science.  Its activities focus on the phenomenon of psychological stress as it impinges on occupational and life contexts.  Within the framework of the ISSP, CROLS is responsible for research focusing on psychosocial factors (including social support) in stress.
The activities of CROLS focus on psychological stress as it impinges on occupational and life contexts.  Although commonly understood as a feeling of intense emotional pressure, stress is more technically described as a sense of being unable to cope with the demands presented by one’s environment.

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Irish Centre for Rural Transformation and Sustainability
There is a long tradition of research, teaching and consulting in rural development at NUI, Galway. ICERTS brings together these various strands from the Disciplines of Economics, Management, Marketing, Political Science and Sociology, Geography, Law and Health Promotion.
The principal objective is to provide top class training in rural development, particularly at the PhD level; to provide funding for PhD students; and to carry out research, which deepens our understanding of rural society and underpins policies addressing critical issues in the transformations of rural communities and their sustainability.
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