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Gladys Ganiel MRIA: Sociologist of Religion

Friday, 12 May 2023

Professor Ganiel’s research in the sociology of religion encompasses the role of religion in conflict and peacebuilding, religious trends on the island of Ireland, and wider debates about religious persistence amid...

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Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin MRIA: Historian

Wednesday, 19 April 2023

Professor Ó hAnnracháin’s research into the religious culture of Early Modern Europe explores how Irish events and processes can illuminate and provide fresh perspectives on the wider history of the European...

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Kath Browne MRIA: Geographer

Monday, 27 March 2023

Professor Browne’s research focuses on creating new understandings of how societies differentiate and create hierarchies and inequalities. She seeks positive social change that recognises that where we are matters to...

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Enrico Dal Lago MRIA: Historian

Wednesday, 22 February 2023

Professor Dal Lago’s research looks at the comparative history of the nineteenth-century Americas and Europe—particularly the United States in the era of the American civil war and Italy in the age of Italian national...

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Claudia Kinmonth MRIA: Independent researcher, art and design historian

Tuesday, 22 November 2022

Dr Kinmonth’s interdisciplinary research, drawing from texts, manuscripts, poetry, oral history, artworks and objects, allied to her experience as a restorer and woodworker, enhances appreciation of how the rural...

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James O’Gara MRIA: Professor of Microbiology

Wednesday, 12 October 2022

Professor O’Gara’s research seeks to improve the treatment options for chronic infections by finding new ways to overcome antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and to eradicate biofilms.

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Deirdre Madden MRIA: Professor of Law

Wednesday, 26 January 2022

Professor Madden’s work is driven by the endless diversity and topicality of the issues that arise in the intersection of health law, medicine and ethics.

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Michael Morris MRIA: Chemist

Monday, 13 December 2021

Professor Morris suggests that the challenges and benefits of the circular economy represent a new industrial revolution.

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Helene McNulty MRIA: Human Nutritionist

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Professor McNulty’s research programme aims to provide greater understanding of nutrition-related health issues throughout the lifecycle, and to contribute to food and health policy in Ireland, the UK and...

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Bashar Nuseibeh MRIA: Software Engineer

Friday, 1 October 2021

Professor Nuseibeh calls for a radical re-thinking of the discipline of software engineering, suggesting a perspective of ‘software without boundaries’, such that the essence of being human, being social and being...

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