The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann champions research. We identify and recognise Ireland’s world class researchers. We support scholarship and promote awareness of how science and the humanities enrich our lives and benefit society. We believe that good research needs to be promoted, sustained and communicated. The Academy is run by a Council of its members. Membership is by election and considered the highest Academic honour in Ireland.

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Social Sciences Committee

The committee was established in September 2014 with members from across academia professional organisations and agencies on the island of Ireland.

Rural Conversations

Rural Conversations is a series of three stakeholder roundtable events and is produced in collaboration with the Department of Rural and Community Development.  The series provides a discussion forum for rural development stakeholders and takes place in three cluster regions: the west, the north-east and the south-east.  The three separate themes beings discussed at the individual cluster venues are economic development, social inclusion, and sustainable rural communities.

Each conversation will stimulate three to five recommendations from a variety of rural, regional and national stakeholders attending the conversations. They will be recorded in a rapporteur’s report, which will be used to help inform rural policy. 

A further two events in the Rural Conversations series will take place in early 2019 and will focus on the themes of Social Inclusion and Sustainable Rural Communities. 

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Latest News and Events

Debating Austerity

The Social Science Committee held a conference on 29th and 30th October 2015, entitled Debating Austerity. The conference was opened with a keynote lecture by Simon Wren-Lewis with a discussion chaired by Patrick Honohan MRIA, then Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland. Listen to the keynote lecture and view the conference speakers’ presentations.


The Need for the Social Sciences in Ireland

This Expert Statement concisely outlines why social science matters to social development and an understanding of the world in which we live.

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