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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Margaret Kelleher MRIA, Professor of Literature

Friday, 1 December 2023

Professor Kelleher describes her year as a Cullman Center fellow at New York Public Library.

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Desmond J. Tobin MRIA, Skin Scientist

Monday, 6 November 2023

Professor Tobin researches cutaneous science, with a focus on the regulation of skin and hair pigmentation and immune-mediated control of skin and hair growth in human health and disease.

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Niamh Brennan MRIA, Professor of management

Monday, 2 October 2023

Professor Brennan’s research on financial reporting and corporate governance leads her to argue that some company managers are self-serving and engage in impression management to portray a good impression of the company...

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David Stifter MRIA, Professor of Old and Middle Irish

Friday, 1 September 2023

Professor Stifter’s research is part of the effort to bring light into dark periods of human history through the study of historical and prehistoric stages of languages.

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Janice Carruthers MRIA: Linguist

Friday, 4 August 2023

Professor Carruthers’ research is centred on the French language, multilingualism in France and language policy.

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Anne Magurran, Hon. MRIA: Ecologist

Thursday, 6 July 2023

Professor Magurran’s research examines the rate of change in the species composition of the ecosystems around us, the consequences for ecosystem function, and how we can protect biological diversity.

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Nabeel Agha Riza MRIA: Inventor

Wednesday, 7 June 2023

Professor Riza’s research and invention activities are driven by free thought. He believes that being a teacher is a privilege; that great scientific research and teaching go hand-in-hand and can empower each other and...

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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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