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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.

The Need for the Social Sciences in Ireland

In December 2016, the committee released an Expert Statement on The Need for the Social Sciences in Ireland, and is intended as the first of a series of statements in which specific social issues, such as changing demographics and migration, education, disadvantage and inequality will be addressed. Copies are available for downloading here. This Expert Statement concisely outlines why social science matters to social development and an understanding of the world in which we live. It discusses how social sciences provide the evidence base that feeds into the solving of social problems by stakeholders. The Expert Statement also explains what the social sciences are and what they are concerned with, and that they are part of an interdisplinarity and multi-disciplinarity perspective to be considered when dealing with contemporary societal and individual challenges. The funding of the social sciences in Ireland and their standing internationally are outlined. It concludes with the challenges that Ireland faces while striving for a worthwhile society.

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 Independent, 29th October 2015 

'If we are going to debate global austerity, let's at least involve all sides'. opinion piece by Dan O'Brien

The Irish Times, 30th October 2015

‘ECB to blame for Irish austerity, says UK Labour adviser’ Mark Paul

The Irish Times, 31st October 2015

‘Central Bank governor warns Government over growth’, Eoin Burke Kennedy and Gordon Deegan

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