Members of the Environmental Humanities team at the Trinity Long Room Hub are leading the following projects:
The European Research Council (ERC) 5 year project entitled: "North Atlantic Fisheries: An Environmental History, 1400-1700" will commence in January 2016
The COST Action Oceans Past Platform (OPP), aims to measure and understand the significance and value to European societies of living marine resource extraction and production to help shape the future of coasts and oceans. The Integrative Platform will lower the barriers between human, social and natural sciences; multiply the learning capacity of research environments; and enable knowledge transfer and co-production among researchers and other societal actors, specifically by integrating historical findings of scale and intensity of resource use into management and policy frameworks.
The Andrew W. Mellon European Observatory of the New Human Condition (EONHC) project aims to explore human agency in relation to global climate and environmental change. We aim to understand why humans in the face of non-imminent, but incipient dangers choose to act as we do, and how we may be able to change our behaviors and direction. Observatory research questions are aimed at the individual, institutional, and social levels: how do individuals respond to calls for change in behavior; how can social innovation help redress institutionally ingrained patterns; and how do societies develop resilient responses to threats of crisis and collapse?
The Andrew W. Mellon Humanities for the Environment (HFE) project (which the EOHNC is a founding member) aims to identify, explore, and demonstrate that humanistic and artistic disciplines can contribute to understanding and engaging with global environmental challenges.
The Humanities World Report will provide much-needed information on the global condition of Humanities research. Identifying commonalities and divergent pathways, it will give a contemporary overview of emerging fields of research and of the institutional conditions in which research is conducted. It will also highlight new opportunities for social and cultural benefits.
The main objective of IMPACT-EV is to develop a permanent system of selection, monitoring and evaluation of the various impacts of Social Sciences and the Humanities research. IMPACT-EV will not only develop indicators and standards for evaluating scientific impact of SSH research but especially, for evaluating their political and social impact.
Irish Research Council New Foundations Grant "Networking the Digital Environmental Humanities" is a project which will convene a workshop in June 2015 with scholars from the United States, South Africa and the United Kingdom in addition to producing an edited volume with Springer Press in 2016.
We take a leading role in a number of international collaborative projects:
The Oceans Past Initiative (previously known as HMAP History of Marine Animal Populations) is a global research network. The goal is to enhance knowledge and understanding of how the diversity, distribution and abundance of marine life in the world's oceans has changed over the long term to better indicate future changes nad possibilities.
The Irish Environmental History Network is a collection of individuals from institutions in Ireland and beyond, interested or engaged in research relating to the concerns of Irish environmental history. This research employs a broad array of methods and sources and focuses on how humanity has perceived and interacted with the global and Irish environment in any past era. The primary goal of the Network is to act as a contact point for researchers in diverse disciplines focusing on the different aspects of Irish environmental history.