The IIIS supports and promotes Trinity's research programme in European and international integration in the social sciences, business, law and those aspects of the humanities which explore the processes of cultural identity formation, encounters and change. This research programme is one of the five priority research themes in the College's Strategic Plan 2009-2014 . This programme seeks to better understand the causes and consequences of international integration - also known as globalisation - by forging dialogue between the relevant disciplines. It analyses the different layers of globalisation – financial, political, technological, media-based, cultural and religious – and develops frameworks and criteria for solutions to improve the management and outcomes of globalisation processes.
IIIS research reflects the research interests and activities of its Research Associates and is currently focused on the following flagship areas::
- The Development Challenge
- International Macro-Economics and Political & Economic Integration in Europe
Other research areas include:
- Climate Justice
- Globalised Ireland
- Post-conflict Justice