International Development was named a priority research theme for Trinity College Dublin in 2011. This theme is led by two champions who were nominated by the Dean of Research; Dr. Clionadh Raleigh, Department of Geography, School of Natural Sciences and Dr. Carol Newman, Department of Economics, School of Social Sciences and Philosophy. The TCD first townhall meeting for International Development was held on 16th May 2012 to bring researchers together to develop a strategy for International Development research at TCD.
Further updates will be posted here in due course.
TCD’s overall commitment to International Development is enshrined in the College’s Strategic Plan, 2009-2014.
Develop and integrate the College’s international activities in health, development, human rights and cultural diversity As part of the grand challenge in research of making internationally significant contributions to the creation of a sustainable society, we will promote and strengthen current activities, such as the South Asia Initiative, the Trinity International Development Initiative, the initiative on Climate Justice and the International Doctorate in Global Health, all of which engage Trinity’s expertise in solving pressing world problems. We will continue to facilitate opportunities for migrants to study in Trinity, and to extend Trinity’s academic reach by associating scholars from developing countries with the College. philanthropic fundraising.
Ref: page 31, item 5.4 http://www.tcd.ie/about/content/pdf/tcd-strategic-plan-2009-2014-english.pdf
The university’s strategic commitment to International Development builds on a history of activity and engagement by TCD researchers.
More than 100 TCD researchers across eighteen Schools have an active research interest in International Development, a list can be found here http://www.tcd.ie/tidi/about/associated-staff.php
Several TCD research institutes, centres and networks have a focus on international development including:
- Institute for International Integration Studies
- Centre for Biodiversity Research
- Centre for the Environment
- Centre for Global Health
- Centre for Non-Profit Management
- Centre for Post-Conflict Justice
- Centre for Research in IT in Education (CRITE)
- Centre for Drug Discovery for Diseases of the Developing World (CD4_World)
- Climate Justice Network
TCD researchers have attracted more than €9 million in international development research funding between 2007-2012.
For further information on some of these projects see:
- HEALTHY FUTURES, funded through Framework Programme 7 (EU)
- Doctoral Training for Development in Africa
- NOURISH: Nutrition and Treatment Outcome: Development of a Ugandan-Irish HIV/Nutrition Research Cluster
- Further information on additional TCD research projects can be found here
TCD researchers work with partners in more than 35 countries
TCD has signed several Memoranda of Understanding with several universities in African countries to date including:
- National University of Rwanda,
- Makerere University and Gulu University in Uganda,
- Stellenbosch University in South Africa.
TCD researchers hold positions of responsibility in national and global development networks including
- Development Studies Association of Ireland,
- Irish African Partnership for Research Capacity Building,
- European Academic Global Health Alliance,
- Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice.
TIDI aims to support TCD researchers by
• Supporting the International Development research theme
• Assisting in identifying research funding opportunities in collaboration with TCD Research Office.
• Supporting the development of research proposals.
• Managing research projects that are successfully funded.
• Disseminating research outputs.
• TIDI will also collate and maintain up-to-date information on development related research at TCD, in collaboration with the Library and Research Support System.