Media attention has focussed on homelessness among families and adults, but if we’re really serious about tackling this crisis, then we have to start talking about youth homelessness as this is where the problem often begins argues Paula Mayock, Assistant Professor in Youth Research in the School of Social Work and Social Policy.
Associate Professor in Geography in the School of Natural Sciences at Trinity College Dublin, Padraig Carmody, says: “Much of Africa has made substantial socio-economic progress in the last decade in particular, but for the continent to truly “rise”, a new relationship with the international system and a new state-citizen bargain is required.”
If we are to plan for a sustainable future, it is vital that we assess material and energy flows in and out of cities and plan for some flexibility in their changes, says Dr Ainhoa Gonzáles Del Campo, Teaching Fellow in Trinity’s School of Natural Sciences.
Obesity is affecting a growing proportion of older Irish adults and Dr Siobhan Leahy, TILDA Research Fellow and lead author of the July 2014 TILDA report: ‘Obesity in an Ageing Society” discusses what is needed now and in the future to address this national epidemic.
A statutory review into the excessive use of Irish mental hospitals is needed according to Dr Damien Brennan from Trinity’s School of Nursing and Midwifery. He argues however, that it would be an error for such a review to be incorporated within the inquiry into mother-and-baby homes.
A Natural Capital Forum (NCF) for Ireland will be established to advance an economic assessment of all the resources, goods and services produced by the Irish environment, but Dr Jane Stout, Director of the Trinity Centre for Biodiversity Research, says the task ahead is a tricky one.