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Public Lecture - The Breakdown of Trust in Society

  • trustDate: Thursday, 21 February 2019

  • Time: 6.00-7.30pm

  • Venue: Thomas Davis Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College

Societies with high levels of trust are generally richer and happier. But what is trust and can we differentiate it from trust worthiness?

The School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin was pleased to host a public lecture on "The Breakdown of Trust in Society". Questions which explored include:

  • Is trust in political institutions on the decline?

  • How much does media bias affect electoral outcomes?

  • How can we re-establish trust in circumstances where trust has been lost?

The distinguishing feature of the research undertaken in the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy is the combination of important real world questions, state of the art conceptual models and cutting-edge methods. Speakers at this event included academics with specific research expertise in ethics, political institutions and health and well-being in societies:

Event Speakers

coman"Trust in Political Institutions in Eastern Europe"

Dr Emanuel Coman - Assistant Professor in Political Science

Emanuel Coman is Assistant Professor in Political Science at Trinity College Dublin. He teaches courses in comparative institutions and American Politics. His research is primarily in the fields of party politics and elections, with empirics driven primarily from Eastern Europe.

layte"Trust, Institutions and Health"

Richard Layte - Professor of Sociology

Richard Layte is Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department of Sociology at Trinity College and Research Professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute. Much of his work stems from a core interest in the structure of social and economic stratification in modern societies and its impact on individual life-chances, health and well-being.

narciso"Media bias and Political Consensus"

Dr Gaia Narciso - Associate Professor in Economics

Gaia Narciso is Associate Professor in Economics at Trinity College. Her areas of research are development economics, migration and political economy. Her research has been widely cited and featured in international media and she has successfully attracted international and national funding.

venthamKnowledge, Implicit Bias and Bad Motivations: Understanding the Breakdown of Trust in Society

Dr Elizabeth Ventham - Teaching Fellow in Philosophy

Elizabeth Ventham is a Teaching Fellow in Ethics in Trinity's Department of Philosophy. Before joining Trinity in 2018, she completed her PhD at The University of Southampton; her thesis was on moral reasons and obligations, and how they relate to our desires. She specialises in normative ethics, meta-ethics and moral psychology.

doyleEvent Chair

Prof Linda Doyle, Dean and Vice-President for Research

The event will be chaired by Prof Linda Doyle, Dean and Vice-President for Research in Trinity College. As Dean of Research, Prof Doyle has responsibility for coordinating and overseeing the University's research, innovation, technology transfer, and entrepreneurship strategies. She is also Professor of Engineering & The Arts in Trinity.