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The Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Policy Initiative

The unique insights of Arts and Humanities scholars into the nature of lived experience, the momentum of public culture, the templates of history or the determining effects of language, discourse and representation are essential to the evolution of informed and responsible policy decisions. The Trinity Long Room Hub is committed to bringing research from the Arts and Humanities into a dynamic knowledge exchange with public policy. In representing over twenty diverse disciplines and several interdisciplinary collaborations, we are perfectly positioned to connect advanced scholarship with real-world issues.

Arts and Humanities research offers a necessary and distinctive contribution to policy formation across local, national and international landscapes. In this context, the Trinity Long Room Hub’s Policy Initiative aims first, to develop expertise in the communication skills required for evidence-based policy engagement, and second, to highlight the potential and relevance of the Arts and Humanities to professional policy-making bodies.

To this end, we have scheduled the first TLRH ‘Arts Humanities and Policy Round Table’ (8 December 2020) and designed a suite of competency-building Policy Workshops (‘Bridging the Gap’, commencing February 2021). In 2021 we will launch a complementary series of Arts Humanities Policy Seminars, panel discussions between researchers and policy professionals on policy-related topics.

In the meantime, please follow the links below for related research in this area, including the pioneering Hub-led SHAPE-ID webinar, ‘Interdisciplinarity in Times of Crisis’ and recent articles by the TLRH Public Policy Fellows.

Relevant Links

First SHAPE-ID Webinar | Interdisciplinarity in Times of Crisis: Why the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Matter

Pathways to Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences integration: a policymaker’s perspective on bridging the research-policy gap

Solidarity in a Time of Crisis The EU and the Pandemic

Arts Humanities Policy Events

Arts Humanities and Policy: A Roundtable Discussion

The first event in the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts Humanities Policy Initiative discussed why scholars in the Arts and Humanities should undertake policy-related research; how such engagement can be supported and how we can identify and learn from models of best practice. The Arts Humanities and Policy: A Roundtable Discussion, brought invited guests and Trinity researchers together to discuss how best to shape the Arts Humanities policy interface.

Professor Eve Patten, Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub, chaired the discussion with our invited panel: Ellen Hazelkorn, professor emeritus TUD; Eunan O’Halpin, professor emeritus TCD; Mary Doyle, retired deputy secretary general of the Department of Education and Skills, and the presentations were followed by an interactive question and answer session.

For further information on the Arts Humanities Policy Initiative, please contact Dr Caoimhe Whelan, Research Fellow, Trinity Long Room Hub |


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