Research

CSDS affiliated researchers work across many disciplines on topics connected to Sustainable Development with projects in many fields across the university. Core projects based at the Centre include:

Irish Research CAROLINE fellowship

Collaborative Research Fellowships for a Responsive and Innovative Europe
Awarded to: David Horan mentored by Patrick Paul Walsh
Title: Data and Governance Framework for Achieving Environmental Sustainable Development Goals

This project focuses on developing methodologies to construct new national indices for the SDGs that can help to capture linkages between the three dimensions of sustainable development - economic development, social inclusion and environmental sustainability - to improve the quality of the assessment of sustainable development. The project will also examine issues pertaining to the design of government-led partnerships for SDG implementation between stakeholders at national and regional levels in key areas such as climate action, renewable energy development, youth unemployment, among others. David's partner organisation for the CAROLINE fellowship is the SDSN Association in New York which is the institutional home of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN) that seeks to mobilize global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.


EPA Project Funding

Awarded to: Patrick Paul Walsh and Enda Murphy
Title: Framework for Achieving Environmental Sustainable Development Goals

The project will provide a governance, reporting and data needs framework for transitioning Ireland towards achieving environmental targets for the SDGs. This will represent the first such attempt in Ireland and will establish an important benchmark for understanding future SDG requirements in the environmental area. The research will: (1) supply the evidence-base for a national data map on the environmentally relevant official UN and EU SDG indicators; (2) provide a benchmark national environmental SDG Index in line with international best practice to comprehensively assess Ireland's environmental status in relation to the SDGs and identify data needs for improving this index in the future; (3) identify gaps and conflicts in Irish environmental policy and legislation relative to global and EU-level SDG indicator sets; (4) review academic literature, international reports and national/regional initiatives on inclusive institutions for SDGs and multi-stakeholder processes (MSPs), and conduct interviews with UN HLPF stakeholder representatives in Ireland and abroad to identify current thinking on international best practices for MSPs; (5) mobilise this knowledge to develop innovative practical guidance to policy makers and relevant stakeholders on effective government enabled MSPs for assisting the delivery on the environmental SDGs.

Irish Research Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship

Awarded to: Louise Fitzgerald supervised by Patrick Paul Walsh
Title: Under what conditions climate policy is effective: The case of Germany

The project focuses on the historic German energy transition. In particular it examines the various political instruments implemented, such as the Feed In Tariff Law, and the EU Emissions Trading System. The project aims to discover what lessons can learned from the German case in developing policy pathways to decarbonise our societies. In this the research hopes to contribute to developing holistic approaches to policy which appreciate the social as well as environmental dimensions of energy transitions. Louise is supervised by Prof Patrick Paul Walsh and Dr Aidan Regan.

Irish Research Government of Ireland Employment Based Postgraduate Scholarship

With Camara Education
Awarded to: David Martyn supervised by Patrick Paul Walsh
Title: Understanding and Measuring Education Quality for Sustainable Development.

This project will be implemented in close cooperation with Camara Education, an international social enterprise that aims to improve education quality in under-resourced environments through improved use of technology. The principal investigator will interrogate understandings and narratives of education quality in Zambia. The aims are to, firstly, investigate how more contextualised metrics can be utilised by education system actors for decision making; secondly, gauge the relevance of this more contextualised knowledge for national and international policy and measurement systems, particularly in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals; and finally to assess how Camara's projects and programmes can be improved through this research.