Centre for Engaged Research DCU aims to pursue a new agenda that is coming to the fore in Ireland and in Europe. The Centre is part of a wider movement to turn research into an active partnership with society to address pressing public needs. Such engagement is not only a more inspiring ideal for academia, it is also a more promising basis for a just society.
What Does Engaged Research Look Like?
Get a picture of Engaged Research in action through past and ongoing projects of our Centre members.
DCU's Age Friendly, Fighting Words & local secondary schools delivered workshops for community participants on creativity, music & well-being.
ISAG is a multidisciplinary group of scientists, academics & researchers advocating for an all-Ireland SARS-CoV-2 strategy.
This ongoing project engages with policy makers and practice in the five Nordic countries and with policy at EU level (EU Commission, OECD).
Recovery College works on the principle of co-production meaning people with personal experience of recovery help to co-design all aspects of the college.
PROVENANCE aims to develop an intermediary-free solution for digital content verification that gives greater control to users of social media.
This project aims to enable older adults to understand the characteristics & possibilities of smart home tech, helping them remain autonomous at home.
GRRIP aims to embed sustainable Responsible Research & Innovation in 5 research bodies in the marine & maritime sectors to achieve institutional & cultural change.
DCU Ability aims to promote the employability of young people with disabilities while offering opportunities to engage in a university-based project.
What is the Context for the Centre?
It is part of the broader move towards engaged research methodologies that imply collaborative engagement with the community stakeholders to address societal challenges in a responsive manner. It explores the potential for increased collaborative activities, participation and knowledge dissemination, facilitated through new technologies, shared governance structures and partnerships. This brings greater public ownership and connection with policymaking and responses to societal issues such as climate change, pandemics and social marginalisation.
It also embodies the DCU mission to transform lives and transform societies through education, research, engagement and innovation. It reflects the need to rebuild societies towards a new sustainable, collaborative resilience after the current health crisis and to harness and communicate the knowledge of the university to address social needs directly, understanding the transformative power of university/community partnerships.
The Centre for Engaged Research focuses on community, social, civic and enterprise engagement in the areas of health, justice, access, employment, education, environment and social inclusion.
While initiated by DCU, the Centre will engage with researchers at the other HEIs on the island of Ireland committed to different forms of engaged research, including the national platform Campus Engage.
Our International Advisory Panel will help us create a global reach for the Centre through pre-existing links with the EU Living Knowledge Network and the Council of Europe HE directorate.
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