Spotlight on Research

The head-hunter who measured Irishmen's skulls

Victorian anthropologist Alfred Haddon used skull measuring to investigate the racial origins of isolated communities in the west of Ireland, writes Dr Ciarán Walsh, the Department of Anthropology

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Will Joe Biden 'speak softly' or 'carry a big stick' in Latin America?

President elect Joe Biden's foreign policy approach to Latin America is likely to be a mixture of persuasion and force, writes Dr Barry Cannon, Department of Sociology

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Joe Biden, visible from the waist up, in a blue shirt stands at a podium and speaks into the microphone, he is smiling

How Joe Biden's Irish ancestor saved thousands of lives during the Famine

Edward Blewitt's public work schemes in Co Mayo contributed to the survival of thousands of people and altered the county's landscape, writes Dr Ciarán Reilly, a historian of 19th & 20th century Ireland

Tuesday, 03 November 2020

Why is Donald Trump dancing to "YMCA"?

A camp 1970s' gay disco anthem has become an unlikely hit at the US president's Make America Great Again rallies, writes Dr A. Jamie Saris, Department of Anthropology

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Just a 'bad flu'? How death notices debunk that Covid-19 myth

Excess mortality shows that Covid-19 killed more people in one month than the most recent severe flu season did in three, according to research led by Dr Gerard McCarthy, Department of Geography

Thursday, 22 October 2020

Why county lockdowns won't work without changes in our behaviour

The response to the pandemic requires massive action from governments, industry and citizens to reduce the spread of infection, writes Catherine Kelly, PhD student, Dept of Applied Social Studies

Thursday, 15 October 2020

The 10 swing states that will decide the US presidential election

The results in these states in November will tell us if Donald Trump gets four more years or if Joe Biden is heading to the White House, writes Dr Adrian Kavanagh, Dept of Geography

Thursday, 08 October 2020

A taste for life: work without long commutes

Many families don't want to return to the pre-Covid slog of long commutes with no time to spend with children, writes Miriam Teehan, Department of Anthropology

Thursday, 01 October 2020

Are children going out of fashion?

Low birth rates have created major new challenges for countries around the world, writes Professor Mary Corcoran, Department of Sociology

Monday, 28 September 2020

Why Belarus will never be the same again

The outcome of the past six weeks of protests in Belarus is uncertain, but the country is unlikely to ever return to the status quo, writes Oleg Chupryna, Department of Sociology

Wednesday, 23 September 2020