The Social Sciences Research Centre (SSRC) was founded in 1965/1966 in order to exploit the intrinsic strength of an interdisciplinary approach to research at University College Galway (UCG), now the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). As the SSRC now stands some fifth years after its inception, it embraces the full range of the social sciences, together with interested individuals from areas as disparate as Medicine, Health Promotion and Industrial Engineering, in many broad aspects of innovative and reflective social scientific research.
Originally housed in the old Grammar School on College Road, and until recently in Garryowen House, the Centre is now in St Declan's, Distillery Road. Here researchers from various academic departments aim to create an interdisciplinary milieu to enrich their individual programmes.
Membership of the SSRC is open to all full-time staff of the university and there are now more than 60 members. Postgraduate students from affiliated departments may also join, as may academics from outside the National University of Ireland, Galway with whom members share common research interests. This interdisciplinary membership helps create a critical mass that would not be possible within narrow departmental confines. Membership is open to staff and students of the University who have an interest in the social sciences and an inter-disciplinary approach to research. Membership forms may be downloaded from HERE
The SSRC promotes, conducts and facilitates research and consultancy in the social sciences at NUI, Galway in particular, and throughout Ireland in general. One of its main functions is publishing research findings in the various disciplines. The social and economic development of the West of Ireland has been a primary focus of the Centre's activities over the years. The Centre continues to be involved in numerous activities: organising workshops and conferences, supporting publications, hosting visiting scholars, providing facilities for postgraduate students, and holding annual lectures.
The current SSRC Board with the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, and the President of NUI Galway Dr James Brown
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