Roundtable on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Humanities

Roundtable on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Humanities

As part of the 2019 UL Research Week, the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences will present a roundtable on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Humanities – A New Horizon.

Tuesday 3rd December, Foundation Building FG-042, 14:00 - 16:00

Our speakers for this event include:


Conor Little is a Lecturer in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Limerick. His research interests include political parties, political careers, public policy, and the comparative politics of climate change. In 2019, he co-edited a Special Issue of Environmental Politics on Climate Politics in Small European States. He has recently initiated the Irish Policy Agendas Project as part of the international Comparative Agendas Project network. In 2017, he co-founded the Environmental Politics Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association of Ireland, of which he was Co-convenor until 2019. His research has been published in journals including Environmental Politics, Irish Political Studies, Party Politics, Scandinavian Political Studies, and West European Politics.


Katja Bruisch is the Ussher Assistant Professor in Environmental History at Trinity College Dublin since September 2016. Before coming to Trinity, she was a Research Fellow at the German Historical Moscow. Her research focuses on the environmental, social and economic aspects of rural transformation in modern Russia. Her first book was on the relationship between politics, sciences and the public sphere and the role played by experts in dealing with the "agrarian question" in late Imperial and early Soviet Russia (Als das Dorf noch Zukunft war: Agrarismus und Expertise zwischen Zarenreich und Sowjetunion, 2014). Katja is currently interested in the cultural perceptions and the commodification of nature in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union. Specifically, she studies the reclamation of peatlands for farming and forestry and the role of peat fuel in the social metabolism of the modern Russian economy. Her latest publications include “The State in the Swamps: Territorialization and Ecosystem Engineering in the Western Provinces of the Late Russian Empire,” in: Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung 68:3 (2019), pp. 345-368 and “Nature Mistaken: Resource-Making, Emotions and the Transformation of Peatlands in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union”, in: Environment and History (2018), doi:


Amanullah De Sondy is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Islam at University College Cork, Republic of Ireland since 2015.  Amanullah holds a concurrent B.A in Religious Studies and Education Studies with the Diploma in Education from Stirling University.  Amanullah then completed an M.Litt in Islamic Jerusalem studies at the University of Abertay Dundee which focused mainly on the history of the city and its religious connections.  Amanullah then returned to his home city, Glasgow where he completed his Ph.D in 2009 in Theology and Religious Studies with a specific focus on Islamic Studies.  Amanullah moved to the USA thereafter, where he taught Islamic Studies at Ithaca College (1 year) and the University of Miami (5 years) in 2010.  He is the author of ‘The Crisis of Islamic Masculinities’ published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2014.  His forthcoming co-authored book ‘Introduction to Monotheism: Judaism, Christianity and Islam’ will be published with Bloomsbury Academic too.  Amanullah’s research interest are connected to the key themes of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity and pluralism in the study of Islam and Muslims.  Amanullah has played a significant international role in the public understanding of Islam and has been broadcasting BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Thought for the Day’ for over ten years. He tweets @desondy


Ross Macmillan is the Chair in Sociology at the University of Limerick, Ireland.  He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Queen’s University Canada, and the University of Winnipeg.  After a short lectureship at Queen’s, he joined the faculty in Sociology at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities where he was an assistant professor and then associate professor with tenure.  During this time, he undertook training in formal demography at Stanford University and was director of the graduate program in population studies.  He then joined the faculty in Policy Analysis and Public Management (now Social and Political Sciences) at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy and was the director of the Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics.  Subsequent to this, he helped design the PhD in Public Policy and Administration before being appointed its inaugural director.  A sociologist and demographer, his research has focused on crime and victimization, child development and the life course, family relationships, and social epidemiology.  He is currently engaged in major projects examining the empowerment/marginality of historically disadvantaged groups and impacts upon population health, as well as the implications of precarious work for personal and social well-being.


Hala Jaber is a Palestinian community musician. She is a PhD candidate in community music in the Irish world Academy of Music and Dance. She obtained a first honour maters degree in community music from UL and a second honour degree in BMus in performing arts from the High institute of Music in Damascus Syria. She recently won the thesis in three competition final. She was awarded research funding by Doras Luimni to run social musical spaces for migrant women in Limerick.


This event will be followed by the institutional launch of 'By Imagination We Live', the strategy document of the Irish Humanities Alliance (available to view online here:


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