Social Justice and Public Ethics

The Social Justice and Public Ethics Research Cluster provides a space for intellectual exchanges and research activities addressing fundamental questions about how we ought to live together and about what justice requires, both domestically and globally. It aims to facilitate theoretical and applied research about ethical questions, especially those arising in political and public life. Based in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, the Cluster also provides a link with other academic staff and graduate students interested in moral and political philosophy, including colleagues from the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (UL) and the Faculty of Arts (MIC). Research interests of current members include distributive justice, equality, exploitation, federalism, global justice, justice in health, liberalism, linguistic justice, multiculturalism, rights, and toleration.

Members of the Social Justice and Public Ethics Research Cluster currently act as Convenors for the Standing Group on Political Theory within the European Consortium of Political Research (since 2014), and for Political Theory Specialist Group within the Political Studies Association of Ireland (since 2009). Along with other political theorists working on the island of Ireland, they also participate in the Political Theory Network Ireland.

In recent years, cluster members have co-organised two Summer Schools on Methods and Approaches in Political Theory/Philosophy (Limerick 2016 and Keele 2015). They have also co-organised workshops and conferences on the topics of 'Religion and Public Life' (Nottingham, April 2017), ‘Power and Freedom’ (Dublin, December 2014), ‘Rights and Imperfect Duties in Political Philosophy’ (Essex, July 2014) ‘Equality’ (Dublin, October 2013), ‘Austerity, Crisis and Social Fall Out’ (Limerick, September 2013), ‘Political Theory and the Global Crisis’ (Dublin, May 2012) and ‘Toleration’ (Dublin, May 2011). 

The cluster currently hosts a research team working on the theme of ‘Language and Social Justice’, who are part of a FP7-funded project Mobility and Inclusion in Multilingual Europe (MIME).

Finally, members of the Cluster also teach and coordinate the MA in Ethics in International Affairs programme offered by the Department of Politics and Public Administration.

Some recent and forthcoming publications in this area