Postdoctoral Fellowships in University College Dublin


University College Dublin invites applications for two Postdoctoral Fellowships on the Irish Research Council New Horizons Project, The Cultural Value of Coastlines: Assessing the Cultural Influences and Impacts of Ecosystem Change on the Irish Sea Coasts

(One Fellowship in Humanities; One Fellowship in Ecology; both for 15 months)


The Cultural Value of Coastlines is a pilot project (Co-PIs: Professor John Brannigan and Professor Tasman Crowe) which brings together environmental humanities and environmental science researchers in a transdisciplinary team to investigate the role of culture (aesthetics, heritage, sense of place and identity) in determining human uses and values of the sea and coastlines, and the effects upon culture of changes to marine and coastal environments. The project focuses on three interrelated questions which require transdisciplinary research:

  • How do coastal and marine environments contribute cultural benefits to coastal communities?
  • How is the cultural value of coastal and marine environments dependent upon ecosystem functions and conditions, and what changes have happened and might happen to this relationship?
  • How can the cultural benefits of coastal and maritime environments be assessed effectively so as to contribute directly to marine spatial planning, cultural heritage management, and sustainability governance?

The research team will work closely with coastal communities around the Irish Sea to study the relationship between culture and ecology.


Full details of the post are available at: – using the job reference codes: 009026 (humanities) and 009027 (environmental science). The deadline for applications is March 7th 2017.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor John Brannigan ( or Professor Tasman Crowe ( The expected start date for the positions is June 1st 2017.