We are map makers, geographers, artists, activists and residents of Dublin.

Mapping Green Dublin is a collaborative action research project led by UCD’s School of Geography in collaboration with arts organisation Common Ground, artist Seoidín O’Sullivan and event facilitators Connect the Dots. It will take place across Dublin 8 from 2019 – 2020 and is funded by the EPA.

Mapping Green Dublin’s first task is to map the span and territories of trees and green space across Dublin 8, identifying their location and quality, identifying green space deficits and future needs.

Mapping Green Dublin‘s series of curated events from March – May 2020 will map out a proposed process for co-creating urban greening solutions focussing more on local identity and the possibilities for future creation. A co-created greening plan from the bottom-up ensures that greening interventions respond to neighbourhood needs, have high social and cultural value within the community and maximise opportunities for urban wellbeing.

Mapping Green Dublin’s research aims to identify specific areas for focused greening interventions.  An anticipated deliverable from this action research project is a process map to enable local authorities and other policymakers to engage with local communities and develop bottom-up approaches to appropriate urban greening.

What we mean by ‘green’:  an interconnected network of greening that encompasses parks, streams, gardens, rivers, hedgerows, trees, sports pitches, ponds, weeds, verges, green roofs and walls…(all green and blue (water) spaces in the study site of Dublin 8).

Our Mapping Green Dublin team is . . .


UCD School of Geography is the leading centre for research and teaching in Ireland on cities, governance and sustainability. A core strand within this theme is the Urban Environment research group which investigates multiple aspects of the urban environment including urban climate, atmosphere, land use change and green infrastructure. This focus on the physical environment of cities is complemented by colleagues with expertise in urban governance, community mapping and participatory methods. As a research group, we deploy natural science, social sciences and humanities methods, ideas and approaches to uniquely interrogate how cities work.

The UCD project team: Associate Professor Gerald Mills, Associate Professor Niamh Moore-Cherry; Dr. Tine Ningal; Dr Alma Clavin

www.ucd.ie/geography @UCD_Geography


COMMON GROUND is an arts organisation based in Dublin 8 .Since 1999, it has progressed a diverse cultural model that embraces the challenging social and economic realities of our neighbourhood locations and continues to challenge and change how access to the arts should not depend on where you’re born, your wealth or identity. For 20 years it has built up on the ground arts development knowledge with and through local partnerships.  At the same time it has led on and supported artists practice in communities of place and interest. Common Ground are the new cultural tenant of the Lodge located at Goldenbridge Cemetery .

Common Ground Team: Siobhan Geoghegan and Ger Nolan.


SEOIDIN O’SULLIVAN is a contemporary artist and educator. Her art projects are collaborative and focus on people joining together in action to protect and develop an aspect of their local commons. Her practice supports sustainable models within various ecological contexts and addresses issues of land use, lost knowledge, social justice and biodiversity. Creative output includes critical and creative pedagogic exchange, “communing” infrastructures, drawings, video, publications and walks. Her current projects include Hard/Graft (2017 – 2020) with studio 468 and Common Ground, which looks at reproductive labour and collectively grafts trees towards community orchards for Dublin, and The Tree Line Project which explores the politics of trees in Ireland. 



Connect the Dots is an event design and analytics company, specialising in insights and strategy for engagement events.  We are event architects. We build events based on insights, working with stakeholders and attendees to ensure the event provides maximum value for all. We specialise in designing and curating events, to creatively engage with diverse stakeholders, explore a common challenge, share learnings and make a tangible impact. Through our co-creation process, we gather insights from attendees before the event to shape an agenda that meets the attendees’ expectations and clients goals. The result is an event that is innovative and productive, while simultaneously managing risk and expectations. We work with public sector and corporate clients to address challenging subjects with our process. 

Connect the Dots Project Team: Naomi Murphy; Marisa Denker

Academic Advisory Team: Francesco Pilla (School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, UCD), Tamara Hochstrasser (School of Biology and Environmental Science, UCD), Mike Brennan (EMRA), Ronan Foley (Dept of Geography, Maynooth University), Ainhoa Gonzalez (School of Geography, UCD)