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 @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)