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This summer we are opening the grounds of IMMA and the RHK on Wednesday evenings until 8.30pm. On Wednesday 11 August join us at 6pm for a talk, titled Mapping Green Dublin Research Talk with Common Ground.

IMMA is delighted to host Professor Gerald Mills in our Front Lawn Pavilion in association with Common Ground,. In June 2021 the Mapping Green Dublin partners published its research findings and Professor Mills will present these findings and recommendations on trees and greening issues across Dublin 8. Following Professor Mills presentation there will be a question and answers panel with artist Seoidín O’Sullivan moderated by Common Ground’s Director, Siobhán Geoghegan.

Mapping Green Dublin is an interdisciplinary research project that combined citizen science, community knowledge and experience, socially engaged arts practice and academia. Professor Gerald Mills will present its research findings and how communities can be provided with and use scientific data to develop local and strategic recommendations and projects and engage more equally with policymakers. Mapping Green Dublin partners focused its research on an area of Dublin that corresponds loosely with the postcode area of Dublin 8, an east-west area extending along the Liffey from the Liberties in the city centre to Inchicore. While the Dublin 8 neighbourhood was the immediate focus of the study, the methodologies adopted can be applied in any neighbourhood looking to develop alternative and inclusive approaches to urban greening. See more details here

On RTÉ Drivetime on 13 May 2020 Professor Gerald Mills described the tree database which is a key part of Mapping Green Dublin as a ‘fundamental part of the geography of our city. Mapping the trees establishes a benchmark for plans to make our neighbourhoods greener and improving the outdoor environment. Listen back Professor Mills here

Booking required via the ticket link. Our cafe The Flying Dog will remain open until 8pm.

About Speakers

PROFESSOR GERALD MILLS holds a BA in Geography and History at University College Dublin and completed a research Master’s degree at UCD between 1981 and 1983. This research examined the synoptic origins of precipitation in Ireland during the period 1970 to 1980 and was supervised by Stuart Daultrey. He moved to the USA in 1984 to pursue a PhD and attended The Ohio State University as a PhD student concentrating on the areas of climatology and cartography where he completed a PhD dissertation on the energy budget of urban streets (or canyons) using modelling and field observations. From 1989 to 1997 Gerald taught in the USA, first in Bowling Green State University, Ohio (1989-1990) and then at University of California at Los Angeles (1991-1997). Since 1997 Gerald has lectured in the Dept. of Geography at UCD.

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 recent 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.

NIAMH MOORE CHERRY is an Associate Professor of Urban Governance and Development in the School of Geography, University College Dublin, Vice-Principal for Teaching and Learning in the UCD College of Social Sciences and Law, and an Honorary Professor at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. Since December 2017, she has been a Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy in recognition of her international and strategic leadership of university teaching and learning. Her research is focused on understanding how cities are governed; how policy is developed; and with what impacts. She is the author of Dublin Docklands Reinvented (Four Courts Press, 2008), has co-edited three books and has papers published in national and international journals including European Urban and Regional Studies, Urban Geography, Urban Studies, Housing Policy Debate, Land Use Policy, Irish Geography and Planning Practice and Research. Her current work focuses on the spaces and practices of governance, particularly in the Dublin city-region, and the issue of metropolitanisation in a comparative context. Niamh also teaches human geography, comparative urbanisation, and research design at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

About Common Ground

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, Inchicore. See more details here


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