Trinity College Dublin (TCD), founded in 1592, is the oldest University in Ireland. TCD now has more than 15,700 students, 3,700 staff and 86,000 alumni, while in 2007-2008 its staff secured more than €70m in research income. TCD is widely recognised for the high quality of its graduates, the international standing of its research and scholarship, and the value it places on contributing to Irish society and the wider world. In the most recent (2009) THES survey of universities internationally, TCD was ranked in the top 50 (43rd) and in the top 15 (13th) universities in the world and in Europe, respectively. TCD is divided into 24 academic schools distributed among three faculties (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Engineering Mathematics and Science; and Health Sciences). Many of the schools accommodate research centres. Furthermore TCD also houses three, multi-discipline research institutes and is the focal point for several broadly-based research initiatives, including the Trinity International Development Initiative. Two academic components will contribute to the HEALTHY FUTURES project: the School of Natural Sciences (Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science), and the Centre for Global Health (Faculty of Health Sciences).
School of Natural Sciences comprises the disciplines of Botany, Geography, Geology and Zoology, the Centre for the Environment and the Centre for Biodiversity and Sustainable Development and is the largest Science school in the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science. The School currently accommodates ca. 40 academic staff (biological, physical and social scientists), 20 postdoctoral research fellows, 140 graduate research students and c. 50 taught MSc students and has an annual research income in excess of €4 million. Staff in the School produce an average of about 150 publications per year, many of which are in high ranking scientific journals. Key research areas in the School include environmental (including climate) change, environmental history, economic geography and globalisation.
David Taylor has been the Professor of Geography at TCD since January 2001. His main research interests are in environmental dynamics in the tropics, and in particular the human and ecological dimensions of environmental change in central and eastern Africa. Having carried out his PhD in Uganda in the early 1980s, David now has more than 25 years of research experience in the region and in the tropics more widely. Much of this research has focused on wetlands.
Laragh Larsen holds a PhD in the historical/political geography of urban spaces and urbanisation in eastern Africa. She has carried out human geography research in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Her current research interest is in urban environmental changes in eastern Africa.
Gayle McGlynn holds a PhD in environmental change and its impacts in eastern Africa. She has carried out field-based research in Burndi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
Centre for Global Health
The Centre for Global Health, TCD, comprises 15 academic staff and coordinates research and graduate programmes in the field of Global Health, including a structured PhD programme. The Centre aims to address health problems and issues that transcend national boundaries based on the belief that the world's health problems are shared and are best tackled by cooperative action and the sharing of innovative solution. Strengthening existing health systems through policy and health systems research is therefore a key focus for the Centre.