Category research

New Frontiers #2: Energy Infrastructure

This is the second in a short series of posts about new sites of contestation that are emerging outside of the city – the usual focus for Dublin-based activists and social movements. While these sites of contestation are outside of the city, this doesn’t meant that they aren’t intimately connected with the city. Just think […]

The future shape of Dublin’s Docklands

This post continues our focus on the new phase of development in the Dublin Docklands. In the past we’ve written about the Docklands Strategic Development Zone (SDZ), the absence of community participation and the displacement of the local cultural scene by new developments. Here we just provide an overview of the five major new developments […]

Shaping Dublin: a seminar series on the contemporary city

When: March/ April 2015 Where: Dunlop Oriel House, Corner of Fenian Street & Westland Row, Dublin 2. (map: What time: 7.30pm During the ‘heyday’ of the Celtic Tiger, Dublin experienced speculative development in key areas like the Docklands; a housing bubble accompanied by dramatic increases in the cost of rent; and the increasing role […]

Openhere Starts Tomorrow

The Openhere conference/festival starts tomorrow in the Science Gallery, Dublin. The three-day program all looks really interesting – a great line-up of speakers – but perhaps most interesting for us are the talks by Brett Scott on open-source financing and the interview with the Robin Hood Collective who ask: “Could we bend the financialization of […]

Escaping the activist ghetto and the role of militant research

Below you can read the notes from our talk about Militant Research at the Royal Geographical Society annual conference in London 2014.     There are a couple of points around the historical and political context of militant research that are worth making in terms of understanding its relevance to contemporary social movements. Militant research began to gain traction […]

Cracks in the city: an interview on Dublin’s independent spaces

For the last couple of years we’ve been researching Dublin’s independent spaces. Whether they’re art spaces, social centres or community gardens, independent spaces have become an important feature of life in Dublin for many, providing affordable access to culture, socializing, education and lots more. They also offer people the chance to get involved in collectively shaping […]

Militant research and the urban commons

What follows are the notes of a talk we gave as part of the Critical Ecologies panel at the American Conference for Irish Studies which took place in UCD recently. Thanks to Anne Mulhall for organising the panel and inviting us and to Sharae Deckard and Vukasin from the Asylum Archive project who were part of the panel. […]

Docklands SDZ approved: what’s happening on the ground?

An Bord Pleanala has just approved the planning scheme for the Docklands Strategic Development Zone (SDZ). We posted a while back about the SDZ, the purpose of which is to introduce ‘fast track planning’ in the North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock because the Dept. of the Environment, Dublin City Council and NAMA all believe […]

Dealing with difference: collective discussion of independent spaces in Dublin

When? 16th of April, 7pm Where? 40 Dominic’s street Upper, Dublin 1   An event organised by the Provisional University with the participation of Sam Bishop (Granby Park); Barry Semple (Seomra Spraoi); Seoidín O’Sullivan (South Circular Rd. community garden); and Exchange Dublin. At a recent event on the creative uses of vacant spaces, the Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn […]


In the first of these posts on The Abduction of Europe encounter in madrid we outlined the rationale for the event and why we think it is necessary for social movements to be thinking and acting at the European level. In the second, we described one of the workshops we participated in, looking at financialization […]