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Society, Culture & Enterprise

At DIT, our research teams work on the principle that understanding different cultures and societies is the first stage to building a genuinely common culture. Without this understanding, our global society can be a very difficult place in which to live and work.

Investigating the role of enterprise and entrepreneurship and how they integrate with society and community enables us to design and define a commercially and culturally inclusive society. Researchers are also developing new knowledge about the cultures and forms of consumption and leisure in Ireland. 

Our early education specialists were instrumental in the development of national childcare standards and pioneered the development of ‘Children Online’ safety protocols. They contribute regularly to the debates around a variety of public policy issues ranging from the economy to prison welfare.

Our music research community promotes the dynamic musical life of Ireland, manifested in performance, musicology, pedagogy, and composition.

The main REIS contact for this research theme is Dr Sandra Fisher.

Research Institutes, Centres & Groups


A new Institute dedicated to research under this theme is currently being developed.

The Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM) is an exciting collaborative initiative of international and all-island significance. It aims to grow the sector of creative arts and media research and to be Ireland’s centre for doctoral research education across design, visual and performing arts, media practice and their associated critical, historical and theoretical discourses.

Designated Research Centres
Research Groups and Units

Featured Projects

EU Kids Online is a pan-European research initiative investigating how children and young people use the internet and new media. 

Featured Publications & Research Outputs

The SMI Register of Music Theses is a fully searchable register of completed and in-progress Irish postgraduate theses in the fields of musicology, ethnomusicology, music education, music technology, music therapy, performance, analysis, and composition.