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Plotting the Future

Plotting the Future – Towards Sustainability: Environment – Society – Economy is a joint initiative of four research institutes at University College Dublin – the Earth Institute, the Humanities Institute, the Geary Institute for Public Policy and the Institute for Discovery. 

The series was launched on 7 November 2019 with a lecture by Dr. Rick Crownshaw from Goldsmiths (Climate Change, Literature, and the Future of Memory – listen to the podcast) and consist of public lectures, thematic workshops, interviews and other outreach activities.

Building on the success of the 2017-18 Plotting the Future series which addressed the social, cultural and economic impact of Artificial Intelligence and robotics, this series explores the question of whether and how life in the Anthropocene can be made sustainable.


The question of sustainability cannot be solved by any one discipline on its own – besides scientific, economic and political interventions, it also requires ethical, cultural and historically informed perspectives.

interdisciplinary approach

We invite leading international experts spanning the sciences, social sciences and humanities to explore how we are driving environmental change and discuss how we can or should respond, in terms of society, economy, policy, technology, culture, lifestyle, etc.