The Moore Institute, along with other research institutes within NUI Galway, have come together to form COVID-19 Response Groups within their respective areas of research.  The purpose of these groups is to draw on colleagues’ expertise with regard to the impact of COVID-19 and to foster potential research and collaboration.

In leading the initiative from a humanities and social studies perspective, the Moore Institute is exploring the effect of this pandemic in relation to areas such as political culture and its influence on decision-making; social media and the virus; education; racism; historical precedents; the psychology of infectious disease; security; globalization.  Contributions, including Webinars and News and Opinions, from colleagues to-date are featured below.

If you are interested in being part of these conversations and would like to be involved with this group, please contact Dan Carey, Director of the Institute –




In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Moore Institute continues to host a series of webinars related to aspects of the COVID-19 crisis. These sessions feature both NUI Galway and external speakers, and are broadcast live using Zoom, Facebook Live, and on local radio by FlirtFM. The sessions are also recorded and published on the Moore Institute’s YouTube account.

1. Political and societal considerations in understanding the impact of Covid-19, April 2nd, 2020.

2. ‘Data, Ethics and the Covid-19 Crisis‘, April 23rd, 2020.

3. Education during Covid-19: precarity, privilege, purpose, April 30th, 2020.

4. Writing during the Covid-19 crisis: three Irish writers discuss the pandemic and its impact on their work, May 4th, 2020.

5. Slavery, Race and COVID-19, May 19th, 2020

6. Ireland, Borders, and Covid-19, May 28th, 2020


7. Art and Digital Technology in a Time of Crisis, June 3rd, 2020

8. Universities and the Covid-19 Crisis: Problems, Prospects and Pathways, June 11th, 2020.

9. Philosophy and the Pandemic: reasoning in unreasonable times, June 18th, 2020.

10. Sport and Covid-19, June 25th, 2020.

11. Language in a health crisis: navigating Covid-19 in a multilingual Ireland, July 2nd, 2020.


Webinar Audio Recordings

The webinars are also available as audio recordings on the Moore Institute’s SoundCloud account.


News & Opinions

The Moore Institute also continues to publish contributions from colleagues, in the form of blogs, on topics relating to the impact the crisis is currently having, how it compares to pandemics of the past, and what we think the future might look like as a result.