Galway is a relatively small Irish city (Pop. ~80K) on the Western seaboard, with a maritime temperate climate; this places the city at the forefront of climate change as flooding and sea level rise present major concerns for a heavily grassland agriculture-based county. A lively and creative city, famous for its International Arts Festival, the city is home to two third-level educational institutions (NUIG and GMIT). A recent initiative led by local businesses, citizen groups, local government bodies and other interested parties succeeded in securing Galway as 2020 European Capital of Culture.
Professor Frances Fahy
Dr. Kathy Reilly
The Youth Action Partnership (YAP) refers to a group of young people who will work collaboratively and co-productively with adult project members to agree on project decisions, to design and produce research, to generate and analyse research data, and to promote the aims, ongoing work, and outputs of the research project. YAPs will have opportunities to work with YAPs in Finland, Italy, and the UK. In Ireland, YAP members will most often be working with Kathy Reilly and Bronagh Dillon.
The Galway YAP group will meet regularly (ideally monthly, but with freedom of the young participants to plan for extra activities and more frequent meetings) online or face to face and are co-facilitated by researchers and young people or professionally. YAPs will participate in research skills training and keep reflective journals that will explore their experiences of working on the project and climate change more broadly. Through an online communication platform, the YAPs form part of an international network, meet and interact with each other as part of the research process and as part of the communication and reporting process. This is a three-year longitudinal, co-productive/ youth-owned part of the project, with a minimum commitment of six months.
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