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Name Tovey, Hilary
Main Department Sociology
College Title Fellow Emeritus
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Senior lecturer in sociology, Fellow TCD
Details Date
President ESRS 1999-2003 04-OCT-03
Member, International Editorial Board, Irish Journal of Sociology 2003-
Council member, International Rural Sociological Association 2000-2008
Member, Editorial Board, Sociologia Ruralis 2004-
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Elsevier/Jai Press Research in Rural Sociology and Development series 2003-present
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Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
Sociological Association of Ireland 1974-
European Sociological Association 04-OCT-97 04-OCT-03
European Society for Rural Sociology 04-JAN-89 04-OCT-03
International Rural Sociological Association 1996
International Sociological Association 1992
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
French Medium Medium Basic
German Basic Basic Medium
Irish Medium Medium Medium
Description of Research Interests
rural social change, environmental governance, nature, animals, biodiversity; sociology of food and agriculture; social movements
Research Interests
Contemporary social theory Environment & Society FOOD Food, agriculture and rural change
Modernity and postmodernity Rural Development in the EU Rural sociology, sociology of the environment Social Movements
Social Theory Sociological Theory Sociology of Food Consumption, Production, Organics & Other Alternative Foods
Research Projects
Project title A Cognitive Approach to Rural Sustainable Development (CORASON)
Summary study of the multiple knowledges used/available for innovatory rural development projects, in 12 European countries (Lead institution: TCD)
Funding Agency European Union
Programme Framework Programme 6
Type of Project STREP
Date from 1/9/2004
Date to 31/8/2006
Person Months

Project title Biological diversity and cultural diversity: exploring conflict around Ireland's contribution to Natura 2000
Summary Ph. D. fellowship to study problems in the implementation of designated nature sites in Ireland
Funding Agency Environmental Protection Agency
Programme Doctoral Fellowships
Type of Project research
Date from April 2004
Date to March 2007
Person Months

Project title Environmental attitudes, values and behaviours in Ireland
Summary Joint UCD/TCD project in 3 parts: (i) quantitative analysis of attitudes in representative sample of pop; (ii) qualitative analysis of environmental discourses in focus groups; (iii) qual. study of environmental activism (movements and activists)
Funding Agency Environmental Protection Agency
Programme National Development Plan
Type of Project research
Date from 2001
Date to 2004
Person Months

Project title The construction of global 'safe food': regulating the beef industry
Summary Analysis of meanings, institutions and regulatory processes involved in the construction of 'safety' for beef; funded through the Institute for International Integration Studies
Funding Agency Higher Education Authority
Programme International Regulation
Type of Project research
Date from 2002
Date to 2004
Person Months

Project title Organic food and the construction of consumer trust
Summary Joint Sligo Institute of Technology/TCD funded postgraduate fellowship to research organic food in Ireland, production and consumption
Funding Agency Higher Education Authority
Programme Bio-solids
Type of Project research
Date from October 2002
Date to September 2005
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Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Karl Bruckmeier, Hilary Tovey (eds), Rural Sustainable Development in the Knowledge Society, first, Farnham, Surrey, England, Ashgate, 2009, vii - 294pp
Ecologizing rural Ireland? Conflicts and contradictions regarding knowledge for sustainable development in, editor(s)Karl Bruckmeier, Hilary Tovey , Rural Sustainable Development in the Knowledge Society, Surrey, England, Ashgate, 2009, pp131 - 150, [Hilary Tovey]
Theorising "Community" in, editor(s)Catherine Forde, Elizabeth Kiely, Rosie Meade , Youth and Community Work in Ireland - Critical Perspectives, Dublin, Blackhall, 2009, pp81 - 104, [Hilary Tovey]
TARA - Full Text
Hlary Tovey, 'Local food' as a Contested Concept: networks, knowledges and power in food-based strategies for rural development, International Journal of the Sociology of Agriculture and Food, 16, (2), 2009, pc. 20 pages
Notes: [Electronic on-line journal Special Issue on 'Sources and expressions of power in global food coordination and rural sites: domination, counter-domination and alternatives' edited by Gianluca Brunori]
Sociologia Ruralis (Special Issue on Rural Sustainable Development in the Era of Knowledge Society), 48, 3(July), (2008), 185 - 329p, HilaryTovey , [Guest Editor]
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