Community-based Research (CBR) at DIT

In 2015/16, over 1055 students across DIT were involved in learning with communities and were supervised by 52 DIT Lecturers. These projects took place across 44 programmes of study, both undergraduate and postgraduate. Approximately 1 in 3 undergraduate programmes had students involved in collaborative projects with communities. Since its beginnings in 2008, the Programme has supported projects involving over 8,000 students in collaboration with over 110 Community Partners.

These projects involved a wide range of disciplines and activities, from process-based projects such as tutoring children in schools to research-driven projects such as developing a tailgating sensor for motor vehicles. They range from undergraduate to PhD level projects. All these projects are accredited, curriculum-based, and collaboratively designed between underserved community partners and DIT lecturers and students, for mutual benefit. This work is supported by DIT's Programme for Students Learning With Communities. Contact for more information, or click here for case study projects. 

CBR specific information for staff

Staff starting or continuing to run community-based projects are offered a range of advice and supports by the Programme for Students Learning With Communities, which can be contacted at or click here. 

CBR specific information for students

Students wishing to work with communities for their major projects/theses are advised to contact the Programme for Students Learning With Communities, at or click here.

CBR specific information for community

Community partners wishing to work with DIT staff and students on projects or research should contact the Programme for Students Learning With Communities, at or click here

Partnerships- Community Partners

DIT has a wide range of community partners, from small local community groups in socio-economically disadvantaged areas, to large national and international NGOs, including DEIS schools, youth projects, disability support groups, environmental groups, arts and cultural groups, older people, refugee support groups, prisoners' rights groups, sports organisations, and development organisations.


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