Dr. Orla Kelly

Orla Kelly is an Assistant Professor in Social Policy at the UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice. She specialises in studying sustainable human well-being, eco-social policies, sustainable development, and the social dimensions of climate change. She has expertise in quantitative research and mixed methodologies.

Dr Kelly is the Principal Investigator of a research pilot exploring the economic, social and environmental impacts of reduced worktime in Ireland. She is also part of the international academic research team investigating the impacts of reduced worktime trials being led by the 4-day Week Global campaign across the UK, USA and Australia.

In 2020, Dr Kelly received funding from the Worldwide Universities Network to lead an international consortium of academics investigating how universities can drive climate action.

She previously worked as a Research Associate (2010-2015) and a Research Fellow (2015-2020) at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University.


  • Plenary 2: What is the role of universities in rethinking growth, promoting a just transition and advancing climate justice?