Jimmy Ó Briain Billings

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Jimmy is an educator, researcher, and learner. Tuiscint na Talún grew from Jimmy’s master’s dissertation in which he sought to explore the possibilities of a fusion of decolonial studies and Indigenous research methodologies with the recovery and revitalisation of ancestral cosmologies in Ireland. Tuiscint na Talún project is in part the continual unfolding of this work.

Jimmy holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Race, Migration and Decolonial Studies, both from University College Dublin. He is an Associate Researcher with the same master’s programme. His research interests broadly include (de)coloniality, anti-racism, whiteness, global inequalities, sociology of knowledge.

Have a look at the ‘Writing’ section to learn more about Jimmy’s work..

On Paper:


Land and ancestral revitalisation as decolonising practices in Ireland (2021) in Unapologetic Magazine 

Decolonial possibilities in Ireland (2021) in Airmid’s Journal


MSocSc Race, Migration and Decolonial Studies (University College Dublin)

BA Sociology (University College Dublin)


Associate Researcher and Graduate Mentor on MA Race, Migration and Decolonial Studies (School of Sociology, University College Dublin)

Academic conference papers:

Ancestral re-existence in Ireland through the Land: A decolonial exploration of
pre-Christian spiritualities and places (New Perspectives Symposium on the Humanities, NUI Maynooth, 2019)

Temporal displacement(s), spatial re-existence(s): Decolonising Ireland’s relationship to place through native woodlands and pre-Christian sacred places (Sociological Association of Ireland Annual Conference, NUI Galway, 2019)