The Atlantic Archipelagos Research Project has made it a priority to develop research interests in and around the work of cartographer and author Tim Robinson. Between 1972 and 1984 Tim Robinson and his wife lived out on the Aran Islands in the mouth of Galway Bay where he began mapping, researching and writing about the islands. During this time he also produced a map of the Burren in County Clare and began work on Connemara where he and his wife moved in 1984.
In 1987 they received a European Conservation Award from the Mayor of Madrid for the work of their company Folding Landscapes. He has now completed his two-volume study of the Aran Islands, Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage and Labyrinth and preparation is underway to publish the final part of his trilogy Connemara: Listening to the Wind, Last Pool of Darkness and A Little Gaelic Kingdom. In 2011 Tim Robinson will be Parnell Visiting Fellow at Magdalen College, Cambridge where he will be delivering the annual Parnell Lecture on Monday 28th February, titled ‘A Land without Shortcuts’.
Work is currently underway to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the publication of Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage in Galway in 2011.