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Call for Policy Papers/Working Papers

The DSAI invites all members to submit their work in progress to the Working Papers Series. The Policy Brief channel is a space for publishing policy briefs emerging from published work. The call is open and papers are received on an on-going basis. This is a great opportunity to increase the visibility of your work as well as receiving feedback from the DSAI Editorial Board. For more information see the DSAI Publications series.

About the Working Paper Series

The DSA IRELAND Working Paper Series (WPS) aims to:

  1. Provide a dissemination channel for new research that is directly relevant to Irish development policy and practice;
  2. Support ongoing and open critical reflection on this research to enhance understanding of perspectives, needs and challenges of stakeholders; and
  3. Communicate findings in a way that is accessible and relevant to the policy/practice nexus. The WPS will do this by publishing papers that have passed a peer-review process for open discussion on the DSA Ireland website.

Call For Papers

The DSAI invites submissions to the Working Paper Series. All papers published in the series will be relevant to: the interface between development research, policy and practice in Ireland; and aim to advance the state of the art. While the scope is broad, the WPS specifically welcomes papers that:

  • Deliver empirical findings relevant to policy;

  • Critically engage with frameworks, discourses or assumptions in development policy and practice;

  • Translate research into knowledge for innovation;

  • Outline a new perspective, theoretical approach or methodology;

  • Put forward an argument that will promote the renewal or deepening of development studies;

  • Critically reflect international development, approaches, challenges and opportunities;

  • Analyse emerging trends (e.g. IATI, technology etc)

This list is not exhaustive but aims to highlight the breadth of issues that the Working Paper Series aims to achieve. In all cases copyright of the paper remains fully with the author. All views, findings and proposals expressed in the publications do not necessarily reflect the views of the DSA Ireland.

Following an initial screening, manuscripts will submitted to blind peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be posted online for comments and debate by members.

The DSA IRELAND will actively engage in broad dissemination of the WPS papers to policy makers both within and beyond Ireland.


About the Policy Briefs

An important objective of the DSA Ireland is to communicate and disseminate the research of members in an accessible way, to achieve impact on policy, practice and innovation. To achieve this objective, DSA Ireland are launching a policy brief series. We invite submissions from all members who have completed research that has implications for how Ireland addresses global issues of extreme poverty, justice and sustainability.

What is a policy brief?

A policy brief is a statement of a policy relevant issue, the policy options to deal with that issue and recommendations on what next steps should be taken. A policy brief is aimed at government policy makers and other stakeholders involved in making or influencing policy.

Policy briefs should be presented on one A4 sheet and contain a maximum of 1000 words.


The brief may include colour, graphics or photographs. Once accepted, the DSAI will publish the policy brief using a branded policy brief template. Language in the policy brief should be clear and accessible to a lay reader. It should include the following sections:

  • Title
  • Summary
  • Recommendations
  • Main text
  • Policy implications

In addition, a policy brief may contain the following:

  • Boxes and sidebars
  • Case studies
  • Tables & Figures
  • Photographs

Title: The title should be short, less than 12 words and to the point.

Summary: The main points you want policymakers to take away from your brief

Recommendations: Should be clear, short and easy to understand. They should also be realistic. Highlight the feasibility of the recommendations and/or the conditions necessary for achieving them.

Introduction: What is the problem, why is it significant?

  • The problem
  • Context
  • Causes of current situation (evidence)
  • Effects of current situation (examples)

Main text: Simple, logical and relevant.

Policy implications

  • Suggested options for revising policy. (What are the options?)
  • Effects. (How will the proposed changes improve the situation? Can include examples)
  • Advantages and disadvantages of each option. (What are the potential benefits, costs and side-effects?)

Reference to original research article

The policy brief should include a reference and link to the original research article on which the policy brief is based.


Please submit the policy brief for publication to The submission should include: author(s) details, acknowledgements, references, disclaimers or other publication information.

Publication & dissemination

DSA Ireland will:

  1. Publish the policy brief on its website; and
  2. Disseminate to Irish Aid and other stakeholders in the policy and practice field.