Welcome from the Chair

Greetings from all of us at DSAI.  I write to update you on recent and upcoming DSAI activities and to encourage you all to join us and contribute to our discussions and debates. 

Padraig CarmodyWe hosted a very successful conference on the 23rd and 24th of October 2018.  The title of the conference was THE DEVELOPMENT, CONFLICT AND SECURITY NEXUS: THEORY AND PRACTICE with a Keynote addresses by Prof. Nic Cheeseman, author of ‘How to Rig an Election’ at the Royal Irish Academy on the 23rdand Dr. Peace Medie and Prof. Clionadh Raleigh on the 24th. The 2019 Conference is shaping up and will on (EN)GENDERING DEVELOPMENT. We have two fantastic keynote speakers: Prof. Naila Kabeer of the London School of Economics and Prof. Stephanie Barrientos of the University of Manchester who will be talking about her forthcoming book on gender in global value chains. The conference will take place at the Marino Institute of Education in Dublin (https://www.mie.ie/en/) on the 14thand 15thof November 2019 so put it in your diaries now.

Our study groups are also continuing their seminars and other activities. You can find a list of the study groups and convenors on this webpage. As you will see we cover a wider range of sub-sectors related to international development and I encourage you to get involved. The recently launched ICT4D (Information and Communication Technology for Development) is an exciting addition to our grouping and will certainly be a growth area in international development going forward.

We will also be hosting our annual Research Methods Summer School at University College Cork this year. The summer school is an opportunity to bring together practitioners and researchers to focus on a practical or methodology issue. Last year’s event at Trinity College focused on “USING ICT TO STRENGTHEN RESEARCH METHODS TO ADVANCE GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT”.

This year the focus will be on “FROM AMELIORATION TO TRANSFORMATION: METHODS AND CHALLENGES IN DOING PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH” . We’ll look at methodology with reference to both quantitative and qualitative projects, and monitoring and evaluation with a number of case studies for practical review, so please join us in Cork on the 5th-6th June for what promising to be an exciting, informative and rewarding event.

Pádraig Carmody
Chairperson