Best Student Paper Award Recipients

Joint Winners: Best Student Paper Award 2022

Author: Chythenyen Devika Kulasekaran for his paper "'Zeroing In’ on ‘Zero Emissions’ – Analysing the impact of electric vehicles on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs)"

Mr. Chythenyen Devika Kulasekaran Chythenyen Devika Kulasekaran is a research associate in the energy team of the Centre for Financial Accountability. He is an International Relations graduate from Dublin City University, with over 12 years of experience in the waste management sector.


Author: Kevin Dowling for his paper "Out of the closet and into the fire: Will the Sustainable Development Goals push SOGIESC minorities behind?"

Kevin DowlingKevin is an enthusiastic and compassionate development practitioner and researcher with particular interest and experience in social inclusion; gender and sexual minorities; rural transformation; and humanitarian response. Having come from a background in end-of-life healthcare as a radiation therapist, he requalified through Trinity College Dublin’s Master’s in Development Practice, wherein he was awarded Best Overall Performance 2022 and Best Dissertation 2022. In January 2023, Kevin joined the United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as a gender and social inclusion intern, and he is looking forward to continuous growth and impact thereafter.


Winner: Best Student Paper Award 2020

Author: Nguyen Nguyen, PhD candidate, School of Applied Language & Intercultural Studies – Centre for Translation and Textual Studies, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland

Paper: "The issues of translating development terminology in Vietnam: empirical evidence from the perspective of Translation Studies"

Winner: Best Student Paper Award 2019

Author: Lungelo Cele,  Centre for Co-operative Studies, Department of Food Business and Development, Cork University Business School, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.

Paper: "Driving women empowerment through agricultural mechanisation: Think womechanisation".  

Winner: Best Student Paper Award 2016

Authors: Alix Tiernan, Pat O’Connor
Paper: "Status and Good Behaviour - How Women in Patriarchal Zimbabwe Influence Power Holders". 

Winner: Best Student Paper Award 2015

Author: Sol Moure, studied International Relations and Linguistics as first degrees and was second-year student of the Master in Development Practice in Trinity College Dublin/University College Dublin, in Ireland at time of award.

Paper: "Pasture development in Kenya's drylands".