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 blind peer-review process, on the DSA Ireland website for open discussion.


DSAI’s working paper series publishes high quality research papers across the broad field of development studies. Authors of working papers accepted for publication may be awarded €150 towards supporting their continued research.

Working Papers constitute work-in-progress publications. Working Papers are published to bring about discussion, contribute to the advancement of knowledge, and to inform the conceptual and empirical basis for policy-making. They are also an important mechanism and opportunity for researchers to have work in progress peer reviewed by experts in the field.

Working Papers cannot have been published previously elsewhere in their current form but publication through the WPS on DSAI’s website does not prevent an updated or improved version from being submitted for later publication elsewhere. Acceptance is dependent on consideration by the DSAI Working Papers Panel.

Find published Working Papers in our Resources section here.

Editorial Advisory Board

Dr. Nicholas Chisholm, UCC

Dr. Paul Conway, UL

Dr. Michelle D'arcy, TCD

Prof. Sean Farren, University of Ulster

Mr. Connell Foley, Concern Worldwide

Prof. Macartan Humphreys, Columbia University, New York

Dr. Rob Kevlihan, Consultative Director, Shanahan Research Group

Dr. Su Ming Khoo, NUIG

Dr. Walt Kilroy, DCU

Dr. Michael King, TCD

Dr. Chandana Mathur, NUIM

Dr. Gerard McCann, Queens University Belfast

Mr. Stephen McCloskey, Centre for Global Education


Convenors: Pieternella Pieterse (pieternella.pieterse@dcu.ie) and Gerard McCann (g.mccann@stmarys-belfast.ac.uk)