Civil Society Study Group
The Civil Society Study Group explores intersections of interdisciplinary research into the policy and praxis of development globally and locally. The Study Group consists of a network of academics, development practitioners, and social workers within and outside of Ireland.
The group is interested in highlighting development issues in which civil society activists from community-based organisations across the North-South binary are engaged in. The role of international non-government organisations (INGOs) and its continuance (or discontinuance) is another debate of interest to the group. In an interconnected world does the responsibility of development lie locally, or not? Should INGOs scan own organisations with the lens of a human rights-based approach before enforcing it on others? And finally, which forms of solidarity and cooperation can change organisational structures that continue existing forms of inequalities?
Taking forward the mandate of earlier events, the current study group encourages collaborative projects between community-based organisations, academics, and ordinary citizens to debate on development issues ranging from basic income, human rights, migration, poverty and inequalities based on gender and ethnicities. We organise and facilitate workshops and seminars on development issues of interest to all, and plan to submit a thematic paper on the significance of an active civil society in the development process before the 2019 annual conference.
The group is co-convened by Dr hab Galia Chimiak and Paul Keating. If you have an idea you wish to share, or are interested in joining the Study Group, please email the Convenors at email@example.com.
Latest Updates - News, Views & Events
- May 2022 - Public diplomacy’s new civic actors: NGOs, women-mediators’ networks and diasporas
- April 2022 - The war against democracy and civil society: voices from Ukraine, Russia and Poland
- March 2022 - Using gaming in citizenship education to discuss post-colonial legacies in global south and global north settings
- June 2021 - Migrant organisations and Irish development efforts: addressing challenges and opportunities for synergistic cooperation
- April 2021 - Operationalising AAP in the Humanitarian and Development Contexts: Lessons Learnt from Irish and Polish NGOs
- January 2021 - Where are the men in gender-based violence discourses
- October 2020 - Linking Poverty to Health with Academics Stand Against Poverty Irish Network (ASAP)
- September 2020 - Conversations on Food (in)Security in India
- August 2020 - Transformative Civil Society Action - Development Practitioners’ Talk
- June 2020 - Webinar: Coping Strategies of NGOs during COVID-19 and Discussion Document
- June 2020 - Webinar: Do We Still Need Non Government Organisations? and Discussion Document
- May 2020 Video: A snapshot of discussions from our recent workshop
- April 2020 Resource: Linking the Local with the Global: Workshop Summary
- Feb 2020 Event: Linking the local with the global: Ireland-based CSOs address development issues
- May 2019 Update: The Dochas Annual Conference - Finding Our Voice: How Civil Society is Countering Uncertainty
Dr hab. Galia Chimiak
Dr hab. Galia Chimiak is an Associate Professor in Sociology at the Civil Society Department, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. She is interested in societal self-organisation and international development cooperation. Galia Chimiak has taught at a number of Polish universities and has lectured on aid architecture and the role of NGOs in development at Trinity College Dublin.
Galia is one of the editors-in-chief of the official journal of the International Society for Third-Sector Research "VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations". She is also a member of the Development Education and Awareness Raising Multi-Stakeholder Group with DG INTPA.
She has worked as aid coordination specialist with UNDP in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina and as public diplomacy coordinator with the Polish Embassy in Dublin. Fluent in English, Polish and Bulgarian, she is an active member of the International Society for Third Sector Research, the Polish Sociological Association and the World Council of Studies on Polish Diaspora.
Recent publications include “The Growth of Non-Governmental Development Organisations in Poland and Their Cooperation with Polish Aid” (Warsaw 2016), the co-edited with Bożena Cierlik volume “Polish and Irish Struggles for Self-Determination. Living near Dragons” (Newcastle upon Tyne 2020), and papers in the International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Civil Szemle, the Polish Sociological Review, and the International Feminist Journal of Politics.
Paul Keating is a Researcher and Lecturer in the Technological University of the Shannon based in Limerick School of Art and Design on the Clonmel Campus. With a background in Civil Engineering and Sustainable Rural Development, he has worked as Community Worker in Ireland, across the EU, East Africa and the Balkans for over 20 years.
Pauls current research interest involves the exploration of the extent to which media such as computer games and virtual reality can be used as a space for Critical Pedagogy informed by the work of Paulo Freire and Augusto Boal.
In recent years Paul has partnered with the National Youth Council of Ireland and Youth Work Ireland, researching and developing the use of games in youth work practice particularly as it related to development education. He has also partnered with international NGOs such as Trocaire in integrating games into their Global Citizenship Education programmes. Paul is currently completing a Doctorate in the use of Multiplayer Online Computer Games in Critical Pedagogy.