DSAI Conference Programme




Tuesday  23rd October (Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street Dublin 2)



Registration & Refreshments

18.30 – 18.45  

 Welcome Ms. Mary Van Lieshout, Chair, DSA Ireland



18.45 – 19.15   

Will Urban Innovation Solve Africa's Development Challenges?


Prof. Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy and International Development,

        University of Birmingham

19.15 – 19.30


19.30 – 20.15






Wednesday 24th October

08.45 – 09.30   

Registration & Refreshments



09.30 – 09.45

Welcome Ms. Mary Van Lieshout, Chair, DSA Ireland



09.45 – 10.15

Domestic Politics and Disorder across Africa


Professor Clionadh Raleigh, Professor of Political Geography and Conflict (Geography),

        University of Sussex


10.15 – 10.45

Global Norms and Local Action: The Campaigns to End Violence against Women in Africa

Dr. Peace Medie, Research Fellow, University of Ghana (TBC)

10.45 – 11.00

Facilitated Discussion

11:00 – 11.30

Refreshments and Networking

(incl. Postgraduate Poster display)


11.30 – 13.00

Parallel Sessions 1



1. Competing demands and Human Consequences in Understanding and Responding to crisis
    Chair: Dr. Angela Veale, School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork


2. Gender, Fear and Negotiation: From the Personal to the Political

    Chair: Dr. Stacey Scriver, School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway


3. Building Peace and Realising Human Security – Realities and Complexities in Fragile Contexts

     Chair: Ms. Mary Van Lieshout, Chair, DSAI & Head of Ethics and compliance, GOAL


4. General Development

     Chair: Prof. Padraig Carmody, Head of Discipline – Geography, Trinity College  Dubli



13.00 – 14.15


AGM of DSA Ireland

Postgraduate Meet-up


14.15 – 15.45   

Parallel Sessions 2



1. Safeguarding Rights and Innovation in Education
Chair: Dr Gerard McCann, Head of International  Programmes, St. Mary’s College,
                  Queens University Belfast

2. Information Communications and Technology for Development
    Chair: Mr. PJ Wall, School of Computer Science, Trinity   College Dublin

3. Rethinking Civil Society – Politics, Ethics and Practices
Chair: Dr. Su-ming Khoo, School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway

4. Learning to Make a Difference
Chair: Ms. Gráinne Kilcullen, Governance and Human Rights Programme  Advisor
                Christian Aid (TBC)


15.45 – 16.00   

Refreshments and Networking

    (incl. Postgraduate Poster display)




16.00 – 16.20

Ireland’s New (Emerging) International Development Policy

Mr Ruairi De Burca, Director General, Irish Aid


16.20 – 16.30

Presentation of Robert Chambers Award 2017 

by Mr. Ruairi De Burca, Director General, Irish Aid 



Hosted by Dr Angela Veale, UCC and Dr.Gerard McCann,Head of International Programmes, St Mary’s College, Queens University Belfast.


16.30 – 16.45

Closing remarks