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DSAI book launch: COVID-19 in the Global South: Impacts and Responses


Book Launch Webinar

You are cordially invited to the launch of the DSAI open access publication COVID-19 in the Global South: Impacts and Responses, published by Bristol University Press.

The book brings together a range of experts across various sectors and the important volume explores some of the key issues that have arisen in the Global South with the COVID-19 pandemic. Situating the worldwide health crisis within broader processes of globalisation, the book investigates implications for development and gender, as well as the effects on migration, climate change and economic inequality. The book launch will discuss the key lessons thus far and necessary future policy directions to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic in the Global South.

  • Professor Francis Owusu, Department of Community and Regional Planning at Iowa State University.
  • Dr Sinead Walsh, Deputy Director General for Irish Aid.
  • Q & A moderated by DSAI chair Professor Padraig Carmody.

When: Wednesday 25 November 15:00 (Dublin)

Registration:  Register for Zoom Link here

About the Speakers:

Francis Owusu is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Community and Regional Planning at Iowa State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on Africa and he has published extensively on topics includes such as globalization, development policy, public sector reforms and capacity building, and urban development and livelihood issues. He has consulted for several international development agencies, including the World Bank, Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR), Africa Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), and National Science Foundation (NSF).

He has also held leadership positions in academic and professional organizations, including chairing the Africa Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers from 2005 to 2008. He is currently the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) representative to Global Planning Education Association Network (GPEAN), the President for Mid-America Alliance for African Studies (MAAAS) and serves on the editorial board for the Journal for Planning Education and Research (JPER).

Dr Sinead Walsh is the Deputy Director General for Irish Aid and has worked for Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs since 2009. Prior to this role, she served as EU Ambassador to South Sudan. She was a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative in 2016/17 co-authoring a book on the Ebola crisis with Oliver Johnson: Getting to Zero: A Doctor and a Diplomat on the Ebola Frontline. Prior to this, she served as the Ambassador of Ireland to Sierra Leone and Liberia from 2011 to 2016. 

Before joining the government, Sinead spent ten years in the NGO sector, predominantly with Concern Worldwide, working in India, Pakistan, Rwanda and South Sudan, as well as in a global advocacy role. She has a BA from Harvard University, an MSc in development studies from University College Dublin and a PhD in social policy from the London School of Economics.

Pádraig Carmody is Professor in Geography at Trinity College, the University of Dublin where he did his undergraduate and masters work and is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg. His Ph.D. is from the University of Minnesota in the US, where after graduation he also taught at the University of Vermont. At TCD he directs the Masters in Development Practice. His research centres on the political economy of globalisation in Africa and he has published in journals such as European Journal of Development Research, Review of African Political Economy, Economic Geography and World Development.

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