Development Studies Association of Ireland 2018 Conference

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Royal Irish Academy

Dawson Street

Dublin 2

Dublin 1 Gibson's Hotel,Point Square


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DSAI 2018 Conference

The development, conflict and security nexus: theory and practice

Will Urban Innovation Solve Africa's Development Challenges?

The first Keynote address will be delivered at the Royal Irish Academy on Dawson Street by Professor Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy and International Development at University of Birmingham.

In July 2018,Professor Cheeseman co-authored a book published by Yale University Press which explains just how easy it is to rig an election and how common this is. With a plethora of new tools being used to sway voters, he will address how aid workers, charities and NGOs can continue to operate in societies where people are living through ongoing conflicts. His talk will be followed by a discussion.

There is a Welcome Reception at 7.30pm hosted by DSAI Chair Mary Van Lieshout and DSAI Committee members.

The second day of the Conference takes place at the Gibson Hotel, Point Square, Dublin 1.

Clionadh Raleigh, Professor of Political Geography and Conflict at the University of Sussex is our second keynote speaker. Professor Raleigh will focus on Domestic Politics and Disorder across Africa.We will hear how some projects in Africa have had some success in decreasing endemic violence against women.

Lunch is from 1 pm to 2.15pm.It will include the DSA Ireland AGM and a Postgraduate Meet-up.

We have nine breakouts, which focus on strengthening civil society by promoting rights and engagement, through a focus on needs and agency. These include sessions on:

Safeguarding Rights and Innovation in Education

Chaired by Dr. Gerard McCann, Head of International Programmes, St. Mary’s College,Queens University Belfast

Using Information Communications and Technology for Development

Chaired by Mr. P.J. Wall, School of Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin

Rethinking Civil Society – Politics, Ethics and Practices

Chaired by Dr. Su-ming Khoo, School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway

At 4pm Mr. Ruairi De Burca, Director General of Irish Aid, will explain the changes that are driving Ireland’s new International Development Policy.

We close with Mr De Burca presenting the Robert Chambers Award for 2017 in a session hosted by Dr. Angela Veale, Lecturer at the School of Applied Psychology in University College Cork and Dr. Gerard McCann, Senior Lecturer, St Mary’s University College, Queens University Belfast.

Tickets are free for DSAI members. One year's membership costs €45 and this can be purchased at the event, if reserved through Eventbrite beforehand.

The full conference programme is now online.


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Current DSA membership is required

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The green line luas stops on Dawson Street, near the RIA and there are car parking and public transport options for getting to the Gibson Hotel. There is information on parking on the hotel website:,-6.2369728,15z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m8!2m7!3m6

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