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Postgraduate Open Day - 20th February 2017 


UCD has Ireland’s most extensive and dynamic concentration of experts in Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Law.

Discover what you can learn as a full-time or part-time graduate student at the UCD Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Postgraduate Open Day on Monday, 20 February 2017.

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Prestigious Postdoctoral Research Fellowship available under new IRC COFUND scheme 

UCD SPIRe warmly welcomes expressions of interest from anyone interested in applying for one of the Irish Research Council's CAROLINE Postdoctoral Fellowships outlined below. UCD SPIRe academic staff, working closely with UCD Research Office, will actively support suitable candidates for these Fellowships. 

CAROLINE (Collaborative Research Fellowships for a Responsive and Innovative Europe) will attract experienced researchers from any discipline to conduct research relevant to the themes of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for shared economic prosperity, social development, and environmental protection. 

A key feature of the programme is collaboration between the academic sector and non-governmental organizations and international organizations.

The expected timeline for calls will be September 2016 to May 2017.  There is a dedicated area on the Irish Research Council website where you can find further details.

UCD SPIRe ranks in the top 100 worldwide in Politics and International Relations.  Details of SPIRe’s research profile, including its three research centres, are here. Information about academic staff is here. Many SPIRe staff members are also affiliated to the interdisciplinary UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy.

UCD is a vibrant modern university that is currently ranked within the top 1% of institutions worldwide. It is Ireland's most globally engaged university with over 30,000 students drawn from over 120 countries. UCD has an excellent research infrastructure, including active support for international mobility and career development of postdoctoral researchers.

EU Field Trip 2017

The School of Politics and International Relations and the School of Law have made available a scholarship(s) for Masters students in the Schools, worth a total of €500 for the EU research field trip which takes place in March 2017. For more information, and to apply for the scholarship, follow the link below.

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Recent SPIRe Appointments

UCD SPIRe is delighted to welcome four new colleagues who joined the School in autumn 2016:

Stephanie Dornschneider is joining us from the University of Buckingham, having previously studied at the University of Geneva. She has held research positions in Durham, Oxford, and Stanford. Her research focuses on political activism, comparing the cognitive framework of activists who do or do not opt for terrorist methods, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. She is the author of Whether to Kill. The Cognitive Maps of Violent and Nonviolent Individuals(U. Pennsylvania Press, 2015).

Krishna Vadlamannati studied at the University of Heidelberg and the University Göttingen, and before that in both Spain and India. He is currently a Research Fellow at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. He is a visiting fellow at Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and a member of editorial committee of the Journal of Peace Research. His research fields include international political economy, development politics, globalization and human rights, and the political economy of development in India.

Eva Wegner has been a Research Fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg since 2013, having previously held research posts in Cape Town, Yale, and Berlin. She studied at the European University Institute in Florence and in Berlin. She has conducted research into development aid interventions for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is particularly interested in issues of accountability and participation; political parties, including Islamist parties and especially in Middle East and in North African countries; political psychology; public opinion and voting behaviour; and inequality and the demand for redistribution.  

Hannah Partis-Jennings completed her PhD in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews where she was a 600th Anniversary Scholar. Her research focuses on gender, performance and spatial practice in liberal peace paradigms and her primary research focuses specifically on Afghanistan where she conducted field research in 2014. She has recently published in International Politics on the Responsibility to Protect framework and has an article on feminist peacebuilding forthcoming in International Feminist Journal of Politics. She has completed two cycles as a co-convenor for the Postgraduate Network of the British International Studies Association, is a senior commissioning editor for E-International Relations and has co-authored policy papers for an Afghan NGO focusing on women, peace and security.

TEDxFulbright: Patrick Paul Walsh

SPIRe's Prof. Patrick Walsh discusses the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda as an agenda of the people, with the responsibility for implementation by the people, using their influence on Livelihoods, Civil Society, and Governance, to induce successful stakeholder partnership at local, national, regional and global levels.


SPIRe Part of the Research Group Awarded Funding Over H2020  

UCD SPIRe, under Professor Ben Tonra, is one of eight institutional partners in the GLOBUS project (Reconsidering European Contributions to Global Justice), which succeeded in a tough competition for funding within the EU's Horizon 2020, the world's largest research programme.  GLOBUS, which has been granted 2.5 million euros over four years was top of a list of 45 projects submitted for the call 'Europe's contribution to a value-based global order and its contestants'.

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UCD School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe) 

UCD School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe) is the oldest and the largest school of its kind in the Republic of Ireland. SPIRe is a dynamic, multi-faceted and highly-international school offering exciting and professionally-valuable programmes of study at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our academic staff are engaged in cutting-edge research on a wide variety of political issues, including ethno-political conflict, human rights, and Ireland's role in the European Union, to name just a few. The School is also home to three research centres: the UN-linked Centre for Sustainable Development Solutions, the Dublin European Institute, and the Institute for British-Irish Studies.

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