Autumn Term 2020

All events take place on Zoom. Please register here to receive the link and password to the online meeting.  For more information, please follow the links bellow.




Reproducible Research with Git and GitHub       

Instructor: Stefan Mūller (UCD). 

10:00-12:00 Friday, October 16.

12:00–14:00: Wednesday, November 11

Competing and Competitive Legislatures and the Policy-Opinion Link

Speaker: Miriam Sorace (University of Kent).

14:00-15:00 Wednesday, September 23.

Creating and Hosting an Academic Personal Website Using Hugo and GitHub       

 Instructor: Stefan Mūller (UCD) and Natalia Umansky (UCD).

10:00-12:00 Friday, November 13.      

Similar Citizen Portrayals? Exclusionary Media Populism in Tabloids and Broadsheets 

Speaker: Zoltan Fazekas (Copenhagen Business School) (with Stefanie Walter).

14:00-15:00 Wednesday, October 7.


Smiling Face or Frowning Face? Comparing Emotion Recognition Algorithms for Applications in Political Communication Research 

Speaker: Lena Masch (University of Düsseldorf) (with Maaike D. Homan and Oul Han).

14:00-15:00 Wednesday, October 21.


Enhancing or Deflecting Public Accountability? The Language of European Commission Press Releases 1985–2018

Speaker: Christian Rauh (WZB Berlin).

14:00-15:00 Wednesday, November 11.


Ambiguity as Strategy of Radical Left Party Leaders in Western Europe

Speaker: Sarah Wagner (University of Essex). 

14:00-15:00 Wednesday, November 25.


Reputational Mainstreaming of Radical Right Parties 

Speaker: Frederik Hjorth (University of Copenhagen) (with Theresa Gessler and Fabrizio Gilardi).

14:00-15:00 Wednesday, December 9.




Past events

Summer Trimester 2020




Causal Inference with a Graphical Approach                             

Instructor: Akisato Suzuki (UCD)

15:00 - 17:00 Monday, June 22

Agent Based Models of Social Life: Breaking the Schelling Segregation Model

Speaker: Michael Laver (New York University)

Wednesday, May 20, 14:00–15:00 (GMT)


But Is She Married? Gender Bias and Users' Gendered Interest in Politicians on Wikipedia

Speaker: Theresa Gessler (University of Zurich)

Wednesday, June 3, 14:00–15:00 (GMT)


Interrogating the Opposition? The Use of Blue-Card Questions in the European Parliament

Speaker: Verena Kunz (University of Mannheim)

Wednesday, June 10, 14:00–15:00 (GMT)


Why Keep Arguing? Predicting Engagement in Political Conversations Online

Speaker: Sarah Shugars (Northeastern University)

Wednesday, June 24, 14:00–15:00 (GMT)


Exogenous Shocks, Policy Responses and Legislative Debates

Speaker: Jens Wäckerle (University of Cologne), with Sven-Oliver Proksch and Jan Schwalbach

Wednesday, July 8, 14:00–15:00 (GMT)


Spring Trimester 2020

All events take place at G316, Newman Building, UCD, unless stated otherwise. For more information and to register for these events, please follow the links below. 



Introduction to Applied Bayesian Statistics in Political Science

Instructor: Akisato Suzuki (UCD)

10:00-17:00 Thursday, January 23

Public Denunciation and the Limits of Scandal

Speaker: Thomas Grund (UCD)

14:00-15:00 Wednesday, January 29

Wrangling and Visualising Data using R

Instructor: Stefan Müller (UCD)

10:00-15:00 Thursday, February 20

L246 SUTH/G316 ART

Federal Reserve Communications Sentiment’s Impact on Target Rate Discovery

Speaker: Juan Carlos Arismendi (Maynooth University)

14:00-15:00 Wednesday, February 12

Images as Data Workshop Dublin (IMG-DUB)

Postponed to 10-11 December 2020

Trinity College Dublin 

Using computational methods to study non-verbal political communication

Speaker: Constantine Boussalis (TCD)

14:00-15:00 Wednesday, February 26



Visualising Conceptual Change in Parliamentary Debates

Speaker: Paul Nulty (UCD)

Please join the seminar at

14:00-15:00 Wednesday, April 1



Repost and Like: Securitization Theory in the Digital Age

Speaker: Natalia Umansky Casapa (UCD)

14:00-15:00 Wednesday, April 15


We also offer weekly Data Clinics throughout the semester. The Data Clinics are instructed by Dr Akisato Suzuki and offer all graduate students at SPIRe the opportunity to ask for advice in relation to their statistical needs, both the use of statistical software (Stata and R) and the application of statistical methods.


Autumn Trimester 2019


Opportunities and Challenges in Economic Policy Communications Workshop

17 January 2020

Central Bank of Ireland

Seminar: Social Tree

Speaker: Georgiana Ifrim (UCD)

27 November 2019

Quantitative Text Analysis Dublin (QTA-DUB) Workshop

18-19 June 2019

UCD University Club

Seminar: Explorying the link between ethnic segregation and spatial patterns of attitudes 

Speaker: Thomas Feliciani (UCD)

13 November 2019


Seminar: Social identity and political polarization

Speaker: Chris Bail (Duke University)

30 October 2019


Seminar: What the rich and poor consider important and how this matters for representation

Speaker: Denise Traber (University of Lucerne)

16 October 2019


Seminar: Why do politicians get emotional?

Speaker: Gijs Schumacher

9 october 2019