The UCD Institute for British Irish Studies (IBIS) is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Paul Gillespie to the role of Deputy Director of IBIS. Working with the IBIS Director, Professor Ben Tonra and the Institute’s Director of Research, Professor Jennifer Todd, Dr Gillespie will be developing UCD’s research on British-Irish relations, including the peace process, governance in Northern Ireland, bilateral Irish-British relations, UK constitutional issues and devolution and Irish constitutional futures. This ambitious research programme will also be firmly situated in Ireland’s membership of the European Union and the Union’s ongoing role in fostering peace and prosperity on the island of Ireland.
Dr Gillespie currently serves as Adjunct Senior Research Fellow with the UCD School of Politics and International Relations, where he has contributed to teaching and research in British-Irish relations, European integration and Brexit. He is a columnist and leader writer with The Irish Times and has an extensive public policy profile on Irish-British relations, comparative regionalism in Europe, media studies and European foreign policy. He is co-editor of Britain and Europe: The Endgame: An Irish Perspective (Dublin IIEA 2015), is a member of the UK Study Group at the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) Dublin and is also a founding member of The Islands and Unions Network (TIUN) on constitutional futures in Ireland and Britain.
Speaking on his appointment, Professor Ben Tonra said “IBIS is delighted to welcome Paul to a leadership role within the Institute. He brings a wealth of expertise and public policy engagement to our work and will be driving a forward-looking and long-range agenda on Ireland’s evolving relationships in these islands and within Europe. I look forward to working with him in particular on an innovative analysis of Ireland’s potential constitutional futures.”