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27 Apr, 2023 (5:30pm), Book Launch 'Bryan Fanning (opens in a new window)Public Morality and the Culture Wars: The Triple Divide EmeraldPress.  Publication: 30th March 2023. Location: UCD University Club. All Welcome. MORE

28 Feb, 2023 (11-12 noon CET), Book Launch 'Systems thinking for global health: How can systems-thinking contribute to solving key challenges in global health' Keynote:Prof. Karl Blanchet, Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies Panelists: Prof. Hasheem Mannan, Trinity College Dublin; Prof. Frederique Vallieres, Trinity College Dublin and Prof. Naonori Kodate, University College Dublin, Moderated by: Prof. Minerva Rivas Velarde, University of Geneva. Link to register:(opens in a new window) https://unige.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8VSatGIwQYmb5gNchYHDHA MORE

1 Oct, 2022 (5-6pm),  Dublin Festival of History, 'Sister Against Sister: Women and the Irish civil war (Big Weekend)' Organised by Dublin City Council. Panel Discussion: Dr Leeann Lane (DCU); Dr Mary McAuliffe (UCD); Dr Margaret Ward (QUB) and moderated by Dr Fionnuala Walsh (UCD) MORE

20 and 21 Oct, 2022 Futures Thinking: From the predictive to the productive.  Organised by the Equality Studies Centre (specifically Marie Moran and Karen Smith) MORE.

Recent Events

5 Feb. 2022 Webinar: Cumann na mBan, the Anglo-Irish Treaty and the Split, 1922; A symposium, Organised by: Dr Mary McAuliffe, in association with the Women's Histiory Association of Ireland (WHAI)  and UCD Centre for Gender Feminisms and Sexualities (CGFS) 

8 Feb. 2022, 17.30-19.30, 'Nordic Welfare: The Bumblebee Still Flies' Speakers: Prof. Bent Greve, University of Roskilde (Denmark); Lesley Riddoch, journalist, author and founder of Nordic Horizons (Scotland) & Gary Gannon TD, Social Democrats Spokesperson for Social Protection (Ireland) Venue: Old Physics Theatre, MoLi – Museum of Literature Ireland, UCD Naughton Joyce Centre, 86 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, Organiser: Dr. Stephan Köppe, UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice.

10 Feb. 2022, 9:00 - 13:45 (Germany) | 8:00 – 12:45 (Ireland), Webinar Symposium "Robotic Systems for Care" (BeBeRobot: Evaluation Criteria for the Use of Robotic Systems in Care, BMBF, 2019-2021), Keynote speaker: Assoc. Prof. Naonori Kodate - "Person-centered, robotics-aided care system - robots in caring communities in the Japanese context", organised by Universität Siegen, Germany

10 Feb. 2022, 13:00 - 14:00 (Ireland) UCD Centre for Japanese Studies presents the 1st of 3 seminars, in partnership with SMBC Aviation Capital in February, 'What we do in SMBC Aviation Capital Communications, and its commitment to Environment and Sustainability', Speakers Orla Benson and Brian McArdle, SMBC, organised by Assoc. Prof. Naonori Kodate

17 Feb. 17, 13:00 - 14:00 (Ireland) UCD Centre for Japanese Studies presents the 2nd of 3 seminars, in partnership with SMBC Aviation Capital in February, 'Learning from working and living in Japan/Ireland & intercultural communications in business', Speakers Niall Barrett and Breifne Ryan, SMBC, organised by Assoc. Prof. Naonori Kodate

24 Feb. 2022, 13:00 - 14:00 (Ireland) UCD Centre for Japanese Studies presents the 3rd of 3 seminars, in partnership with SMBC Aviation Capital in February, 'Interdisciplinarity: both engineering and business - Intercultural communications: the multinational environment, Speaker Tom Tanaka, SMBC, organised by Assoc. Prof. Naonori Kodate

18 Jan. 2022, 9:00 - 11:00 (France) | 8:00 – 10:00 (Ireland), 4th Webinar -Capitalisms, Technologies, Society and Health - A Euroasian project, Speakers: Prof. Sébastien Lechevalier (EHESS-CCJ-FFJ) - "An Asian – European perspective on Social system of innovation and diversity of capitalism. Why does it matter for health?"; Assoc. Prof. Naonori Kodate - "The Role of Incident Reporting Systems for Improving Patient Safety in Japanese Hospitals: A Comparative Perspective", Organised by: Fondation France-Japon de l'EHESS, France

12th Jan. 2022, 17:00 – 18:30 (GMT), Webinar with speakers Assoc. Prof. Naonori Kodate with Prof. David Prendergast (Maynooth University) 'Can robotics-aided care be person-centred? Talk & Film Screening 'Circuits of Care: Ageing and Japan's Robot Revolution’ Organised by: SOAS, University of London

8th Jan. 2022, 18:00 – 19:30 (JST), 18th HISF Workshop by Webinar ‘Let’s think about human-robot interactions in society’  Speaker: Assoc. Prof. Naonori Kodate, Organised by: Honjo International Scholarship Foundation

18th Dec 2021, 13:30-14:30 (US  EST) ) | 3:30 – 4:30 (JST),  1st Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things for Digital Health (AIIOT4DH) with Speaker Assoc. Prof. Naonori Kodate organised by University of Calabria, Italy / IEEE SMC, etc. 

6th Dec 2021, 10:55 - 11:40 (France) | 18:55 – 19:40 (Japan) Webinar with Speaker Assoc. Prof. Naonori Kodate  'Care-led innovation: The case of eldercare in France and Japan' INNOVCARE Project 1st Annual Forum

10th Dec 2021 - 10am to 1pm, Symposium showcasing a number approaches in embedding principles and practices of Social Justice within teaching and learning, Location: UCD Health Sciences Centre, Belfield, Dublin 4.

9th Dec 2021, Asst. Prof. Orla Kelly 'Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals' as part of the UCD In Conversation series organized by the UCD Alumni Relations office in conjunction with the UCD Earth Institute.

26th Nov 2021 at 3pm, Webinar 'Linguistic Domination: A Republican Approach to Linguistic Justice' with Sergi Morales-Gálvez, Depart. of Politics and Public Administration, University of Limerick, organised by Dr Marie Moran. Director of the UCD Equality Studies Centre and co-convenor of the PSAI series    


24th Nov 2021 at 1pm, Webinar ' Decade of Centenaries Programme - Forbidden Love: Same-sex relationships in early 20th century Ireland', involving Asst. Prof. Mary McAuliffe in panel discussion with Dr. Averill Earls, historian, writer and Assistant Professor at Mercyhurst University, Pennslyvania

16th Nov 2021, 2.30 to 4pm. Online Launch of SERP report Confronting the Harm: Documenting the prostitution experiences and impacts on health and wellbeing of women accessing the Health Service Executive Women’s Health Service.

11th  Nov 2021, Seminar with speaker Prof. Kiri Paramore (Professor of Asian Studies, University College Cork) 'Imagining Globality: a comparative analysis of the significance of “liberal internationalism” as a political concept in modern Japan & China', organised by Assoc. Prof. Naonori Kodate. 

5th Nov 2021 at 6pm, Webinar 'The Chinese state's approach to the national question in the 20th century' with Prof Nathan W. Hill, Sam Lam Professor in Chinese Studies, Trinity College Dubin, organised by Dr Naonori Kodate on behalf of the UCD Asia Pacific Research Network

27th Oct 2021, Ursula Barry, UCD Emeritus Associate Professor, presented results of research findings on Gender Equality, the Care Economy and the EU Covid-19 Recovery Plan to the European Parliament 

27th Oct 2021, 6pm Book launch UCD Campus Bookshop in accordance with Covid safety guidelines Professor Brian Fanning (2021) Three Roads to the Welfare State: Liberalism, Soc. Democracy and Christian Democracy - Policy Press 

Oct 26th - 30th 2021, Erasmus+ INORP hosts Intensive Programme at University College Dublin for 40 academics and students from Finland, Czech Republic, Portugal, Belgium and Ireland with a focus on approaches to service user participation in social work

Oct. 19th & 22nd 2021: Talk & Screening of Documentary Film “Circuits of Care: Ageing and Japan’s Robot Revolution” organised by Assoc. Prof. Nao Kodate; Maynooth University Research Week, 19 October 2021 & University College Cork – Irish Institute of Japanese Studies Seminar Series , 22 October 2021.

Oct 21st 2021, Invited talk by Asst. Prof. Orla Kelly 'Inequality, Emissions, and Sustainable Human Wellbeing as part of the Asia Pacific Disaster Mental Health Network Series

Oct 14th  2021: Dr Naonori Kodate, on behalf of the UCD Centre for Japanese Studies, organised a webinar entitled 'Journeys to Japan: from Culture to Technology' with speaker Dr Denisa Butnau, Universität Konstanz, Germany

Oct 14th 2021: Dr Ernesto Vasquez del Aguila, UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice with UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health System & Support of the Global Engagement Seed Fund 2020 organised a webinar ' The Mouth of the Shark: Central American Mothers Seeking Refuge and Hope in the USA' with speaker Professor Susan Terrio, Georgetown University, Washington, USAOct 14 Ernesto Terrio webinar

Oct.  11-13th 2021: Assoc. Prof. Naonori Kodate is presenting a poster ‘When the COVID-19 pandemic hit nursing homes in Japan: proactive strategies for community infections and organizational resilience’ at The European Geriatric Medicine Society Congress, Athens, Greece

Oct. 8th, 2021: One day virtual conference - Disclosure of Sexual Abuse: encouragement, facilitation, and support - organised by Asst. Prof. Joe Mooney and funded by the Irish Research Council and UCD Seed Funding

Oct. 8th, 2021: Assoc. Prof. Naonori Kodate is presenting ‘Incident-Reporting Systems to Improving Patient Safety in Japanese Hospitals’ at the Annual Meeting on Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada

Oct 7th, 2021: Dr Naonori Kodate, on behalf of UCD Centre for Japanese Studies & PSU Centre for Japanese Studies,  organised a webinar on the topic of 'Digital disruption, political pressure and new opportunities' with speaker Mr Bill Emmott, former Editor in Chief of The Economist & Chair of the Japan Society of the UK.

Oct 8th, 2021: PhD Student Ali Bakir Hamoudi with supervisors Stephan Köppe & Nessa Winstron presented a paper ‘Civil society organisations’ accountability patterns in Iraq: Why are some CSOs more responsive to the demands of the poor?’ 8th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise

Oct 6th, 2021: Launch in Geneva of Housing 2030 report co-authored by Geary Director, Prof. Michelle Norris

Sept 24th, 2021: Webinar entitled 'The Ungovernability Objection Against Liquid Democracy' with speaker Chiara Valsangiacomo organised by Dr Marie Moran, Director of ESC and co-convenor of the PSAI seminar series

Sept 22nd, 2021: Webinar entitled 'White Migration and Privilege through a Qualitative Mixed Methods Approach by recent PhD graduate and IRC Postgraduate Fellow, Tara McGuinness.

Sept 18th, 2021: Asst. Prof. Dorota Szelewa addressed EU citizens at the Conference on the Future of Europe: Citizens in the Spotlight

April 2021: Asst. Prof. Mick Byrne presented ‘Experiences of 'home' in the Irish private rental sector: a qualitative research study of the experiences of tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic’ as par of the Focus Ireland Seminar Series.

April 2021: Prof. Aisling Swaine joined with co-authors in Webinar to discuss debates within their book (2020)  Humanitarianism and Human Rights: A World of Differences, Edited by Michael M. Barnett, Published by Cambridge university press.


Date: Thur. 20th April

Time: 6 to 7:30pm

Venue: Geary Institute Seminar Room, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4

TITLE: “A Pandemic Policy Puzzle: How COVID19 simultaneously promoted and sank the idea of a universal basic income"

Speaker: Jurgen De Wispelaere, PhD, Visiting Professor, Götz Werner Chair of Economic Policy & Constitutional Theory, University of Freiburg, Germany

ABSTRACT: The COVID19 pandemic provided a major media and policy boost to the idea of a universal basic income. During the pandemic calls for introducing something like a basic income as part of a pandemic policy response reverberated across the globe. Several countries instituted temporary reforms that went some way in this direction, but meanwhile no real policy window for the long-term implementation of basic income seems to have emerged. The focus on the so-called Emergency Basic Income variant (EBI) may have taken the wind out of the more familiar Universal Basic Income (UBI) idea. In this talk I want to outline the pandemic case for an EBI but also show its limitations, both as a policy solution and as a wedge for introducing a full basic income model. But the talk will then outline a pandemic case for a full UBI focusing on the example of the municipality of Maricá in Brazil, which during the pandemic was able to rapidly introduce an EBI in large part by building on the UBI model it had introduced several years before. I will argue that the Maricá model is worth looking at for inspiration on how to argue for basic income as a pandemic policy instrument around the world.

Speaker Bio: Jurgen De Wispelaere is a political theorist turned public policy scholar. He is Visiting Professor at the Götz Werner Chair of Economic Policy & Constitutional Theory, University of Freiburg. A Belgian national, these days he divides his time between Chile and Europe. In the past 25 years he has lived and worked all over the world, holding research or teaching positions at universities in countries as diverse as Latvia, Finland, Spain, Canada, UK and Ireland. Jurgen is an expert in the politics and political economy of basic income and has published extensively on this topic in leading academic journals and edited collections. He is the co-editor of four volumes as well as the Founding Editor of the interdisciplinary journal Basic Income Studies. He has consulted on basic income with international organisations and governments interested in conducting basic income pilots. Most recently he serves on the Scientific Committee of the Catalan Basic Income Pilot project, which plans to pilot basic income for two years with 5000 individuals across Catalunya. He is currently working on two research projects: one related to exploring the policy impact of the recent wave of basic income experiments and the other examining the role of basic income in emergency or crisis situations. He is a big fan of extreme death metal and thinks the world would be a better place if more people would deal with their frustrations by going to metal concerts.


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This is a School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Seminar Series in conjunction with UCD Equality Studies Centre. This seminar has been organised by Dr Karen Smith, Asst. Prof. (Social Justice) and Dr Marie Moran. For more information email: (opens in a new window)Karen.Smith@ucd.ie

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