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CDR Launch Event

The Centre for Democracy Research Launch

Centre for Democracy Research Launch

Friday, 19th January 2024

University College Dublin (precise location TBD)

CDR launch speakers

9.30 am – Arrival

9.45 am – President’s address – Orla Feely

09.55 am – Director’ introduction to CDR – Joseph Lacey, SPIRe

10.00 am – Project presentations

  • ELECT – Joseph Lacey, SPIRe
  • Democracy Challenged – Aidan Regan, SPIRe
  • WorkPoliticsBIP – Rosana Pinheiro-Machado, School of Geography
  • The Irish Polling Indicator – Stefan Müller, SPIRe

11.00 amGuest speaker: Sanne Kruikemeier, Strategic Communication Group, Wageningen University & Research

            ‘Hunting for Voters: Implications of Political Targeted Advertising for Democracy ‘

12.00 pm – Lunch

1.00 pm – Maeve Cooke, School of Philosophy

            ‘Repoliticizing Democratic Theory’

1.40 pm – Lucia Tiscornia, SPIRe


2.20 pm – Coffee

2.40 pm – Marco Bastos, Information and Communication Studies

            ‘The Insurrectionist Playbook: Jair Bolsonaro and the National Congress of Brazil’

3.20 pm – Benedetta Lobina (Presenter) and Laurent Pech, Law

‘Illiberal democracy and EU law: Is there such a thing as “illiberal democracy” and is it compatible with EU membership?’

4.15 pmPublic lecture: Michael Ignatieff, Central European University

What if Democracy’s Greatest Enemy is Democracy Itself?


Conference Details

Date19th January 2024

Time9am - 5pm (please see full programme for the schedule throughout the day).




Sponsors PSAI

Intended Audience Public Lecture by Michael Ignatieff at 4:15pm

Please RSVP by 11th January 2024

Full Programme can be found here: CDR Launch Schedule pdf

UCD School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe)

School Office: G301, Newman Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.