SPIRe Seminar Series Programme

All Seminars take place in Room G316, School of Politics and International Relations, Newman Building

Speaker Title Discussant Date and Time

Prof. Kerry Brown (King’s College London)


The Powers of Xi Jinping: The Road to the 19th Party Congress


Dr. Alex Dukalskis


Wednesday, Jan. 25th , 14:00-  15:15


Prof. Frank Barry (TCD)


The Irish Single Currency Debate of the 1990s in Retrospect


Dr. Aidan Regan


Wednesday Feb. 1st, 14:00-15:15


Dr. Stephanie Dornschneider (UCD)


Hot Contention, Cool Abstention: Mobilizing for the Arab Spring


Dr. Vincent Durac



Wednesday, Feb. 8th , 14:00-15:15


Profs. Sara Connolly & Hussein Kassim (University of East Anglia)


One EU Civil Service or Many? The European Commission and the General Secretariat of the Council


Prof. Niamh Hardiman


Wednesday, Feb. 15th , 14:00-15:15


Dr. Ross Carroll (University of Exeter)


Hume on the Power of Ridicule in Politics


Dr. Graham Finlay


Wednesday, Feb. 22nd, 14:00-15:15


Dr. Elodie Fabre (Queen’s University Belfast)


Changes in French Party Politics Ahead of the 2017 Presidential Elections


Dr. Magda Staniek


Wednesday, March 1st , 14:00-15:15


Dr. Christian von Soest (GIGA Hamburg)


Authoritarian Regimes and Legally Binding Forms of Cooperation and Integration in Sub-Saharan Africa


Dr. Andy Storey Wednesday

Wednesday, March 8th, 14:00-15:15


Tarciscio Carvalho (UCD Ph.D. Candidate)

Negotiating Religion in the Public Sphere: England and Ireland Between Secularism and Post-secularism

Dr. Alexa Zellentin

March 29th, 14:00-15:00

Dr. Johannes Gerschewski (Humboldt University, Berlin)

Legacies of Authoritarianism in New Democracies

Dr. Eva Wegner

Wednesday, April 5th, 14:00-15:15

Dr. Eva Wegner (UCD SPIRe) & Dr. Miquel Pellicer (UCD Geary Institute)

Efficacy Perceptions and the Scope of Protest: Evidence from a Survey Experiment in South Africa

Prof. Paul Walsh

Wednesday, April 12th, 14:00-15:15

Jack Bwalya (UCD Ph.D. Candidate)

How to Assess Chinese FDI Influence on Political Governance in Zambia

Dr. Krishna Vadlamannati

Wednesday, April 19th, 14:00-16:00

Kejia Xue (UCD Ph.D. Candidate)

Big Fish in a Small Pond: Entrepreneurial Chinese Migrants in Madagascar

Dr. Steffi Dornschneider

Wednesday, April 19th, 14:00-16:00

Xiaodong Li (UCD Ph.D. Candidate)

Decentralization of Hukou Reform in China and Its Impact on Rural Workers’ Subjective Wellbeing

Dr. Hannah Partis-Jennings

Wednesday, April 26th, 14:00-16:00

Mohammad Al Rizeiqi (UCD Ph.D. Candidate)

Sustainable Development & Oman Fisheries

Dr. Sam Brazys


Wednesday, April 26th, 14:00-16:00