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Political Studies Association of Ireland




Registration for the PSAI annual conference to be held in UCD ( 8-9th Oct 2021) is currently open and will remain open until Today 20th September All those wishing to attend need to register to gain access to the conference, regardless of whether they will present a paper.

In line with Government requirements, PSAI 2021 is a “green pass event”. Only those with a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate, NHS COVID Pass, or alternative proof of vaccination will be able to access the conference venue. These passes will be checked throughout the event. Individuals who cannot produce a green pass will not be able to access the event and will forfeit their registration fee. The venue does not allow for a hybrid conference, meaning that presentations via Zoom will not be possible.

However, please note that the conference could be moved online if the Covid-19 situation changes.

The conference website ( contains details on the venue, nearby hotels, and will also include the conference programme once the registration has closed. Note that we cannot facilitate requests regarding times and dates for specific panels.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

We look forward to meeting you in person next month.

Kind regards,
Dawn Walsh, James P Cross, and Stefan Müller


Women for Election, is an ambitious strategy to work across the political spectrum, to help inspire and equip at least double the number of women to run in the next elections. Through our training and mentoring programmes we have supported thousands of women including many current and former politicians who successfully ran for election.
Over the coming months we are looking forward to engaging with women from diverse backgrounds curious about how they can be the leader they want to see. The barriers are considerable, but these women are amongst a growing number who are putting their hands up for selection to serve.
We would love the academic world to be a part of these events so please check out our lineup of events (free and subsidised) over the coming weeks and do share with interested colleagues and students.
Our schedule for the weeks ahead includes the return of the very popular “Be the Leader You Want to See” training event with Margaret E. Ward. This will take place this Wednesday 15th of September at 6.30pm.
Next week (22nd September) we will be hosting our latest ‘In Conversation With… webinar series with leading Irish Times Political Correspondent Jennifer Bray interviewing Social Democrats Co-Leader, Catherine Murphy T.D.
Finally, our Inspire Campaign School is running again starting September 29th for anyone looking to develop the skills needed to kickstart, or maybe re-start, their political journey.
The campaign school consists of a series of 3 online classes
•            Sept 29th 6.30 – 8.30 pm (Online) Confidence with Orlaith Carmody
•            Oct 6th 6.30-8.30pm (Online) Communications with Margaret E. Ward.
•            Oct 13th 6.30- 8.30pm (Online) Campaigns with Pat Montague
If you would like to be part of this journey with us please make sure you book your place and do share with interested friends and colleagues. I am filled with enthusiasm and optimism as we approach an amazing 10 years of Women ​for Election and hope you will stay connected with us on this journey!
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All the best,

Caitríona Gleeson
Women for Election

International Studies and Emerging Technologies Working Group (in BISA)

Dr. Eugenio Lilli (UCD) has notified us that while  the initiative to create a working group within PSAI has unfortunately not received enough support, there is within BISA (British International Studies Association) a WG on International Studies and Emerging technologies (ISET).

Further information on joining can be found on the BISA website (see here) and soon BISA will send out a message promoting the group through their official channels (see here)
There is also an official BISA email account communications will be done via this in the future.

Eugenio has asked persons interested to join the working group no later than the end of September. This is key in order to be able to start activities and discuss funding options with BISA.
A) If you are already a BISA member,

1.       Log in to your BISA account at
2.       Scroll down to ‘Areas of interest’ and press ‘Edit’
3.       Tick International Studies and Emerging Technologies Working Group
4.       Press ‘Save’.
B) If you are not already a BISA member,

You can join BISA via their website at and then follow the steps above.

Graduate Bursaries 2030 at the University of Limerick: 1) batteries policy and 2) nature-based solutions

With colleagues in the University of Limerick, I am advertising two funded graduate positions that are open for applications as part of the University’s new Graduate Bursaries 2030 scheme. They come with a stipend of €16,000, a fee-waiver for one year, and training in career development and policy impact. Students will be enrolled on a Masters by Research programme and they will be supported in developing a viable PhD proposal and in seeking further funding.

Project 1: Improving the penetration of renewable energy using batteries
This project will focus on policies that influence the integration of stationary batteries into the grid. It is part of a wider project funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland under its RD&D programme. Details here (

Project 2: Local government and nature-based solutions
This project focuses on the role of local government in the development of nature-based solutions and urban green spaces. It is part of Go Green Routes, a H2020 project. Details here (

These are one-year bursaries. We are open to considering candidates from a wide range of disciplinary and professional backgrounds. Ideally, students would be willing to start this term (Autumn 2021).

Prospective applicants should contact me ( You can also contact my colleagues on the projects: Prof. Stephen Kinsella (, Dr. Tadhg Kennedy on Project 1 (, or Dr. Elaine Gallagher on Project 2 (


22nd Sept
Paul Walsh and Harry O’Rahilly
University College Dublin
Competition Policy and Geo-time Distances: A Case study of the Irish Gasoline Market 

29th Sept
Chiara Valsangiacomo
University College Dublin and University of Zurich
The ungovernability objection against liquid democracy 

6th Oct
Isaac Bennett
University College Dublin
Remote Warriors: Exploring the procurement of advanced military technology in the United Kingdom through a casualty averse lens 

13th Oct
Liam Weeks
University College Cork
More than words? Analysing the roots of the Irish party system using historical parliamentary debates 

All seminars start at 12p.m. and will take place virtually via Zoom at the following link All are welcome!

All seminars start at 12p.m. and will take place virtually via Zoom at the following link All are welcome!