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2022 PSAI Postgraduate Conference

The Conference programme for the PSAI Postgraduate Conference held at Queen’s University Belfast this December is now LIVE! Sir David Sterling KCB, former Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, will be this year’s keynote speaker.

The programme can be viewed here. The conference is open to all to attend, but registration to attend the conference and keynote is required and can be completed here. Please note, those speaking at the conference do not need to register.

Many thanks to the School of HAPP, QUB for the funding and assistance in organising this, which has turned out to be a bumper programme of nine panels and 32 papers!

If required, please contact Frances Neilson, PSAI Postgraduate Representative for more details:


The 2020 Postgraduate Conference, which was due to take place at the University of Limerick in 2020, was held online on the weekend of the 30th of January 2021.


The 2018 Postgraduate Conference took place at University College Dublin, on the 11th May 2018.


The 2016 Postgraduate Conference was held in Queens University Belfast. The theme of the conference was “Irish Politics 1916-2016: 100 Years of Continuity and Change“. The conference website can be found here.


The 2014 Postgraduate conference took place in Dublin City University on Friday, 16th May.


The 2012 Postgraduate conference was hosted at National University of Ireland, Maynooth on 22nd – 23rd June.

The theme of the conference was “Political Institutions: Continuity and Change”.

Find out more below.


The 2011 Postgraduate conference  was hosted by the Department of Political Science, Trinity College Dublin on 15th – 16th September, 2011.

The theme of the conference was “Generational Turnover of Political Elites: How is generational change defined, how does it occur and what, if any are the consequences?”.


The 2010 Postgraduate conference took place at the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen’s University of Belfast on 17th – 18th September 2010.

The theme for the conference was “Political Transformation in Post-Conflict Societies”, and the final programme is now available.


The 2009 Postgraduate conference took place at University College Cork on the 24th – 25th April 2009.

The final programme for the conference is available.


The 2008 Postgraduate conference took place at University College Dublin’s School of Politics and International Relations on 25th and 26th April 2008.

The Preliminary programme for the conference is available.


The 2007 Postgraduate conference was hosted by Trinity College Dublin.

Details of the papers presented can be found here (some papers are available to download and are highlighted).


The 2006 Postgraduate conference was hosted by Queen’s University Belfast.

Details of the papers presented can be found here:

PSAI Postgraduate Support

The Political Studies Association of Ireland has established a scheme to support postgraduate members of the Association (in politics departments or departments of cognate subjects).

The scheme is intended to support postgraduate members giving political studies-oriented papers at academic conferences.

It is limited to two applications per academic year.

Applications must be signed by the Head of Department/Postgraduate Director of the institution the student is affiliated to. Applications should be made in advance of the presentation.

Please click here for application form: Application for the PSAI Postgraduate Travel Funding Support Scheme

Please note that PSAI postgraduate members may apply for financial support to attend the PSAI postgraduate conference.

The conditions to this scheme are:

  • Applicants must be PSAI members;
  • If an application is successful, reference to PSAI sponsorship must be noted on any consequent relevant publications;
  • The PSAI is supplied with proper receipts documenting expenditure;
  • Successful applicants provide the PSAI with a brief (2-3 paragraph) report on the specific activity which the funding supported, to be circulated at the AGM;
  • Postgraduate PSAI members may only receive this funding once.

For further information, please contact the PSAI Phd Student Representative,

Shane Reynolds UL
email :

or the PSAI Secretary.