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Political Studies Association of Ireland



ESRI seminar-Friday 14th May

Webinar: Poverty, income inequality and living standards in Ireland


11:00AM, FRIDAY, 14 MAY 2021

This webinar will present the findings from the first report of a ESRI research programme, funded by the Community Foundation for Ireland, which seeks to address gaps in our knowledge and understanding of poverty, income inequality and living standards in Ireland.
It presents results from a new harmonised set of indicators derived from large-scale household surveys covering the period 1987 to 2019 that can be used by policy makers, academics and the wider public to inform discussions around these pressing issues and the appropriate policy response.
Please register for attendance by Wednesdy 12 May 2021.


Call for Expression of Interest 

Objective: to form a new specialist group on Technology and Security within PSAI

Description: we are looking for PSAI members interested in joining a new group exploring the implications of recent technological developments -especially in cyber space and artificial intelligence- on contemporary society and global politics. At this stage we are only asking you to endorse the formation of the group. The full description of the group is attached.

Examples of areas of interests (not exhaustive):
– cyber and AI implications for International Law, Internet Governance, Cyber Diplomacy
– cyber and AI implications for Defense Policy, National Security, Intelligence, and Conflict
– the use of cyber and AI techs to perform influence operations, spread propaganda and/or disinformation
– cyber crime and cyber terrorism

Contact: we would like to submit the proposal for the new group at PSAI next executive committee in June. For more information and to express your endorsement please email We look forward to hearing from you!

UCC Conference on Policies against Hybrid Threats

University College Cork School of Law is delighted to present a conference on the theme of European Law and Policies against Hybrid Threats. The event will be held on zoom on 20 and 21 May. You can see the programme and register here.

This two-day event, organised by Dr Luigi Lonardo, will consider a range of legal and policy issues through four panel discussions with leading experts from academia, think tanks, and practice on the topics of disinformation, border issues, lawfare and hostile investment. We are also pleased to welcome Dr. Antonio Missiroli, former NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges and Director, European Union Institute for Security Studies who will deliver a keynote lecture on “Hybrid threats: cyberspace as arena and enabler”.

For any info you may contact me at

Dr Luigi Lonardo
Lecturer in EU law
University College Cork