Chair DSA Ireland: Mary van Lieshout
Greetings for 2018. I hope this finds you all well settled into the year. I write to update with recent news and upcoming exciting opportunities with DSAI this year.
Firstly a very warm welcome to our new coordinator, Caroline Creamer. Caroline has a great wealth of experience in project management, and event coordination and we’re delighted to welcome her aboard. We are also very happy to welcome back Vanessa Liston who has returned for another phase of managing our website and membership communications. Vanessa high energy and clarity have been the key drivers to the improvements you’ve seen in our website over the past year. Watch this space as there’s plenty more to come!
We’ve kicked off the year in our new home at Maynooth University and we’re delighted with our new premises. The Steering Committee has recently agreed the development of a new study group on ICT4D, which along with the established study groups on Child Health and Nutrition, Humanitarian Action, Adaptive Programming, Gender, Education, Civil Society and the Postgraduate study group, we now have seven study groups. Each study group will be supported to host events and bring speakers to their respective workshop at the annual conference. You can contact Caroline at Caroline.Creamer@mu.ie for more information on this. We’d like to really encourage all study groups to contribute to our Working Paper series this year. Please consider this as a key activity for your study group as the working paper series is a great opportunity for students and practitioners alike! You’ll find the guidelines for papers here.
We’re also delighted to be hosting a number of thematic seminars in the coming months – you’ll be hearing more about these, including one in February on the Rohingya crisis, hosted by our Humanitarian Action group, and another one around the corner on Tax Justice. We’re happy to support and contribute to events by individual and groups of member/s, so please let us know if there’s a burning issue we can help you address.
We hope you’ll find our programme of activities and papers stimulating and engaging this year, and that you’ll spread the word to others. Unique in Ireland, the DSAI aims to strengthen evidence based policy and practice by connecting leading academics with practitioners wand policy makers in an accessible manner on the issues that matter most. This will only happen if we get the best thinkers and practitioners actively involved in our programme of work. Let us know if there is any way we can make it easier for you to join up and join us in this important work.
I’ll be back in April with another update on our 2018 summer school for students and NGOs (thinking about using technology in your research project? Stay tuned!)
Until then, keep in touch and best wishes in your work for global justice.
Mary Van Lieshout