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Political Studies Association of Ireland


Annual conferences

The flagship event of the PSAI is the Annual Conference, held each October at a different location. The 2018 conference will be hosted by the University of Limerick on the weekend of the 12-14th October 2018. The conference website can be found here.

There is currently a call for panel and paper proposals for the conference. The closing date for proposals is 8th June 2018. Please see the conference website for more details.

Peter Mair Lecture

In 2012, the Political Studies Association of Ireland instituted the Peter Mair lecture in honour of one of Ireland’s most distinguished political scientists. The lecture is delivered at the Association’s annual conference and is to be published in Irish Political Studies.

The lecture series to date includes:

2012 Ingrid van Biezen (Leiden) ‘The End of Party Democracy as we Know It?’ Irish Political Studies 29 (2) 2014

2013 Kenneth Carty (British Columbia) ‘A natural governing party: Fianna Fáil in comparative perspective’ Irish Political Studies 32 (1) 2017

2014 Donatella Della Porta (EUI) ‘Political Cleavages in a Time of Austerity’

2015 Rudy Andeweg (Leiden) ‘Peter Mair on Representative Democracy’ Irish Political Studies (in preparation)

2016 Brigid Laffan (EUI) ‘Europe’s Union: Fractured Polity and Fractious Politics’ Irish Political Studies 33 (1) 2018

2017 Luca Verzichelli (Siena) ‘Back to Responsiveness: The Crisis and Challenges to the European Political Elites’ Irish Political Studies (in preparation)


Global South Grant

The PSAI will offer, starting in 2018, a GLOBAL South grant of up €1,500 for the purposes of travelling and presenting a paper at the Annual PSAI conference. The applicant must be a postgraduate student or academic who is a national of a non-OECD country and who is affiliated with an institution of higher education anywhere in the world.  Any enquiries should be sent to Dr. Adina Preda (University of Limerick) at


Past Annual Conferences


The 2017 conference took place in All Hallows’ Campus, Dublin City University over the weekend of 13th-15th October 2017. Details of the conference can be found on the conference website.

PSAI president Muiris MacCarthaigh with conference organisers Eoin O’Malley, Christine Andreeva and Gary Murphy


The 2016 Annual Conference was hosted by Queens University Belfast and held at the Europa Hotel, Belfast, over the weekend of 7th – 9th October. It was attended by more than 150 participants from around Ireland and abroad.

Prof. Yvonne Galligan, Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast Mary Ellen Campbell, Dr. Muiris MacCartaigh and Alison Meager


The 2015 Annual Conference was hosted by University College Cork and held at the Metropole Hotel, Cork, over the weekend of 16th – 18th October.


The 2014 Annual Conference was hosted by the National University of Ireland and held at the Galway Bay Hotel from 17th – 19th October.


The 2013 Annual Conference was hosted by and held in Trinity College Dublin, from 18th – 20th October.


The 2012 Annual Conference was hosted by the University of Ulster, Magee Campus, Derry/Londonderry, and took place on 19th – 21st October 2012 in the City Hotel, Queen’s Quay.

The headline theme for the conference was “Politics, Culture and Society in a Changing Ireland”.


The 2011 Annual Conference was hosted by University College Dublin and took place on 21st – 23rd October 2011 in the Royal Irish Academy and Newman House in Dublin city centre.

The headline theme for this conference was “Political Reform in Ireland”.


The 2010 Annual Conference was hosted by the School of Media of the Dublin Institute of Technology on 8th – 10th October 2010.

The headline theme for this conference was “Communicating Politics”, and it was held in the Aungier Street complex, in Dublin’s city centre.


The 2009 Annual Conference was hosted by the Department of Politics and History at Liverpool Hope University, UK, on the 9th – 11th October 2009.

This was the very first time that the PSAI’s annual conference was held outside Ireland and in recognition of this, we had chosen as a headline theme for the conference “Political Relationships between Britain and Ireland”.


The 2008 Annual Conference was hosted by the School of Political Science and Sociology at the National University of Ireland, Galway, on 17th – 19th October 2008.

The conference highlighted the theme of the politics of peace and conflict. The final programme for the conference is available.


The 2007 Annual Conference was organised by the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University, was held from 19th – 21st October 2007 at Isaac’s Hotel in Dublin.

Many of the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the PSAI took place here – including the launch of a new Irish Political Studies Reader published by Routledge.


The 2006 Annual Conference was hosted by University College Cork on the 20th – 22nd October.