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Political Studies Association of Ireland


Postgraduate conferences

The PSAI hosts a biennial Postgraduate Conference.

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

We welcome paper and panel proposals in any area of politics and international relations from Masters and PhD students, and not just those with an Irish dimension. These might relate to topics including, but not limited to:

  • Referendums and elections
  • Voters and political Parties
  • Government, governance, regulation and policy making
  • Peace and conflict studies
  • International Relations
  • Gender and politics
  • European studies
  • Local government and administration
  • Political theory and philosophy
  • Environmental policy and politics
  • Political history
  • Political economy
  • Politics and law

Procedures for submitting a proposal

Please forward an abstract of no more than 300 words to the conference convenor, Sadhbh O Neill, at by 24th March 2018. Any queries you have should be also directed to this address. The abstract should be submitted as a word attachment, together with a covering email stating the title of your paper, your institutional affiliation and your contact details.

Before submitting your proposal, you might want to consider assembling a panel. Panel proposals should include abstracts for each paper, and a panel title.

The deadline for submission for paper and panel proposals is 24th March.

Please note that papers proposals accepted for the PSAI Postgraduate Conference are still eligible for submission to the PSAI Annual Conference, which will take place in October 2018 at the University of Limerick. PSAI members can also apply for financial support to help attend the postgraduate conference through the PSAI Postgraduate Support Scheme (see Funding Calls).

PSAI members can apply for financial support to help attend the postgraduate conference through the PSAI Postgraduate Support Scheme (see Funding Calls page for details).


Past Postgraduate Conferences


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,

Sadhbh O’Neill, UCD
email :

or the PSAI Secretary.