On the 10th June Comhlámh’s Research and Policy Officer Siobán O’Brien Green attended “From Research to Practice: Challenges for Development Studies” a research workshop in Trinity college Dublin.
The workshop was organised by Development Studies in Ireland (DSAI) and Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI). Many of the workshop participants were completing their PhDs on development related topics and had done, or were undertaking, field research in the Global South. Other workshop attendees were researchers, academics or staff in development organisations.
There were a number of stimulating presentations that were very interactive and thought provoking during the day long event. Topics included: teacher education in the UK and Africa; gender mainstreaming and gender responsive budgeting; the practicalities and challenges of research and the final presentation focused on research and policy alignment: how can we actually tell if development policies work?
Speakers at the workshop came from a range of disciplines including education, health, gender and economics. Some topics that emerged from presentations that generated lively discussion were the concept of academic social responsibility, the seven secrets of success to happy research (which everyone wanted to learn) and research ethics in relation to field work and data gathering in Global South settings. Speakers at the Workshop included Professor Linda Clarke, Dr John Bradley, Professor Ronaldo Munck, Sheila Quinn and Dr. Ceppie Merry.
Visit the DSAI website for more information on the workshop.