Haven Project Features in Launch of IRC Global Development Funding

IRC Press Release, 23 March

Research Funding Programme to Support Policy Making for Global Development

The humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean, gender-based violence in Malawi, and the role of music for children in direct provision are amongst the research topics being funded by the Irish Research Council this year under its New Foundations programme. Details of the programme – which supports research on civic society and public policy issues – were announced today. In total, the Irish Research Council is providing €1 million to researchers across Ireland, with various projects involving collaboration between higher education researchers and NGOs.

A particular emphasis has been placed on collaboration with development NGOs, with the Irish Research Council embarking on a strategic partnership with Dóchas, the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations. As a result, organisations including Trócaire, Concern Worldwide, GOAL, ActionAid Ireland and Galway One World Centre will participate in research projects under New Foundations.

Commenting today, Dr. Eucharia Meehan, Director of the Irish Research Council, said:

“The Council works with a range of societal stakeholders, such as Dóchas, to ensure that research develops the knowledge and evidence base for civil society. It is essential that research is supported and conducted that has a strong and tangible impact by informing national and indeed international policymaking in areas such as global development. The partnership between the Irish Research Council and Dóchas will facilitate researchers to exchange knowledge and spread their work beyond academia.”

Suzanne Keatinge, CEO of Dóchas, welcomed today’s announcement:

“We congratulate the NGOs and researchers who have been awarded funding and we look forward to seeing the results of their projects. As NGOs, we are constantly evolving and looking for new and innovative ways to bring about positive change. This partnership with the Irish Research Council will provide NGOs across the Dóchas network with valuable research, ensuring greater impact in their work to support the world’s most marginalised people.”

Irish Research Council

IRC Director, Eucharia Meehan, Haven Project PI, John Morrissey, and Dóchas CEO, Suzanne Keatinge, at the launch of the IRC New Foundations programme in Dublin (Photo: J. Clarke)

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About John Morrissey

John graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a first class degree in Natural Science, majoring in Geography, before beginning an ESRC-funded PhD in Geography at the University of Exeter. After completing his PhD, John taught at Exeter for a year before going to NUI Galway where he lectures on political and cultural geography. His current research explores the interventionary practices of US national security interests in the Middle East, with particular reference to US Central Command (CENTCOM). He received a Government of Ireland IRCHSS Fellowship in 2007/2008 for a research project on CENTCOM, which he spent at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at CUNY Graduate Center. He is currently writing a geopolitical history of CENTCOM for University of Georgia Press entitled 'The Long War', much of which was drafted during a year-long fellowship at the University of Cambridge in 2013/2014. In addition to his research, John is passionately committed to his teaching. In 2009, he coordinated the establishment of the MA in Environment, Society & Development at NUI Galway, for which he is Programme Director. It has been a leading Masters programme at NUI Galway since, attracting international students from all over the world. The programme has won a number of research and teaching accolades for its international civic engagement element, which involves students working on the ground with the UN in Bosnia. John won the President's Award for Teaching Excellence at NUI Galway in 2011, and in 2012 won the NAIRTL Irish National Academy Award for Research and Teaching Excellence.
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