Academic Staff

Dr Clodagh Harris is a senior lecturer in the Department of Government and Director of the MBS Government programme. Her research interests include: democratic theory and practice (particularly deliberative and participatory democracy); democratic innovations; citizen engagement and community education; and the scholarship of teaching and learning in political science. She has published in leading international journals such as Representation, European Political Science, Policy and Internet and the Journal of Political Science Education

Clodagh has made expert contributions to deliberative processes on political reform nationally and internationally. She has served on the International Scientific Advisory board of ‘We the Citizens’, which held Ireland’s first Citizens’ Assembly (2011) and on the International observer committee of Belgium’s G1000 Citizens’ Summit (2011). More recently she was a member of the Irish Constitutional Convention’s Academic and Legal Advisory Group (2012-2014).

Theresa Reidy is a lecturer in the Department of Government at University College Cork, where she teaches Irish politics, political economy and public finance. Her research interests lie in the areas of public finance and electoral behaviour in Ireland. Dr Reidy has been involved in a number of research projects on elections and referendums in Ireland and she has received research funding from the Irish Research Council, the Department of Education, Irish Aid, the National Academy for the Integration of Research and Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL) and the European Commission. Theresa is very involved in the political studies community. She is Vice President of the Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI), was honorary secretary of the PSAI from 2006 to 2011 and she has represented political science on the social science committee of the Royal Irish Academy since 2007. Dr Reidy convened the annual conference of the PSAI in 2006 in University College Cork and will again convene the event in 2015. She has run a series of academic conferences including an international event on Trade and Environmental Politics in 2008, Political Reform in 2010 and a number of national conferences on Irish Politics themes. She has given expert evidence to parliamentary committees, the Constitutional Convention and is a regular contributor to national and international radio, television and the print media. 


Dr. Laurence Davis is College Lecturer in the Department of Government, with specialist expertise in the areas of political theory, political ideologies, and U.S. politics. An active member of the profession, he is currently a Series Editor of the international Contemporary Anarchist Studies book series published by Bloomsbury Press, a founding member of the U.K. Anarchist Studies Network, and an elected member of the Steering Committee of the European Utopian Studies Society. He has taught politics at a wide range of universities in the U.K. and Ireland, including Oxford University, Ruskin College, University College Dublin, the National University of Ireland Galway and the National University of Ireland Maynooth, where he co-created the innovative M.A. degree in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism. His recent publications include Anarchism and Utopianism (Manchester University Press, 2009, co-edited with Ruth Kinna), The New Utopian Politics of Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Dispossessed (Lexington Books, 2005, co-edited with Peter Stillman) and numerous journal articles and book chapters on the history and theory of utopianism, anarchist political thought, democratic and revolutionary theory and practice and the politics of art, work and love. Laurence has a longstanding interest in and extensive experience of adult education, and has contributed to a wide range of community organisations and social movements, including the Irish Ship to Gaza campaign, of which he was a Coordinator and Media Spokesperson. He teaches the module Re-Imagining Democratic Politics in a Changing World on the MBS Government, and supervises postgraduate theses on social movements, democratic theory, and the influence of political ideologies on political practice.

Liam Weeks has been a full-time lecturer in the Department of Government since September 2006. He is also an Honorary Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University, Sydney. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Sydney, the University of the South Pacific, Swinburne University, the University of Auckland and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

His research interests include comparative politics, but particularly electoral systems, political parties and voting behaviour. He has published on these issues in journals such as Party Politics, Comparative European Politics, Australian Journal of Political Science, Parliamentary Affairs and Irish Political Studies. His first book (co-authored with Aodh Quinlivan), All Politics is Local. A Guide to Local Elections in Ireland, was published in 2009 by Collins Press. His second (co-edited with Alistair Clark), Radical or Redundant? Minor Parties in Irish political life, was published by The History Press in 2012. His third book, Independents in Irish Politics, will be published in 2015 by Manchester University Press. He is currently working on a wider research project concerning how parliaments operate without political parties, for which he has received funding from the Irish Research Council New Foundations Scheme.

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