Call for Proposals for Research Leader for the Irish Citizens’ Assembly, 2016/17

Call for Proposals for Research Leader for the Irish Citizens’ Assembly, 2016/17

The IRC have announced the launch of a Call for Proposals for Research Leader for the Irish Citizens’ Assembly, 2016/17.


The deadline for this call is especially tight (1 pm on Friday 11th November 2016). As a result the OVPRI have asked if possible that applicants forward a draft application by Monday 7th November (but can be flexible about this internal deadline).


The Citizens’ Assembly Secretariat, an independent entity funded by the Department of the Taoiseach, has asked the Irish Research Council to run a call to select a Research Leader to undertake research that will help the Secretariat engage with the Membership throughout the lifetime of the Assembly, in order to gain a better understanding of the perceived deliberative quality of the Assembly work programme[1] (see below) and modus operandi.


This is an opportunity for an academic of standing within a relevant field to lead a research project that will engage with a national exercise in deliberative democracy. The first meeting of the Citizens’ Assembly is scheduled for Saturday, 26 November, and the outcome of the call will be notified in advance of this date.


Eligible applicants will:

  • Be an academic of standing within a relevant field who is a full-time member of the staff, engaging in teaching and/or research, either on a permanent basis or a temporary contract of sufficient duration to cover the period of appointment, at a third-level institution (as defined within the call documentation);
  • Have expertise and experience in comparable primary research of this kind;
  • Be knowledgeable in the field of deliberative democracy, nationally or internationally;
  • Possess a strong track record of working in collaboration with stakeholders outside academia.


The key dates for this call are as follows.


FAQ deadline

4pm, 3 November 2016

Deadline for receipt of applications

1pm, 11 November 2016

Notification of Appointment

21 November 2016

Call commencement

Before 26 November 2016

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All information relating to this call, including our call announcement and instructions for applicants, can be found on the Council website. Enquires related to this call to can be directed to Grainne McEvoy []. If you are interested in and would like to discuss this call please contact (


[1] The Citizens’ Assembly is a body comprising the Chairperson, Ms. Justice Mary Laffoy, and 99 citizens, randomly selected to be broadly representative of the Irish electorate, with a mandate to look at the following issues:


  • the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution;
  • how we best respond to the challenges and opportunities of an ageing population;
  • fixed term parliaments;
  • the manner in which referenda are held;
  • how the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change.


With the benefit of expert, impartial and factual advice and information the 100 citizen members will consider the topics they have been given and any other matters that may be referred to them. Their conclusions will form the basis of a number of reports and recommendations that will be submitted to the Houses of the Oireachtas for further debate by our elected representatives. Full details of the Assembly’s terms of reference are provided in the Oireachtas Resolution approving its establishment, a copy of which is attached in an Appendix to the IRC Call documentation



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