Getting It Right This Time - Housing and the Recovery

Tuesday, 4th November 2014Management House, Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street, Dublin 2. 


Ronan Lyons (TCD) "Housing – Where we are now? Is there another bubble?"

Nat O’Connor (TASC) "Housing – Where should we be going?"

Michelle Norris (UCD) "Social and affordable housing and the recovery"


The ISPA seminar on housing included three presentations, followed by a questions and answers session.

Speaker biographies

Ronan Lyons (PhD)

Ronan is Assistant Professor of Economics at Trinity College Dublin and an applied urban economist. His doctoral thesis at Balliol College Oxford was on the economics of Ireland’s property market bubble and crash. His areas of focus include long-run housing markets and sustainable and behavioural aspects of real estate markets. He is a frequent contributor to national and international media on the Irish housing market and economic policy and is author of the quarterly Reports. He tweets as @ronanlyons

Michelle Norris (PhD)

Michelle is Senior Lecturer at the School of Applied Social Science, University College Dublin.  She has worked in local government social housing manager, as a central government housing researcher and as an academic. In 2010 she was appointed by an Taoiseach to National Economic and Social Council. Michelle has researched and published on social housing management and finance, urban regeneration in Ireland and across the EU.  Michelle has written extensively on housing policy, her latest book is entitled Social Housing, Disadvantage and Neighbourhood Liveability.

Nat O’Connor (PhD)

Nat is Research Director in TASC, the think-tank for action on social change. He has previously held the roles of Director and Policy Analyst with TASC. Nat holds a PhD in political science from Trinity College Dublin. Before joining TASC in 2009, he led the research team in the Homeless Agency. Nat has also worked as a consultant to local government and has lectured in NUI Maynooth and Trinity College Dublin and contributes regularly to electronic and print media.

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Postgraduate Conference 2014

The Irish Social Policy Association (ISPA) hosted their Postgraduate Conference on Friday, 11th July 2014 in the Seminar Room of the UCD Geary Institute. The conference programme can be accessed here.
Guest speaker, from the Department of Social Protection, was Dr. Kasey Threadwell Shine. Dr. Threadwell Shine's presentation on Linking Social Policy Research and Social Policy Making was very well received; the slides from her presentation can be accessed here. Postgraduate students past and present gave presentations across sessions on the themes of Community Development and Intervention, Health and Social Inclusion.
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Child Health Outcomes & Free GP Care: Evidence and Relevance

Tuesday, 27th May 2014. Management House, Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street, Dublin 2.

The seminar consisted of presentations from Professor Richard Layte (ESRI) and Dr. Sara Burke (Journalist and Policy Analyst), followed by questions and debate.

Presentation Abstract

The seminar included two presentations followed, by a questions and answers session. The first from Professor Richard Layte (ESRI) presented evidence on child health outcomes in Ireland drawing on the finding of two recent research papers entitled Socioeconomic Inequalities in Child Health in Ireland' and Income-Related Inequity in the Use of GP Services: A Comparison of Ireland and Scotland. The slides from his presentation are available here.The second presentation, from Sara Burke (journalist, broadcaster & policy analyst), reviewed the current policy proposals for free GP care for under-6s and examine the context and challenges associated with its adoption. The slides from her presentation are available here.


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Balancing autonomy with protection for vulnerable adults

Tuesday, 12th November 2013Management House, Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street, Dublin 2. 

Do we expose vulnerable adults to unnecessary risk? Or do we wrap them in cotton wool so they have no freedom to make their own decisions and their own mistakes?

Is 'best interests' a paternalistic concept - or a necessary safeguard against exploitation, financial or sexual abuse?

As the Dáil prepares to debate the Assisted Decision-making (Capacity) Bill which deals with these issues, the Irish Social Policy Association will be holding a lively symposium to tease out the issues around striking the right balance between autonomy, managing risks and safeguards. We look forward to an energetic discussion about how key principles work when we reach grey areas or challenging situations.

The evening featured presentations from Patricia Rickard Clarke and Shari McDaid, and discussion was moderated by ISPA committee member Eithne Fitzgerald of the National Disability Authority.

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Child income support policy in Ireland

Tuesday, 17th April 2013. O'Callaghan Alexander Hotel, Merrion Square, Dublin 2.
The event was opened by Joan Burton, Minister for Social Protection, and featured Professor Tony Fahey (School of Applied Social Science, UCD), Camille Loftus (Research and Policy Analyst), Ita Mangan (Chairperson, Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare), and Professor Gerry Whyte (School of Law, Trinity College Dublin).
The original flyer advertising the event is available here. 

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