Diaspora: Diplomacy: Development

An International Conference

24-26 May 2018, Dublin, Ireland

Diaspora – a word of Greek origin meaning “dispersion” – is one of the oldest forms of human networking, long predating the invention of nation states. Today, in a time of radically diffused global power and disruptive technologies, diasporas have been reenergised and retooled as agents of diplomacy and development. Some governments view diaspora as a soft power resource that extends nation-state capacities – ministries, institutions, and programmes have been created to engage diaspora as agents of diplomatic and development goals. At the same time, diasporas are actively engaging arenas of transnational commerce, communications and politics in ways that disrupt normative ideas and practices of global governance.

UCD Clinton Institute will host an international conference in Dublin that will bring together government and NGO actors, academic scholars, corporate representatives, and a diverse range of diaspora agents to address global examples of the intersections of diaspora, development and diplomacy.

Panels/Themes include:

  • diaspora engagement: policies, models, strategies, and partnerships
  • economic development: remittances, investment, and entrepreneurship
  • innovation: technological solutions for development and migration challenges
  • education: knowledge and skills transfer, mentorship, and e-learning
  • digital diasporas: social-media and mobile communications and commerce
  • conflict and crisis: peace-building, humanitarian aid, and post-crisis recovery
  • diaspora politics: activism, voting, and lobbying
  • security: countering terrorist networking, online extremism and radicalisation
  • culture: heritage, tourism, and nation-branding

 Plenary speakers will be announced on a rolling basis. They include:

Kingsley Aikins (Diaspora Matters)  Corneliu Bjola (Oxford University), Nicholas Cull (University of Southern California), Laura Hammond (SOAS, London), Elaine Ho Lynn-EE (National University of Singapore)

Call for Papers – please note the invitation to submit a paper or panel proposal remains open until 6th April, with decisions made on a rolling basis. Proposals should be sent to Catherine Carey, contact details below.

Registration is now being accepted:           Fee      Cost  – €150 and is payable on the day (cash only)

To register email Catherine.Carey@ucd.ie


Ireland is not in the Schengen agreement, so you need to check whether a visa is necessary.  If you do need one and need a letter of support please contact Catherine Carey

Accommodation Options

It is advisable to arrange your accommodation as early as possible.  The following hotels/B&B are only suggestions ,check their price both on the hotel’s website but also through Booking.com or Trivago.ie as sometimes it might be cheaper on their sites..  In addition do check out Airbnb options.

The address for the University is Stillorgan Road, Donnybook, Dublin 4


 Avalon House

Guest Houses


Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan Road – on a direct bus route to the University (approx 10 minutes)

Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road – also on a bus route to the University or a 30 minutes walk

Mespil Hotel, Mespil Road – on a direct bus route to the University

  • Clayton Hotel – Situated in Ballsbridge; it’s approximately a 15 minute bus journey to the city centre, or a 40 minute walk.
  • The Davenport – Located on Merrion Square, City Centre.
  • The Alexander – Located just across from the Davenport on Merrion Square (close to the National Gallery). Underwent a refurbishment in 2017. City Centre
  • Mont Clare – Right by the Davenport & Alexander (they are all owned by the O’Callaghan group, as is the Stephen’s Green hotel, City Centre
  • The Camden Court Hotel – Situated at the bottom of Camden Street, close to the canal. They have very good offers available from time to time so are definitely worth a look.
  • The Radisson – Just off George’s Street, so a central location, easily to walk everywhere in the city from here.
  • The Fitzwilliam – St. Stephen’s Green, City Centre


  • Ballsbridge Hotel – Approximately a 25-30 minute walk to the city centre, or 10-15 minutes on the bus.

An addition website to look for accommodation near the University https://www.roomex.com/hotels/dublin/stillorgan/ucd

If you decide to stay in the city centre there is a bus that will bring you directly onto the campus, this bus is the 39A, but there are other options that will leave you outside the campus and on the opposite side of the road, these include the 46A and the 145.

Getting from the airport to the city or your hotel

It is advisible to get a bus to the city centre as a taxi could cost up to €45 depending on where you are staying.

Bus to City Centre Airlink 747

The is an excellent bus service called the Aircoach which goes from outside the arrivals hall and delivers people to a number of hotels both in the city centre and on the outskirts of the city including the first 3 hotels. The return fare is €16

Also, for short-term rentals, check out

To help, here is a map showing safe and accessible locations throughout the city


For further details, please contact Catherine Carey at UCD Clinton Institute: Catherine.Carey@ucd.ie; tel. ++353 1 716 1560







































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