Diaspora

Research, Policy and Innovation

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 is initiating fresh research and collaborations that aim to combine policy, academia and practice by sharing knowledge and experience about diaspora matters. Our activities include research, policy analysis, consultancy, teaching, training and capacity-building in the fields of diaspora engagement, networking and innovation. We are currently building local and global partnerships in these fields and working to realise Ireland’s potential as a global hub and driver of research and innovation in the diaspora space.

Ireland is an optimal, symbolic site for generating and bringing together insights about diaspora. Its history as an emigrant nation means it currently has one of the largest state/diaspora population ratios in the world. That history has not been without tension and trauma but it has also shaped the nation’s global interactions and the maintenance of bonds and networks across the world.

 

Diaspora Research and Policy Analysis

UCD Clinton Institute provides research and informed policy analysis to government agencies, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organisations, regional bodies, and other institutions and organisations that engage or represent diasporas.

Key areas of research and analysis include:

  • Diaspora and Development: the role of diasporas in contributing to home country economic development; the significance of local, regional and urban diasporas; the role of remittances, investment and entrepreneurship.
  • Diaspora Engagement: state-led policy and diplomacy; policy models and strategies; the role of Public Private Partnerships.
  • Digital Diasporas: social-media and mobile communications and commerce in migrant networks; technological solutions for development and migration challenges.
  • Diasporas and Conflict: the role of diaspora in peace-building, humanitarian aid, and post-crisis recovery.
  • Diasporas and Culture: how diasporas contribute to home region heritage, tourism, and nation-branding.

We are building a comparative mapping and critical understanding of global diaspora policies, strategies and initiatives, and will profile examples on this site.

Please contact us to learn more about our diaspora research and its applications.

 

Conference | Diaspora: Diplomacy: Development

Registration and payment | Programme | Accommodation | Directions An international conference – 24-26 May 2018 Venue – Day One, The Davenport Hotel Venue – Day Two & Three, UCD Clinton Auditorium, University College Dublin, Belfield Diaspora – a word of Greek origin meaning “dispersion” – is one of the oldest forms of […]

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Supporting the Next Generation of the Irish Diaspora

Supporting the Next Generation of the Irish Diaspora

January 2016 Funded by the Irish Abroad Unit, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Principal Investigator – Professor LIam Kennedy Researchers: Dr. Martin Russell and Dr. Madeleine Lyes More and more, states are seeking to understand the form and functions of diasporas and engage with them to provide new opportunities […]

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Global Irish Civic Forum

Global Irish Civic Forum

3-4 June 2015 The Department of Foreign Affairs and the UCD Clinton Institute organised the first Global Irish Civic Forum, it brought together representatives of over 140 organisations working with the Irish diaspora globally. Report available here: Civic Forum Report Additional information available one the Department of Foreign Affairs and […]

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Global Diaspora and Development Forum

Global Diaspora and Development Forum

31 Oct- 1 Nov 2014 Funded by Irish Aid, Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade There is growing international dialogue on the importance of linkages between diaspora and development.  Some countries have created ministries, institutions, and programmes to promote diasporas as development agents.  At the same time, there are diaspora-led […]

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