Diaspora, Diplomacy & Development


Theme: Diaspora, Diplomacy, Development

Date: 24-26 May 2018

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Plenary Speakers: will be announced on a rolling basis, and include (as of February 27, 2018)

  • 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)
  • Martin Russell (MR Consulting)


UCD Clinton Institute will host an international conference on Diaspora, Diplomacy & Development in Dublin on May 24-26, 2018. The event will bring together government actors, NGO and corporate representatives, academic scholars, and diaspora actors. Themes to be addressed in panel discussions include diaspora engagement, economic development, innovation, education and culture, or, more generically, global examples of the intersections of diaspora, development and diplomacy.

Diaspora is a global form of human networking, and is currently reinvested as a diplomatic and development resource. Considered as a component of soft power, governments have been engaging with diaspora for diplomatic and development purposes, and creating ministries, institutions and programmes to that end. At the same time, diasporas have been disrupting normative ideas and practices of global governance in a wide range of arenas, including transnational commerce, communications and politics.


Registration fee: 150€

Call for papers: Paper and panel proposals may be submitted until 1st April, and decisions will be made on a rolling basis.

Proposals and registration should be emailed to Catherin Carey (Catherine.Carey@ucd.ie).

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