Eilish Dillon (B.Rel.Sc., MA) is the co-ordinator of the MA in Development Studies programme which is offered at Kimmage DSC and by flexible and distance learning. On the MA programme, she facilitates modules in sociology, research methods and globalisation and movements for change. Eilish also teaches courses on development theory and practice and on the media and development for the BA in International Development at Maynooth University. As part of the Kimmage DSC capacity development services, she offers training on development representations and the Dóchas Code of Conduct on Images and Messages for NGO personnel as well as facilitating courses in development education. As co-ordinator of the MA, she supports and facilitates students in undertaking primary research in development-related areas. Her main areas of academic interest are: development discourses and representations; globalisation and change; development education; NGOs, civil society activism and social movements; and volunteering in development.
Eilish has undertaken research in Southern Africa and has participated in solidarity work in Central America. She has also worked for short periods in Zimbabwe and South Africa and facilitated courses on development and human rights in countries such as Albania, Cyprus, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, Slovakia, South Africa, Russia and Tanzania. She has been involved in development education and activism on international development issues in Ireland for over 20 years, most notably with civil society organisations such as Comhlámh, Amnesty International and Banúlacht.
In 2014 and 2015 Eilish co-organised a ‘Thinkery’ on ‘the Commons’ on behalf of Kimmage DSC and UNIDEV (http://www.unidev.info/), and in association with Órla O’Donovan and Mary McDermott of the Community Development Journal and UCC. An interview between Órla O’Donovan and Gustavo Esteva at Kimmage DSC (as part of the 2014 Thinkery) ‘Conversing on the Commons’ is available to view here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLZGhyNWD70 You can also hear a speech by Gustavo Esteva to mark Kimmage DSC’s 40th anniversary in 2014 here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_O7nh-htN8 Eilish has recently published an article on attitudes to global development in Ireland in Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review – available from: http://www.developmenteducationreview.com/issue20-focus2