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Research & Learning


KDSC’s mission is to create an international, intercultural learning community which promotes critical thinking and action for justice, equitable sustainable development, and the eradication of poverty. A key component in achieving this mission is through the promotion of research and learning in Ireland and abroad. KDSC’s approach to research is inclusive, recognizing that knowledge creation can and should be a shared process that acknowledges diverse perspectives on how knowledge can be created and shared. KDSC’s contribution to development research comes in many forms – through direct research by KDSC staff, through research projects undertaken by our students, often as part of their Masters degree in Development Studies and through on-going exchange and dialogue with development and humanitarian practitioners, partners (in Ireland and overseas) and other learning communities, particularly in the Global South. In pursuit of this mission, KDSC acts as a convenor, bringing together individuals and groups to exchange knowledge, as a participant in research networks, and as disseminator of new knowledge and new ways of looking at development issues.

Staff research and publications reflects this focus on concrete issues related to contemporary development and humanitarian action, including conflict, development and security, state-building, social movements and natural resource management. Staff also provide extensive support to our students, as well as other organisations and groups engaged in development research, policy work and advocacy.

Other research undertaken at Kimmage includes

  • Research and Perspectives on Development Practice Series. This series offers a forum for development and humanitarian practitioners to showcase their research, including action based research and best practices from the field. KDSC welcomes submissions from any interested contributor. Current papers in the series also includes work produced by KDSC staff and graduates (including papers based on primary research carried out as part of graduate dissertations). If you are interested in submitting a paper to be part of this series, please contact the series editor, Paddy Reilly for more details.
  • MA Dissertations – As part of their studies, participants of the MA in Development Studies programme submit a 20,000 word dissertation on research related to Development. A list of abstracts of MA dissertations completed since 1997 is available here. You can also browse the index to help find specific areas of interest. Full text of Dissertations are available in hard copy from KDSC’s library. Please contact our librarian Anne Kinsella for more details.
  • Development Briefs – presented are short articles and opinion papers from staff and students at Kimmage on contemporary issues.




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