The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D. launched the ‘UN Sustainable Developmental Goals Through the Lens of a Child joint report’ on 25 March 2019.

The report outlines the activities, outcomes and deliberations of a workshop entitled ‘SDGs through the Lens of a Child’ organised by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Geary Institute for Public Policy, University College Dublin on November 9th, 2018 at the Royal Irish Academy. The objective of that workshop was to explore how the pressing issues of child poverty and food poverty in Ireland might be addressed within the context of the ambitions of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Authors of the report are Prof Enda Murphy and SPIRe's Prof Patrick Paul Walsh, Dr Aparajita Banerjee and Charlotte Thumser, as part of the Geary Institute and the Centre for Sustainable Development Studies. 

The workshop last November was hosted by Minister Zappone and included Key Note Speaker Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on the Sustainable Development Goals.  It gathered stake holders from Government departments, Government agencies, Research and Academic institutions, Civil society organisations Youth Delegates, Media, Private Sector and other stakeholders in a stakeholder partnership forum. The objective of the workshop was to explore how the pressing issues of child poverty and food poverty in Ireland might be addressed within the context of the ambitions of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

An Irish Youth Delegation will present the findings of this report to the UN Youth Forum in New York in April 2019. The UN Youth forum summaries all the SDG work on Youth and Children, all over the world, for the General Assembly Leaders of Nations meeting in September 2019.

Speaking about the joint report the Minister added: 

"I am delighted to launch this report today. I would like to thank Professor Sachs for his wonderful key note speech in which he stressed the system in which society and the economy operate today is rigged for creating inequalities and other complex social and environmental problems and that building a sustainable world is the foundation of the UN SDGs. Professor Sachs’ view, and one that I agree with, is that addressing child and food poverty is crucial to future social sustainability and that solving these and other global challenges requires a solid commitment to partnerships across government, civil society, academia and the private sector. I very much welcome the opportunity to engage with Professor Sachs on these important issues and this event gave us all the opportunity to draw on his experience commitment and passion in ending child and food poverty both in Ireland and around the world. 

Similarly, I would also like to thank Professor Patrick Paul Walsh and his excellent team at UCD for their valuable assistance with this event and their work on producing this highly relevant, informative and valuable report. 

Almost one in every five children in Ireland lives below the poverty line.  One in four children in Ireland experience enforced deprivation.  One in every ten children in Ireland lives in consistent poverty.

But there is nothing inevitable about child and food poverty.

The time to eradicate child and food poverty in a developed nation like Ireland is already upon us and that the active participation of all stakeholders is required to achieve it. 

Eradicating child poverty and hunger is not only the duty of the government, and a multi-stakeholder ecosystem needs to put in place in Ireland  where government leadership is supported by the experience and expertise of members of civil society groups, academia, and other government-funded research organisations. 

I am delighted that an Irish youth delegation will present the findings of this report to the UN Youth Forum in New York next month, and I wish them well with their presentation and I am heartened that Youth voices are now a formal part of UN meetings. Following this example, Ireland needs to consider how to incorporate youth voices, as part of whole of society partnerships, in our institutions.  

This event has given us the opportunity to outline the challenges that lie ahead for Ireland and other small countries to co ordinate, address and achieve the SGDs across the various stakeholders in society.  On foot of this report I look forward to our continued collaborative efforts in eradicating child and food poverty in Ireland".

UCD Students Union and the Literary & Historical Society hosted a panel talk on climate change on 6 February as a part of UCDSU’s first ever Green Week.

The panel considered on academics and politicians attempted to present and debate practical solutions to the climate crisis. Moderator Professor Patrick Paul Walsh introduced the talk by asking who is failing the environment and how do we fix it.

Speakers on the panel were:
· Prof. Patrick Paul Walsh (moderating)
· Eamon Ryan TD
· Deirdre Duffy
· Dr. Lisa Ryan
· Dr. Andreas Hoepner
· Craig McHugh

A full report is available on the College Tribune.

#WhosResponsible and #UCDGreenWeek

C1NK2W Beijing, Tsinghua University, Main Building, China

Prof Patrick Paul Walsh has been appointed as International Academic Committee member to the Institute for Sustainable Development Goals of Tsinghua University (TUSDG). Founded in April 2017 at Tsinghua University, TUSDG is the premier institution in China aimed at conducting interdisciplinary research and collaborating with global partners to address challenges in implementing UN Sustainable Development Goals.  The invitation was sent in view of Prof Walsh's academic contribution in SDGs areas, especially in international development studies, agricultural productivity and social security, and MDP networks.

Prof Patrick Paul Walsh spoke at the UN Sustainable Development Transition Forum (SDTF) in  Incheon, Republic of Korea on 29th - 31st October, 2018. 

The focus of the event was "Accelerating Progress towards the SDGs: Enhancing the Role of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF)".

Prof Walsh spoke in Session 1: How can HLPF provide the most useful policy
guidance for SDG implementation? and Session 6: Data, Indicators, and Science for Tracking Progress on the SDGs.

The HLPF has the potential to create government lead global partnerships in a new wave of multilateralism. The success of national/regional level SDG partnerships are central to this vision. The Communique that came from the deliberations of the meeting can be found amongst the summary documents of the forum here

Competition and Welfare Effects of Differentiated Taxation: Evidence from the Irish Automobile Market

Anna Bennato, Franco Mariuzzo and  Patrick Paul Walsh (2018)

Centre for Competition Policy,  University of East Anglia,  Working paper 18-5.


In recent years, policy makers in developed countries have adopted taxation systems that attempt to curb consumers’ behavior away from a harmful lifestyle such as a tax on sugar content.


The papers develops a theoretical model to disentangle the effects on competition and welfare of the adoption of an ad valorem tax that varies according to product characteristics (quality) in an imperfectly competitive market. As an example of a market where taxation varies by product attributes, taxes increased with engines size, we use product-level yearly data on the Irish automobile market between 2004-2008 to explore the impact on competition and welfare of differentiated taxation by product characteristic.

Key findings

In the  Irish automobile market taxes increased with engines size but  did not lead to a significant shift in sales structure, as was its objective  Rather, it shifted profits and consumer surplus away from bigger and towards smaller engines, as a result of a tax-induced strategic change in the nature of short run price competition. Our analysis provides an understanding on the changes in short run price competition, sub-market sales and welfare structure, in a way that one can expect from taxing an environmentally unfriendly aspect of a product.  In the short-run, due to strategic price responses to the different levels of taxation, one sees dirty engines becoming cheaper and clean engines more expensive with no change in market share.  In the medium to long run, the tax structure may induce R&D that makes big engines clean pushing rents back up to big cars.  In the short run, the tax structure did not reduce harmful CO2 emissions in terms of global warming.

The Centre for Competition Policy (CCP), at the University of East Anglia, undertakes competition policy research, incorporating economic, legal, management and political science perspectives, that has real-world policy relevance without compromising academic rigour.

Full Paper and Policy brief attached.

Seréna Pilkington, a former student of SPIRe, has had a paper published by Cornell University's Cornell Cosmic journal. The paper is called A Space Oddity: The Impact of Emerging Space Nations on International Security
Seréna Pilkington is a recent graduate from the School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe) at the University College Dublin, Rep. of Ireland. She completed her bachelors thesis on modern space relations with a focus on international security. She later won the UCD Tom Garvin award for highest graded thesis. She plans to pursue a Masters in International Security in 2018, with a special focus on space relations.

Ms Tahulela Aifani Confidence is a Masters graduate from Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town South Africa, She was awarded an Erasmus Mundus (AESOP) scholarship to visit UCD to explore PhD opportunities in UCD, and currently she is accepted to pursue Doctor of Philosophy (Social Sciences & Law) under the supervision of Patrick Paul Walsh. Her research interests are on Household Waste minimization initiatives, poverty reduction and the Sustainable Development Goals.

While she was in Dublin, she attended the Launch of The Sustainable Development Goals: National Implementation Plan 2018-2020 presented by Minister Denis Naughten.

She worked on her proposal with Prof Patrick Paul Walsh (Supervisor) where the research topic was provisionally accepted, Ms Tahulela Aifani’s future plan in terms of PhD is to pursue a UCD PhD won a joint program of work with North West University in South Africa, the PhD will be based on a three paper model. She will do six months of coursework and research in UCD and 6 months NWU till the completion of the program.

Provisional Thesis Title: Sustainable solid waste management in South Africa Cities: The potential of turning household waste into a resource for poverty alleviation in all its forms.


The Central Statistics Office (CSO) are currently recruiting  for the Graduate Placement Programme 2018/2019.

The CSO have a number of  opportunities in the following areas

  • Statistics/Data Analysis/Economics
  • Information Technology
  • Multimedia/Graphic Design/Digital Marketing
  • Environmental Science including Geographical Information Systems
  • HR/Legal/Finance/Business Process Improvement

Please see the link below to the competition:


Please note that the closing date for applications is 5pm, Tuesday 8th of May 2018

For further information regarding the competition, please contact Maria Looney at (+353) 21 4535158 or alternatively email graduateplacement@cso.ie

Apply here

A two-year full-time programme (or four years part time) that offers professional training in Sustainable Development Practice at graduate level. It is part of an internationally recognised affiliation of programmes working in line with Columbia University and the MDP (Master of Development Practice) Global Association (mdpglobal.org).

It prepares students to better identify and address the challenges of extreme poverty and sustainable development through excellent course offerings and placements.

Master of Public Administration in Development Practice brochure.

This is an ideal programme for recent graduates who plan to make a meaningful contribution to global poverty reduction and sustainable development practice. It also appeals to those already working in the sector of development who want to enhance their skill set and bolster their career.

Our central aim is to produce professionally trained graduates with both the theoretical insight and practical skills that will enable them to successfully pursue a career in international development practice to work in government, civil society or the private sector.

UCD Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 or Level 2, UCD School of Politics and International Relations. Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 or Level 2 in the UCD School of Politics and International Relations. This is a temporary post for 18 months.

The purpose of the role is to deliver a specific research project funded by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The project - Framework for Achieving Environmental Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - will provide governance, reporting and data needs framework for transitioning Ireland towards achieving environmental targets for the SDGs. This will represent the first such attempt in Ireland and will establish an important benchmark for understanding future SDG requirements in the environmental area.

Salary: PD1: €36,854 - €42,603 per annum; PD2: €43,828 - €47,728 per annum.

Appointment on the above range will be dependent upon qualifications and experience.

This position may be appointed at either UCD Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 or Level 2 depending on the relevant qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

Closing Date: 17.00hrs (Local Irish Time) on 16th April 2018.

UCD Online Job Application System.