Policy & Practice - A Development Education Review



Frontlines of Activism: A Policy and Practice Seminar

via Zoom
Thursday 7 December 2023 12.00pm

The Centre for Global Education and Development and Intercultural Education (DICE) project invite participation in a seminar titled ‘Frontlines of Activism’ which will debate the content of Issue 37 of Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review

About this event 

This event has been organised to present and debate the content of Issue 37 of the Centre for Global Education’s bi-annual, open access, peer reviewed journal Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review. The theme of this issue is ‘Frontlines of Activism’ which reflects on a central plank of development education practice; supporting action for social change. Issue 37 asked to what extent is development education supporting activism and citizenship, and how is this activism manifesting itself?  Given the urgent need for activism in response to crises such as the climate emergency and the culture wars targeting migrants and asylum-seekers, active citizenship has never been more important making Issue 37 very timely.  The aim of this event is to enable three authors who have published in Issue 37 to present their papers and debate the content with development education and higher education practitioners. The event will be held on Zoom and pre-registration on Eventbrite is essential for participants.

Articles to be presented:

Participants are encouraged to read the papers presented at the seminar in advance.  The three papers to be presented are as follows:

All Aboard?  Charting a Community-Linked Course in Development Education.

Gertrude Cotter

What Does It Mean to be an “Active Citizen”?  The Limitations and Opportunities for Different Understandings and Deployments of “Citizenship”.

Niamh Gaynor

Children’s Activism and the Sustainable Development Goals: Exploring Digital Political Action as Pedagogy in Development EducationGabriela Martínez Sainz

About the Speakers

Gertrude Cotter is a Lecturer at the Centre for Global Development, University College Cork.  She lectures in the field of Development and Global Citizenship Education.  She is the academic coordinator of the Praxis Project, UCC’s flagship project aiming to promote and integrate Development and Global Citizenship Education across the university.  This project is based at the Centre for Global Development.  She is also the co-academic coordinator of ‘Id Est’ a project which introduces student teachers to Development Education.  In addition, she presents the Global Hub Radio Programme at Community Radio Youghal.

Niamh Gaynor is an Associate Professor in Dublin City University’s School of Law and Government.  She teaches courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.  At undergraduate level, courses taught include Introduction to Development and The Politics of sub-Saharan Africa.   At post-graduate level, courses taught include International Development PracticeThe Political Economy of Development, Politics and Development in Africa and Research Methods.  Niamh has also served as MA programme Chair, BA Joint Honours Politics representative, and Teaching and Learning Coordinator within the Schoo

Gabriela Martínez Sainz is an Ad Astra Fellow and Assistant Professor in Education at University College Dublin researching and teaching on children's rights, global citizenship and education for sustainable development. Her overarching research interest is understanding how key elements essential for global, plural and sustainable societies – such as sustainability, human rights and citizenship – are taught and learnt.  Her latest research focuses on the teaching and learning processes of the target 4.7 of the SDGs in digital spaces to better understand the role technologies can play in education

Targeted Sectors

Development Education; Global Citizenship Education; Development Studies / Tertiary Education; International Development.

The seminar is free but registration essential at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/frontlines-of-activism-a-policy-and-practic...

Policy and Practice: A Development Education and this seminar have been funded by: 


This event has been organised as part of a development education project funded by Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs. Irish Aid is the Government’s overseas development programme which supports partners working in some of the world’s poorest countries. Irish Aid also supports global citizenship and development education in Ireland to encourage learning and public engagement with global issues. The ideas, opinions and comments herein are entirely the responsibility of the Centre for Global Education and do not necessarily represent or reflect DFA policy.

November 2023