Dr Nita Mishra, Convener of ASAP-Irish Network, is a development researcher, tutor and part time lecturer at University College Cork, and Research Fellow at the Ireland India Institute of Dublin City University. Nita is an occasional lecturer on gender, rights-based approaches to development, eco-feminism, non-government organisations, poverty, Integrated Child Development Services and food rights in India across various Irish universities. Her research, reviews, and reports are widely published in peer-reviewed journals. She has extensive experience of working with vulnerable groups, donors, and research organisations in India. Nita has been a volunteer in the global North for
over a decade. She was a Director on the Comhlamh board of Directors, a Steering Committee member of Development Studies Association Ireland and convenes its Civil Society Working Group. She is a working group member of Welcome Café, and other community based groups. Nita’s poetry is widely used in university classrooms, migrant narratives, and policy documents on ‘inclusion and diversity’ to understand the ‘new Irish’.
John Baker is Emeritus Professor in Equality Studies at University College Dublin, where he is associated with the Equality Studies Centre, of which he was a founding member, and the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice. His main research interests are in egalitarian theory, including egalitarian theories of justice and democratic theory. He is the author of Arguing for Equality and co-author of Equality: From Theory to Action and Affective Equality: Love, Care and Injustice. He is on the steering committee of Basic Income Ireland.
Peter Stone received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Rochester in 2000. He taught Political Science at Stanford University and held a Faculty Fellowship at Tulane University’s Center for Ethics and Public Affairs before joining the Political Science Department at Trinity College Dublin in 2011. He works in contemporary political theory, with particular interest in theories of justice, democratic theory, rational choice theory, and the philosophy of social science. He is the author of The Luck of the Draw: The Role of Lotteries in Decision Making (Oxford University Press, 2011) and the editor of Lotteries in Public Life: A Reader (Imprint Academic, 2011). He currently serves as Secretary of the Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI), as co-convenor of the PSAI’s Political Theory Specialist Group, and as Vice President of the Bertrand Russell Society (BRS).
Marie is a lecturer in Equality Studies at the UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, UCD. She is currently director of the M.Sc. programme in Equality Studies at UCD, and also teaches onto the Social Justice undergraduate programme, including modules on critical social theory, global justice, social movements and egalitarian theory.
Marie has an interdisciplinary background, with an MSc and PhD in Equality Studies, combining sociology, political theory, cultural studies and political economy. Her first book, Identity and Capitalism, was published by Sage in 2015. She is currently involved in a number of projects for publication, including work on elite formation and elite discourse, and conceptual work on the cultural materialist notion of a 'social logic of capitalism'. She is a partner in a pan-European project, The frontier of sustainability transitions: Cultural adaptations of sustainability policies in European peripheral regions. An interest in equality, and in dominant and residual cultural and political responses to inequalities, animates and connects all her work.
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