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Professor David Farrell

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David Farrell

Full Professor Of Politics, Head Of School
School of Politics and International Relations
01 716 8136
University College Dublin, School of Politics and International Relations, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4

BIO

Professor Farrell is Head of the School of Politics and International Relations at UCD. He is a specialist in the study of parties, elections, electoral systems and members of parliament. His current research focuses on the role of deliberation in constitutional reform processes. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy. Outside of UCD his current positions include: member of the Stewarding Group of the Scottish Citizens’ Assembly; Chair of the Finance Sub-Committee of the European Consortium for Political Research; and membership of the international advisory boards of the Electoral Integrity project and Making Electoral Democracy Work project. Previous positions have included: research leader of the Irish Citizens' Assembly (funded by the Irish Research Council); membership of the Welsh Assembly's Expert Panel on Electoral Reform; Chair of the Forum on Parliamentary Discipline established by the Ceann Comhairle (Speaker) of Dáil Éireann; President of the Political Studies Association of Ireland; and Speaker of the Council of the European Consortium for Political Research. Professor Farrell was a founding co-editor of Party Politics, a position he retired from in 2018. Prior to his move to Dublin in 2009, he was professor and head of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester. Professor Farrell has been the recipient of the following prizes: The 2019 Irish Research Council 'Researcher of the Year -- Impact Award' for making 'a highly significant contribution in his field beyond academia'. http://research.ie/2019/12/05/irish-research-council-announce-2019-researchers-of-the-year/ The 2019 Laurence and Lynne Brown Medal awarded by the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State University for ‘The Irish Citizens’ Assembly Project’ (http://citizenassembly.ie/home/) (shared with Jane Suiter). The Medal ‘spotlights and honors the best work being done to advance democracy in the United States and internationally’. The 2012 Brian Farrell Book Prize of the Political Studies Association of Ireland for his co-authored book (with Russell Dalton and Ian McAllister), Political Parties and Democratic Linkage. How Parties Organize Democracy, published by Oxford University Press in 2011. The 2012 Leon Weaver Award, presented by the American Political Science Association’s section on Representation and Electoral Systems for his co-authored paper (with Russell Dalton and Ian McAllister) on ‘The Dynamics of Democratic Representation: How Democracy Works’, presented at the 2011 APSA convention. Tthe 2012 GESIS Klingemann Prize for the Best CSES Scholarship for his co-authored book (with Russell Dalton and Ian McAllister), Political Parties and Democratic Linkage. How Parties Organize Democracy, published by Oxford University Press in 2011. The prize is awarded each year for the best scholarship using Comparative Studies of Electoral Systems (CSES) data published in the calendar year prior to the award, and named in honour of Professor Hans-Dieter Klingemann, an internationally renowned political scientist, major contributor to comparative research, and co-founder of the CSES project.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN APPOINTMENTS

  • Head of School
    University College Dublin, School of Politics and International Relations, Ireland1 Sep 2010 - 31 Aug 2013
  • Head of School
    University College Dublin, School of Politics and International Relations, Ireland1 Sep 2016 - 31 Aug 2021
  • Head of Department
    University of Manchester, Politics, United Kingdom1 Sep 2004 - 31 Aug 2006
  • Head of School
    University of Manchester, Social Sciences, United Kingdom1 Sep 2006 - 31 Aug 2009

DEGREES

  • BA
    University College Dublin
  • MA
    University College Dublin
  • PhD
    European University Institute Florence