Patrick Paul Walsh- Chair of International Development Studies, UCD & Senior Adviser, UN

  • Speaker Bio:

    Patrick Paul Walsh received a Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.  He is a Government of Ireland, Marie Curie (Brussels), IZA (Bonn), RSA (London) and REPOA (Tanzania) Fellow.

    During the academic year 2014-2015 he was a Visiting Senior Research Scholar at the Earth Institute and adjunct Professor in the School of International Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York. During 1992-2007 he worked in Trinity College Dublin. He left Trinity College Dublin as a College Fellow and Dean of Social and Human Sciences.  He was a Visiting Professor at K.U. Leuven during 1997-1999 and a Research Scholar in the Department of Economics, Harvard University, during the academic year 2002-2003. 

    He is a Director of the UCD Centre of Sustainable Development Solutions and co-ordinates the UCD Ph.D. in Global Sustainable Development.  He chairs the Academic Steering Committee of the Global Association of Masters of Development Practice that is based at the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

    He is a member of the Social Science Committee for Science Europe.  Honorary secretary, and editor of the Journal, of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland.

    Amongst other journals he has published in the Review of Economics and Statistics, Economic Journal, Journal of Industrial Economics and International Journal of Industrial Organization.  His current research is on issues surrounding the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    Presentation Title:

    Implementing the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in Ireland: A case for Hybrid Sustainable Development Parliamentary Committees

    Presentation Synopsis:

    We make a case for board stockholder participation in sustainable development parliamentary committees to set, implement and review policy agendas. We are proposing that UN HLPF committee structures should be established in Ireland. This gives all stakeholders an ex-ante formal role in policy formation, implementation and review. All stakeholders can promote and protect their interest, which should internalise any potential harm, unintended or otherwise, on each other.  It should also align time paths of planning and make policy harder to be captured by narrow but powerful interest groups in government, industry and civil society. Ireland can champion national partnerships via parliamentary committees that help Ireland’s economic policies to become socially inclusive and environmental sustainable.

     

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