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All SNID lectures are held Thursdays from 1:00 PM until 2:30 PM
in Mackintosh-Corry Hall D214 unless otherwise noted and are free and open to the public.

Putting Climate-smart Agriculture in its Places: The ‘New Green Revolution’ and Development Politics in India

Putting Climate-smart Agriculture in its Places: The ‘New Green Revolution’ and Development Politics in India

Date: Thursday November 9, 2017
Venue: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, D214
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Speaker: Marcus Taylor, Global Development Studies, Queen's

Watering Down Irish Austerity

Thursday, April 6, 2017
Mac-Corry D 214, 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Silke Trommer
Lecturer in Politics at the University of Manchester

Title:  Watering Down Irish Austerity

A broad protest movement against the introduction of household-level water charges as one condition of the Republic of Ireland’s austerity memorandum is disrupting the country’s image as poster-child of austerity. Although few and far between, existing scholarly accounts of this movement have focused on events in the public sphere, such as large-scale demonstrations and the Right2Water campaign led by a number of trade unions and political parties. To complement the analysis, my talk examines Irish anti-water charges protests rooted in the private sphere. I explore a variety of grassroots level initiatives and struggles against the Irish austerity agenda, from “burn the bills”, to water meter fairies, and the “Jobstown 23”. I find that civil disobedience and boycott in the everyday are not only common and essential to the successes of the Irish water movement. Intriguingly, protesters also make regular reference to historical struggles against colonial and capitalist expansion on the island of Ireland. My case study suggests that analytical attention to agitation at the micro-social level and to long-term historical processes is key for assessing the full impact of the austerity era on Irish and European politics.


Silke Trommer is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Manchester. Her publications include Transformations in Trade Politics: Participatory Trade Politics in West Africa (Routledge, 2014) and Expert Knowledge in Global Trade (with Erin Hannah and James Scott, Routledge, 2016). Her previous research focused on the agency of non-state actors and small, developing countries in the global trading system. Her doctoral dissertation received the 2013 Best Dissertation Award from the International Political Economy Section of the International Studies Association, the Best International Relations Doctoral Dissertation Produced in a Finnish University 2012-2014 from the Finnish Foundation for Foreign Policy Research, and the 2015 Supranational Political Economy Prize from the University of Pavia. She currently works on austerity protest in the Republic of Ireland and on an Australian Research Council-funded project investigating the perspectives of global trade policy communities on trade multilateralism. She can be contacted at

Silke Trommer