You are invited to attend the ISPA 2018 AGM and Seminar on:
Climate Change and Behaviour: Future Directions for Irish Public Policy 
(Tackling Climate Change for a Sustainable Future)
Date: Thursday 1 March 2018, 
Location: Carmelite Community Centre, Aungier Street, Dublin 2.
Time: ISPA 2018 AGM at 6:00pm, followed by Seminar at 7:00pm


Ireland is one of the few EU countries set to fail to meet its commitment to reduce emissions by 20% by 2020. The Climate Change Advisory Council, under the Chairmanship of Prof John Fitzgerald, reported to the Citizens’ Assembly in November 2017. The Council advised that Ireland needs to take urgent action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to meet the 2030 targets and offered a number of recommendations, which will be discussed at this seminar. 
Behavioural change is key to achieving Ireland's climate change targets. The role of public and social policy in initiating these changes however, remains unclear. This seminar will examine the rapidly growing body of research on sustainable consumption behaviour to inform a discussion on the approaches available to Government to implement the Advisory Council recommendations. 


  • Prof John Fitzgerald – Chairman of the Climate Change Advisory Council
  • Dr Vivienne Byers  - Senior Lecturer of Health Policy & Management, DIT. 
  • Dr. Alan Gilmer - Lecturer, Environmental Sustainability & Health Institute, DIT


The seminar is free to ISPA members. A cover charge of €5 will apply to all non-ISPA members. To register your interest in attending please contact the ISPA Secretary, Marcella McGovern at

Annual General Meeting - 6pm

Current ISPA Members are eligible to vote in proceedings and to be elected to the Committee of the ISPA. The Committee consists of the following: Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Newsletter Officer, Postgraduate Officer, Website Officer, Events Officer and Royal Irish Academy Representative. In addition, there are five ordinary Committee Members. 
All nominations for Officer positions and ordinary Committee Membership should have a proposer and be seconded. Nominations may be submitted to the Secretary or from the floor of the AGM. For further information, please contact Marcella McGovern,

What is the ISPA?

The Irish Social Policy Association was founded in 1997. The association was established to provide a forum for the analysis, discussion and development of social policy in Ireland, North and South.
The Association endeavours to broaden the debate on social policy by providing a forum for discussion that embraces the views and opinion of a wide range of relevant actors. ISPA brings together professionals and non-professionals with an interest in social policy, including: academics, policy makers, officials in the civil service and public service bodies, employer and trade union organisations as well as organisations and groups in the not-for-profit sector.
Through the Association, discussions and debates have been stimulated on a variety of contemporary social policy issues for over 20 years.
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