Speaker Bios

Who is speaking at the IUSA Conference 2023

Prof. Jane Suiter

Jane Suiter is Professor in the School of Communications, her research focus is on the information environment in the public sphere and in particular on scaling up  deliberation and tackling disinformation. 

Jane is director of DCU’s  Institute for Future Media, Democracy and Society and is  PI on H2020 ICT28 Provenance, a multimillion interdisciplinary project to combat disinformation and PI on JOLT a Marie Curie ITN on harnessing digital technologies in communication. She is also leading a new project on  countering COVID-19 disinformation and the potential role of deliberation.

She is the senior Research Fellow on the Irish Citizens’ Assembly on gender equality and  is co-PI on the Irish Citizen Assembly (2016-2018) and the Irish Constitutional Convention (2012-2014) and a founder member of We the Citizens (2011), Ireland’s first deliberative experiment. She is a member of the Stewarding Group on the Scottish Citizens’ Assembly and a member of the OECD’s FutureDemocracy network. She is also the RIA nominee on ALLEA’s ‘Fact or Fake’ project on scientific disinformation. Jane has testified at the OECD, the European Parliament, the UN and the UNDP as well as the  Oireachtas. She was the joint winner of the Brown Democracy Medal in 2019 and the President’s Award for Research. She was awarded the prestigious title of the Irish Research Council’s Researcher of the Year in 2020.

She has published in 30 plus journals including Science,  International Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies, Politics and the International Journal of Communication and is the author of three books including Reimagining Democracy: Lessons in Deliberative Democracy from the Irish Frontline published by Cornell University Press and Disinformation and Manipulation in Digital Media with Dr Eileen Culloty. 

Her research is comparative: besides Ireland, her recent projects have included all European democracies as well as most of the OECD.  Jane is a Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute, Oxford University, communication chair of COST ISI308 examining populist political communication and is on the Standing Committee of the ECPR standing group on Democratic Innovations.  Jane is a frequent contributor to broadcast and print media and is a former journalist having worked as Economics Editor at The Irish Times and for other media such as the FT Group and AP Dow Jones. 

Further Information can be found at https://www.dcu.ie/communications/people/jane-suiter

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