Dr Valesca Lima

Dr Valesca Lima is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the School of Law and Government. She researchers policymaking and governance with three main areas of interest: citizen participation, housing policy and social mobilisation. Her previous research funded by the Irish Research Council examined recent  mobilisation for housing justice in Ireland and Portugal. Her work is focused on citizen inclusion at the sub-national levels, especially in contexts where participatory democracy was being implemented. This work led to the publication of the book 'Participatory Democracy and Crisis' with Palgrave and other several articles. Her recent co-edited volume 'The Consequences of Brazilian Social Movements in Historical Perspectives' examines the political outcome of social movements explores the various consequences of social protest and was recently published with Routledge. Valesca Lima also work on the interconnections between political participation of vulnerable groups and have an ongoing interest in democratic innovations in Ireland, Latin America, the EU and beyond.

She's currently Editor of the International Review of Public Policy (IRPP), the open access journal of the International Public Policy Association (IPPA); co-director for Women in Research Ireland, a registered charity working for better representation of women and under-represented groups in academia; and co-convenor of the PSAI's Participatory and Deliberative Democracy Specialist Group.