Post-Grad Research Opportunity: Interested in Community Development and Impact?

Post-Grad Research Opportunity: Interested in Community Development and Impact?


Project Title: Enhancing local community partnerships

Community development in Ireland seeks to stimulate and inform our communities and broaden sustainable community development activity. This study will assess the interplay between state and community in the achievement of sustainable development goals by examining the relationships between community stakeholders and development organisations. In collaboration with Clare Local Development Company (CLDC), a flexible 12-week secondment with CLDC which will involve both an online and face-to-face experience, presents an excellent opportunity for the researcher to familiarise themselves with and engage in community development and volunteering.

Using a community agency case study approach this study will explore experiences of professional and paid community development agencies in their management of sustainable community relationships. The key aims of this research will involve assessing the challenges and opportunities facing the community development agency and volunteer partnership in positively impacting sustainable community participation, empowerment, and resilience in Ireland. Additionally impact measurement tools will be developed and implemented to evaluate the contribution of the community development agency and volunteers in the delivery of community development activities / initiatives within various geographical contexts.

Duration of Project: 48 months

Funding Agency: TUS RISE Scholarship comprises a postgraduate fee waiver for the duration of the award only.

Type of Degree Offered: Masters Tracking PhD/PhD

Minimum Qualifications/Experience Necessary/Any Other Requirements:
The candidates must have a primary degree in a field related to social science disciplines including but not limited to community development, social care, business, tourism, event management, communications, and marketing. Applicants from other discipline areas may also be considered.

This opportunity is open to candidates within and beyond TUS. The location for the research will primarily be based in TUS Midwest and will include a 12-week secondment over the duration of the study period. A portion of this secondment will involve face to face participation with CLDC and their stakeholders based in County Clare.

Minimum classification of 2.1 honours or equivalent.

IELTS [International English Testing System] Applicants must have a minimum of 6.0 with no component score less than 6.0.

Project Lead Supervisor: Dr. Catriona Murphy

For further information, please contact:

Closing date for receipt of completed application form is 5pm on Wednesday, July 12th 2024. 

Download TUS RISE application form here:

Refugee Week Events June 17-23

Refugee Week Events June 17-23

REFUGEE WEEK is next week 17-23 June! The world’s largest arts & culture festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees. Will you join us?

CLDC is hosting two events next week (see poster for details):

1) Film night on 17th June. Contact Alina for more info (; 087.188.3114)
2) Family Friendly event at CBS Primary School, Ennis 2-4, Sat 22nd June

Come on down!!

New LEADER 23-27 Opens for Business in Clare

New LEADER 23-27 Opens for Business in Clare

The new €6.8m LEADER 23-27 is now open for business following its launch on the scenic Shannon Estuary. on Thursday 30th May.  Clare Local Development Company, who were selected to roll out their sixth LEADER rural development programme in County Clare, will be offering a range of supports to rural communities and businesses to develop eligible projects in economic development, social inclusion and community development, and rural environment and climate change.


Speaking at the launch, CLDC Chairman, Mike Hogan, from Kilkishen Community Development, welcomed CLDC’s successful appointment to deliver LEADER to rural communities in the county, saying “LEADER is a community-based programme, so we’re delighted that it will once again be delivered by our community-led organisation”. “Our Board and staff are committed to ensuring that LEADER makes a real difference to sustaining the life of rural areas and gives people a chance to change their future for the better” he added.


LEADER 23-27 was launched at the Shannon Estuary Way Retreat in Ballynacally, one of several tourism projects supported under LEADER 2014-22 on the new Shannon Estuary Way visitor destination in Co. Clare.  During the launch, business owner, Rosie McMahon, welcomed  CLDC Board members and guests to her successful tourism business, to see for themselves the difference LEADER can make. At launch Rosie spoke about how her vision to create a retreat space was supported by LEADER.

Agnes O’Shaughnessy, CLDC LEADER Co-ordinator, is inviting anyone interested in LEADER 23-27 support to join an online information session on June 5th.  Further information is available from