The Network on  Politics, Power  and Society is an interdisciplinary network of  university faculty and post graduates whose work is concerned with key issues of politics, power and society. 

Facilitated by the Department of Sociology the Network aims to highlight our high quality and diverse academic research, bring to light multiple perspectives on critical examination of politics, power and society, forge national, regional and local links with other academic and civil society networks in an effort to further intellectual exchange and contribute to the public understanding of politics and power in this context of systemic change.

To date the network has focused on Learning from Latin America (2012), a focus on Real Utopias and the work of Erik Olin Wright (2013) and the Role of Social Science in the Politics of Climate Change which will be a cross faculty focus in 2014. See under events for details of seminars under this theme.




Professor Eduardo Silva is this year's Maynooth Visiting Distinguished Scholar. This programme, is a competitive scheme promoted by the University through the Research Development Office and is designed to build international research collaboration between distinguished international scholars and the academic community of Maynooth.   A central aim is to advance nascent or established research collaborations between Maynooth University and leading researchers/departments/institutions outside Ireland. 

Eduardo Silva holds the Friezo Family Foundation Chair in Political Science in the Roger Thayne Stone Centre for Latin American Studies at Tulane University, New Orleans, USA. He received his doctorate from the University of California-San Diego in 1991. Before joining the Tulane faculty he was professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he also served as department chair and graduate director. His research focuses on Latin American politics, and he has published extensively on the political economy of state-society relations, sustainable development with a focus on forest policy, and mass mobilization. His most recent publications include Transnational Activism and National Movements in Latin America: Bridging the Divide (2013) and Challenging Neoliberalism in Latin America (2009). For more information see his faculty web page at:

While visiting Maynooth, Professor Silva will be participating in a whole range of activities with the university staff and students, and the wider community. These will include the following: 



Public Reception and Lecture Tuesday 6th May, 6pm Renehan Hall
Masterclass with Faculty Members Thurs 7th May 10am-12.30pm Foras Feasa Seminar Room
Workshop 'Learning from Latin America" Friday 8th, 9.30-4.30pm. John Hume Boardroom
Civil Society Workshop Friday, 15th, 10-4.30pm John Hume Boardroom;