Keynote Speaker

Matt Baillie Smith

Professor of International Development at Northumbria University

Baillie Smith’s research interests are centred on international development, citizenship and civil society, with particular interests in volunteering and development, development education and NGOs in the Global North and South. He also has interests in qualitative research methodologies in development and in processes of co-production between scholars and practitioners.


The Programme and the Abstracts are coming soon!


Symposium Format

Speakers are invited to share for about 15 minutes and allow time for questions. The format is formal Slide presentation to the whole group. There will not be break out parallel sessions. Creativity is welcomed and alternative presentations are encouraged! 

Our keynote offers us the contemporary developments in research on volunteering while also offering a hands-on workshop on research methods to help develop all our skills on the topic.

How to get to ILAS

The Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS) host our Symposium.

Directions:  Click Here for a Google Map to the ILAS Building

The building is located on the North end of the NUI Galway campus. Parking is available for guests and a temporary visitors pass will be emailed to attendees.