Jane Suiter

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Jane Suiter
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Occupation Political scientist
Academic background
Alma mater Trinity College Dublin
Thesis Chieftains delivering : political determinants of capital spending in Ireland 2001-07  (2011)
Academic work
Institutions Dublin City University [1]

Jane Suiter is an Irish political scientist, professor and director of Dublin City University's Institute for Future Media, Democracy, and Society ("FuJo") [2] and research lead of Ireland's Constitutional Convention and Citizen Assembly. [3] She is the co-author or co-editor of three academic books and one guide book, [4] [5] and over 40 journal articles. [6] In December 2020, she was named "Researcher of the Year" by the Irish Research Council [7] and in February 2021, she was promoted to the position of professor by DCU. [8]



Suiter began her career at the FT Group and AP Dow Jones, joined The Irish Times in 1996, before becoming economics editor in 2001. [9] [10] She earned a doctorate from Trinity College Dublin's political science department in 2010. [11] As a media commentator she has contributed to BBC News, [12] The Washington Post, [13] and The Late Debate on RTÉ Radio 1.

At Dublin City University, she has specialised in the fields of deliberative democracy, journalism, and disinformation. [14] In 2018 she led a research project "journalism and Leadership Transformation" [15] as well as a European Commission Horizon 2020-funded project "Provenance" with Science Foundation Ireland's ADAPT stream to tackle online disinformation. [16] She is a visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford University. [17]

In 2020 she co-authored a study into behaviours and attitudes during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown. [18] She is co-editor of the Taylor & Francis academic journal Journal of Contemporary European Studies . [19]

Public projects

In 2011, Suiter created (with University College Dublin political scientist David M. Farrell) [20] "We the Citizens", a national initiative to increase public engagement with politics. [21] The pair convened the Constitutional Convention in 2012, [1] as well as the Citizens' Assembly on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution in 2016, [22] both of which reviewed potential constitutional changes in the Irish state, [13] [23] This culminated in successful referenda; the Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland introduced marriage equality and the Thirty-sixth repealed the constitutional ban on abortion. The project was awarded the Brown Medal for Democracy in 2019 by the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State University. [24] In 2020, Suiter, Farrell, TU Dublin's Yvonne Galligan and Simon Niemeyer of the Australian Citizen's Parliament, [25] received a research fellowship [26] to convene the Citizens' Assembly on Gender Equality. [27]

In 2021, Suiter convened a Citizen's jury for IPPOSI, a patients' advocacy group, to consider how medical information could best be centralised to ensure maximal patient benefit will minimising privacy and sensitivity concerns. [28]

Work with the Royal Irish Academy

Suiter is a member of the Social Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy. [29]

Awards and honours


Personal life

Suiter married music journalist Leo Finlay in 1990. English rock band Blur, played at the reception in King's Inns, Dublin. [31] [32] They had one son. [33] Finlay died in 1996. [33]

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