We are delighted to announce that both Dr Yaser Alashqar and Anastacia Crickley will be joining us in Dundee!

Dr Yaser Alashqar, from Trinity College Dublin, will be joining an international panel of activists for a critically reflective dialogue on the connections between community development and activism in times where marginalised groups are increasingly targeted and scapegoated within mainstream narratives. Yaser lectures in International Peace Studies at Trinity College Dublin (the University of Dublin) in Ireland. His areas of research and teaching focus on Middle East politics, mediation, comparative peace processes, civil society and conflict resolution studies including Israeli-Palestinian issues. He has published academic papers and articles related to these topics. He is also an academic member of the Centre for Palestine Studies at the University of London.


Anastasia Crickley, chair of the Organising Group for WCDC 2018 and Vice-President of IACD has been involved in community work locally nationally and internationally for more than fifty years and she also seeks to bring its values and principles to a variety of associated areas. She successfully sought to bring a community development perspective to her work as a member then chairperson of the UN Treaty Body on racism (CERD) 2010 – 2018 ensuring enhanced and direct engagement of civil society and local voices in the UN struggle against racism globally. She continues this in her work to promote independence and rights through the current reform of the UN Treaty Body System. As first chairperson of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency she championed the setting up of the successful Civil Society Platform and her OSCE and Council of Europe roles also reflect this commitment. 

Anastasia returned to Ireland from working with Irish emigrants in the UK to take up a position at Maynooth University in 1982. She contributed significantly to the development of what became the Dept of Applied Social Studies from which she retired as Head of Dept in 2015 leaving a suite of professional Community and Youth Work and Social Science programmes at every level from outreach to doctoral. From the outset she successfully prioritized access to higher education by participants from the marginalized and minority communities, including Travellers, targeted by community and youth work interventions and continues this work nationally.

In line with her own commitment to a justvand equal society where the rights of all are recognised and realised, and believing ongoing practice to be essential for community work educators Anastasia became involved in the setting up of, and continues to contribute to, Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre,  the Migrants Rights Centre Ireland and the European Network against Racism. She led the development of the Irish Commission for Prisoners Overseas which later campaigned successfully for release of the Birmingham Six and other Mis-carriages of Justice prisoners and was chair of Ireland’s National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism until it’s abolition in 2008.

Anastasia integrates her long term commitment to women’s rights into all her work – most recently as a member of UN Women’s Expert Group on Women Migrants in the frame of the UN Global Migration Compact to which she also contributed.

She served a term as a member of Ireland’s Council of State from 2004/2011