PhD, European Business Management School, University of
Wales at Swansea. Supervisor: Professor Stafford Beer.
MA, National University of Ireland, University College Cork.
BA (Mod) (hons), University of Dublin, Trinity College.
Prior to his joining UCD Dr Stokes was
a consultant research social scientist in which capacity
he carried out a great deal of project related work from
research to project management. From 1985 to 1992 he was
Managing Director of SUS Research Ltd. From 1992 to 1995
he was senior consultant with Sociomics Ltd.
From 1988 he was also for two years joint
project director of the 12 nation REVOLVE consortium under
the EU RACE Programme.
He was responsible for the completion
of a great deal of policy oriented research and evaluation
at both National and European levels in his role as consultant
research social scientist.
Since joining UCD in 1996 Dr Stokes has
been involved in teaching, research and administration.
Dr Stokes teaches at all levels of the
curriculum: undergraduate and postgraduate.
Paul Stokes has served terms in the following
administrative capacities in the Department:
- He was organiser of the weekly Departmental
- He was Director of Postgraduate Studies.
- He was co-ordinator of the JYA and Erasmus
- From 2003 he has been the Co-ordinator
for the First Year Undergraduate Teaching Programme.
- He has supervised theses from minor MA
to major M.Litt as well as doctoral students.
Areas of Interest
For some time Paul Stokes has been working
at the interface of cybernetics and sociology and specifically
on the conceptual articulation between these two disciplines.
He has proposed Stafford Beer's model of the viable system
(VSM) as the solution to this difficult and long-standing
problem. This entails seeing sociology quite literally as
the science of social organisation.
Stokes has written extensively on these
issues and has recently extended his model of socio-cybernetic
governance to the emotions.
RECENT & FORTHCOMING PUBLICATIONS
- With Bishop K., Elliott, M., Mennell,
S. & O'Malley-Dunlop, E. (forthcoming) Habitus and Identification:
Stasis and Change in Intergroup Relations in Ireland. Publisher
- 2004 With Bishop K., Elliott, M. "Societal
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder" in Psychotherapy and
Politics International, January issue.
- 2000 With Mennell, Stephen, Mitchell
Elliott, Aoife Rickard, and Ellen O'Malley Dunlop.. "Protestants
in a Catholic State - A Silent Minority in Ireland."
pp. 69-92 in Religion and Politics: East-West Contrasts
from Contemporary Europe, edited by T. Inglis, Z. Mach,
and R. Mazanek. Dublin: University College Dublin Press.
- 1996 With Britton, G. "Towards a
Socio-Cybernetics": in Espejo, R and Schwaninger, M
To Be and Not To Be: That is the System. A tribute to Stafford
B. Festschrift for Stafford Beer.
- 1993 With Arkleton Trust Employment Trends
Related to the Use of Advanced Communications. Luxembourg:
Commission of the European Communities.
- 1990 'Socio-cybernetics and the Project
of Scientificisation of Sociology' in Heylighen, F. et al
(eds.) Self-Steering and Cognition in Complex Systems: Towards
a New Cybernetics. Gordon & Breach, New York.
Selected Conference Papers
- 1997 "Some Implications for Education
and Training of the Information Society". Paper presented
to a conference on Ireland, Europe and the Global 'Info'
Society: A Conference for Social Scientists, Temple Bar,
April 24-25, Dublin.
- 1997 "The 'New Hegelians': Affinities
and Counterpoint in the work of Norbert Elias and Gregory
Bateson." Norbert Elias Tagung, Bielefeld, June 21-22,
- 1996 "Forms of explanation in social
science". Paper presented to the symposium: Wissenformen:
Erkenntnis in Philosophie, Wissenschaft und Kunst. Josef
Matthias Hauer Konservatorium, Wiener Neustadt, Austria,
October 21-23, 1996.
- 1996 "La Brisure 'Organization':
articulating cybernetics and sociology". Paper presented
to the 10th World Congress on Cybernetics and Systems, Bucharest,
26th-29th August, 1996.
- 1995 Computational Approaches to Qualitative
Data Analysis. Presentation to the Qualitative Research
Network in Primary Care, RCSI, Dublin.
- 1990 'Can Technology Transfer contribute
to European Regional Economic Development?'. Paper given
to a conference on Technology and the Regions, Edinburgh,
November 1990. Organised by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation
in association with DG-XVI of the European Commission.
Research Proposals Written and Submitted
- 1967 Severed Bonds: Toward Studies in
the Social Psychodynamics of Conflicted Group Identities.
Proposal Submitted to the European Science Foundation, Standing
Committee for the Social Sciences (SCSS), New Scheme of
Exploratory Research Grants. Shortlisted and commended but
not funded. Invited for re-submission. Submitted in association
with Professor Stephen Mennell, Department of Sociology,
UCD and the Institute for Psycho-Social Studies, Dublin.
- 1967 Damaged Bonds: A Study in the Social
Psychodynamics of Conflicted Group Identities. Submitted
to Central Community Relations Unit, Stormont, in conjunction
with the Institute for Psycho-Social Studies, Dublin.
- 1968 Violence without end?: A sociodynamic
approach to the origins of violent conflict and of conflict
escalation. Proposal submitted to the Violence Research
Programme of the ESRC. Submitted in association with Prof.
John Brewer, Department of Sociology, QUB, Professor Stephen
Mennell, Department of Sociology, UCD and the Institute
for Psycho-Social Studies, Dublin.
Research Studies Carried Out
Between 1988-2003 I carried out and
completed 30 research studies. Among the more recent were:
- 1966 Forbairt, HEA, Department of Enterprise
and Employment, Irish Software Association, IDA Ireland
- Research study into the labour market
availability and demand for IT skills graduates to the year
2000. Supply & Demand For It Personnel In Ireland 1996
- 2000, March 1996.
- 1996 Report commissioned by the Ministerial
Committee on the Information Society, Implications for Education
and Training of the Information Society in Ireland, September.
- 1996 - Royal Irish Academy-Social Science
Funding granted for the research project entitled 'Threatened
Bonds: A Study in the Sociology of Emotions and the Dynamics
of Group Identities'. A study into Protestant identity in
Ireland, North and South. September 1996, ongoing. Department
of Sociology, UCD in conjunction with Irish Institute for
- 1998 - Royal Irish Academy-Social Science
Funding granted for the research project entitled 'Damaged
Bonds: A Study in the Sociology of Emotions and the Dynamics
of Group Identities'. The second part of a study into Protestant
identity in Ireland, North and South. Department of Sociology,
UCD in conjunction with Irish Institute for Psycho-Social
- 2003 - "Corporate Social Responsibility
in Ireland." A research report for Edelman Ireland
PR. With Léan McMahon and Efrat Tseëlon.
Occasional Journalistic Pieces
- "Topping the Poppy", Irish
Entrepreneur, November 2003.
- "Why is Service in Ireland so Bad?",
Irish Entrepreneur, December 2003.
- 05/12/2003 Today with Pat Kenny, RTE
- 03/12/2003 'The Power Breakfast"
with David McWilliams, Dublin Newstalk 106 FM.
- "What is Corporate Social
Responsibility?" Workshop conducted for executives
of Edelman Ireland PR, 19th May 2003.
WORKS IN PROGRESS
The following works in preparation are available
for download (.pdf). You will need an Acrobat reader to view
them (see www.adobe.com).
- The Viability of Societies
- An Organon for Sociology
- The Evolution of Societies
- Homo Gubernator: Emotions and Human Self-Steering
- The Tailor and His Cloth
- The New Hegelians
- The Civilizing of Business - the sociological
background to CSR
- Finalisation, Cybernetics and the Possibility
of a Social Science