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Paul Stokes
Biography
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Paul Stokes

College Lecturer

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Paul Stokes is a College Lecturer in the Department of Sociology since 1996 and is a member of the Faculty of Human Sciences in UCD. During the academic year 2000-2001 he was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB).

Dr Stokes also acts as consultant to Edelman Ireland PR in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

He is a Fellow of the Cybernetics Society of Great Britain and a member of the Metaphorm on the Cybernetics of Governance based at the University of Sunderland. He is a board member of the Collegium Humanun based in Zurich as well as a Research Director of the Foundation for Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies based at Columbia University.


Curriculum Vitae
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Academic Qualifications

  • 2003
    PhD, European Business Management School, University of Wales at Swansea. Supervisor: Professor Stafford Beer.
  • 1985
    MA, National University of Ireland, University College Cork.
  • 1979
    BA (Mod) (hons), University of Dublin, Trinity College.

Professional Experience

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.

Teaching

Dr Stokes teaches at all levels of the curriculum: undergraduate and postgraduate.

Administration

Paul Stokes has served terms in the following administrative capacities in the Department:

  • He was organiser of the weekly Departmental Seminar.
  • He was Director of Postgraduate Studies.
  • He was co-ordinator of the JYA and Erasmus Programmes.
  • 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 (SELECTION)

  • With Bishop K., Elliott, M., Mennell, S. & O'Malley-Dunlop, E. (forthcoming) Habitus and Identification: Stasis and Change in Intergroup Relations in Ireland. Publisher in negotiation.
  • 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, 1997.
  • 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 Research Council
    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 Psycho-Social Studies.
  • 1998 - Royal Irish Academy-Social Science Research Council
    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 Studies.
  • 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.

Radio Appearances

  • 05/12/2003 Today with Pat Kenny, RTE Radio One.
  • 03/12/2003 'The Power Breakfast" with David McWilliams, Dublin Newstalk 106 FM.

Workshops

  • "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).

Books:

  • The Viability of Societies
  • An Organon for Sociology
  • The Evolution of Societies
  • Homo Gubernator: Emotions and Human Self-Steering

Papers:

  • 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

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