Professor David Farrell, RIA, is the Head of Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin. He is a former President of the Political Studies Association of Ireland, and former Speaker of the Council of the European Consortium for Political Research. Professor Farrell is a founding co-editor of Party Politics. Prior to his return to Dublin in 2009, he was professor and head of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester in the UK. He is a specialist in the study of parties, elections, electoral systems and members of parliament. His current research focuses on the role of deliberation in constitutional reform processes. He was the research director of the Irish Constitutional Convention (2012-14) and research leader of the Irish Citizens’ Assembly (2016-18).