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MAPAPC graduate wins prestigious European award

Alex Buhmann (left) and Sue Wolstenholme, (right) former EUPRERA President, present Lisa Grimmeiß with her award.

 

MA Public Affairs and Poltical Communication graduate Lisa Grimmeiß's masters thesis was honoured with the Best Practical Impact Award in Europe by the European Public relations Education and Research Asssociation (EUPRERA) in 2018. 

Lisa’s research explored why efforts to implement a statutory register for lobbyists had succeeded in Ireland, but had, to date, failed in Germany. She examined structural and institutional factors as well as at actual policy networks of actors adjacent to the proposition of these lobbying registers.

The jury, headed by Alexander Buhmann of the BI Norwegian Business School in Norway, found the methodological approach to be well-chosen and relevant, and was impressed with the thesis’ structure as well as the transparent attempt to apply theoretical frameworks. Commenting on the empirical element, the jurors stressed that the project management appears to have been outstanding, that the initiative in securing an elite sample for the interviews was highly impressive, and this was triangulated very sensibly with documentary analysis.

Overall, the jurors applaud Lisa for producing outstanding academic work that was disciplined and creative, and which contributed to the advancement of current research interests within public relations research.

Her research was supervised Dr Tom Clonan.  Lisa is the third DIT/TU Dublin graduate to receive the prestigious award after Dan O’Boyle (2007) and Maria Diviney (2011).