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I am a senior lecturer on SETU's Carlow campus, teaching primarily on its social care programme. My disciplinary background is in Equality Studies and much of my research to-date has focused on the relationship between equality, philanthropy and community development/social movements. I have also written on equality as an ethical value in youth work, and on community development and financialisation. 

Currently, I am working with Dr Daire Ó Broin (Department of Computing) to develop a digital tool to help students become better academic writers. With Dr Morgan O’Brien, I am also researching trade unions and Irish social care.

Together with Rosie Meade, I co-host Múscailt, a podcast that aims to bring academic research in Ireland to a wider audience.

I served on the editorial board of the Community Development Journal for 10 years and was its book reviews editor for much of that time. Prior to joining academia, I mainly worked in the field of development education and youth work. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

BA (French and History), Trinity College Dublin

MSocSc (Youth and Community Work), University College Cork

PhD (Equality Studies), University College Dublin


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