Research Profile

Orla O'Donovan

Biography

I am interested in the search for radically alternative ways of living, beyond the alienations of patriarchy and consumer capitalism. In recent years this has led me to explore the promises of the commons as a route to what Ivan Illich referred to as a “convivial society”. Working on a 2014 supplement to the Community Development Journal “Commons Sense, New Thinking about an Old Idea” (co-edited with Mary McDermott and Tom O’Connell) opened up profoundly challenging ideas about the commons to me and brought me into contact with committed and questioning commoners. I am currently working on another special issue on “Water, Anti-privatisation Struggles and the Commons”, due for publication in 2019.  Since then, I have been involved in the organisation of three Thinkeries on the commons. The first, in 2014, involved the post-development theorist and commoner Gustavo Esteva (see http://www.oxfordjournals.org/cdjc/resources/commons/videos/). “Commons against and beyond capitalism” took place in 2015 and involved contributions from commons theorists Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis (see http://www.oxfordjournals.org/cdjc/resources/commons-against-and-beyond-capitalism/). The most recent thinkery took place in June 2017 and focused on water commoning. It involved public conversations with people involved in water struggles in Europe and the USA (the Dakota Pipeline protests) (see http://www.feasta.org/2017/06/27/water-commons-thinkery-report/).

This has led to work on the idea of the dead body as a commons. Informed and enlivened by activities undertaken in recent years by a UCC-based interdisciplinary research collective on “the body”, some of this work is being undertaken in collaboration with Nancy Scheper-Hughes (Emerita at University of California, Berkeley). In 2018, this research collective began work on a Wellcome Trust-funded project “Living well with the dead in contemporary Ireland”.   

Exploration of subjugated knowledge in the spirit of "another knowledge is possible" has also been central to my work. Related to this, research projects in which I have been involved include EPOKS, a 2009-2012 study of the contributions of patients' organisations and health activists to the production of knowledge about health and medicine. Also, together with Deirdre Madden in the School of Law, in 2015 I undertook a study of complaints submitted to the Irish Medical Council, central to which was an analysis of "lay" and professional knowledge about what matters in medicine and medical professional regulation.  Corporate corruption has been a further focus of my research, including a Royal Irish Academy-funded study of patients’ organisations’ modes of engagement with pharmaceutical corporations. I have also published research on conflicts of interest in pharmaceutical regulation.    

Collaborations with friends and colleagues are a very important part of my research and ongoing learning. Examples of such labours of love include the Cork University Press series Síreacht. Longings for another Ireland (http://sireacht.ie/ ) that I co-edit with Rosie Meade and Fiona Dukelow. Also, together with Rosie Meade, I am a co-editor of the Community Development Journal, (Oxford University Press).   

Visiting scholarships too have provided wonderful opportunities for learning and reflection, including spells in the University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Social Science Research and participation on the Yale – Hastings Center Visiting Scholar Program.  

I teach on a number of programmes including the Bachelor of Social Science, the BSc in Public Health, the Masters in Public Health, and the Doctorate in Social Science. Modules that I teach in full include Social Movements and Health (SS3024 / SS2025), Science, Technology and Public Controversy (SS4000 / SS3019) and Critical Public Health (SS6017 / SS6019). I am also heavily involved in post-graduate and PhD research supervision.                                                  

Research Interests

Research and teaching interests  -

patients' organisations and health social movements

democratising the production and use of science and technology for public purposes  

feminism and strategies of resistance

the commons

the body 

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2015)'Conversing on the commons: an interview with Gustavo Esteva Part 2'
O'Donovan, Ó. (2015) 'Conversing on the commons: an interview with Gustavo Esteva Part 2'. Community Development Journal, 50 (4):742-752 [Details]
(2015)'Conversing on the commons: an interview with Gustavo Esteva Part 1'
O'Donovan, Ó. (2015) 'Conversing on the commons: an interview with Gustavo Esteva Part 1'. Community Development Journal, 50 (3):529-534 [Details]
(2014)'The commons, the Battle of the Book and the cracked enclosures of academic publishing'
O'Donovan, O (2014) 'The commons, the Battle of the Book and the cracked enclosures of academic publishing'. Community Development Journal, 49 :21-30 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Assembling dementia care: Patient organisations and social research'
Moreira, T,O'Donovan, O,Howlett, E (2014) 'Assembling dementia care: Patient organisations and social research'. BioSocieties, 9 :173-193 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Assembling dementia care: Patient organisations and social research'
Moreira, T., O'Donova, O. and Howlett, E. (2014) 'Assembling dementia care: Patient organisations and social research'. BioSocieties, 9 :173-193   [Details]
(2014)'From Europeanization to European Construction The role of European patients' organizations in the shaping of health-care policies'
Rabeharisoa, V. and O'Donovan, O. (2014) 'From Europeanization to European Construction The role of European patients' organizations in the shaping of health-care policies'. European Societies,   [Details]
(2013)'Tracking Transformations in Health Movement Organisations: Alzheimer’s Disease Organisations and their Changing ‘Cause Regimes’'
O'Donovan, O. Moreira, T. and Howlett, E. (2013) 'Tracking Transformations in Health Movement Organisations: Alzheimer’s Disease Organisations and their Changing ‘Cause Regimes’'. Social Movement Studies, [Details]
(2010)'Classic texts: Ivan Illich's Limits to Medicine'
O'Donovan, O; (2010) 'Classic texts: Ivan Illich's Limits to Medicine'. Community Development Journal, [Details]
(2010)''Prohibiting or 'managing' conflict of interest? A review of policies and procedures in three European drug regulation agencies'
Lexchin, J; O'Donovan, O; (2010) ''Prohibiting or 'managing' conflict of interest? A review of policies and procedures in three European drug regulation agencies'. Social Science & Medicine, [Details]
(2009)'Private health insurance as a technology of solidarity? The myth of 'community' in Irish healthcare policy'
McDonnell, O. and O. O'Donovan. ; (2009) 'Private health insurance as a technology of solidarity? The myth of 'community' in Irish healthcare policy'. Irish Journal of Sociology, [Details]
(2009)'Book review of 'Pharmaceuticals and Society. Critical Discourses and Debates'
O'Donovan, O. ; (2009) 'Book review of 'Pharmaceuticals and Society. Critical Discourses and Debates'. Health Sociology Review, [Details]
(2007)'Corporate colonization of health activism? Irish health advocacy organizations' modes of engagement with the pharmaceutical industry'
O'Donovan, O.; (2007) 'Corporate colonization of health activism? Irish health advocacy organizations' modes of engagement with the pharmaceutical industry'. Intl. Jnl. Health Services, 37 (4):711-733 [Details]
(2004)'Researching the political and cultural influence of the transnational pharmaceutical industry in Ireland'
O'Donovan O. and K. Glavanis-Grantham; (2004) 'Researching the political and cultural influence of the transnational pharmaceutical industry in Ireland'. Administration, 52 (3):21-42 [Details]
(2003)'Book review of Family and Community in Ireland'
O. O'Donovan; (2003) 'Book review of Family and Community in Ireland'. Community Development Journal, 38 (3):269-272 [Details]
(2002)''Corporatism and the ongoing debate about the relationship between the state and community development''
Meade, R. and O'Donovan, O; (2002) ''Corporatism and the ongoing debate about the relationship between the state and community development''. Community Development Journal, 37 (1):1-9 [Details]
(2002)'Editorial introduction: Corporatism and the ongoing debate about the relationship between the state and community development'
Meade, R. and O'Donovan, O; (2002) 'Editorial introduction: Corporatism and the ongoing debate about the relationship between the state and community development'. Community Development Journal, 37 (1):1-9 [Details]
(2000)'Re-theorising the interactive state - reflections on a popular participatory initiative in Ireland'
O'Donovan, O.; (2000) 'Re-theorising the interactive state - reflections on a popular participatory initiative in Ireland'. Community Development Journal, 35 (3):224-232 [Details]
(1997)'The Plan for Women's Health and the politics of knowledge'
O'Donovan, O.; (1997) 'The Plan for Women's Health and the politics of knowledge'. UCG Women's Studies Review, 5 :159-162 [Details]
(1996)'Networks of Women's Groups and Politics: What (Some) Women Think'
Ward, E.; O'Donovan, O.; (1996) 'Networks of Women's Groups and Politics: What (Some) Women Think'. UCG Women's Studies Review, 4 :1-20 [Details]
(1996)'Converting Patients into Consumers: Consumerism and the Charter of Rights for Hospital Patients'
O'Donovan, O. and D. Casey; (1996) 'Converting Patients into Consumers: Consumerism and the Charter of Rights for Hospital Patients'. Irish Journal of Sociology, 5 :43-66 [Details]
(1992)'Book review of Women and Employment in Rural Areas'
O.O'Donovan; (1992) 'Book review of Women and Employment in Rural Areas'. Journal of Rural Studies, 8 (1):125-126 [Details]

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(2014)Commons Sense. New Thinking about an Old Idea
McDermott, M., O'Connell, T. and O'Donovan, Ó (Ed.). (2014) Commons Sense. New Thinking about an Old Idea Commons Sense. New Thinking about an Old Idea. Oxford: Oxford University Press (Special Supplement to the Community Development Journal).   [Details]
(2010)Mobilising Classics: Reading Radical Writing in Ireland
Dukelow, F; O'Donovan, O (Ed.). (2010) Mobilising Classics: Reading Radical Writing in Ireland Mobilising Classics: Reading Radical Writing in Ireland. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
(2008)Power, Politics and Pharmaceuticals
O'Donovan, O. and K. Glavanis-Grantham (Ed.). (2008) Power, Politics and Pharmaceuticals Power, Politics and Pharmaceuticals. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2002)Ireland, Corporatism and Community Development
Meade, R. and Ó. O'Donovan (Ed.). (2002) Ireland, Corporatism and Community Development Ireland, Corporatism and Community Development. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2017)'Transformations in the Irish ADHD Disorder Regime - from a Disorder 'You Have to Fight to Get' to one 'You Have to Wait to Get''
Edwards, C. and O'Donovan, O. (2017) 'Transformations in the Irish ADHD Disorder Regime - from a Disorder 'You Have to Fight to Get' to one 'You Have to Wait to Get'' In: Bergey, M, Filipe, A., Conrad, P. and Singh, I (eds). Global Perspectives on ADHD: Social Dimensions of Diagnosis and Treatment in 16 Countries. Baltimore: John Hopkins Press. [Details]
(2014)'The entanglement of scientific and political claims: Towards a new form of patients’ activism'
Akrich, M, O'Donovan, Ó. and Rabeharisoa, V. (2014) 'The entanglement of scientific and political claims: Towards a new form of patients’ activism' In: Wehling, P, Viehover and Koenen, S (eds). The Public Shaping of Medical Research. Patient associations, health movements and biomedicine. London & New York: Routledge. [Details]
(2012)'Patients' organisations and patient empowerment'
O'Donovan, Orla (2012) 'Patients' organisations and patient empowerment' In: Politics of Medicines Encyclopaedia. Amsterdam: Health Action International.   [Details]
(2011)'The Irish health service's Expert Advisory Groups: Spaces for advancing epistemic justice?'
O'Donovan, O. ; (2011) 'The Irish health service's Expert Advisory Groups: Spaces for advancing epistemic justice?' In: Democratising Health: Consumer Groups in the Policy Process. Cheltenham Glos: Edward Elgar. [Details]
(2010)'Ivan Illich's Tools for Conviviality'
O'Donovan, O.; (2010) 'Ivan Illich's Tools for Conviviality' In: Mobilising Classics. Reading Radical Writing in Ireland. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
(2009)'Pharmaceuticals, progress and psychiatric contention in early 21st century Ireland'
O'Donovan, O. ; (2009) 'Pharmaceuticals, progress and psychiatric contention in early 21st century Ireland' In: Transforming Ireland : Challenges, Critiques, Resources. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
(2008)'The emergence of pharmaceutical drug regulation for competition aka profit in Ireland'
O'Donovan,O. ; (2008) 'The emergence of pharmaceutical drug regulation for competition aka profit in Ireland' In: Power, Politics and Pharmaceuticals. Drug Regulation in Ireland in the Global Context. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2008)'Patients' organisations and economic actors: Opposition, instumentalisation, or cooperation?'
O. O'Donovan; (2008) 'Patients' organisations and economic actors: Opposition, instumentalisation, or cooperation?' In: The Dynamics of Patient Organizations in Europe. Paris: Presses de l'Ecole des Mines. [Details]
(2008)'Alzheimer's disease activism and pharmaceutical policy'
O'Donovan, O. ; (2008) 'Alzheimer's disease activism and pharmaceutical policy' In: Ageing and Social Policy in Ireland. Dublin: University College Dublin Press. [Details]
(2008)'Introduction'
O'Donovan, O. ; (2008) 'Introduction' In: Power, Politics and Pharmaceuticals. Drug Regulation in Ireland in the Global Context. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2005)'Networks of women's groups and the women's movement'
E. Ward and O. O'Donovan; (2005) 'Networks of women's groups and the women's movement' In: Women Emerging. A Decade of Irish Feminist Scholarship. Galway: NUIG Women's Studies Centre. [Details]
(1999)'Networks of women's groups in the Republic of Ireland'
O'Donovan, O. and E. Ward; (1999) 'Networks of women's groups in the Republic of Ireland' In: Contesting Politics: Women in Ireland, North and South. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press. [Details]
(1997)'Contesting concepts of care: The case of the home help service in Ireland'
O'Donovan, O.; (1997) 'Contesting concepts of care: The case of the home help service in Ireland' In: The Sociology of Health and Illness in Ireland. Dublin: University College Dublin Press. [Details]
(1996)'Equity, Quality and Accountability - Guiding Principles for Health Policy in Ireland?'
O'Donovan, O.; (1996) 'Equity, Quality and Accountability - Guiding Principles for Health Policy in Ireland?' In: Social Policy: A Course Reader. [Details]
(1991)'Industrial development and rural women in Ireland'
O'Donovan, O. and C. Curtin; (1991) 'Industrial development and rural women in Ireland' In: Rural Crisis: Perspectives on Irish Rural Development. Galway: University College Galway Social Science Research Centre. [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2001)Women's Health, Politics, Action and Renewal. The 4th Australian Women's Health Conference
O'Donovan, O.; (2001) Counterclock-Wise Thinking and the Irish Government's Women's Health Policy Initiative . In: * eds. Women's Health, Politics, Action and Renewal. The 4th Australian Women's Health Conference Adelaide, , 19-FEB-01 - 21-FEB-01 , pp.437-444 [Details]
(2000)Promoting Oral Health in the 21st Century: Proceedings of a Dental Health Foundation Forum
O'Donovan, O. ; (2000) Sociological critiques of health promotion and their relevance for oral health promotion Promoting Oral Health in the 21st Century: Proceedings of a Dental Health Foundation Forum [Details]
(1996)Proceedings of a Conference of the Hospitaller Order of St. John, The Dependent Elderly - Partnership in Care
O'Donovan, O.; (1996) Elder abuse: Age is no protection Proceedings of a Conference of the Hospitaller Order of St. John, The Dependent Elderly - Partnership in Care [Details]

Editorship

 YearPublication
(2015)Conversing on the commons: an interview with Gustavo Esteva-part 2.
O'Donovan, O (2015) Conversing on the commons: an interview with Gustavo Esteva-part 2. Editorship [DOI] [Details]
(2015)Conversing on the commons: an interview with Gustavo Esteva-part 1.
O'Donovan, O (2015) Conversing on the commons: an interview with Gustavo Esteva-part 1. Editorship [DOI] [Details]

Newspaper Articles

 YearPublication
(2012)Phone box. A line to a simpler time.
O'Donovan, Ó (2012) Phone box. A line to a simpler time. Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2008)Medical card fight is worth taking to the streets.
O'Donovan, Ó. (2008) Medical card fight is worth taking to the streets. Newspaper Articles [Details]

Unpublished Reports

 YearPublication
(1995)Health Service Provision for the Travelling Community in Ireland.
O’Donovan, O., V. McKenna, C. Kelleher and P.McCarthy; (1995) Health Service Provision for the Travelling Community in Ireland. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(1997)Training Carers of Older People: An Advisory Report.
O’Donovan, O., M. Hodgins, V. McKenna and C. Kelleher; (1997) Training Carers of Older People: An Advisory Report. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2015)Qualitative Review of Complaints Submitted to Irish Medical Council (2008-2012).
Madden, D. and Ó. O'Donovan (2015) Qualitative Review of Complaints Submitted to Irish Medical Council (2008-2012). Unpublished Reports [Details]

Professional Activities

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2014)Thinkery on the Commons,
Esteva, G. and O' Donovan, Ó. and (2014) Conversing on the commons - an interview with Gustavo Esteva. [Other], Thinkery on the Commons, Dublin . [Details]
(2013)Global Ageing: Rising Challenges,
O'Donovan, O. (2013) Ageing, Activism and Alzheimer’s. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Global Ageing: Rising Challenges, Open University of Catalonia, Barcelona , 05-NOV-13 - 06-NOV-13. [Details]
(2012)Design and Displacement - social studies of science and technology,
O'Donovan, O. and Moreira, T. (2012) Annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) and the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST). [Oral Presentation], Design and Displacement - social studies of science and technology, Copenhagen , 17-OCT-12 - 20-OCT-12. [Details]
(2012)Patients organisations, health movements and medical research,
O'Donovan, O. and Rabeharisoa, V. (2012) Europeanisation of and by patients’ organisations’ evidence-based activism – a preliminary analysis. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Patients organisations, health movements and medical research, University of Augsburg , 10-MAY-12 - 12-MAY-12. [Details]
(2011)New Agendas in Social Movement Studies,
O'Donovan, O. (2011) (Some) Irish patients’ movements on the move to Europe. [Oral Presentation], New Agendas in Social Movement Studies, National University of Ireland Maynooth , 26-NOV-11 - 26-NOV-11. [Details]
(2010)EASST Conference 2010 Practising Science and Technology, Performing the Social,
O.O'Donovan; (2010) Alzheimer's disease organisations and technologies of independent living: Tracking transformations in patienthood and organisational cause. [Oral Presentation], EASST Conference 2010 Practising Science and Technology, Performing the Social, Trento, Italy , 02-SEP-10 - 04-SEP-10. [Details]
(2008)International Sociological Association Forum of Sociology,
O'Donovan, O. and O. McDonnell; (2008) Private Health Insurance: Governmental Rationality and the Public-Private Mix in the Irish Healthcare System (with Orla McDonnell). [Oral Presentation], International Sociological Association Forum of Sociology, Barcelona , 05-SEP-08 - 05-SEP-08. [Details]
(2007)The Dynamics of Patient Organisations in the European Area,
O¿Donovan, O.; (2007) Patient organisations and economic actors: Opposition, instrumentalisation or cooperation?. [N/A], The Dynamics of Patient Organisations in the European Area, Ecole des Mines, Paris , 10-JUL-07 - 11-JUL-07. [Details]
(2007)Conference on Pharmaceutical Policy Analysis,,
O¿Donovan, O.; (2007) The puzzles of struggles for access to irrational medicines: Making sense of Alzheimer's disease organisations' campaigns for access to do-nothing meds. [Oral Presentation], Conference on Pharmaceutical Policy Analysis,, Zeist, The Netherlands , 19-SEP-07 - 21-SEP-07. [Details]
(2006)European Science Foundation Exploratory Workshop Health Consumer Groups and Policy Making in Europe: A Comparative and Pan-European Perspective,
O¿Donovan, O.; (2006) Health Consumer Groups and Policy Making - A Profile of Ireland. [N/A], European Science Foundation Exploratory Workshop Health Consumer Groups and Policy Making in Europe: A Comparative and Pan-European Perspective, Vienna , 16-FEB-06 - 18-FEB-06. [Details]
(2006)British Sociolofical Association Medical Sociology Annual Conference,
O'Donovan, O.; (2006) Articulations of Alzheimer's disease activism: Insights from the NICE controversy about antidementia drugs. [Oral Presentation], British Sociolofical Association Medical Sociology Annual Conference, Edinburgh , 14-SEP-06 - 16-SEP-06. [Details]
(2005)Royal Irish Academy Third Sector Research Programme conference, Volunteering and Philanthropy - Research from Ireland, North & South, NICVA,,
O'Donovan, O.; (2005) The cultures of action of health advocacy organisations in Ireland: Framing friends and foes. [Oral Presentation], Royal Irish Academy Third Sector Research Programme conference, Volunteering and Philanthropy - Research from Ireland, North & South, NICVA,, Belfast , 24-NOV-05 - 24-NOV-05. [Details]
(2005)Concepts of the Third Sector: The European Debate, ISTR/EMES Conference,
O'Donovan, O.; (2005) Time to weed out the astroturf from the grassroots? Exploring the implications of pharmaceutical industry funding of patient advocacy organisations. [Oral Presentation], Concepts of the Third Sector: The European Debate, ISTR/EMES Conference, Paris , 27-APR-05 - 29-APR-05. [Details]
(2005)British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Group 37th Annual Conference,
O'Donovan, O.; (2005) Corporate colonisation of health activism? Irish health advocacy organisations' modes of engagement with pharmaceutical corporations. [Oral Presentation], British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Group 37th Annual Conference, University of York, York , 15-SEP-05 - 17-SEP-05. [Details]
(2005)Health Advocacy Organisations in Europe: Exploring Diverse Cultures of Action,
O'Donovan, O.; (2005) Resisting and researching ‘astroturf’ health advocacy organisations. [Oral Presentation], Health Advocacy Organisations in Europe: Exploring Diverse Cultures of Action, Amsterdam School for Social Science Research, Amsterdam , 17-MAY-05 - 17-MAY-05. [Details]
(2004)Health, Democracy and the Globalised Pharmaceutical Industry: Exploring the Politics of Drug Regulation Internationally and in Ireland,
O'Donovan, O.; (2004) The Irish state and the globalised pharmaceutical industry -A pathological partnership?. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Health, Democracy and the Globalised Pharmaceutical Industry: Exploring the Politics of Drug Regulation Internationally and in Ireland, University College Cork, Cork , 16-SEP-04 - 17-SEP-04. [Details]
(2003)Population Health Summer School, Determinants of Population Health,
O'Donovan, O. and K. Glavanis-Grantham; (2003) The Transnational Pharmaceutical Industry, Biomedical Ideology and Health Action International: Accommodation or Resistance? . [Oral Presentation], Population Health Summer School, Determinants of Population Health, University College Cork , 06-SEP-03 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2002)Richness in Diversity: Reconstructing Civil Society. A conference to launch a National Institute for Community Development. ,
O'Donovan, O.; (2002) Resisting Homogenising Forms of ‘Democratic Participation' . [Invited Oral Presentation], Richness in Diversity: Reconstructing Civil Society. A conference to launch a National Institute for Community Development. , Dundalk , 28-MAY-02 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2000)Paper presented at the conference Promoting Oral Health in the 21st Century, 13th September 2000,,
O'Donovan, O.; (2000) Sociological critiques of health promotion – their relevance for oral health promotion. [Invited Oral Presentation], Paper presented at the conference Promoting Oral Health in the 21st Century, 13th September 2000,, University College Cork, Cork , 13-SEP-00 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(1999)The Challenge of Power, a conference to mark 25 years of ADAPT in Limerick,
O'Donovan, O.; (1999) The struggle that wasn’t: Ideological order and the public consultation process for the policy on women’s health. [Invited Oral Presentation], The Challenge of Power, a conference to mark 25 years of ADAPT in Limerick, Limerick , 26-NOV-99 - 27-NOV-99. [Details]
(1996)Hospitaller Order of St. John, The Dependent Elderly - Partnership in Care,
O'Donovan, O.; (1996) *. [N/A], Hospitaller Order of St. John, The Dependent Elderly - Partnership in Care, Elder Abuse: Age Is No Protection [B19] , 01-JAN-96 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
CACSSS Research and Innovation Committee Committee member/
University Ethics Committee CACSSS Representative/
School of Applied Social Studies Research Committee Chair/
School Graduate Studies Committee member/
Community Development Journal Editorial Board member/
Community Development Journal Executive Committee Reviews Editor/
Cork University Press Committee member/
Irish Medical Council Ethics Working Group member/

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
NUI Galway Course Director of Diploma in Social Care, Department of Health Promotion01-JAN-92 / 31-DEC-95
NUI Galway Course Director of Cert. in Community Development, Centre for Adult and Continuing Education01-JAN-89 / 31-DEC-92
Simon Community National Office Development Worker01-JAN-87 / 31-DEC-89

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2002National University of Ireland, Galway PhDSociology and Politics (Topic: Democratic deliberations about women's health? An ethnography of the Irish government's women's health policy initiative
1987NUIG MRDSociology and Policits (Research topic: Rural Development and Women's Paid Employment)
1983UCC BSocSc

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Community Development Journal Editor01-JAN-17 -

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Teaching interests  -
  • the commons
  • the dead body
  • patients' organisations and health social movements
  • democratising the production and use of science and technology  
  • feminism and strategies of resistance
  • power and public health
  

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2012Eluska Fernandez PHDA Critical Governmentality Study of the Smoking Ban In Ireland.
2013Silvia Brandi PHDThe Intra-Traveller Debate on ‘Traveller Ethnicity’ in the Republic of Ireland. A Critical Discourse Analysis
2007Aoife Crowe UCCMSocScIntercultural Healthcare? A Critical Analysis of Initiatives to “Accommodate Cultural Diversity” in Irish State Healthcare
2011Marguerite Hughes UCCNon-Governmental Organisations, Legitimacy and Accountability
2003Paul Beirne UCCPhDFluoridation and the Politics of Risk

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2019Critical Public Health SS6017Critical Public Health
2019Critical Perspectives on Irish Health Policy SS2021Critical Perspectives on Irish Health Policy
2019Critical Social Science Perspective on Public Health SS6028Critical Social Science Perspective on Public Health

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