BiographyI joined University College Cork in 2015 after completing my PhD in Higher Education Strategic Planning in Cork Institute of Technology. I am currently undertaking research in the areas of Responsible Research and Innovation, Community-based Participatory Research, and Healthy Aging Research with an emphasis on Public Patient Involvement.
I actively promote social justice and the democratization of knowledge through my interest in and work on projects related to Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) and Community-based Learning under the auspices of UCC CARL (Community Academic Research Links) and the H2020 EnRRICH project. I coordinate and lecture on a Postgraduate CBPR module for cross-discipline PhD students, which in its first iteration won the UCC president's Teaching and Learning Award.
I am a board of director for the Westgate Foundation, Ballincollig and the Chair of Westgate Foundation's marketing sub-committee.
In 2015, I was the sole recipient of Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) awards for my PhD research, which involved identifying the strategic priorities of Ireland's senior higher education managers. My thesis offered a comparison between the public and the private HE sectors in relation to how they set, implement and achieve their strategic priorities, against a particularly challenging economic backdrop. My interest in higher education strategic planning remains prominent, particularly through my work in influencing and driving UCC's strategic plan as it relates to civic engagement.