Research Profile

Gertrude Cotter

Biography

Dr. Gertrude Cotter is a Lecturer at the Centre for Global Development, UCC.  She lectures in the field of Development and Global Citizenship Education.  She is the academic coordinator of the Praxis Project, UCC’s flagship project aiming to promote and integrate Development and Global Citizenship Education across the university.  This project is based at the Centre for Global Development.  She is also the co-academic coordinator of ‘Id Est’ a project which introduces student teachers to Development Education.  In the past, she has lectured in International Relations and Latin American History at the school of education and also coordinated UCC’s Diploma in Development Studies.  She also lectured in Community Development, Social Care Management and Reflective Practice at the Tralee Institute of Technology. She was previously CEO of Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre, and played a seminal role in its development.  She also managed community development projects and family resource centres in Ireland.   She has worked in France, Italy and the UK in different capacities. In earlier years she worked as a development worker in Bolivia and Thailand. Alongside Development Education, she has a particular interest in Refugee, Asylum-Seeker and Migrant support and advocacy, education for people with disabilities, Community-Linked Learning and Multimedia Learning.  Her PhD research is about engaging students in development education through community-linked learning and multimedia storytelling, locally and globally.  She has a wide range of third-level qualifications, including three masters, an MSc in Development Management, an MA in (Latin American) History and an MA in Digital Humanities.  She is a qualified secondary school teacher and has four higher diplomas, in Education, Social Science Research, Public Relations and Creative Digital Marketing. 

Research Interests

Education for Social Justice, Human Rights and Global Citizenship. 

Teaching approaches and methodologies include, where relevant: Critical Pedagogy; Multimedia; Community-Linked Learning; Creative Arts, Drama, Digital Storytelling and Film.

  • Activism
  • Community-Based Learning
  • Story Telling/ Social Justice
  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Radio and Development Education

I have led the following research projects:


  •  Development and Intercultural Education (DICE) Project, 2010; Research project across schools and teacher training colleges in Ireland leading to the production of a guide (DVD) for schools on Development and Intercultural Education; Research project across schools and teacher training colleges in Ireland leading to the production of a guide (DVD) for schools on Development and Intercultural Education;
  •  Integrating Ireland (Now the Integration Centre) 2003-4; Commissioned as a researcher and published book “A Guide to Published Research on Refugees, Asylum-Seekers and Immigrants in Ireland”, Integrating Ireland, Dublin 2004. Reprinted 2005/2006; Commissioned as a researcher and published book “A Guide to Published Research on Refugees, Asylum-Seekers and Immigrants in Ireland”, Integrating Ireland, Dublin 2004. Reprinted 2005/2006;
  •  Higher Education Equality Unit, UCC 2002-2003; Worked as a researcher and published “Creating an Intercultural Campus”, (with M. Fitzgibbon), Higher Education Equality Unit, Cork, 2002;
  • Irish Centre for Migration Studies, UCC 2001 Commissioned to carry out research for West Limerick Partnership. This Needs Analysis of Migrant Workers in West Limerick interviewing 80  people and using SPSS software.
  • As CEO of  Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre 2001-2009 I led several research   projects, the most significant of which were:
  • “In Our Own Words” Nasc training guide based on the experiences of people who are Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum-Seekers living in Ireland. (Ed), Nasc, Cork. First edition 2006. Second Ed 2008 (Project linked UCC Migration Studies Students and Migrants);
  • “North Meets South” Development Education Sessions for Older Teenagers (Ed), Nasc, Cork, 2008;
  • “Hidden Cork” Perspectives of Asylum Seekers on Direct Provision and the Asylum Legal System, (Ed) Nasc, 2008 (Led this project which involved interviews and semi-structured   interviews with Asylum-Seekers in Cork);
  • “Employment, Enterprise and Education: A Guide for Migrants in Cork”, (Ed) Nasc, Cork 2008;
  • “Integrating the Future: Nasc’s Strategy on Access to Employment, Education and Enterprise  for Migrants in Cork”, (Ed)  Nasc, Cork, 2008 (Led this project which involved consultation with  migrants, education/ enterprise/employment bodies and academics.);
  • “Where are We Now”. Led consultation process with asylum seekers and produced this film for Cork European Year of Culture 2005 with Frameworks Films.

More recent academic funding grants are outlined in the Research Grants section below.  Prior to my recent academic career (I started my PhD in 2014), I was engaged with a number of NGOs and I had a particularly strong record in attracting grants.  I consider it one of my strongest skills.  All of the grants mentioned in this section and the Research Grants section, were applications I completed myself, although sometimes under an NGO, under my consultancy work or under a named Principal Investigator in academic settings.

Pre 2014 I applied successfully for the following grants:

European Union Grants
  • European Social Fund:  €50,000
  • European Integration Fund: €10,000

Irish Statutory Local/National
  • Social and Family Affairs/Training and Equipment: €10,000
    Irish Aid/Staff: 
  • Irish Aid/Staff: €50,000
  • Arts Office City Council European Year of Culture: €10,000
  • Dept Environment/City Council/HSE: €20,000
  • Irish Aid Major Grant for National NGO (Client): €150,000

Major Philanthropy
  • Atlantic Philanthropies: €450,000
  • One Foundation: €150,000
  • Rowntree Trust Seed Funding: €40,000

Non-Governmental
  • Trócaire: €15,000
  • Community Foundation: €5,000
  • Business in the Community Support: 
  • Also applied successfully to FAS for Community Employment Staff and to the VEC for tutor hour funding.

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Ubuntu - Student teachers' civic engagement with DE: Phase 5Other: Not Listed01-OCT-1801-SEP-19€10,000.00
Development Education Strategic Partnership Grant Scheme (with Community Radio Youghal)Other: Not Listed01-JAN-1931-DEC-19€6,000.00
Civic Engagement in Social Justice IssuesIrish Research Council01-JAN-1428-FEB-18€96,000.00
Development Education Strategic Partnership Grant Scheme (with Community Radio Youghal)Other: Not Listed01-JAN-1831-DEC-18€6,000.00
Ubuntu - Student teachers' civic engagement with DE: Phase 3Other: Not Listed01-OCT-1601-OCT-17€5,100.00
Development Education Grant Scheme (with Community Radio Youghal)Other: Not Listed01-JAN-1631-DEC-16€5,000.00
Praxis Project Year 2, Integrating Development and Global Citizenship Education across UCC. With Centre for Global Development.Other: Not Listed01-SEP-2030-SEP-21€75,000.00
Ubuntu - Student teachers' civic engagement with DE: Phase 4Other: Not Listed01-SEP-1701-SEP-18€7,000.00
Ubuntu - Student teachers' civic engagement with DE: Phase 2Other: Not Listed01-OCT-1501-OCT-16€5,000.00
Praxis Project Year 1, Integrating Development and Global Citizenship Education across UCC – with Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL)Other: Not Listed01-SEP-1930-SEP-20€20,000.00
Artist in the CommunityOther: Not Listed01-OCT-1501-JUN-16€10,000.00
Older Person’s Grant – Citizenship and Community Gardening (with Family Carers)Other: Not Listed01-OCT-1401-DEC-15€6,000.00
Cork City Twinning Grant 1 – with School of GermanOther: Not Listed01-OCT-1501-DEC-15€500.00
Cork City Twinning Grant 1 – With Family Carers Cork and CardiffOther: Not Listed01-OCT-1501-DEC-16€500.00
Global Citizenship & DisabilityOther: Not Listed01-OCT-1501-DEC-15€1,000.00
Development Education Strategic Partnership Grant Scheme (with Community Radio Youghal)Other: Not Listed01-JAN-2031-DEC-20€6,000.00
Development Education Grant Scheme (with Community Radio Youghal)Other: Not Listed01-JAN-1431-DEC-14€5,000.00
Community Foundation of Ireland (Women in Leadership for ethnic minority groups)Other: Not Listed01-OCT-1401-DEC-15€6,000.00
Development Education Grant Scheme (with Community Radio Youghal)Other: Not Listed01-JAN-1721-DEC-17€6,000.00
Ubuntu - Student teachers' civic engagement with DE: Phase IOther: Not Listed01-SEP-1431-AUG-15€5,000.00
Older Person’s Grant – Citizenship and Community Gardening (with Cheshire Homes)Other: Not Listed01-OCT-1501-DEC-16€6,000.00
Development Education Grant Scheme (with Community Radio Youghal)Other: Not Listed01-JAN-1531-DEC-15€5,000.00

Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2017)“Human Rights. Our Rights!” - Communicating Human Rights in Community Radio. Trainer’s Handbook & Resources.
Cotter, G. (2017) “Human Rights. Our Rights!” - Communicating Human Rights in Community Radio. Trainer’s Handbook & Resources. Galway, Ireland: CRAOL: The Community Radio Forum of Ireland, Galway. [Details]
(2008)Employment, Enterprise and Education: A Guide for Migrants in Cork.
Cotter, G., (Ed.) (2008) Employment, Enterprise and Education: A Guide for Migrants in Cork. Cork, Ireland: Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre, Cork. [Details]
(2008)Integrating the Future: Nasc’s Strategy on Access to Employment, Education and Enterprise for Migrants in Cork.
Cotter, G. (2008) Integrating the Future: Nasc’s Strategy on Access to Employment, Education and Enterprise for Migrants in Cork. Cork, Ireland: Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre, Cork. [Details]
(2008)“North Meets South” Development Education Sessions for Older Teenagers.
Cotter, G., (Ed.) (2008) “North Meets South” Development Education Sessions for Older Teenagers. Cork, Ireland: Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre, Cork. [Details]
(2006)“In Our Own Words” Nasc training guide based on the experiences of people who are Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum-Seekers living in Ireland.
Cotter, G., (Ed.) (2006) “In Our Own Words” Nasc training guide based on the experiences of people who are Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum-Seekers living in Ireland. Cork, Ireland: Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre, Cork. [Details]
(2004)A Guide to Published Research on Refugees, Asylum-Seekers and Immigrants in Ireland.
Cotter, G. (2004) A Guide to Published Research on Refugees, Asylum-Seekers and Immigrants in Ireland. Dublin, Ireland: Integrating Ireland, Dublin.   [Details]
(2002)Creating an Intercultural Campus.
Cotter, G., Fitzgibbon, M. (2002) Creating an Intercultural Campus. Cork, Ireland: Higher Education Equality Unit, University College Cork. [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2015)'Parenting in a Multicultural Society: Migrants and their Experiences of Parenting in Ireland'
Cotter, G., Olaniyi, K. (2015) 'Parenting in a Multicultural Society: Migrants and their Experiences of Parenting in Ireland' In: Learning on the Job: Parenting in Modern Ireland. Ireland: Oak Tree Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2018)'Critical Researchers ‘Of and For Our Times’: Exploring Student Teachers’ Use of Critical Multicultural and Development Education Frameworks in their Professional Research Papers (PRPs)'
Cotter, G., O’Brien, S. (2018) 'Critical Researchers ‘Of and For Our Times’: Exploring Student Teachers’ Use of Critical Multicultural and Development Education Frameworks in their Professional Research Papers (PRPs)'. Policy & Practice: Development Education Review, :74-104   [Details]
(2018)'Nailing our Development Education Flag to the Mast and Flying it High: Rethinking Critical Approaches to Global and Development Education'
Cotter, G. (2018) 'Nailing our Development Education Flag to the Mast and Flying it High: Rethinking Critical Approaches to Global and Development Education'. Policy & Practice: Development Education Review, (27):127-141   [Details]

Newsletter

 YearPublication
(1994)Bolivian Bulletin Monthly Bulletin. La Paz, Bolivia: CEDOIN.
Cotter, G. (1994) Bolivian Bulletin Monthly Bulletin. La Paz, Bolivia: CEDOIN. Newsletter [Details]

Thesis/Dissertation

 YearPublication
(2019)Global-Local Connections: What Educators, who use community-linked and multimedia Methodologies, can learn about critically engaging university students in Development Education. (PhD).
Cotter, G. (2019) Global-Local Connections: What Educators, who use community-linked and multimedia Methodologies, can learn about critically engaging university students in Development Education. (PhD). Cork, Ireland: Thesis/Dissertation [Details]
(1989)Britain and Peron’s Argentina: 1946-1955.
Cotter, N.G. (1989) Britain and Peron’s Argentina: 1946-1955. Cork, Ireland: Thesis/Dissertation [Details]

Interview

 YearPublication
(2007)Conference told of need to reunite migrant families (Irish Times).
Kelleher, Olivia (2007) Conference told of need to reunite migrant families (Irish Times). Interview   [Details]
(2006)Asylum seeker (19) told to leave his hostel (Irish Times).
O’Brien, Carl (2006) Asylum seeker (19) told to leave his hostel (Irish Times). Interview   [Details]
(2005)Woman not allowed to travel for abortion (Irish Times).
Holl, Kitty (2005) Woman not allowed to travel for abortion (Irish Times). Interview   [Details]
(2005)Call for new approach to aid migrants adapt to life here (Irish Times).
Kelleher, Olivia (2005) Call for new approach to aid migrants adapt to life here (Irish Times). Interview   [Details]
(2004)Racist attacks prompt call for tougher legislation (Irish Times).
Roche, Barry (2004) Racist attacks prompt call for tougher legislation (Irish Times). Interview   [Details]
(2004)Cork-based immigrant group calls for No vote (Irish Times).
O’Connor, Niall (2004) Cork-based immigrant group calls for No vote (Irish Times). Interview   [Details]
(2004)Cork asylum support group has to find new premises (Irish Times).
Roche, Barry (2004) Cork asylum support group has to find new premises (Irish Times). Interview   [Details]
(2003)Support centre for refugees in Cork may close (Irish Times).
O’Brien, Carl (2003) Support centre for refugees in Cork may close (Irish Times). Interview   [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2018The Irish Research Council National Forum Postgraduate Scholarship for Teaching and Learning at Higher Education The National Forum for Teaching and Learning at Higher Education, through the Irish Research Council
2017The Irish Research Council National Forum Postgraduate Scholarship for Teaching and Learning at Higher Education The National Forum for Teaching and Learning at Higher Education, through the Irish Research Council
2016The Irish Research Council National Forum Postgraduate Scholarship for Teaching and Learning at Higher Education The National Forum for Teaching and Learning at Higher Education, through the Irish Research Council
2015Arts in Context Award Cork City Council Arts Office
2015The Irish Research Council National Forum Postgraduate Scholarship for Teaching and Learning at Higher Education The National Forum for Teaching and Learning at Higher Education, through the Irish Research Council
2014The Irish Research Council National Forum Postgraduate Scholarship for Teaching and Learning at Higher Education The National Forum for Teaching and Learning at Higher Education, through the Irish Research Council

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
University of Sanctuary Committee, UCC Member2015 /
Comhlamh, Organisation for Irish Development Workers Deputy Chairperson/Staff Liaison Officer2014 / 2016
The Roma Support Group, Cork Member2014 / 2014
National Executive of the Family Resource Centres Forum Member2003 / 2004
The Irish Refugee Council Member2001 / 2002
The Wheel, National Representative Body for the Community and Voluntary Sector in Ireland Member2000 / 2001
Integrating Ireland Joint Chairperson1997 / 1999

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Education Sector Various – See below01-JAN-90 / 01-JAN-13
UCC, School of Nursing Post-Doctorate Researcher01-SEP-17 /
Global Citizen Contact Point Owner/Director01-JUL-14 / 30-APR-20
UCC - Centre for Global Development Lecturer01-SEP-18 / 12-MAY-20
Community Radio Youghal Presenter of ‘The Global Hub’01-NOV-14 /
Community and Voluntary Sector Various – See below01-JAN-90 / 01-JAN-14
Id Est Introducing Development Education to Student Teachers01-OCT-14 /

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2013Open University Post Graduate DiplomaSocial Science Research Methods
1989University College Cork Master of Arts DegreeLatin American History
1987University College Cork Bachelor of Arts DegreeEnglish and History
2002University College Cork Higher DiplomaEducation
2019University College Cork PhDEducation
2013University College Cork Post Graduate CertificateCreative and Digital Marketing
2014University College Cork Master of Arts DegreeDigital Humanities
2010Open University Master of Science Degree1st Class Honours
1993Dublin Institute of Technology Higher DiplomaPublic Relations

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
French BasicBasicBasic
Spanish FunctionalFunctionalFunctional
Italian BasicBasicBasic

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
Family Carers Ireland, Cork Branch
Facilitator/Trainer: Advocacy
CRAOL, National Network Community Radio Ireland
Development of FETAC Level 3 Module on the theme of Radio and Human Rights. Staff training.
Community Radio Youghal
Presenter of The Global Hub Radio Show Trainer: Community Members
Cheshire Homes, Cork
Year 1: Creator of Digital Stories/Archive Year 2: Facilitator, Community Gardening and Citizenship

Outreach Activities

 Description

• Volunteered at residential centre for six elderly men.

• Network of organisations supporting Asylum-Seekers, Refugees and Immigrants.

• Coordinator of Volunteers Cork, Migration Programme.

• Co-founder of this sub group of Cómhlamh offering anti-racism training to wider community, statutory agencies and schools.

• Active member for 30 years. Involved in numerous policy advocacy, educational and campaigning activities on global development issues.

• Developed first strategic plan and ran course in Training for Transformation with Women’s Group.

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Current teaching interests are in the field of Development and Global Citizenship Education.  Have also designed and delivered online courses.  

Previously I have lectured in the following fields:
  • Development Studies
  • Social Care Management
  • Reflective Practice
  • Community Development
  • International Development
  • Latin American History  

Teaching approaches and methodologies include, where relevant: Critical Pedagogy; Multimedia; Community-Linked Learning; Creative Arts, Drama, Digital Storytelling and Film.

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2021Development and Global Citizenship Education (DGCE) UW0012Development and Global Citizenship Education (DGCE)

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