- 2011- present Lecturer/Assistant Professor in School of Communications, DCU [From 2015-2017 Director of the Societal Impact Platform, DCU]
- 2007 – 2010 Postdoctoral Fellow, DCU, and co-founder Celsius research group
- 2007 PhD Communication Studies
- 2003-2007 DCU
- 1998 MSc Science Communication
- 1997-1998 DCU/Queen’s University Belfast
- 1995 BSc in Biological Science and Environmental Pollution Sciences
- 1994-1995 University of Glamorgan, Wales (now USW, University of South Wales)
- 1993 National Diploma Biotechnology
- 1991-1992 Waterford Institute of Technology
WHY AM I INTERESTED IN RESPONSIBLE RESEARCH AND INNOVATION:
Teaching and research interests include science communication and public engagement with science and technology. I use STS approaches to examine biopolitics and societal engagement, as well as deliberative and participatory dialogue models for biotechnology, nanotechnology, and sustainable technologies. I have been involved on several EC RRI projects including PERARES (2010-13) RRING [2018-2021], OSOS [2017-2020], NUCLEUS [2015-2019] and CASE [2017-2020]. These projects, as lead and as researcher, have provided me with the tools and skills to track and analyse RRI in Europe and globally, both in theoretical constructions and operationalised in institutions and across society. A main goal is to apply RRI to central innovation policy in Ireland and across Europe.
WHAT DO I HOPE TO LEARN / CONTRIBUTE AS COUNTRY CORRESPONDENT:
As I was Irish country correspondent the Res-AgorA project, I am keen to see if there has been a shift in awareness of ‘de facto RRI’ approaches since then in Ireland , and might this awareness have moved outside academia to policy and local authorities, planning etc . More globally, the rapid advance of climate emergency and the onset of Covid-19 has demonstrated how precarious societies are and how resilient they need to be for inclusive and participatory adapting and shaping of innovation for the future. RRI and its evolving operations are more crucial than ever and I want to be instrumental in shaping the new Super-MoRRI indicators, learning from RRI in the past, adapting with the “wickedest” of problems in the present.