Affiliates

   

Professor of Entrepreneurship at Technological University Dublin, Director of the TU Dublin Institute for Minority Entrepreneurship, Adjunct Professor at the University of Turku (Finland), Member of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment ‘Project Delivery Team’ for the Dublin Regional Enterprise Plan to 2024, Honorary President of Feiyang Entrepreneurship Research Institute (China), Global Associate at the Center for Science and Commercial Diplomacy (Denmark), Former Editor of Small Enterprise Research academic journal, Fellow of the European Council for Small Business, TedX Speaker (Drogheda, 2016), Grand Jury Member for the European Enterprise Promotion Awards, Former Grand Jury Member of the GEN Startup Nations Awards, Policy Advisor to Governments, European Commission, OECD and European Training Foundation, Supervised 8 PhD students to completion (currently supervising 8 more), Board Member of Skillnet Ireland

Research/Practice Interests: Minority Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Teams

Links: www.tomcooney.ie

Email: thomas.cooney@tudublin.ie

Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour/Psychology

Research/Practice Interests: Discrimination and prejudice in the workplace; women and leadership; diversity management; gender stereotypes;

Links: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=_gNxiG0AAAAJ&hl=en

Email: mary.kinahan@tudublin.ie

Gavin Duffy is a lecturer in the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, TU Dublin and coordinator of ‘SellSTEM’, a Doctoral Training Network funded under Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. Worth just over €4M, SellSTEM consists of 15 PhD students spread across 10 universities in Europe whose projects aim to raise spatial ability levels of children in Europe, especially girls, so they are better prepared for the cognitive demands of STEM learning. Gender is a major theme in SellSTEM given the male advantage in spatial ability and the persistent under-representation of women in STEM higher education and careers, this research topic is highly relevant to both society and economy.  Gavin spent a year as visiting scholar at Ohio State University in 2016/17 and collaborates with researchers in Europe, USA and Australia.  He is also a member of CREATE, the STEM education research group at TU Dublin

Research/Practice Interests: Spatial ability in STEM learning/Project-based learning/Community-based learning

Links: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gavinoduffy/ ; https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3049-7030

Email: gavin.duffy@tudublin.ie

Dr Aoife Connolly lectures in French Studies at Technological University Dublin. She previously worked as a French lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast and at National University of Ireland, Galway. Her research examines French decolonisation, particularly the gendered dynamics of colonial processes and memory communities of the Algerian war (1954-62). Her book, Performing the Pied-Noir Family: Constructing Narratives of Settler Memory and Identity in Literature and On-Screen (Lexington Books, Lanham, MD: 2020) focuses on an especially neglected aspect of decolonisation – the former European settlers of Algeria known as the pieds-noirs, a million of whom migrated to metropolitan France as Algerian independence approached. Described as “the first book to explore how gender roles are modeled by French-Algerian settler characters in both literature and film relating to colonial Algeria”, the book provides a “much needed and elucidating study on the performativity of Pied-Noir gender roles” (H-France Review). Other gender-focused publications include: Aoife Connolly, “Telling Tales of Conquest and Independence: Feminising (French) Algeria”, in Gender. Nation. Text. Exploring Constructs of Identity, ed. Lorraine Kelly, Tina-Karen Pusse, and Jennifer Wood (London: LIT, 2017) and Aoife Connolly, “Women as Keepers of Algerian and Pied-Noir Identity?”, Socheolas 4, no. 1 (April 2012): 22–36.

Research/Practice Interests: French decolonisation; memory communities of the Algerian war; French and Francophone literature and film; young adult literature; gender, memory and identity studies.

Links: Sample publications can be found on TU Dublin's open access research repository, Arrow@TU Dublin

Email: aoife.connolly@tudublin.ie

   

Sarah Jane is Professor of Inclusive Computer Science in the School of Computer Science at TU Dublin. She joined TU Dublin (previously DIT) as a lecturer in computer science.

Research/Practice Interests: Sarah Jane’s research interests are in the area of AI and Machine Learning and the application of these technologies to real world problems. A recent area of interest is in identifying and mitigating bias in data-driven algorithms and applications.

Links:

Website:  https://www.dit.ie/computing/people/sjdelany     Google Scholar Page:  https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=CT2KCcYAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao .  Publications on Arrow:  https://arrow.tudublin.ie/do/search/?q=author_lname%3A%22Delany%22%20AND%20author_fname%3A%22Sarah%20Jane%22&start=0&context=490738&sort=date_desc&facet

Email: sarahjane.delany@TUDublin.ie

   

   

   

Full-time third year Ph.D. researcher and part-time assistant lecturer in the Law Department in TU Dublin. Previously worked as a senior research assistant in the EDI Directorate (2020-21), and as an LLM lecturer in Griffith College. Researching the impact of gender on the Irish judiciary.

Research/Practice Interest: Equality, diversity, gender, the judiciary, human rights, civil liberties, education

Links: https://www.dit.ie/llss/people/law/staffarticles/name183478en.html

Email: Caoimhe.Kiernan@TUDublin.ie

Fionnuala is a Senior Lecturer at TU Dublin, currently working as Team Leader on the Educational Model Project (2021-2024) at the University. Fionnuala is also involved with delivering Unconscious Bias training, is a member of the the University’s Athena Swan application working group and the University’s Race-Equity working group. Fionnuala's teaching areas are on Diversity in the Workplace, HRM and Organisational Behaviour. Her recent doctorate research (EdD 2016-2020) focuses on inclusion and belonging in higher education for BME students.

Research/Practice Interests: Diversifying the Curriculum, The student experience through the development of an educational model for TU Dublin, Inclusion and belonging for BME students.

Links: ORCID is 0000-0002-5296-5416 ; Twitter @DarbyFionnuala; LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/fionnuala-darby-4832a2152/

Email: Fionnuala.Darby@tudublin.ie

Katherine Nolan is an artist, lecturer and researcher specialising in gender and new media. With a particular focus on tensions between the experiential and the spectacular body, her research investigates gender, identity and desire in the context of digital cultures. Her artistic practice is primarily performance and lens-based media, and she has exhibited internationally in Europe, America and Asia. She regularly curates with MART Gallery and Studios and Livestock Performance Art Platform. Recent exhibitions include Fluid Flesh (2021) and The Mistress of the Mantle (2017) solo exhibitions at MART Dublin and group shows at LACE Los Angeles, Supermarket Art Fair Stockholm and Future Histories at Kilmainham Gaol. Recent research papers include; Fear of missing out: performance art through the lens of participatory culture (2021) in the International Journal of Performance Arts & Digital Media; Life on Pause: Entanglements of the Maternal and The Mortal in a Global Pandemic in Performance in a Pandemic published by Routledge (2021); and Reading Queer Irish Performance across Live and Digital Practices in Interfaces Journal (2021); She is a member of the Intersections: Feminism, Technology & Digital Humanities Network, and the Centre for Socially Engaged Practice-Based Research, TU Dublin.  She Lectures in Creative Digital Media in Technological University Dublin.

Research/Practice Interests: performance, art, digital media, lens-based media, practice-based research, feminism, gender, critical theory

Links: http://www.katherinenolan.net/

Email: Katherine.Nolan@tudublin.ie

Dr Catherine Deegan has a primary degree and PhD in Applied Physics from Dublin City University, as well as a Postgrad Diploma in Clinical Engineering from Trinity College Dublin. She worked as a Biomedical engineer at St James Hospital, as well as previously holding teaching positions in DCU, TCD and Maynooth University.  Catherine has worked at TU Dublin since 2000 and is currently an Assistant Head of School in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with management responsibilities in teaching, programme development, staff development, and research. In 2016-17, Catherine was seconded to Ireland’s National Forum for Teaching and Learning as the project manager to lead a review of the digital capacity in Irish higher education. She is also engaged in pedagogical and practice research and has recently completed an MA in Higher Education on the impact of assistive technology on Irish higher education practice. She was shortlisted for AHEAD Ireland's national Universal Design for Teaching and Learning in 2020 for her work in using universal design for learning in teaching research methods to undergraduates. Catherine co-leads the TU Dublin Assistive Technology Community of Practice, funded by the National-Forum and IMPACT, as well as the TU Dublin EDI fund.  Additional applied research interests incorporate various sensor integration applications including, sensor fusion, image processing biometrics, biomechanics and associated wearable technology. She has supervised several Masters and PhD students and has led a successful commercialisation venture that led to technology transfer licencing and a successful spin-out company in 2012.

Research/Practice Interests: Universal Design for Learning, Learner Diversity, Technology Enhanced Learning, Assistive technology in Higher Education, Learners and teachers with diverse needs,

Links: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8460-3831

Email: Catherine.Deegan@TUDublin.ie

Assistant Librarian, Blanchardstown Campus. Project Developer and Manager for Building Multistories. Member of the Blanchardstown DEI Committee. Previously employed in RTÉ; member of the Trade Union Group, representing SIPTU, founding member of the RTÉ Equality Group, with position of secretary.

Research/Practice Interests: EDI, Universal Design and Access, Gender Equality, Race Equality.

Email: Lindsay.Dowling@tudublin.ie

Dr Una Beagon is Assistant Head of School of the School of Civil & Structural Engineering at the Technological University, Dublin and a Chartered Structural Engineer. She held senior positions in industry before joining TU Dublin in 2013.   Una has always been an advocate of women in the engineering profession, a role which was recognised when she was awarded the Karen Burt Award from the Women’s Engineering Society in 2001. She has since been involved in initiatives with local girl’s schools in the Dublin area as a way to encourage young women to join the engineering profession. Outside of her academic role, she is the current Vice Chair of the Institution of Structural Engineers in Ireland. 

Research/Practice Interests: Her research in Engineering Education centres around using pedagogical initiatives to improve professional skills in engineering students, shaped by her previous industry experience as a consulting engineer in Ireland and abroad. Her interests also include phenomenography as a research method, problem-based learning and experiences of women in their engineering education and career journey.

Links:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-una-beagon-95566b18/                  https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=B-PifMoAAAAJ&hl=en https://arrow.tudublin.ie/do/search/?q=beagon&start=0&context=490738&facet= https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6789-7009            

Email: una.beagon@tudublin.ie

   

Nathalie Cazaux is a French lecturer and has been teaching at all levels in the Technological University Dublin for more than twenty years. Her research interests range from the integration of technology in language learning to gamification, intercultural relationships in the workplace and Universal Design for learning. 

Research/Practice Interests: Her interests lie in the use of technology in learning and its effect on motivation as well as its potential positive influence in the integration of a diverse cohort of students. She is currently working within the fields of Computer Assisted Language Learning, Gamification, Universal Design for Learning and the connected worlds of Social Media.  In association with Dr Helen Williams, Dr Eamon Maher and Odette Gabaudan in TUDublin, she has developed the website www.frenchgrammartour.com with the help of the French Embassy and the Institut Francais. She is currently working with colleagues Dr Riana Walsh, Susanna Nocchi and Odette Gabaudan to promote #LanguagesPathway, a new versatile platform to encourage second level students to keep their language at Third Level. She has also been developing the use of Gamification in Education thanks to an #IMPACT bursary. Last year she organised a Game Jam which brought multidisciplinary teams of students together to create educational games. Prototypes can be accessed HERE and the first final mini-games will be launched soon.

Links: www.frenchgrammartour.com

Email: Nathalie.Cazaux@tudublin.ie

Will is a lecturer in Social Science and Humanities on TU Dublin's Access Foundation Programme. He established the programme in 2009. He has also lectured on youth work, community and regional development undergraduate and postgraduate programmes for both TU Dublin and Dundalk Institute of Technology.   Prior to working in higher education Will worked for over 10 years in the community and voluntary sector. He currently serves as Chairperson of Digital Action, an international NGO established to combat digital threats to democracy. He is also a trustee of the Mount Street Club Trust, a charitable foundation set up to combat the effects of educational disadvantage. He was a company director for the Yes Equality campaign in Ireland in 2015. Will has been a Central Group member of the Community Worker’s Cooperative and Chairperson of Lourdes Youth and Community Services. Will worked in the western Balkans and Turkey in the mid 2000s on equality and education projects with a particular emphasis on post-conflict institution building.  He was a ministerial appointment to the National AIDS Strategy Committee from 2000 – 2005 and was the national evaluator for the KnowNow Rapid HIV testing programme in 2016/17. He holds postgraduate qualifications in both community development and education. He is a member of the Sociological Association of Ireland.

Research/Practice Interests: Digital threats to democracy, Queer studies, LGBTQI community building, Community Development, Educational Disadvantage, HIV prevention strategies

Links: https://www.linkedin.com/in/will-peters-9597931/

Email: william.peters@TUDublin.ie

Lecturer

Research/Practice Interests: Relationship Marketing, Engaged Scholarship, Community Engagement, Dialogical Exchange with Diverse Groups

Email: conor.horan@TUDublin.ie

Lecturer/ Tutor School of law languages and social sciences

Research/Practice Interests: Equality, inclusion, diversity. Practice education and learning. Working in partnership with communities

Links:

https://www.dit.ie/llss/people/staff/staffarticles/name157614en.html          https://arrow.tudublin.ie/ijass/vol20/iss2/5/

Email: Margaret.Fingleton@TUDublin.ie

Melody Chadamoyo is a professional Librarian who has worked as Library Desk Manager in TU Dublin for over 15 years. She holds MSc (Econ) Information & Library Studies and Certified Life & Relationship Coach. Melody is interested in research findings in many different fields including the impact of trauma on wellbeing, how to heal fully from negative experiences, how to enhance male/female relationships and lately studying if racism has an impact on professional black men’s sense of self and personal relationships.  She is an author of “Why self-love is the key to true love”, speaker and amateur performer. She is the Founder of Heart Passion Institute an organisation passionate about healing and researching what facilitates relationships with self and others to thrive.  She holds MSc (Econ) Information & Library Studies and Certified Life & Relationship Coach. Melody is a member of the SoloSirens Collective, an all-female drama group.

Research/Practice Interests: The impact of trauma on well-being, how to heal fully from negative life experiences, how to enhance male/female relationships and lately studying if racism has an impact on professional black men’s sense of self and personal relationships.

Links: https://heartpassioninstitute.com , https://sway.office.com/A9ZBKpHqPJ6xuJTM

Email: Melody.Chinenyanga@TUDublin.ie

   

Formerly Director and Dean, College of Arts and Tourism. Currently Strategic Lead (European University).

Research/Practice Interests: VR in Education

Links: www.johnoconnor.org

Email: john.oconnor@TUDublin.ie

I currently coordinate the work of the Grangegorman Labour & Learning Forum, a multi-agency voluntary body in which TU Dublin plays a leading role and whose aim is to ensure that local communities benefit from social, educational and economic opportunities arising from the Grangegorman Development.  I have nearly four decades' experience of working with a range of socially and economically disadvantaged groups in a number of community, voluntary and non-governmental organisations in Ireland and the UK.  I hold a BA in English & French (TCD), an MA in Industrial Relations (Keele) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Adult, Community & Further Education (Maynooth).

Research/Practice Interests: Educational disadvantage; labour market access and inequality; systemic and structural inequality; intersectionality of exclusions and oppressions; rights-based social justice; the social economy/social enterprise.

Links:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathleenmccann2/ ; https://tudublin.ie/connect/communities/gllf/ ; https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20210116120313961 ; https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:1f679798-efec-489e-b1c9-80ce3251c388#pageNum=1 ;

Email: Kathleen.Mccann@TUDublin.ie

   

   

Susan Looby, B.Comm, FCCA, Dip IoD  is a Lecturer in the School of Business at TU Dublin (Blanchardstown Campus).  Susan has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from NUIG and following this, she qualified as a professional accountant while working in London. Susan has a Diploma in Company Direction and is currently volunteering on a number of not-for-profit boards/committees and is chairing an Audit, Finance and Governance Committee.   She brings to her students the benefit of over 20 years' experience working as a senior executive in the financial services sector in both London & Dublin, where her roles ranged from Group Financial Accountant, Company Secretary, Finance Manager, Company Director and finally Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for an international business.  Susan commenced lecturing in the University in 2018 and since then she has specialised in delivering accounting and finance modules across multiple degree programmes and she has also enjoyed lecturing modules in entrepreneurship and business start-ups.  Her style of teaching provides a good blend of theoretical knowledge, practical industry focus, using case studies, research projects, group work projects and presentations.  Throughout her career she has developed a strong understand of the value of team work and has brought this into her academic career where she has enjoyed working with other academic colleagues on course board meetings, department meetings, committees and teams. She was involved in the development of the recently accredited BSc in Accounting and Finance degree programme, a collaboration between colleagues in the Blanchardstown and Tallaght campuses.   Susan is a qualified accountant (FCCA) and is committed to continuing her CPD while working at TU Dublin. Since starting working at TU Dublin, she commenced the Chartered Directors Programme with the Institute of Directors Ireland and received a Diploma in Company Direction (Distinction) in July 2020.  Susan intends developing her academic qualifications further and has commenced a Masters by Research through TU Dublin in 2021.   Susan is a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA) and a member of the Institute of Directors Ireland.  

Research/Practice Interests: I have recently started a research masters with TU Dublin in 2021. Susan Looby – A qualitative study of gender diversity in private company boards & senior executive management in the financial services sector.   What is the Problem? Ireland has a highly qualified work force and both men and women from any ethnic / cultural background should be able to enjoy the same opportunities and reach their full potential.  I am passionate about achieving gender diversity right across all aspects of our society.  The benefit in having gender diversity is very apparent in government, where with better female representation, issues that affect gender are more fairly addressed. This benefit can also be seen in the private sector where there has been much research and articles in recent times into the strong business case for having diversity on boards and in senior executive positions in terms of the improvement to overall business performance, decision making and bottom line profits. 1.  In Ireland, the financial services sector has a high level of female participation, (just over 50%),2. but women are under-represented at senior executive management and board level.  My research will seek to gain an insider's perspective and understanding of why a sector that has such strong female representation in their workforce has such poor female representation at senior executive and board level.    In order to gain this understanding, I will conduct qualitative research in a select number of private companies in the financial services sector in Ireland, (between 2 – 4 companies). The aim of this research will be to get a more in-depth understanding of the issues that exist to achieving gender diversity in senior management positions and to highlight approaches that could be taken to improve gender diversity and inclusion.   There is a significant amount of quantitative research on gender diversity on boards and in senior management positions, conducted by, for example Central Statistics office (CSO), Grant Thornton Women in Business, Balance for Better Business 3..  The most recent 3rd report from the Balance for Better Business government initiative, was issued in December 2020. This report shows that there has been good progress in female participation on boards and leadership teams, especially for ISEQ20 companies, where the average representation on boards has moved from 18% when the initiative was launched in 2018, to over 27% in 2020.  It should also be noted that Publicly Listed Companies (PLCs) are driven to achieving board diversity through compliance with the UK Corporate Governance Code, (“the Code”) and the Irish Corporate Governance annex.  My research will focus on private companies, who unlike PLCs are not required to comply with diversity disclosures and requirements of the Code. It is clear from recent research by the CSO in 2019, that there is more work to be done in private companies, with only 20% of board members being female, though in senior executive positions, 28% were female.3    This is impact-focused research which will build on the quantitative research conducted in Ireland on gender diversity in senior management.  I believe that qualitative research, gaining an insider's perspective through understanding personal narratives, could be very beneficial in gaining a more in-depth understanding of the issues and suggesting paths to improvement in gender diversity & inclusion.

Links: https://www.linkedin.com/in/susan-looby-3bb38b17

Email: susan.looby@tudublin.ie

Dr Tanya Dean is an Assistant Lecturer in Drama in the Conservatoire of the Technological University Dublin, and Programme Chair of the B.A. (Hons) in Drama (Performance). She completed her Doctor of Fine Arts with Yale School of Drama in 2016, where she also received her Master of Fine Arts in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism in 2011. She is a former Assistant Editor of Theatre Research International, former General Manager for Irish Theatre Magazine, and also served as co-Managing Editor for Theater magazine. Her writing has appeared in Irish Theatre Magazine, Theatre History Studies, and numerous edited collections. From 2015-2017, Tanya served as a committee member for #WakingTheFeminists, and was a Research Associate on the report, Gender Counts: An analysis of gender in Irish theatre 2006-15. Her teaching and research interests include dramaturgy, playwriting, feminist theatre, contemporary and modern Irish theatre, and performance practice. Tanya is Associate Dramaturg of Then This Theatre Company in Dublin, and has worked extensively as a freelance dramaturg in Ireland, the UK, the USA, and Iceland.

Research/Practice Interests: Dramaturgy, Fairy Tales in European Theatre, Modern and Contemporary Irish Theatre, Feminism

Email: Tanya.Dean@TUDublin.ie

Zuzana Tesárová has a Masters in Social Education from Comenius University, Slovakia. She  has worked with marginalised groups for much of her career to date, including groups with  addiction issues, groups involved in the sex industry and with refugees. She was Integration  Coordinator with the South Dublin County Partnership for 12 years where she had a particular  interest in the challenges facing older migrants. She is the founding member and a v/chair of the Tallaght Roma Integration Project. She currently lectures in Social care and  ECCE programme on the Tallaght campus.

Research/Practice Interests: Integration challanges of people who are most in danager of poverty and social exclusion; in particular older migrants and members of the Roma community

Email: Zuzana.Tesarova@TUDublin.ie

Project Team Leader, WP2 on Inclusiveness and Embeddedness, European University of Technology (EUt+) since April 2021.  Formally Head of Research, College of Business at TU Dublin. 

Research/Practice Interests: My research interests are in international entrepreneurship and creative industry strategic contexts. I also write on issues of inclusiveness in higher education and the research teaching nexus.

Links: https://arrow.tudublin.ie/do/search/?q=author_lname%3A%22McQuillan%22%20AND%20author_fname%3A%22Deirdre%22&start=0&context=490738&sort=date_desc&facet=

Email: Deirdre.Mcquillan@TUDublin.ie

   

Anna-Maria has lectured and taught at UCD, UCC, DIT and WIT in German Literature and Film, and also Film and Media Studies.  Lecturer, Dept. of Humanities, TUD (Tallaght Campus) since 1992.

Research/Practice Interests: Film and Media Representation of Minority Groups, German Film and Media History, Media Histories of Sports and Leisure, Blue Humanities.

Links: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-maria-mullally-40ba3ab4/

Email: Anna-Maria.Mullally@TUDublin.ie