BA, HDip Ed, PhD

Contact Details

LECTURER
Discipline of Geography
Arts/Science Building
NUI Galway
Galway
T: 0035391494118
E: maura.farrell@nuigalway.ie
Twitter: @MauraFarrellNUIG Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maurafarrell Skype: maura_farrell
 
researcher
 

Biography

Dr Maura Farrell is a Geography Lecturer in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Irish Studies.  Maura’s teaching reflects her research specialism, which revolves around Rural and Agricultural Geography and her interests focus on processes of social, cultural and economic change for rural inhabitants.  On completion of a Teagasc Walsh Fellow PhD and awarded the Teagasc Bob O’ Connor Award for Research Excellence in 2009, Maura was appointed Post-Doctoral Researcher and Project Coordinator of the EU Framework Seven Project: Developing Europe’s Rural Regions in an Era of Globalization (DERREG).  Following a full time lecturing appointment in NUI Galway and in response to a 2015 Tender from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Dr Farrell successfully led NUI Galway’s bid to run Ireland’s National Rural Network in conjunction with three other national partners. The National Rural Network is highly significant as the Department of Agriculture’s dissemination ‘vehicle’ for the national Rural Development Programme for 2014-2020, worth €3.92 billion.  Internationally, Dr Farrell is a member of a Geography partnership that forms part of a wider European consortium (led by Professor Mike Woods, Aberystwyth University) that won a 5-year Horizon 2020 project in 2016 (Integrative Mechanisms for Addressing Spatial Justice and Territorial Inequalities in Europe – IMAJINE).  In 2016, Dr Farrell was also one of three Geography staff who successfully applied for a project under the Northern Peripheries and Arctic Programme, examining peripheral livelihoods and land uses.  In 2018, Maura again successfully led the NUI Galway’s bid for the EU Horizon 2020 RURALIZATION project, which has 18 EU partners and received over €6 million funding.  All four projects have a budget value of over one point five million euro.  Maura has published and presented her research work extensively on a national and international basis and participated in numerous national and international rural conferences and seminar sessions, in addition to being an invited guest on numerous occasions for rural events and conferences. 

Research Interests

Maura's research background is in Rural Geography, with a primary focus on the nature of agricultural change and rural development.  Additional areas of interest include rural return migration, rural gender studies, land use, with a particular focus on forestry and family farming.  Maura's research agenda includes both a national and international focus.   
 PhD Research:
Action Plan for Rural Development 

National Rural Network:   
Horizon 2020:  
Northern Peripheries and Artic Programme:
eTownz Project:
DERREG Project:
Gender Innovation: ·        

CEDRA Plus Project:
Economic of Succession and Inheritance:
County Clare Wood Energy Project:
Northern Periphery and Artic Programme:

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
RURALIZATION 01-MAY-19 30-APR-23
Action Plan for Rural Development: Impact Indicators 28-APR-17 26-JUL-17
H2020 IMAJINE project (Integrative Mechanisms for Addressing Spatial Justice and Territorial Inequalities in Europe). 02-JAN-17 30-DEC-21
IRC POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP 2016 AOIFE NÍ FHLATHARTA - Women and Rural Innovation: The Sustainability of Peripheral Rural Regions within the Wild Atlantic Way 01-OCT-16 30-SEP-19
eTOWNZ - COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT - eConcept Web Solutions Ltd. EI Innovation Voucher 30-JUN-16 30-JUN-17
MAURA FARRELL GENERAL RESEARCH ACCOUNT 23-JUN-16 22-JUN-26
PI OVERHEADS - Irish Rural Link Services for the delivery of a National Rural Network for the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 27-JAN-16 30-DEC-20
Irish Rural Link Services for the delivery of a National Rural Network for the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 27-JAN-16 30-DEC-20
National Rural Network 04-JAN-16 31-DEC-20
ETownz 09-MAR-15 30-JUN-16
A COLLABORATIVE APPROACH TO THE DELIVERY OF ENTERPRISE SUPPORTS AND SKILLS IN RURAL AREAS MAURA FARRELL 01-OCT-14 30-APR-24
ECONOMICS OF SUCCESSION AND INHERITANCE MAURA FARRELL 01-SEP-14 07-SEP-18

Contract Researchers

  Researcher Name Project Role Funding Body
Dr Teresa Hooks National Rural Network Post Doctoral Researcher on the National Rural Network Project
Aine Byrne National Rural Network Assistant Researcher
Dr Aisling Murtagh RURALIZATION Horizon 2020 Post Doctoral Researcher
Dr Therese Conway National Rural Network Project Post Doctoral Researcher
Dr Shane Conway National Rural Network Post Doctoral Researcher

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2020) 'Mobility, Cohesion and Human Wellbeing: Polish Migrants to Rural Ireland'
Farrell, M, and Mahon, M. (2020) 'Mobility, Cohesion and Human Wellbeing: Polish Migrants to Rural Ireland'. Population, Space And Place, [Details]
(2020) 'Mobilising Land Mobility in the European Union: An Under-researched Phenomenon'
Conway, C. Farrell, M. McDonagh, J. Kinsella, A. (2020) 'Mobilising Land Mobility in the European Union: An Under-researched Phenomenon'. International Journal of Agricultural Management, [Details]
(2020) 'Geography graduates’ professional socialisation and identity development through service learning'
Mahon, M., Conway, T., Farrell, M., McDonagh, J. (2020) 'Geography graduates’ professional socialisation and identity development through service learning'. The All Ireland Journal of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, 12 (1) [Details]
(2020) 'Risky (farm) business: Perceptions of economic risk in farm succession and inheritance'
Leonard, B,Farrell, M,Mahon, M,Kinsella, A,O'Donoghue, C (2020) 'Risky (farm) business: Perceptions of economic risk in farm succession and inheritance'. Journal Of Rural Studies, 75 :57-69 [DOI] [Details]
(2019) 'Human dynamics and the intergenerational farm transfer process in later life: A roadmap for future generational renewal in agriculture policy'
Conway, C. Farrell, M. McDonagh, J. Kinsella, A. (2019) 'Human dynamics and the intergenerational farm transfer process in later life: A roadmap for future generational renewal in agriculture policy'. International Journal of Agricultural Management, 8 (1):22-30 [Details]
(2018) '‘Till death do us part: Exploring the Irish farmer-farm relationship in later life through the lens of ‘Insideness’'
Conway, S.F, McDonagh, J., Farrell, M., Kinsella, A. (2018) '‘Till death do us part: Exploring the Irish farmer-farm relationship in later life through the lens of ‘Insideness’'. International Journal of Agricultural Management, 7 (1):1-13 [Details]
(2017) 'Uncovering obstacles: The exercise of symbolic power in the complex arena of intergenerational family farm transfer'
Conway, SF,McDonagh, J,Farrell, M,Kinsella, A (2017) 'Uncovering obstacles: The exercise of symbolic power in the complex arena of intergenerational family farm transfer'. Journal Of Rural Studies, 54 :60-75 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'Unravelling the strands of 'patriarchy' in rural innovation: A study of female innovators and their contribution to rural Connemara'
Fhlatharta, A. and Farrell, M (2017) 'Unravelling the strands of 'patriarchy' in rural innovation: A study of female innovators and their contribution to rural Connemara'. Journal Of Rural Studies, 54 :15-27 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'The potential of farm partnerships to facilitate farm succession and inheritance'
Leonard, B., Mahon, M., Kinsella, A., O'Donoghue, C., Farrell, M., Curran, T., Hennessy, T. (2017) 'The potential of farm partnerships to facilitate farm succession and inheritance'. International Journal of Agricultural Management, 6 (1):4-19 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'Policy drivers of farm succession and inheritance'
Leonard, B,Kinsella, A,O'Donoghue, C,Farrell, M,Mahon, M (2017) 'Policy drivers of farm succession and inheritance'. Land Use Policy, 61 :147-159 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Cease agricultural activity forever? Underestimating the importance of symbolic capital'
Conway, SF,McDonagh, J,Farrell, M,Kinsella, A (2016) 'Cease agricultural activity forever? Underestimating the importance of symbolic capital'. Journal Of Rural Studies, 44 :164-176 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'PERCEPTION OF MARGINALITY AND PERIPHERALITY IN AN IRISH RURAL CONTEXT'
Malikova, L,Farrell, M,McDonagh, J (2016) 'PERCEPTION OF MARGINALITY AND PERIPHERALITY IN AN IRISH RURAL CONTEXT'. Quaestiones Geographicae, 35 :93-105 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Managing Development with Civil Society in a Globalizing Rural'
Mahon, M,Farrell, M,McDonagh, J,McDonagh, J,Nienaber, B,Woods, M (2015) 'Managing Development with Civil Society in a Globalizing Rural'. Globalization And Europe'S Rural Regions, :59-74 [Details]
(2014) 'Rural return imgration: comparative analysis between Ireland and Lithuania'
Farrell, M., Kairyte, E., Nienaber, B., McDonagh, J., Mahon, M. (2014) 'Rural return imgration: comparative analysis between Ireland and Lithuania'. Central and Eastern Migration Review, [Details]
(2013) 'Arranging public support to unfold collaborative modes of governance in rural areas'
Wellbrock, W,Roep, D,Mahon, M,Kairyte, E,Nienaber, B,Garcia, MDD,Kriszan, M,Farrell, M (2013) 'Arranging public support to unfold collaborative modes of governance in rural areas'. Journal Of Rural Studies, 32 :420-429 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'Farm families and future options'
McDonagh, J., Farrell, M., Mahon, M. (2013) 'Farm families and future options'. Quaestiones Geographicae, 32 (4):49-62 [Details]
(2012) 'The importance of evaluation and ‘embracing error’ - The case of the ‘The Options for Farm Families Programme’ in Ireland'
Farrell, M. and McDonagh, J. (2012) 'The importance of evaluation and ‘embracing error’ - The case of the ‘The Options for Farm Families Programme’ in Ireland'. Journal Of International Agricultural Extension Education, [Details]
(2012) 'The Rural as a Return Migration Destination'
Farrell, M., Mahon, M, and McDonagh, J. (2012) 'The Rural as a Return Migration Destination'. European Countryside, 4 (1) [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2010) 'New Opportunities and Cautionary Steps? Farmers, Forestry and Rural Development in Ireland'
McDonagh, J., Farrell, M., Mahon, M. and Ryan, M. (2010) 'New Opportunities and Cautionary Steps? Farmers, Forestry and Rural Development in Ireland'. European Countryside, 2 (4):236-251 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2010) 'Power, Positionality and the View from within: Agricultural Advisers' Role in Implementing Participatory Extension Programmes in the Republic of Ireland'
Mahon, M;Farrell, M;McDonagh, J (2010) 'Power, Positionality and the View from within: Agricultural Advisers' Role in Implementing Participatory Extension Programmes in the Republic of Ireland'. Sociologia Ruralis, 50 :104-120 [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'New opportunity or cautionary steps? Farmers, Forestry and Rural Development in Ireland Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning'
McDonagh J., Farrell, M., Mahon M., Ryan, M. (2011) 'New opportunity or cautionary steps? Farmers, Forestry and Rural Development in Ireland Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning'. European Countryside, [Details]
(2009) 'The Options for Farm Families Programme: Rhetoric and Reality of Change'
Farrell, M., McDonagh, J., Mahon, M. (2009) 'The Options for Farm Families Programme: Rhetoric and Reality of Change'. Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, [Details]
(2008) 'Quantifying the viability of farming in Ireland: can decoupling address the regional imbalances? Irish Geography'
Hennessy, T., Shrestha, S., Farrell, M. (2008) 'Quantifying the viability of farming in Ireland: can decoupling address the regional imbalances? Irish Geography'. Irish Geography, 41 :47-129 [Details]
(2008) 'Agricultural Extension Advisory Services: The Challenge of Implementing a Multifunctional Advisory Programme'
Farrell, M. McDonagh J., Mahon M. (2008) 'Agricultural Extension Advisory Services: The Challenge of Implementing a Multifunctional Advisory Programme'. The Rural Economy Research Centre Working Paper Series Working Paper 08-Wp-Re-07, Teagasc, [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2020) '‘Nothing is sustainable the way it is’: Reflections on local sustainability perceptions and interpretations'
McDonagh, J., Ólafsdóttir, R., Weir, L., Mahon, M., Farrell, M. and Conway, T. (2020) '‘Nothing is sustainable the way it is’: Reflections on local sustainability perceptions and interpretations' In: Sharing Knowledge for Land Use Management: Decision-making and Expertise in Europe's Northern Periphery. UK: Edward Elgar Publishers. [Details]
(2020) '‘There’s no transfer of knowledge, it’s all one way’: the importance of integrating local knowledge and fostering knowledge sharing practices in natural resource utilisation'
McDonagh, J., Ólafsdóttir, R., Weir, L., Mahon, M., Farrell, M. and Conway, T. (2020) '‘There’s no transfer of knowledge, it’s all one way’: the importance of integrating local knowledge and fostering knowledge sharing practices in natural resource utilisation' In: Sharing Knowledge for Land Use Management: Decision-making and Expertise in Europe's Northern Periphery. UK: Edward Elgar Publishers. [Details]
(2017) 'Sustainability Challenges in the Agrofood Sector'
McDonagh, J. Farrell, M. and Conway, S. (2017) 'Sustainability Challenges in the Agrofood Sector' In: The Role of Small‐scale Farms and Food Security. Chicester, United Kingdom: Wiley Blackwell Publishers. [Details]
(2015) 'Managing development – negotiated civil society in a globalizing rural'
Mahon, M., Farrell, M., McDonagh, J. (2015) 'Managing development – negotiated civil society in a globalizing rural' In: Globalization and Europe’s Rural Regions. UK: Ashgate. [Details]
(2012) 'Farm Diversification or Rural Development Initiative: Case Study of the County Clare Wood Energy Project'
Farrell, M. McDonagh, J. and Mahon, M. (2012) 'Farm Diversification or Rural Development Initiative: Case Study of the County Clare Wood Energy Project' In: Planting Forests in Ireland: Local Response to a National Imperative. New York: Springer Publications. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2019) Generational Renewal: Attracting Young Farmers and Entrepreneurs in Rural Areas
Farrell, M. (2019) Supporting Young Farmers and New Entrants . In: European Network for Rural Development eds. Generational Renewal: Attracting Young Farmers and Entrepreneurs in Rural Areas [Details]
(2016) 12th IFSA Symposium 2016
Conway, C. Farrell, M. McDonagh, J. Kinsella, A. (2016) Intergenerational Family Farm Transfer: An Insight into the Human Side . In: International Farming Systems Association (IFSA) Europe eds. 12th IFSA Symposium 2016 [Details]
(2017) Action Plan for Rural Development
Farrell, M. (2017) Impact Indicators for the Action Plan for Rural Development . In: Farrell, M eds. Action Plan for Rural Development [Details]
(2014) International Conference on Intelligent Agriculture, Hong Kong
Farrell, M. (2014) (2014) The Role of Extension Advisory Services in Shaping Irish Agriculture International Conference on Intelligent Agriculture, Hong Kong [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2020) Review Report and Fact Sheets based on previous European projects. RURALIZATION Deliverable 3.3.
Murtagh, A., Farrell, M., Mahon, M., McDonagh, J., Keenaghan, N., Conway, T. and Conway, S. (2020) Review Report and Fact Sheets based on previous European projects. RURALIZATION Deliverable 3.3. European Network for Rural Development, EU Commission. [Details]
(2020) Detailed Conceptual Guidelines. RURALIZATION Deliverable 3.2.
Murtagh, A., Farrell, M., Mahon, M., McDonagh, J., Conway, T. and Conway, S. (2020) Detailed Conceptual Guidelines. RURALIZATION Deliverable 3.2. EU Commission, EU Commission. [Details]
(2020) Assessment Framework. RURALIZATION Deliverable 3.1.
Murtagh, A., Farrell, M., Mahon, M., McDonagh, J., Conway, T., Conway, S. and Korthals Altes, W. (2020) Assessment Framework. RURALIZATION Deliverable 3.1. EU Commission, EU Commission. [Details]
(2018) Rural Volunteerism: Impacting Development and Sustainability.
Farrell, M. (2018) Rural Volunteerism: Impacting Development and Sustainability. Volunteer Ireland, Dublin. [DOI] [Details]
(2018) The Farmer-Farm Relationship Impact on Generational Renewal.
Conway, C. Farrell, M. McDonagh, J. Kinsella, A. (2018) The Farmer-Farm Relationship Impact on Generational Renewal. Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change, Hardiman Research Building, National Universi, NUI Galway. [Details]
(2018) Níl Aon Tinteán Mar Do Thinteán Féin: Exploring the Irish Farmer-Farm Relationship in Later Life through the Lens of ‘Insideness'.
Conway, C. Farrell, M. McDonagh, J. Kinsella, A. (2018) Níl Aon Tinteán Mar Do Thinteán Féin: Exploring the Irish Farmer-Farm Relationship in Later Life through the Lens of ‘Insideness'. Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change, Hardiman Research Building, National Universi, NUI Galway. [Details]
(2017) Unearthing Stumbling Blocks to Farm Succession & Land Mobility.
Conway, C. Farrell, M. McDonagh, J. Kinsella, A. (2017) Unearthing Stumbling Blocks to Farm Succession & Land Mobility. Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change, Hardiman Research Building, National Universi, NUI Galway. [Details]
(2016) An investigation of policies for farm succession and inheritance.
Leonard, B., Kinsella, A., O’Donoghue, C., Farrell, M., Mahon, M. (2016) An investigation of policies for farm succession and inheritance. Teagasc Report Series:, Dublin. [Details]
(2016) Teagasc Report Series: An investigation of policies for farm succession and inheritance.
Leonard, B., Kinsella, A., O’Donoghue, C., Farrell, M., Mahon, M. (2016) Teagasc Report Series: An investigation of policies for farm succession and inheritance. Teagasc, Teagasc Athenry. [Details]
(2012) Perspectives and potential for forestry in Ireland. In Burdack, J., and Kriszan, M. (eds) use or protect - environmental capital and regional development in the rural areas of Europe: Research findings and experiences from the EU project DERREG. Ifl FORUM 17.
Farrell, M., McDonagh, J., and Mahon, M. (2012) Perspectives and potential for forestry in Ireland. In Burdack, J., and Kriszan, M. (eds) use or protect - environmental capital and regional development in the rural areas of Europe: Research findings and experiences from the EU project DERREG. Ifl FORUM 17. Leibniz-Institut fur Landerkunde, Germany. [Details]
(2011) Synthesis and Contextualisation of Research and Development of an Interpretative Model.
Farrell, M., Mahon, M., and McDonagh, J. (2011) Synthesis and Contextualisation of Research and Development of an Interpretative Model. DERREG, DERREG. [Details]
(2011) Developing European Rural Regions in the Era of Globalization – Case study Contextual Report 8, West Region of Ireland.
Farrell, M., Jones, L., Woods, M., Mahon, M. and McDonagh J. (2011) Developing European Rural Regions in the Era of Globalization – Case study Contextual Report 8, West Region of Ireland. EU, Brussels. [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2019) 'Storyboarding Rural Development'
Conway, C. Farrell, M., Murtagh, A. (2019) 'Storyboarding Rural Development' Rural Connections, . [Details]
(2017) 'Supporting the contribution of women in rural areas'
Farrell, M. and Rosa, M. (2017) 'Supporting the contribution of women in rural areas' Rural Connections, :24-26. [Details]
(2017) 'Uncovering obstacles to intergenerational farm transfer'
Conway, S.F, McDonagh, J., Farrell, M., Kinsella, A. (2017) 'Uncovering obstacles to intergenerational farm transfer' TResearch, . [Details]
(2018) 'Understanding the farmer-farm relationship in later life'
Conway, C. Farrell, M. McDonagh, J. Kinsella, A. (2018) 'Understanding the farmer-farm relationship in later life' TResearch, . [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2016) 'Intergenerational family farm transfer – the human side'
Conway, S.F, McDonagh, J., Farrell, M., Kinsella, A. (2016) 'Intergenerational family farm transfer – the human side' TResearch, 11 (2) . [Details]
(2019) 'The ‘language’ of farming'
Conway, S.F, McDonagh, J., Farrell, M., Kinsella, A. (2019) 'The ‘language’ of farming' TResearch, 14 (3) . [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2019) EIP-AGRI Project Launch: Duhallow Farming for Blue Dot Catchments,
Farrell, M. (2019) IRD Duhallow launched their European Innovation Partnership for Agriculture Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI) project on Tuesday 20th August 2019 at IRD Duhallow, James O’Keeffe Institute, Newmarket, Co. Cork. [Invited Oral Presentation], EIP-AGRI Project Launch: Duhallow Farming for Blue Dot Catchments, James O’Keeffe Institute, Newmarket, Co. Cork , 20-AUG-19 - 20-AUG-19. [Details]
(2020) NEWBIE Consortium conference,
Farrell, M. and Murtagh, A. (2020) RURALIZATION: Supporting Young Farmers and New Entrants. [Invited Paper], NEWBIE Consortium conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia , 13-FEB-20 - 14-FEB-20. [Details]
(2017) Social Inclusion - Attractive and Inclusive Rural Areas,
Farrell, M. (2017) ENRD Conference on Social Inclusion - Supporting Jobs and Employment for Social Inclusion and Demographic Change. [Invited Oral Presentation], Social Inclusion - Attractive and Inclusive Rural Areas, Nicosia,Cyprus , 15-NOV-17 - 16-NOV-17. [Details]
(2019) Generational Renewal: Attracting Young Farmers and Entrepreneurs in Rural Areas,
Farrell, M. (2019) Attracting Young Farmers and Entrepreneurs in Rural Areas: Focus on Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Generational Renewal: Attracting Young Farmers and Entrepreneurs in Rural Areas, Athlone, Ireland , 22-FEB-19 - 22-FEB-19. [Details]
(2018) Enhancing Rural Innovation,
Farrell, M. (2018) 11th OECD Rural Development Conference on. [Invited Oral Presentation], Enhancing Rural Innovation, Edinburgh,United Kingdom , 09-APR-18 - 12-APR-18. [Details]
(2011) The Sustainability of Rural Systems Global and Local Challenges and Opportunities,
Farrell, M., (2011) Proceedings of the 19th Annual Colloquium of the Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems of the International Geographical Union National University of Ireland Galway, 1-7 August 2011. [Conference Organising Committee Member], The Sustainability of Rural Systems Global and Local Challenges and Opportunities, NUI Galway , 01-AUG-11 - 07-AUG-11. [Details]
(2018) National Agri-Environment Conference 2018,
Farrell, M. (2018) National Agri-Environment Conference 2018. [Organising Chair], National Agri-Environment Conference 2018, Lady Gregory Hotel, Gort, Galway , 25-OCT-18 - 25-OCT-18. [Details]
(2016) Amsterdam Rural forum/National Rural Network,
Marie Mahon, Maura Farrell (2016) Reconnecting People and Places. [Oral Presentation], Amsterdam Rural forum/National Rural Network, Amsterdam , 10-MAY-16 - 12-MAY-16. [Details]
(2019) 2019 European Society for Rural Sociology XXVIII,
Farrell, M; Mahon, M; Conway, S; McDonagh, J; Murtagh, A (2019) Session Title: The Family Farm: 'An icon of the western countryside' or an institution in crisis. [Conference Organising Committee Member], 2019 European Society for Rural Sociology XXVIII, Trondheim, Norway , 24-JUN-19 - 28-JUN-19. [Details]
(2019) Smart Villages and Rural Towns in Ireland: Revitalising Rural Areas through Community-Led Innovation,
Farrell, M. (2019) A National Seminar on the EU Action for Smart Villages Initiative in Ireland, entitled ‘Smart Villages and Rural Towns in Ireland: Revitalising Rural Areas through Community-Led Innovation’ took place in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone, Co Westmeath on Thursday, July 4th, 2019. This event was organised and run by the National Rural Network (NRN) and the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD). [Invited Oral Presentation], Smart Villages and Rural Towns in Ireland: Revitalising Rural Areas through Community-Led Innovation, Athlone, County West Meath , 04-JUL-19 - 04-JUL-19. [Details]
(2019) The Family Farm: ‘An Icon of the Western Countryside’ or an Institution in Crisis,
Farrell, M. Mahon, M., Conway, S. McDonagh, J. and Murtagh, A. (2019) European Society for Rural Sociology. [Conference Organising Committee Member], The Family Farm: ‘An Icon of the Western Countryside’ or an Institution in Crisis, Trondheim, Norway , 24-JUN-19 - 26-JUN-19. [Details]
(2019) Scientific Committee,
Farrell, M. (2019) European Society for Rural Sociology. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Scientific Committee, Trondheim, Norway , 24-JUN-19 - 26-JUL-19. [Details]
(2019) EUGEO/Conference of Irish Geographers 2019,
Mahon, M., Farrell, M., McDonagh, J., Collins, P. (2019) Paper title: Exploring the region as a construct in Irish spatialplanning: the influence of EU territorial cohesion policies. [Oral Presentation], EUGEO/Conference of Irish Geographers 2019, NUI Galway , 15-MAY-19 - 18-MAY-19. [Details]
(2019) EUGEO/Conference of Irish Geographers 2019,
Murtagh, A., Farrell, M., Conway, S., Mahon, M., McDonagh, J. (2019) Session title: Approaches to European rural development: Looking towards 2021. [Co-chaired Session], EUGEO/Conference of Irish Geographers 2019, NUI Galway , 15-MAY-19 - 18-MAY-19. [Details]
(2019) EUGEO/Conference of Irish Geographers 2019,
Mahon, M., Woods, M., Farrell, M., (2019) Session Title: Exploring regional perspectives on spatially just futures. [Organising Chair], EUGEO/Conference of Irish Geographers 2019, NUI Galway , 15-MAY-19 - 18-MAY-19. [Details]
(2019) EUGEO/Conference of Irish Geographers 2019,
Conway, S., Farrell, M., Murtagh, A., McDonagh, J., Mahon, M. (2019) Session title: Enlightening generational renewal in agricultural policy: A roadmap for CAP post-2020. [Co-chaired Session], EUGEO/Conference of Irish Geographers 2019, NUI Galway , 15-MAY-19 - 18-MAY-19. [Details]
(2019) EUGEO/Conference of Irish Geographers 2019,
Murtagh, A., Farrell, M., Conway, S., Mahon, M., McDonagh, J. (2019) Paper title: LEADER and vernacular expertise in rural development. [Oral Presentation], EUGEO/Conference of Irish Geographers 2019, NUI Galway , 15-MAY-19 - 18-MAY-19. [Details]
(2018) IMAJINE: Territorial Cohesion: Between Realism and Utopianism,
Mahon, M., Farrell, M., McDonagh, J., Collins, P. (2018) Paper title: Participatory scenario building – imagining spatially just futures. [Oral Presentation], IMAJINE: Territorial Cohesion: Between Realism and Utopianism, Harokopio University of Athens, Greece , 17-SEP-18 - 18-SEP-18. [Details]
(2018) IMAJINE: Territorial Cohesion: Between Realism and Utopianism,
Mahon, M., Farrell, M., McDonagh, J., Collins, P. (2018) Paper title: Ireland – interpretations of territorial cohesion and spatial justice within a national planning framework. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], IMAJINE: Territorial Cohesion: Between Realism and Utopianism, Harokopio University of Athens, Greece , 17-SEP-18 - 18-SEP-18. [Details]
(2018) Farm Diversification & Enterprise Day,
Dr Maura Farrell (Invited Speaker) (2018) West Women in Farming Conference. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Farm Diversification & Enterprise Day, GMIT , 25-JAN-18 - 25-JAN-18. [Details]
(2017) The Contribution of Women in Rural Areas,
Farrell, M. (Invited Speaker) (2017) ENRD Workshop on Social Hubs in Rural Europe. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], The Contribution of Women in Rural Areas, Brussels , 08-FEB-17 - 08-FEB-17. [Details]
(2017) International Agri-Innovation Summit,
Farrell, M. (Invited Speaker) (2017) Final discussion Panel (Invited speaker by DG-AGRI. [Chaired Session], International Agri-Innovation Summit, Lisbon , 11-OCT-17 - 12-OCT-17. [Details]
(2017) Innovation in Farming and the Innovative Farmer,
Farrell, M. (Invited Speaker) (2017) Community-Inspired Innovation for Sustainable Farming Systems’. [Invited Lecture], Innovation in Farming and the Innovative Farmer, Burren, County Clare , 26-OCT-17 - 28-OCT-17. [Details]
(2017) XXVII European Society for Rural Sociology Congress,
Leonard, B., Farrell, M., Kinsella, A., Mahon, M., O'Donoghue, C., Hennessy, T., Curran, T. (2017) Paper Title: The Potential of Farm Partnerships to Facilitate Succession and Inheritance. [Oral Presentation], XXVII European Society for Rural Sociology Congress, Krakow, Poland , 24-JUL-17 - 27-JUL-17. [Details]
(2017) XXVII European Society for Rural Sociology Congress,
Mahon, M., Collins, P., Farrell, M., McDonagh, J. (2017) Paper Title: Local spatial planning for rural areas; (en)countering spatial injustice. [Oral Presentation], XXVII European Society for Rural Sociology Congress, Krakow, Poland , 24-JUL-17 - 27-JUL-17. [Details]
(2009) European Society for Rural Sociology Annual Conference, 2009,
Mahon, M.; Farrell, M.; McDonagh, J. (2009) Paper Title: Exploring policy approaches and challenges to innovation, learning, and capacity building in the West of Ireland. [Oral Presentation], European Society for Rural Sociology Annual Conference, 2009, University of Helsinki, Vaasa, Finland , 17-AUG-09 - 22-AUG-09. [Details]
(2010) Contemporary Labour Migration: National and International Perspectives Conference, NUI, Galway,
Farrell, M.; Mahon, M.; McDonagh, J. (2010) Paper Title: An Exploration of the Opportunities and Challenges Facing Irish Return Migrants in Rural Areas. [Oral Presentation], Contemporary Labour Migration: National and International Perspectives Conference, NUI, Galway, NUI Galway , 05-MAY-10 - 06-MAY-10. [Details]
(2010) CELT 'Creative Thinking' Symposium,
Mahon, M.; Farrell, M. (2010) Paper Title: Student videos for learning. [Oral Presentation], CELT 'Creative Thinking' Symposium, NUI Galway , 08-JUN-10 - 10-JUN-11. [Details]
(2011) Rural Gender Education,
Farrell, M.; Mahon, M. (2011) Conference on gendered issues in rural education. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Rural Gender Education, NUI Galway , 12-JUL-11 - 12-JUL-11. [Details]
(2011) DERREG Closing Conference: Globalization and Rural Regions in Europe: Impacts, Challenges and Lessons,
Mahon, M.; Farrell, M.; McDonagh, J. (2011) Paper Title: Regional Learning and Rural Development: Case Study Area – BMW Region/West of Ireland. [Oral Presentation], DERREG Closing Conference: Globalization and Rural Regions in Europe: Impacts, Challenges and Lessons, Murska Sobota, Slovenia , 12-OCT-11 - 13-OCT-11. [Details]
(2011) Regional Studies Association Annual Conference, Newcastle University, UK,
Mahon, M.; Farrell, M.; McDonagh, J. (2011) Paper Title: Sustaining rural development in the West of Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Regional Studies Association Annual Conference, Newcastle University, UK, Newcastle University, UK> , 04-APR-11 - 07-APR-11. [Details]
(2011) Conference of Irish Geographers 2011,
Farrell, M.; Mahon, M.; McDonagh, J. (2011) Paper Title: Perspectives and potentials for forestry in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Conference of Irish Geographers 2011, Mary Immaculate College Limerick , 19-MAY-11 - 22-MAY-11. [Details]
(2011) Regional Studies Association Annual Conference, Newcastle Universit, UK,
Farrell, M.; Mahon, M.; McDonagh, J. (2011) Paper Title: Forestry in the West of Ireland; Potential rural development or unattainable pursuit?. [Oral Presentation], Regional Studies Association Annual Conference, Newcastle Universit, UK, Newcastle University, UK> , 04-APR-11 - 07-APR-11. [Details]
(2011) Conference of Irish Geographers 2011,
Mahon, M.; Farrell, M.; McDonagh, J. (2011) Paper Title: Sustaining the rural – challenges for development in an era of globalization. [Oral Presentation], Conference of Irish Geographers 2011, Mary Immaculate College Limerick , 06-MAY-11 - 08-MAY-11. [Details]
(2011) European Society for Rural Sociology Annual Conference Chania, Greece 2011,
Mahon, M.; Farrell, M.; McDonagh, J. (2011) Paper Title: Flexible governance for rural capacity building and sustainable development. [Oral Presentation], European Society for Rural Sociology Annual Conference Chania, Greece 2011, Chania, Greece , 22-AUG-11 - 25-AUG-11. [Details]
(2013) Conference of Irish Geographers 2013,
Farrell, M.; Mahon, M.; McDonagh, J. (2013) Paper Title: Forestry as a resource for sustainable rural development in the West region of ireland. [Oral Presentation], Conference of Irish Geographers 2013, NUI Galway , 16-MAY-13 - 18-MAY-13. [Details]
(2013) Conference of Irish Geographers 2013,
Mahon, M.; Farrell, M.; McDonagh, J. (2013) Paper Title: Critical perspectives on civil society as an agent of rural development. [Oral Presentation], Conference of Irish Geographers 2013, NUI Galway , 16-APR-13 - 18-APR-13. [Details]
(2015) Regional Studies Association Annual Conference, Piacenza, Italy,
Mahon, M.; Farrell, M.; McDonagh, J. (2015) Entrepreneurial leadership and governance for the development of rural regions. [Oral Presentation], Regional Studies Association Annual Conference, Piacenza, Italy, Piacenza, Italy , 25-MAY-15 - 27-MAY-15. [Details]
(2016) International Symposium on Environment and Health, NUI Galway,
Mahon, M.; Farrell, M. (2016) ‘Using oral histories to promote public participation in wetland conservation’. [Oral Presentation], International Symposium on Environment and Health, NUI Galway, NUI Galway , 22-AUG-16 - 25-AUG-16. [Details]
(2016) Amsterdam Rural forum/National Rural Network, 'Reconnecting People and Places',
Mahon, M.; Farrell, M.; Kennedy, P. (2016) Harnessing the arts and creativity to promote local rural sustainability. [Oral Presentation], Amsterdam Rural forum/National Rural Network, 'Reconnecting People and Places', Amsterdam , 10-MAY-16 - 12-MAY-16. [Details]
(2017) Regional Studies Association Annual Conference, Trinity College,
Mahon, M., Collins, P., Farrell, M., McDonagh, J. (2017) Session Organiser: Spatial Justice and Territorial Cohesion. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Regional Studies Association Annual Conference, Trinity College, Trinity College, Dublin , 04-JUN-17 - 07-JUN-17. [Details]
(2017) Regional Studies Association Annual Conference,
Mahon, M., Collins, P., Farrell, M., McDonagh, J. (2017) Paper Title: Local experiences of spatial planning; a spatial justice interpretation. [Oral Presentation], Regional Studies Association Annual Conference, Trinity College, Dublin , 05-JUN-17 - 08-JUN-17. [Details]
(2017) 7th International Symposium on Service Learning (ISSL),
Mahon, M., Farrell, M. (2017) Paper title: Students' use of oral histories to promote public participation in wetland conservation - a service learning approach. [Oral Presentation], 7th International Symposium on Service Learning (ISSL), NUI Galway , 14-JUN-17 - 16-JUN-17. [Details]
(2013) Conference of Irish Geographers 2013,
Farrell, M.; Mahon, M.; McDonagh, J. (2013) Session organiser: Contemporary rural research; critical perspectives and interventions. [Organising Chair], Conference of Irish Geographers 2013, NUI Galway , 17-MAY-13 - 19-MAY-13. [Details]
(2012) Creativity at the Edge; the role of the arts and creativity in sustaining rural and Gaeltacht communities - beyond economic critiques,
Mahon, M., Farrell, M., McDonagh, J., O'Laoire, L., McGrath, B. (2012) The role of the arts and creativity in rural sustainability. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Creativity at the Edge; the role of the arts and creativity in sustaining rural and Gaeltacht communities - beyond economic critiques, Moore Institute, NUI Galway , 19-JUN-12 - 19-JUN-12. [Details]
(2011) Rural Gender Education,
M. Farrell, M.Mahon (2011) Symposium. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Rural Gender Education, NUI Galway , 12-JUL-11 - 12-JUL-11. [Details]
(2011) European Society for Rural Sociology Biannual Conference,
Mahon, M., Woods, M., Farrell, M., McDonagh, J. (2011) Session organiser: Relational rurals - re-imagining and re-making rural place n an era of globalization. [Organising Chair], European Society for Rural Sociology Biannual Conference, Chania, Greece , 22-AUG-11 - 26-AUG-11. [Details]

Article

  Year Publication
(2017) Unearthing Stumbling Blocks to Farm Succession & Land Mobility.
Conway, S. McDonagh, J., Farrell., M. (2017) Unearthing Stumbling Blocks to Farm Succession & Land Mobility. Article [Details]

Conference Paper

  Year Publication
(2015) Entrepreneurial leadership and governance for the development of rural regions. Regional Studies Association Annual Conference, Piacenza, Italy.
Mahon, M., Farrell, M., McDonagh, J. (2015) Entrepreneurial leadership and governance for the development of rural regions. Regional Studies Association Annual Conference, Piacenza, Italy. Conference Paper [Details]
(2013) Crtitical perspectives on civil society as an agent of rural development.
Mahon, M., Farrell, M., McDonagh, J. (2013) Crtitical perspectives on civil society as an agent of rural development. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) Sustaining the rural – challenges in an era of globalization.
Mahon, M (with Farrell, M. and McDonagh, J.) (2011) Sustaining the rural – challenges in an era of globalization. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) Perspectives and Potentials for Forestry in Ireland.
Farrell, M. (with Mahon, M. and McDonagh, J.) (2011) Perspectives and Potentials for Forestry in Ireland. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) Forestry in the West of Ireland: Potential for Rural Development or Unattainable Pursuit?.
Farrell, M. (with Mahon, M. and McDonagh, J) (2011) Forestry in the West of Ireland: Potential for Rural Development or Unattainable Pursuit?. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) Shaping interventions for sustainable rural development.
Mahon, M. (with Farrell, M. and McDonagh, J) (2011) Shaping interventions for sustainable rural development. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) Flexible governance for rural capacity building and sustainable development.
Mahon, M (with Farrell, M. and McDonagh, J.) (2011) Flexible governance for rural capacity building and sustainable development. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) Regional Learning and Rural Development: Case Study Area – BMW Region/West of Ireland.
Mahon, M. (with Farrell, M. & McDonagh, J) (2011) Regional Learning and Rural Development: Case Study Area – BMW Region/West of Ireland. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) The DERREG project: Gender Issues.
Farrell, M. (with Mahon, M. and McDonagh, J) (2011) The DERREG project: Gender Issues. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) Developing Europe’s Rural Regions in an Era of Globalization.
Farrell, M., (with Mahon, M. and McDonagh, J) (2011) Developing Europe’s Rural Regions in an Era of Globalization. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) Environmental Capital and Sustainable Rural Development: Case Study Region – West of Ireland.
Farrell, M. (with Mahon, M. & McDonagh, J.) (2011) Environmental Capital and Sustainable Rural Development: Case Study Region – West of Ireland. Conference Paper [Details]
(2010) Opportunities and Challenges Facing Return Migrants in Rural Areas: an Exploratory Study.
Farrell, M. (with Mahon, M. and McDonagh, J) (2010) Opportunities and Challenges Facing Return Migrants in Rural Areas: an Exploratory Study. Conference Paper [Details]
(2010) Exploring the Experiences of Returned Migrants: Negotiating Opportunities and Challenges in Rural Ireland.
Farrell, M. (with Mahon, M. and McDonagh, J) (2010) Exploring the Experiences of Returned Migrants: Negotiating Opportunities and Challenges in Rural Ireland. Conference Paper [Details]
(2010) An Exploration of the Opportunities and Challenges Facing Irish Return Migrants in Rural Areas.
Farrell, M. (with Mahon, M. and McDonagh, J) (2010) An Exploration of the Opportunities and Challenges Facing Irish Return Migrants in Rural Areas. Conference Paper [Details]
(2008) The Options for Farm Families Programme: Rhetoric and Reality of Change The American Association of Geographers Conference Boston.
Farrell,M. (2008) The Options for Farm Families Programme: Rhetoric and Reality of Change The American Association of Geographers Conference Boston. Boston: Conference Paper [Details]
(2007) EUGEO 2007, Amsterdam, August 2007. “The Changing Face of Irish Agriculture: A Challenge for Extension Advisory Services”.
McDonagh, J. (2007) EUGEO 2007, Amsterdam, August 2007. “The Changing Face of Irish Agriculture: A Challenge for Extension Advisory Services”. Amsterdam: Conference Paper [Details]
(2007) Conference of Irish Geographers, Dublin, May 2007. “Irish Agricultural Change – Reflected in the Extension Advisory Services”.
McDonagh, J. (2007) Conference of Irish Geographers, Dublin, May 2007. “Irish Agricultural Change – Reflected in the Extension Advisory Services”. Dublin: Conference Paper [Details]
(2007) “Options for Farm Families Programme: Realistic Evaluation Framework”. Irish Evaluation Conference.
McDonagh, J. (2007) “Options for Farm Families Programme: Realistic Evaluation Framework”. Irish Evaluation Conference. Dublin: Conference Paper [Details]

Electronic Article

  Year Publication
(2020) Women in Rural Research.
Farrell, M. and Conway, s. (2020) Women in Rural Research. Electronic Article [Details]

Electronic Publication

  Year Publication
(2016) Shannon Arts Development: LEADER Case Study.
Farrell, M. (2016) Shannon Arts Development: LEADER Case Study. Electronic Publication [Details]
(2016) IT Sligo Plays Key Role In European Boost for High Nature Value Farmland Innovative solutions for supporting high nature value areas.
Farrell, M. (2016) IT Sligo Plays Key Role In European Boost for High Nature Value Farmland Innovative solutions for supporting high nature value areas. Electronic Publication [Details]

Newsletter

  Year Publication
(2019) NRN LEADER Newsletter.
Farrell, M., Conway, S. Hooks, T. (2019) NRN LEADER Newsletter. Newsletter [Details]
(2019) NRN LEADER Newsletter.
Farrell, M., Conway, S., Hooks, T. (2019) NRN LEADER Newsletter. Newsletter [Details]
(2018) NRN LEADER Newsletter.
Farrell, M., Conway, S. (2018) NRN LEADER Newsletter. Newsletter [Details]
(2017) NRN LEADER Newsletter.
Farrell, M., Conway, T., (2017) NRN LEADER Newsletter. Newsletter [Details]

Review Articles

  Year Publication
(2016) Fifth National Rural Network Meeting – Arts and Culture in Rural Areas.
Farrell, M. (2016) Fifth National Rural Network Meeting – Arts and Culture in Rural Areas. Review Articles [Details]

Workshops

  Year Publication
(2008) The Challenge of Implementing a Multifunctional Advisory Programme  Teagasc Student Presentation Day (Winner of the Bob of Connor Agricultural Economics Award).
farrell,M. (2008) The Challenge of Implementing a Multifunctional Advisory Programme  Teagasc Student Presentation Day (Winner of the Bob of Connor Agricultural Economics Award). Workshops [Details]
(2007) Student Presentation, Athenry May 2007. “Rural Restructuring and Agricultural Change – Determining the Role of the Irish Extension Advisory Services”.
McDonagh, J. (2007) Student Presentation, Athenry May 2007. “Rural Restructuring and Agricultural Change – Determining the Role of the Irish Extension Advisory Services”. Athenry: Workshops [Details]
(2007) Walsh Fellow Student Presentation, Dublin November 2007. “Programme Evaluation within Extension Advisory Services: The Challenge of Change”.
McDonagh, J. (2007) Walsh Fellow Student Presentation, Dublin November 2007. “Programme Evaluation within Extension Advisory Services: The Challenge of Change”. Dublin: Workshops [Details]
(2006) Irish Agricultural Change and the Role of the Irish Extension Advisory Services Teagasc Student Presentation (Winner First Year Student Prize).
McDonagh, J. (2006) Irish Agricultural Change and the Role of the Irish Extension Advisory Services Teagasc Student Presentation (Winner First Year Student Prize). Workshops [Details]

Working Paper

  Year Publication
(2008) Agricultural extension advisory services: The challenge of implementing a multifunctional advisory programme. The Rural Economy Reserach Centre Working Paper Series.
Farrell, M., McDonagh, J., Mahon, M. (2008) Agricultural extension advisory services: The challenge of implementing a multifunctional advisory programme. The Rural Economy Reserach Centre Working Paper Series. Galway: Working Paper [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2020 Teaching Excellence Award Nomination NUI Galway
2019 NUI Galway, Presidents Award for Societal Impact NUI Galway
2018 Scientific Committee: European Society for Rural Sociology European Society for Rural Sociology
2018 Dean’s Award for Research College of Arts, Social Science and Celtic Studies, NUI Galway
2014 Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice NUI Galway
2011 Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education NUI Galway
2008 Bob O Connor Award Agricultural Economics Society Ireland
2006 Research Presentation Award Teagasc
2003 Undergraduate Dissertation Geography Department, NUIG

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Geographical Society of Ireland Irish Geography Association 01-AUG-06 / 15-JUN-20
Rural Sociological Society Rural Research 01-JAN-16 /
The European Society for Rural Sociology Member 30-SEP-18 / 10-AUG-19
Association of American Geographers Association of American Geographers 01-JAN-12 / 15-JUN-20
Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers International Geography Association 31-JAN-18 / 15-JUN-20
Regional Studies Association Research Association 01-JAN-12 / 15-JUN-20

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Working Group on Widening Access and Participation (Working Group of the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Campus Committee, EDICC Committee Member 27-FEB-20 / 15-JUN-20
Rural Action Northern Ireland Board Member 01-OCT-19 / 15-JUN-20
CAP Consultative Committee Committee Member 30-SEP-19 / 15-JUN-20
DG AGRI Working Group on Rural Development Committee Member 31-OCT-17 / 01-SEP-18
School of Geography and Archaeology Teaching and Learning Committee Chairperson 31-AUG-17 / 31-AUG-20
Monitoring Committee for the Action Plan for Rural Development Committee and Sub-Committee Lead 01-MAR-17 /
Advisory Group for Horizon 2020 - Societal NUI Galway representative on the Challenge 2 Horizon 2020 02-JAN-17 / 02-JAN-20
Selection Committee for the European Innovation Partnership Project elevator for EIP-AGRI projects for DAFM 03-OCT-16 /
European Rural Network Assembly Irish Representative for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine 03-OCT-16 /
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Rural Development Monitoring Committee Committee Member 01-JUN-16 / 31-DEC-20
NTERREG VA Programme Monitoring Committee Board Member 30-MAY-15 / 30-MAY-20
Teagasc Rural Development Committee Board Member 02-JAN-15 / 02-JAN-19
Irish Rural Link Board of Directors Board of Directors 30-AUG-14 / 30-AUG-20

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
Western Health Board Social Skills Instructor 01-SEP-90 / 31-AUG-00
Convent of Mercy, Roscommon Post Primary Teacher 01-SEP-04 / 31-AUG-05
NUI Galway Post Doctoral Researcher 01-JAN-09 / 31-DEC-11
NUI Galway Lecturer in Geography (Contract) 01-SEP-12 / 01-NOV-13
NUI Galway Lecturer in Geography (Contract) 01-JAN-12 / 31-AUG-12
St Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. Lecturer in Geography (Contract) 01-JAN-12 / 31-MAY-12
NUI Galway Lecturer in Geography (Contract) 31-DEC-13 / 31-MAY-14
NUI Galway Lecturer in Geography 01-JUN-14 / 15-JUN-20

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2014 National University of Ireland, Galway POST-GRADUATE DIPLOMA (LEVEL 9) Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
2012 National University of Ireland, Galway Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning Education
2009 National University of Ireland, Galway PhD Geography
2004 National University of Ireland, Galway HIGHER DIPLOMA (LEVEL 8) Education
2000 National University of Ireland, Galway Bachelor of Arts Geography and History

Community Engagement

  Title Type From / To
Board Membership Board of Directors Irish Rural Link 25-JUN-14 / 13-OCT-15
Other Rural Wales: Brexit Discussions 20-SEP-19 / 26-JUL-19
Policy Development INTERREG Monitoring Committee Review Panel /
Policy Development INTERREG Monitoring Committee /
Board Membership Teagasc National Committee for Rural Development /

Reviews

  Journal Role
Journal Of Rural Studies Reviewer
Journal Of Rural Studies Reviewer
European Countryside Reviewer
Sociologia Ruralis Reviewer
International Journal of Agricultural Management Reviewer
Social Science Research Reviewer

Other Activities

  Description

Appointed external evaluator by the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine for the evaluation of the European Innovation Partnerships for Agriculture Projects in 2017. Projects funding is estimated at €23 million.

Appointed External Examiner for Galway Mayo Institute of Technology for Rural based programmes in 2017.

DG-AGRI - EU Commission Appointed to policy review group for the Rural Development Programme post 2020

Teaching Interests

With regard to teaching and pedagogy, I have experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.  Since 2012, I have co-directed and coordinated the MA in Rural Sustainability.  During this time, my teaching portfolio has expanded to encompass the design, coordination and delivery of four MA modules (TI502, TI503, TI505 and TI506) and my collaboration on two further modules (TI504 and TI507).  These modules were designed to ensure a programme ethos of theory, research and practice for graduates who are interested in furthering their knowledge and ability to influence rural process, policy and practices.  The delivery of these modules resulted in community engagement experience and collaboration with national organisations such as, Teagasc, Solas, Local Action Groups, Pobal and local community groups, and internationally with Charles University, Prague. 
 
I have extensive experience at undergraduate teaching, commencing in 2006 with contributions to both 2nd and 3rd year courses.  This experience includes devising and teaching my own modules in addition to contributing to team-teaching within the Discipline of Geography.  In 2012, I also had the opportunity to teach as an invited rural specialist Lecturer at St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra.  To support my teaching agenda and develop my ability as an effective lecturer, I completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in 2011, and I am in the process of completing the Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice with the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, NUI Galway.  Both courses, in addition to several other teaching development courses, have encouraged me to foster a culture of excellence in teaching and learning and invigorated me to apply innovative teaching methods; appropriate assessment techniques and valuable student feedback practices.  Innovative teaching methods have become the norm for me, with the use of Facebook and Twitter, in addition to making extensive use of Blackboard, particularly using the Grade Centre to track student progress and provide prompt and pertinent feedback.  
 

Current Postgraduate Students (Taught)

  Name Degree Primary Supervisor
Caitlin McGowan MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) Y
Gráinne Cribbin MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) Y
Eanna Molloy MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) Y
Anna Bodkin MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) Y
Adam Gannon MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) Y
Aine Byrne MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) Y
Sarah Conneally MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) Y

Recent Postgraduate Students

  Graduation Name Degree Primary Supervisor
2013 David Newman N
2013 Sarah Conneally Y
2014 Kate McMunn Y
2015 Sarah Philips Y

Current Postgraduate Students (Research)

  Student Degree Type Type
Aoife Ní Fhlatharta Doctorate - Structured Ph.D. in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Supervisor

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
3BA Geographical Perspectives on Rural Change TI369 Rural Geography
Final Year Research Project Design and Development TI335 Dissertation in Geography
2nd Year Theory and Practice in Geography TI251 Geography

Internal Collaborators

  Name Description of Collaboration
Internal Collaborators
- A member of the Rural Research Cluster - The Gender Cluster  

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country Description of Collaboration
European Network for Rural Development DG AGRI BELGIUM
As part of the NRN Project, I collaborate with the ENRD in relation to all matters of the Rural Development Programme and rural policy issues
Department of Rural and Community Affairs Government Body IRELAND
Commissioned to examine the Impact Indicators for the Action Plan for Rural Development
External Collaborators
§  Appointed by Minster Alan Kelly and Minister Ann Phelan to a Government expert advisory group to assist the development of rural development policy and implementation of the Government’s CEDRA report.  §  Appointed to the Irish Rural Link Board of Directors in 2014 §  Appointed to the Teagasc Rural Development Stakeholders Group in 2013 §  Collaborated with and continue to work on papers, teaching and research opportunities with eight different research partners from the DERREG project: Aberystwyth University, UK; Nordregio, Sweden; University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Mendel University, Czech Republic, Universität des Saarlandes, Germany, Leibniz – Institut für Landekunde, Germany, Wageningen University, Netherlands and Institute NeVork, Slovenia. §  Over the last two years, I have worked with Professor Radim Perlín, Dr Jiri Vágner, and PhD student, Marie Syrovátková, Charles University, Prague in devising an MA International Field Based Learning trip to the Czech Republic.  §  I have formed an alliance with Brandon University, Canada in relation to research work for PhD student, Jack Lovell.  
National Rural Network Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine IRELAND
Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional and Rural Affairs Government Department IRELAND
Commissioned to examine the Impact Factors for the Action Plan for Rural Development