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Dr. Susan Murphy
Assistant Prof in Development Practice, Geography
Assistant Prof in Development Practice, School Office - Natural Sciences

Biography

Following completion of my MA in Politics and International Relations in 1996, I went on to work for ten years in industry as a manager with Accenture designing technology infrastructure solutions for clients across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, and China. During this time, I gained extensive experience managing interdisciplinary international teams, designing, and delivering complex solutions in a range of diverse contexts. In 2008 I returned to academia to pursue a PhD in development politics, focusing on the ethics of international assistance and development cooperation. On completion of my PhD (2012) I joined Trinity College as an assistant professor in development practice, based in the School of Natural Sciences (Geography). For over a decade, I have dedicated my teaching, research and academic practice to examining the ethics, policy, and practice of humanitarian and development assistance and sustainable development cooperation in a rapidly changing world. Drawing upon my expertise in politics and international relations, I specialize in issues related to global governance and justice in development cooperation at multiple scales. I am the research group lead for the Climate and Environmental Justice lab, supervising postgraduate research projects related to national and international climate justice concerns. I teach in climate justice, gender and social inclusion, development research and professional practice preparation. As part of my work, I have managed the design and delivery of 200+ international research projects in countries across Latin America, Africa and Asia, and over 150+ research projects with International Development NGOs in Ireland. I have published in national and international peer-review and scientific journals and have publish one book with Springer Studies in Global Justice. Internal roles include Geography PG Coordinator; School of Natural Sciences Research Ethics Committee, Postgraduate Teaching and Learning Committee, and Athena SWAN School SAT; and College Tutor. Previous roles include member and Chair of Trinity International Development Initiative (2012-2020); FEMS Representative, University Council (2016-2018); College International Committee (2017-2019). External roles include Department of Foreign Affairs Audit Committee; UCC External Examiner for BSc in International Development; Chair of the Board of Trustees - Oxfam Ireland & Board of Supervisors, Oxfam International; BISA Ethics and World Politics Co-conveyor; Previously positions include committee member, Future Earth Ireland; Board of Advisors, The Humanitarian Innovation Academy; Scientific committee member, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. My research and teaching brings to bear over twenty-five years of management and professional experience, both within the University and in Industry.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Moses, Ikupa; Murphy, Susan P.; Urio, Perpetua, Gendering Knowledge Generation and Dissemination: Case study of Tanzanian HEI., 2022 Journal Article, 2022 URL

Susan P. Murphy, The problem of hard borders and soft intentionality in the age of the Anthropocene: the case of migration governance, 2022 Journal Article, 2022

Susan P. Murphy, The relationship between poverty and prosperity: a feminist relational account, Journal of Global Ethics, 18, (1), 2022, p82 - 99 Journal Article, 2022 DOI TARA - Full Text

Esther Breffka, Caroline Jagoe, Susan Murphy, Belestie Tsegaw, Restricted participation: drivers, experiences, and implications of disability stigma in Ethiopia, 2022 Journal Article, 2022

The relationship between Gender and Poverty in, editor(s)Gottfried Schweiger (Salzburg) and Clemens Sedmak (Salzburg and Notre Dame, IN) , Handbook of Philosophy and Poverty, Routledge, 2022, [Susan P. Murphy] Book Chapter, 2022

SP Murphy, Cannon, S,, Walsh, L, Just Transition Frames: Recognition, representation, and distribution in Irish beef farming, Journal of Rural Studies, 94, 2022, p150 - 160 Journal Article, 2022 TARA - Full Text

Immanuel Darkwa, Susan P. Murphy, Perpetua Urio, Ikupa Moses, Consolata Chua, Methodological reflections on the praxis of mainstreaming gender equality and female empowerment through participatory action research in Higher Education, 2022 Journal Article, 2022

Murphy, Susan P. , Climate change and political (in)action: an intergenerational epistemic divide?, Sustainable Environment, 7, (1), 2021, p1 - 13 Journal Article, 2021 DOI TARA - Full Text

Thomas L. Roux, Mirjam M. Heinen, Susan P. Murphy, Conor J. Buggy,, A Unified Theoretical Framework of Learning Theories to Inform and Guide Public Health Continuing Medical Education Research and Practice, Journal of Continuing Education in Health Professionals, 2021 Journal Article, 2021 TARA - Full Text DOI

Perpetua J. Urio, Susan P. Murphy, Ikupa Moses, Consolata Chua, and Immanuel Darkwa, Exploring the Gendered Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Academic Staff in Tanzania, Alliance African Partnership Perspectives, 1, (1), 2021, p61 - 71 Journal Article, 2021 URL TARA - Full Text

Global political processes and the Paris Agreement: a case of advancement or retreat of climate justice? in, editor(s)Tahseen Jaffrey , The Routledge Handbook of Climate Justice, UK, Routledge, 2019, pp71 - 82, [Susan Murphy] Book Chapter, 2019

Susan P. Murphy, Climate change, political (in)action and the intergenerational epistemic divide: the case of the emperor's new clothing?, 2019 International Conference on Sustainable Development, Columbia University New York, 24 September 2019, 2019 Conference Paper, 2019

Susan P. Murphy;Enida Friel; Grace McKiernan; Patrick Considine; Angelina De Marco; Aaron Cunningham; Molly Middlehurst, Do Results based management frameworks frustrate or facilitate effective development practice? Experiences of the Irish International Development Sector, Development in Practice, 29, (6), 2019, p697 - 707 Journal Article, 2019 TARA - Full Text DOI URL

Onora O'Neill in, editor(s)Sellers, M.N.S, and Kirste, S. (eds) , Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Dordrech, Springer , 2019, pphttps://doi.org/10.1007/978-94 , [Murphy Susan P. ] Book Chapter, 2019 DOI

Susan P. Murphy, Migration in the Age of Sustainable Development, Academic Council for United Nations Systems (ACUNS), Rome, June 2018, edited by ACUNS , 2019 Conference Paper, 2019

Challenging Hidden Hegemonies: Exploring the Links Between Education, Gender Justice, and Sustainable Development Practice in, editor(s)Christine Koggel , Examining Injustice: Foundational, Structural and Epistemic Issues, 1st Edition, New York and London, Routledge, 2018, ppChapter 8 , [Mwita, E., Murphy, S.] Book Chapter, 2018 URL

Murphys, S; Shilla, D.; Chua, C.; Raphael, C.; O'Rourke, N.; Middlehurst-Schwartz, M. , Unravelling the gender bind, uncovering the heterogeneity of domination, Comparative Education, 54, (4), 2018, p1-18 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Susan P. Murphy, Migration in the Age of Global Voluntariness, Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI), Limerick, Ireland, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

Susan Murphy, Book Review, Review of Men, Masculinities and Disasters, by Elaine Enerson and Bob Pease (eds) , Gender, Place and Culture: A journal of feminist geography, 2018 Review, 2018

Murphy, S., Mwita, E., Challenging hegemonic discourses: Exposing the cycles of gendered vulnerabilities in educational outputs as drivers of gender inequality and injustice in young adults , Ethics and Social Welfare, 2017 Journal Article, 2017 DOI URL

Murphy, S., Carmody, P., Okawakol, J.,, When rights collide: land grabbing, force and injustice in Uganda, Journal of Peasant Studies, 2017 Journal Article, 2017 URL DOI

Susan Murphy, Book Review, Review of Gender and Peacebuilding, by Claire Duncanson , Gender, Place and Culture: A journal of feminist geography, 2017 Review, 2017 DOI

Susan P. Murphy, Responsibility in an interconnected world: International Assistance, Duty and Action , 1, Switzerland, Springer International Publishing, 2016, i-173pp Book, 2016 URL URL

Susan P. Murphy, Emiliana Mwita, Challenging hidden hegemonies: Exploring the links between education, gender justice, and sustainable development practice , International Association of Development Ethics, Carleton University, Ottawa, July 2016, edited by Eric Palmer , 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

Murphy, S., O'Rourke, N., Middlehurst, M., Shila, D., Raphael, C.,, Unravelling the gender bind, uncovering the heterogeneity of domination, International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice Proceedings, International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice , Columbia University, New York, September 2016, edited by 2016 , 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

Murphy, S., Kiernan, G., Considine, P., Middlehurst, M., Cunningham, A., DeMarco, A., Friel, E. , Results based frameworks and achieving the SDGs through professional development, International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice Proceedings, International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice, Columbia University, New York, September 2016, 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

Murphy, S., Glass Ceilings and Iron Bars: Women, Gender, and Poverty in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Global Justice: Theory, Practice and Rhetoric , 8, 2015, p74 - 96 Journal Article, 2015 DOI URL TARA - Full Text

Murphy, S., Carmody, P., Okawakol, J.,, When rights collide: land grabbing, force and injustice in Uganda, International Conference on Sustainable Development, Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, September 2015, edited by UN SDSN , 2015 Conference Paper, 2015

Murphy, S., Walsh, P.P., Social Protection Beyond the Bottom Billion, The Economic and Social Review, 45, (2), 2014, p261 - 284 Journal Article, 2014

Economic and Social Studies, 45, 2, (2014), Walsh, P.P., Murphy, S., Galvin, C., Eklund, L., Finan, T., Nugent, D., Popoola and Liu, [eds.], 2014 Journal, 2014

Susan Murphy & Christina Raphael, Gender in Development Practice - the Global Perspective, Africa 2015 and Beyond: The future of gender studies, research, and services, Uganda, November 2014, 2014 Conference Paper, 2014

Susan Murphy, Innovation through regulation: Incentivising the transition to sustainability, Advancing Evidence-Based Solutions for the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda, International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice, Columbia University, New York City, United States of America, 17-18 September 2014, 2014 Conference Paper, 2014

The dynamics of poverty and the sequencing of global social protection in, Rodrigo Medeiros & Larry Swatuk (editors). , Sustainable Development Practice: Advancing Evidence-Based Solutions for the Post-2015 Agenda. Proceedings of of the 2013 International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice/, Columbia University, New York, 2014, pp96 - 107, [Murphy, S., Walsh, P.P.] Book Chapter, 2014

Susan Murphy, Unlocking the beauty of the imperfect duty to aid: Sen's idea of the duty of assistance, Journal of Global Ethics, 10, (3), 2014, p369 - 383 Journal Article, 2014 DOI URL

Murphy, S., Walsh, P.P. , The Challenges and Opportunities Presented by Trade Partnerships between Africa and Ireland, Irish Studies in International Affairs, 24, 2013, p1 - 21 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Boot N., Fawzi A, King K., Murphy, S., Ringholz, H., Yambasu, K., , Making Sanitation gains sustainable: The case for Sanitation Marketing in rural African Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) projects , International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice, Columbia University, New York, 6-7 September, 2013, edited by Medeiros, R., Swatuk, L. , 2013 Conference Paper, 2013

International humanitarian assistance in, editor(s)Deen Chatterjee , The Encyclopaedia of Global Justice, US, Springer Publications, 2012, pp558 - 564, [Susan Murphy] Book Chapter, 2012 DOI

Special obligations in, editor(s)Deen Chatterjee , The Encyclopaedia of Global Justice, US, Springer Publications, 2012, [Susan Murphy] Book Chapter, 2012 DOI

The principle of beneficence in, editor(s)Deen Chatterjee , The Encyclopaedia of Global Justice, US, Springer Publications, 2012, pp65 - 68, [Susan Murphy] Book Chapter, 2012 DOI

Fairness in, editor(s)Deen Chatterjee , The Encyclopaedia of Global Justice, US, Springer Publications, 2012, pp336 - 339, [Susan Murphy] Book Chapter, 2012 DOI

Luck Egalitarianism in, editor(s)Deen Chatterjee , The Encyclopaedia of Global Justice, US, Springer Publications, 2012, pp665 - 667, [Susan Murphy] Book Chapter, 2012 DOI

The concept of complex emergencies in, editor(s)Deen Chatterjee , The Encyclopaedia of Global Justice, US, Springer Publications, 2012, pp174 - 176, [Susan Murphy] Book Chapter, 2012 DOI

Susan Murphy, The promise and the problem of the duty of assistance, Tanner Lectures in Human Rights, Utah, USA, 2012, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

Susan Murphy, Review of Multicultural Odysseys, by Will Kymlicka , Millennium - Journal of International Studies, (39), 2010 Review, 2010

Susan Murphy, Review of Dealing Fairly with Developing Country Debt. , by Christian Barry, Barry Herman and Lydia Tomitova (eds). , Political Studies Review, 8, 2010, p103-104 Review, 2010

Susan Murphy, Review of The Politics of Truth. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008, by John Summers , Political Studies Review, 8, 2010 Review, 2010

Susan Murphy, Review of The Bottom Billion. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007, by Paul Collier , Millennium - Journal of International Studies, 38, 2009, p491-492 Review, 2009

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Susan P. Murphy, Enida Friel, Catherine Devine, Mariana Roberts, Innovative solutions to address the humanitarian-development nexus : Review of the pilot introduction of the Blended Approach at GOAL , Ireland, goalglobal.org, 2020 Report, 2020 TARA - Full Text

Christopher Chevallier, Susan Murphy, Conor Buggy, Understanding the Lived Experiences of Gender Minority Students in Irish Third-Level Education: Steps Towards Achieving Safety and Inclusion, Dublin, National LGBTQI Federation (NXF), January , 2020 Report, 2020 DOI TARA - Full Text

Susan P. Murphy, Whole of Society Approach to Africa-Europe Development Cooperation in the HEI sector, Whole of Society Approach to Development Cooperation , Brussels, April, 2019, European Commission Political Strategy Unit Invited Talk, 2019

Susan P. Murphy, The Gender-Climate-Conflict Nexus, exploring intersections within research, Bridging Theory and Practice. Intersections of Climate Change, Conflict and Gender, Georgetown University Institute for Women Peace and Security, March 2019, 2019, GU IWPS Invited Talk, 2019

Susan P. Murphy, What is the relationship between poverty and prosperity?, DBEI ILO NUI Conference Marking the Centenary of th ILO, Dublin Castle, 17 September 2019, 2019, National University of Ireland Invited Talk, 2019

Susan P. Murphy, Knowledge sharing and transfer for global solidarity , International Women's Day, Aras an Uachtarain, 8 March 2019, 2019 Invited Talk, 2019 URL

Benn Finlay Hogan, ML Rhodes, Susan P Murphy, Mary Lawlor, IRISH BUSINESS & HUMAN RIGHTS: Benchmarking compliance with the UN Guiding Principles, Dublin, IRL, Centre for Social Innovation, Trinity College Dublin, November, 2019 Report, 2019 TARA - Full Text

Susan P. Murphy, International Development Cooperation Policy, review of Ireland's whitepaper, Launch of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade public consultation process to inform the new international development cooperation whitepaper, Department of Foeign Affairs, Iveagh House, July 2018, 2018, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Invited Talk, 2018

Susan P. Murphy, Reflections on Ireland's performance on the Sustainable Development Goals, Launch of the Coalition 2030 shadow report on Ireland and the Sustainable Development Goals, Royal College of Physicans Ireland, November 2018, 2018, Coalition 2030 Invited Talk, 2018 URL URL

Susan Murphy, Review of the International Development Cooperation Public Policy whitepaper draft, Review of TIDI Submission, by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade , 2018 Review, 2018 TARA - Full Text

Susan P. Murphy, Approaches to Development Theory and Practice, TIDI Development Research Week, Trinity College, October 2018, 2018, TIDI Invited Talk, 2018

Susan P. Murphy, Submission on International Development Policy Public Consultation Paper, 2018 Review, 2018

Susan P. Murphy, Women and Conflict Discsssion following a performance of Joanne O'Connor's short play, Women Alone. Other panelists included Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Irish Aid Director Gender Ruairi De Burcea and Misean Cara's Collette Nkunda, Woman Alone, Dublin, November 2018, 2018, Oxfam Ireland Invited Talk, 2018

Susan P. Murphy, Doing Development Differently, Comhlamh First Wednesday Debates, Teachers Club, Dublin, November 2018, 2018, Comhlamh Invited Talk, 2018

Susan Murphy, Interdisciplinary approaches to complex challenges, Innovations in evaluating complex contexts, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Dublin, 27 March, 2017, Lesley Nibhriain Invited Talk, 2017

Susan P. Murphy; Anna Davies, Submission to the SDG National Implementation Policy, Review of Ireland's SDG National Implementation Plan, by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment , 2017 Review, 2017

Susan Murphy, Unlocking the GATE: Gender Awareness and Transformation through Education, International Conference on Gender Issues in Higher Learning, Dar es Salaam University College of Education, 28 April 2017, 2017, Advisor Invited Talk, 2017

Murphy, S. , What do the Sustainable Development Goals mean for development practice?, TIDI Development Research Week, Trinity College Dublin, November 2015, 2015 Invited Talk, 2015

Murphy, S., What to expect from Paris 2015: reflections on the climate negotiation and policy formation process for agreement at COP21, Trinity College Dublin - Politics Society, Trinity College Dublin, November 2015, 2015, Politics Society Invited Talk, 2015

Murphy, S., Contemporary Hunger: The socio-political shape of contemporary famines, History Hegde School: Strokestown Annual Famine Summer School, Strokestown House, Roscommon, June 2015, 2015 Invited Talk, 2015

Murphy, S., DOCHAS Annual General Conference, Sustainable Development in the Post 2015 Era, Corke Park Conference Centre, May 2015, 2015 Invited Talk, 2015

Susan Murphy, The Challenges and Opportunities Presented by Trade Partnerships between Africa and Ireland, Irish Aid Expert Advisory Group, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Dublin, June , 2014, Irish Aid Invited Talk, 2014

Susan Murphy, Expert Reviewed, Review of DOCHAS Development Education Group: Finding Frames , by DOCHAS , 2014 Review, 2014

Susan Murphy, Translating Rights Based Approaches into Practice, "The Idea of Human Rights and International Development Practice", Trinity Development Research Event in collaboration with the DSA Ireland , Dublin, November, 2013, Ronaldo Munck Invited Talk, 2013

Susan Murphy & Embassy of Lesotho, 'Women as reproducers of cultural practices - the Basotho Blanket', Trinity College Dublin, 2013, - Exhibition, 2013

Susan Murphy, Climate Change, Harm, and Justice, Seamus Heaney Lecture, 11 February, 2013 Invited Talk, 2013

Research Expertise

Description

My research centers on the ethics and practice of sustainable development in a rapidly changing world. I specialize in issues related to governance and justice in development practice, human rights and climate justice, gender and social inclusion. All of my research is premised on three core assumptions. Firstly, that all human beings are ecologically embedded, interconnected, and to varying degrees, interdependent. Secondly, that the structural features of development cooperation establish special associative obligations between cooperating parties that can enable or constraint responsible, justice-based human development. Thirdly, that all participants in the practice of development share a responsibility for the outcomes of their actions and practices. Thus, co-operative action which gives rise to unjust outcomes, both intentional and unintentional, ought to be examined and remedied. Understanding and evaluating ethics in development action and outcomes thus requires extensive analysis of socio-spatial, structural, and agent-based factors at multiple scales. Initially developed in my first monograph, Responsibility in an interconnected world (2016, Springer Publications in Global Justice), these assumptions have informed my research on gender equality and social inclusion, socio-economic inequalities and land management practices, development cooperation management and evaluation, and the governance and politics of climate change. In 2021 I established the Climate Justice and Development Research Group in Geography to bring together a team of researchers to critically evaluate climate and environmental justice related matters in national and international development practice and policy. It is an interdisciplinary research network including natural and social scientists and development experts exploring the empirical, theoretical, normative, and practical implications of climate change. Researchers examine the multivariant dimensions of climate action planning, adaptation, and ecological restoration policy and practice on human-nature relations, socio-cultural relationships, and situated power dynamics through a justice-based lens. My research track record points to my trajectory as a thought leader in the field of sustainable development cooperation. In 2017, my ERC research proposal Aid-Anatomy reached interview stage. Although unsuccessful, the experience and insights gleaned through this process have strengthened my research capacities and my resolve to design and lead future successful proposals. My 2022 ERC application has again been successfully selected for interview at stage 2. As both an independent researcher and co-researcher / co-author, I have worked on collaborative projects across disciplines including education, economics, human geography, and business, which have resulted in over 50 research outputs including approximately 17 peer-review articles (6 forthcoming), 1 monograph, 11 book chapters, 5 reports, 3 policy reviews, 6 book reviews, 12 conference papers, and a series of working papers. I have supported successful competitive funding proposals worth in excess of 1.5 million EURO over the last decade. My work has influenced beyond the academic space, resulting in invitations to deliver key note addresses in key policy spaces in government departments (in particular, Department of Foreign Affairs), Civil Society spaces (Dochas Network and COALTION 2020), and intergovernmental organizations (including the OECD and EU Development Cooperation division). My research outputs provide evidence of my ability to drive engaged inter-disciplinary and transdisciplinary research, using analytical philosophical methods and theories to evaluate and progress thinking in the empirically ground discipline of human geography.

Projects

  • Title
    • GATE
  • Summary
    • Department of Foreign Affairs, Embassy of Ireland to Tanzania institutional collaboration and capacity building award. Co-PI. Gender Awareness and transformation through Education (GATE) project. Scholarship funding for 1 PhD candidate and 1 post-doctoral researcher on gender in higher education in Tanzania.
  • Funding Agency
    • Department of Foreign Affairs, Embassy of Ireland to Tanzania
  • Date From
    • 2021
  • Date To
    • 2022
  • Title
    • FOREST
  • Summary
    • Tree planting has become widely seen as a panacea for solving the climate crisis. Furthermore, as a nature-based solution, it is viewed as beneficial for biodiversity, and is attracting investment from public and private actors. This project, FOREST, will use the increase in forestry in Ireland as a model system to explore the challenges associated with addressing climate and biodiversity issues, and examine potential solutions through a multi-disciplinary lens.
  • Funding Agency
    • Kinsella Award
  • Date From
    • September 2021
  • Date To
    • 2026
  • Title
    • Transforming gender relations through climate action planning
  • Summary
    • The concept of a just transition from unsustainable to sustainable development pathways features widely in Ireland's Climate Action Plan (2019). Since its publication, the relevant Government Department has established a nascent institutional architecture for designing and governing a just transition process which includes the Just Transition Review Group established within the National Economic and Social Council (NESC), and a Just Transition Commissioner, appointed with a specified mandate to "to help ensure a coordinated and effective approach to Just Transition for communities and workers affected by the imminent ending of peat harvesting for power generation in the Midlands region" (Mulvey, 2020, 9). Yet, the concept of a just transition (or just transitions) remains contested. Quite what is understood by the term 'just' and the scale and scope of the 'transition' are underspecified. At present, in the Irish context, this broad and underspecified concept is being narrowly applied to the energy sector and workers directly affected by the transition from high to low/no carbon energy solutions. There is little reflection on the effects of these changes on pre existing spatial and social inequalities; of the spillover effects to populations indirectly connected to these sectors; or across different units of analysis from labour markets to household dynamics. Further, in spite of the rhetoric of 'social inclusion', and repeated references in government papers to 'gender mainstreaming' and 'gender responsive policies', there is no evidence of considerations of the gendered effects of the energy transition in Ireland in the first progress report produced in May 2020. Moreover, the concept of just transition is yet to be operationalised into wider climate adaptation planning and in planning for unavoidable loss and damage. This project aims to critically examine constructions and conceptualisations of the just transition in Irish climate action policy and practice from a feminist political economy perspective. Drawing upon the work of critical relational theorists such as Iris Marion Young (2011) and Nancy Fraser (2013, 2014, 2020), it will examine the multivariant dimensions and scales of justice relevant to the theory and practice of a just transition. These include matters of distribution (involving pre-distribution and redistribution), representation (and degrees of participation and democratic deliberation), and recognition (concerning respect and esteem, membership and belonging - whose voices are heard, by whom, and for what reasons). Further, it will examine the scope and scale of the transition necessary to shift Ireland onto a sustainable pathway. Focusing narrowly on individual production sectors and industries is insufficient to meet Ireland's internationally agreed emissions reductions targets. Perhaps more worrying, it also fails to recognise or address the range of intersecting and interacting social, environmental, and economic crises that have emerged over the past two decades, and have become amplified, globally, during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the scope and scale this transition also presents significant opportunities to drive structural and systemic changes. Thus, empirical data will be gathered, through a mixed methods research design, to explore these opportunities and to construct a just transition framework that is not only 'gender responsive', but actively gender transformative.
  • Funding Agency
    • Mary Robinson Foundation, Climate Justice Fellowship Award
  • Date From
    • Sept 2021
  • Date To
    • August 2023
  • Title
    • Climate (in)Justice in Practice? Examining the relationship between changing climates, community based adaptive responses and gender relations.
  • Summary
    • This study proposes an investigation into the gendered effects of changing climates on communities with low adaptive capacities, high incidences of gender inequality and low levels of female empowerment. More specifically, it will aim to examine the relationship between practices of child and early marriage (CEM) as an adaptation strategy in response to climate shocks and events. In order to examine the linkages between climate disruption, climate adaptation and CEM, this research proposes to conduct a case study in the Lower Shire Valley in Malawi. There is a growing demand of information on the impact of climate change on social systems and relations. While there are frameworks to measure the effects of global warming on ecosystems and economic assets, there are no clear methods that evaluate its impact on social systems. Consequently, there are significant knowledge gaps on the gendered implications of climate change. In order to address this gap, this study investigates how gender relations are accentuated, shifted and changed in response to sudden- and slow-onset climate changes. Early research indicates that climate change amplifies CEM among vulnerable population groups (IUCN, 2020), yet the nature of the relationship and connection between these phenomena remains unexplored in existing literature. In order to meet its research objectives, this study takes an inductive approach, relying on a mixed-methods research design of both quantitative and qualitative research methods, a systemic literature review, semi-structured interviews with community leaders, decision-makers and key elites, focus group discussions, and household surveys. This project explores if and how the impacts of climate changes amplify the root causes of CEM, resulting in an increase of young girls being married off as part of an adaptation strategy to reduce their families' vulnerability to climate change. It develops a structured methodological approach to measure the gendered effectives of climate change on communities in crisis. In doing so, it will facilitate critical insights into the policy, practice, and programs of national and international development cooperation agencies and organisations working to achieve Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, starting with the further behind the first.
  • Funding Agency
    • Trinity
  • Date From
    • Sept 2021
  • Date To
    • August 2025
  • Title
    • GATE
  • Summary
    • Gender Awareness and Transformation Through Education (GATE) is an institutional collaboration, capacity development and participatory action based research project between Trinity College and Dar Es Salaam University College of Education
  • Funding Agency
    • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Embassy of Ireland to Tanzania
  • Date From
    • December 2018
  • Date To
    • December 2021
  • Title
    • GATE - Gender Awareness and Transformation through Education
  • Summary
    • The GATE project - Gender Awareness and Transformation through Education - is a multiyear collaborative project (2014-2018) between researchers at Dar es Salaam University College of Education (DUCE) and Trinity College Dublin (TCD). Its purpose was to examine constructions of gender within the context of DUCE and to explore opportunities to drive gender mainstreaming, gender equality and female empowerment in this space.
  • Funding Agency
    • Embassy of Ireland to Tanzania, Irish Aid; School of Natural Sciences (Geography) Trinit College
  • Date From
    • 2014
  • Date To
    • 2018
  • Title
    • Gender Equality Strategy &Report on Nomadic education and mobility in fragile contexts
  • Summary
    • Gender Strategy: . Conduct a literature review on context /landscape analysis of Gender Equality work . Define Gender Equality within a child-focussed organisation . Complete a mapping of World Vision Ireland programmes . Develop a draft Gender Equality Strategy to guide World Vision Ireland Programmes . Facilitate a F2F workshop in Dublin Nomadic education research: . Conduct a literature review on education for nomadic, semi nomadic children, children and mobility and displacement identifying international best practice, with a particular focus on children in fragile contexts. . Conduct key informant interviews with World Vision Programme Staff . Identify and capture key lessons and recommendations in relation to children's education and mobility. . Produce a report containing lessons learned from World Vision Ireland's programming, other international best practice and set recommendations in relation to education, mobility and emergencies. The report should be 20 pages maximum excluding annexes.
  • Funding Agency
    • World Vision Ireland
  • Date From
    • November 2018
  • Date To
    • January 2019
  • Title
    • Development Studies Association of Ireland
  • Summary
    • Host the Development Studies Association of Ireland Secretariat
  • Funding Agency
    • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Irish Aid
  • Date From
    • December 2018
  • Date To
    • January 2020

Keywords

Africa; CLIMATE CHANGE; Developing/Underdeveloped Nations; Equality rights; Ethics and International Assistance; GENDER; Gender and leadership; Gender issues in social development; Gender related policy issues in Ireland; Human rights; Humanitarian Theory; International Affairs; International development; International/Global Development; JUSTICE; Paris Climate Agreement; Political Theory; Sustainable Development; Theories of Global Justice; UN Sustainable Development Goals

Recognition

Representations

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Audit Committee 2021

UCC External Examiner, BSc in International Development 2019

Chair, Oxfam Ireland 2018

Chair, Oxfam International Governance Reform 2019-2021

Board of Trustees - Oxfam International 2018

LERU Ad Hoc Working Group on University Development Cooperation and the SDGs - University Representative on Development Co-operation 2018

External Reviewer - Review of the BSc International Development and Food Policy programme in the Department of Food Business and Development, University College Cork (UCC). 2017/2018

Academic Representative - COALITION 2030 on the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2018

Programme and Project Impact and Evaluation Committee, Oxfam Ireland 2016

Invited Reviewer - Moral Philosophy and Politics 2017

Ireland's Engagement with the UN Sustainable Development Goals - Stakeholder Forum 2018

AURORA Role Model 2017

Invited journal review - Geoforum Ongoing

Invited Journal Reviewer - Disasters Ongoing

Invited Reviewer - Studies in Social Justice Ongoing

Invited Reviewer - Routledge Studies in International Development Ongoing

Scientific Committee Member - Sustainable Development Solutions Network, International Conference on Sustainable Development 2013

Scientific Committee Member - Future Earth Ireland 2016

Invited Journal Reviewer - Journal of Development Studies 2019

Invited reviewer - Journal of Modern Africa Studies 2018

PhD Examiner (Internal) 2017

PhD Progressional Panel Assessor 2016

Awards and Honours

Gender Awareness and Transformation through Education (GATE) project, funded by Department of Foreign Affairs, Embassy of Tanzania 2018-2022

Mary Robinson Climate Justice Fellowship Award: A just transition? Exploring the opportunities of gender transformative climate adaptation and transition policy and planning in Ireland. 2020-2023

Provost PhD Award: Title - Climate (in)Justice in Practice? Examining the relationship between changing climates, community based adaptive responses and gender relations 2020-2024

UNDP / European Commission Kapuscinski Development Lectures - Host 2014, 2016, 2021

Provost PhD Award (Co-Supervisor with Prof Caroline Jagoe). Project title - Disability Inclusion in Humanitarian and Development Contexts: Optimising Advisory Programmes for Mainstream Organisations 2020-2024

Shortlisted for interview - ERC Starter Grant 2017

Trinity PhD Award for Project Title - Social Justice in Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2024

Enterprise Ireland ERC Proposal Support Award 2020-2021

IRC Enterprise Award PhD Funding - Humanitarian Innovation 2015-2019

Masters - Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin 2018

Trinity Award - PhD Funding for project entitled 'Exploring the experiences of Brazilian migrants in Ireland' 2016-2020

Nominated: CEU Teaching Award 2017

Nominated: Provost Teaching Award 2015

Adjunct Lecturer, School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin 2014-2019

Visiting Researcher, REPOA, Dar Es Salaam Tanzania 2014

Doctoral Scholarship - UCD College of Social Science and Law 2008-2012

Nominated: Global Citizen 2018

Aurora Women in Leadership Foundation: Role Model 2017/2019

Memberships

European Association of Development Institutes and Research Centers (EADI) 2021 – Present

British International Studies Association - Co-convener of the Ethics and World Politics working group 2019 – Present

Geographical Society of Ireland 2020 – Present

Development Studies Association Ireland 2012 – Present

UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network 2014 – Present

International Development Ethics Association 2015 – Present

North American Society for Social Philosophy 2016 – Present

COALITION 2030 2017 – Present

Future Earth Ireland Committee Member 2016 – 2018

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