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

Biography

Lecturer in Development Practice and Course Coordinator, MSc in Development Practice (MDP), School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin.

Director, Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI) & Co-Director, SDGHub@Trinity.

My research interests are in international political theory, issues in global justice, human rights and climate change, gender and social inclusion. I have published in national and international peer-review and scientific journals on matters related to ethics and global development and have publish one book with Springer Studies in Global Justice - Responsibility in an Interconnected World. My research project on the ethics of development cooperation and interconnection was shortlisted for an ERC starter grant in 2017.

I lecture on Gender, Climate Justice, and Development Research and Practice. 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 100+ research projects with International Development NGOs in Ireland.

Internal roles include FEMS Representative, University Council; College International Committee; School of Natural Sciences Research Ethics Committee, Postgraduate Teaching and Learning Committee, Athena SWAN School SAT; and College Tutor for STEM Students.

External roles include Chair of the Board of Trustees - Oxfam Ireland & Board of Supervisors, Oxfam International; Committee member, Future Earth Ireland; Board of Advisors, The Humanitarian Innovation Academy; Scientific Committee Member, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

I complete my PhD as a doctoral scholar in UCD in 2012 on the topic of development and humanitarian ethics. Prior to this, I spent ten years working as a Manager with Accenture, leading large scale technology infrastructure outsourcing projects across EMEAI. My research and teaching brings to bear over twenty years of management and professional experience, both within the University and in Industry.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Onora O'Neill in, editor(s)Sellers, M.N.S, and Kirste, S. (eds) , Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Switzerland, Springer Nature, 2019, [Susan Murphy] Book Chapter, 2019

Roux, T., Heinen M., Murphy, S., Buggy C., The development of the Roux Theoretical Framework of Multi-system Professional Learning: a unified framework of learning theories to inform and guide continuing medical education research and practice, Advances in Health Sciences Education, 2019 Journal Article, 2019

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;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, 2019 Journal Article, 2019

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

Legg, R.J., Nakiguli, C., Murphy, S.P., Lejju, J. , Water quality and heavy metal pollution in threatened urban wetlands in the Lake Victoria basin in Uganda, 2018 Working Paper, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Susan Murphy, Humanitarian practice in crisis: Are duty-based approaches problematical for humanitarian practice?, 2016 Working 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

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

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., 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., 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 URL TARA - Full Text

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

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 URL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

Susan P. Murphy, Submission on International Development Policy Public Consultation Paper, Ireland, August, 2018 Report, 2018

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

Susan P. Murphy, Doing Development Differently, Comhlamh First Wednesday Debates, Teachers Club, Dublin, November 2018, 2018, Comhlamh Invited Talk, 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 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., 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., 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., DOCHAS Annual General Conference, Sustainable Development in the Post 2015 Era, Corke Park Conference Centre, May 2015, 2015 Invited Talk, 2015

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

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

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

Research Expertise

Description

My research centres on the ethics and practice of international development in a rapidly changing world. Drawing upon my expertise in Political Theory, I specialise in issues related to global and climate justice, human rights, gender justice and social inclusion. Since joining Geography at Trinity, I have established an excellent track record of collaboration on interdisciplinary research projects. The range of co-authored papers I have published provides evidence of my ability to drive inter-disciplinary research using analytical philosophical methods and theories to evaluate and progress thinking in the empirically ground discipline of human geography. Further, I practice Engaged Research, working with practitioners and policy makers to deepen understandings and generate new insights. My research track record points to my trajectory as a thought leader in the field of international development ethics. This was confirmed by the shortlisting of my research project Aid-Anatomy for ERC funding in 2017. The impact of my work is best evaluated through "Engaged Research Impact Categories" including Social impact: facilitating greater public accountability; Cultural impact: exploring cultural norms and practices and challenging barriers to change; Capacity building: building research capacity in my field through research supervision and mentoring (4 PhD projects, 1 Post-Doctoral project, and 1 co-supervised PhD candidate (based in UCD), and 5 Masters and 2 UG student dissertations every year; Further, I successfully completed the co-supervision of my first PhD student at Trinity(2018). Policy impact: at national levels through my written submissions and key advisor activities on the national whitepaper on international development (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade); and the National Implementation plan for the Sustainable Development Goals (Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment); Further, my work has extensive influence at institutional level through my work on the SDGs with a focus on climate justice, gender equality and social inclusion.

Projects

  • 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
    • 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
    • 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

Chair, Oxfam Ireland and Northern Ireland 2018

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 Ongoing

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 2013-2019

Scientific Committee Member - Future Earth Ireland 2016

Invited Journal Reviewer - Journal of Development Studies 2019

Inviewed review - Journal of Modern Africa Studies 2018

PhD Examiner (Internal) 2017

PhD Progressional Panel Assessor 2016

Awards and Honours

Shortlisted - ERC Starter Grant 2017

Director, Trinity International Development Initiative 2018

MAjo - Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin 2018

Nominated: CEU Teaching Award 2017

Board of trustees / non-executive director of Oxfam Ireland 2015

Nominated: Provost Teaching Award 2015

Visiting Lecturer, School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin 2014

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

DSAI Hosting 2018-2019

Memberships

Trinity International Development Initiative Steering Committee 2012

Chair of Board of Directors, Oxfam Ireland and Northern Ireland 2015 – 2019

Oxfam International Board of Supervisors - Member 2018 – 2019

UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network 2014 – 2018

Future Earth Ireland Committee Member 2016

International Development Ethics Association 2015 – 2018

North American Society for Social Philosophy 2016 – 2018

COALITION 2030 2017

Development Studies Association Ireland 2012 – 2019

Oxfam International Board of Supervisors - Member 2018 – 2019