Ireland


 University of Limerick

University of Limerick, Ireland

Principal Investigator – Professor Tom Lodge, University of Limerick Dean, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Telephone: +353 (0)61 213085
E-mail: Tom.Lodge@ul.ie

Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Limerick. Before his arrival in Limerick in 2005 he was Professor of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has also held positions at the University of York, the Social Science Research Council in New York, and the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa. In 1999 – 2000 he was Chair of the Africa Institute in Pretoria and between 2004 and 2005 he served on the Research Assessment Executive Evaluation Committee of the National Research Foundation in Pretoria. He is the author of five books and two edited volumes. They include Black Politics in South Africa since 1945 (Longman, 1993) and Politics in South Africa From Mandela to Mbeki (University of Indiana Press, 2002). A sixth book, Nelson Mandela: A Critical Biography, will be published by Oxford University Press in July 2006. His publications also include 60 journal articles and chapters in edited collections. Current writing projects: a short text on political corruption and a general survey of African contemporary history. General research interests: African political parties, democratisation, post conflict politics, late development, political corruption.

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Dr. Maura Adshead
Department of Politics and Public Administration
Telephone: +353 (0)61 213429
E-mail: Maura.Adshead@ul.ie

Senior Lecturer in Politics and Public Administration and Head of the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Limerick. Prior to her appointment in Limerick, she carried out research and taught in the universities of Dundee, Liverpool, Essex, Galway and Dublin. Her research interests focus on Irish politics and public policy, comparative studies of public policy, policy change, and EU involvement in the policy process in European states. She is author of Developing European Regions? Ashgate, 2002 (vii+197pp), co-author (with Jonathon Tonge) of Government and Politics in Ireland. Unity and diversity on a two-polity island, Palgrave, 2009 (xv+264pp); and co-editor (with Michelle Millar) of Public Administration and Public Policy in Ireland: theory and methods, Routledge 2003 (xvi+256pp) and (with Peadar Kirby and Michelle Millar) Contesting the State: lessons from the Irish case, Manchester University Press, 2008 (xii+197).  She has published articles in Electoral Studies, Policy and Politics, Public Administration, Public Policy and Administration, West European Politics and the Irish journal Economic and Social Review and has carried out commissioned research for Combat Poverty, the HSE and the NESF.

 

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Dr. Chris McInerney
Department of Politics and Public Administration
Telephone: +353 (0)61 234800
E-mail: Chris.G.McInerney@ul.ie

A lecturer in public administration.  Primary research interests focus on the interactions between the concepts, practices and processes of governance and social inclusion / exclusion, participatory democracy, the role of civil society in social change and the role of public administration in promoting social justice and social equity. He has published chapters and reports on governance, local and community development and has previously worked in a variety of civil society and international organisations.

 

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Professor Orla Muldoon
Department of Psychology
Telephone: +353 (0)61 213175
E-mail: Orla.Muldoon@ul.ie

Orla joined University of Limerick in August 2007 to lead the development of the Department of Psychology. The attraction of this post was the University’s commitment to the development of Social Psychology which matched my own loyalty to this sub-discipline within psychology. Since graduating with an undergraduate degree in psychology from Queens University Belfast in 1993, Orla has been engaged in teaching and research in the area of social psychology. This commitment arises in part from a fascination with the subject matter of social psychology as well as a belief that theoretically grounded and methodologically sound social psychological research can be a powerful and positive force for social change.

Orla’s overarching research interest concerns the impact of group memberships on social behaviours. Interested in how perceiving one-self as a member of a religious, socio-economic or racial group can impact on views of the self and others, in how these group memberships are transmitted to and understood by children and young people and in how such memberships impact on mental health. In much of the research Orla has undertaken to date, she used existing groups in Northern Ireland, though much of the evidence from Northern Ireland can and does converge with the wider literature on these topics.   She has a number of international collaborations exploring these convergences. Much of her research has been informed the social identity tradition as it allows the exploration of such group memberships – collective or social identities- are central to these phenomena.

 

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Dr. Michael Quayle

Department of Psychology
Telephone: +353 (0)61 202059
E-mail: Michael.Quayle@ul.ie

Michael Quayle joined the Dept. of Psychology, University of Limerick in 2015 having already been involved in the project as a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg. His research explores identity; how active identity production impacts on psychological phenomena such as attribution or stereotype threat; and how the local and immediate concerns of identity production can powerfully influence broader socio-political issues. Current projects are exploring: the value of social identity theory for understanding the ‘stereotype threat’ phenomenon; the social features of experimental contexts; and constructions of masculinity amongst South African men and women; and the relationships between public policy, stereotyping and identity.

 

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Dr. Helen Basini
Department of Politics and Public Administration
Telephone: +353 (0)61 202447
E-mail: Helen.Basini@ul.ie

Helen recently completed her PhD at the University of Limerick funded by the Conflict Resolution Unit of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Irish Research Council. Her research investigated the Disarmament, Demobilisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DDRR) process in Liberia, with a particular focus on women associated with fighting forces and post-conflict recovery, a topic on which she has published her work. She is also a Research Fellow with the centre for Peace and Development where she is conducting research on National Action Plans of UNSCR 1325 at the local level in Liberia and Sierra Leone. This research is funded by the Folke Bernadotte Academy. Prior to her doctoral research, Helen had a very eclectic background. With a very good degree in Sports Science from the University of Birmingham, life conspired to lead her towards a career in international development. She worked for War Child in London for a number of years and at the same time gained a diploma in Development Studies from the University of London before moving to Ireland. Whilst her academic focus today is directed towards Peace and Conflict Studies, she still maintains her link with development and is a director of a small Irish NGO called No Strings Ireland.

 

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Miriam Ryan
Department of Politics and Public Administration
Telephone: +353 (0)61 202447
E-mail: Miriam.Ryan@ul.ie

Miriam is a student of Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Public Administration, minoring in Law and Sociology at the University of Limerick.  Prior to full-time study, Miriam worked in administrative and sales positions and holds diplomas in Office Information Systems and Business Skills, and Web Design.  She is an active member within her community as chairperson of a residents association that she established in 2012, and was instrumental in resolving front boundaries for 98 properties from 2014-2015.  Her academic areas of interest are namely public policy in promoting social justice and equality, and community development and participation.

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