Name: Dr Linda Connolly
Position: Director, ISS21


LindaLinda Connolly has published a number of articles and books primarily in the field of Irish studies on a range of subjects, including social movements and politics, feminism and the women's movement, feminist theory and research, postcolonial theory and Ireland, and the development of social and cultural theory in Ireland. She was Project Coordinator of a major European collaborative project on Migration and Networks of Care.

Her 2003 book, 'The Irish Women's Movement: From Revolution to Devolution' (published in paperback by Lilliput: Dublin, 2003 and in hardback by Macmillan/Palgrave: London and New York, 2003) was awarded THE James S. Donnelly, American Conference for Irish Studies Award in 2004 and has been extensively reviewed internationally (including, in the American Journal of Sociology, the Irish Review, the Irish Times, the Sunday Tribune, The Canadian Journal of Sociology, the Irish Journal of Sociology, History Ireland, Women's History Review, Women's Studies International Forum, International Sociology, the Journal of Irish Economic and Social History, Feminist Review and the Irish Studies Review).

In 2003, Linda Connolly was awarded a one-year IRCHSS Government of Ireland Research Fellowship in order to research and complete a monograph (forthcoming 2005) with the working title 'Theorising Ireland: Social Theory and the Politics of Identity.'

Linda Connolly's other books include, co-authored with Tina O'Toole, 'Documenting Irish Feminisms' (Woodfield Press: Dublin, 2004), which is the outcome of a three-year research project (1999-2003) funded by the HEA Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions Cycle 1 (see for details). She has co-edited with Niamh Hourigan, 'Social Movements and Ireland' (Manchester: Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2005), a collection with several contributors that documents new research on the development of key social movements in Ireland (including, the Irish language, anti-racist, women's, gay and lesbian, civil rights, suffrage and anti-globalisation movements).

Linda's full research profile.

Name: Dr Caitriona Ni Laoire
Position: Deputy Director, ISS21
T: 353 (0)21 4903071
Address: School of Applied Social Studies, UCC, Cork.
Office location: Carrigbawn, Donovan's Rd., UCC. 


CaitrionaDr. Caitríona Ní Laoire is Lecturer in Applied Social Studies and Deputy Director of ISS21. Previously she was Research Fellow and Team Leader on a Marie Curie Excellence Team project, the Migrant Children project, located in the Department of Geography UCC. Her research interests lie in the areas of Irish migration, childhood/youth, return migration, rurality, gender, identities and masculinities. Her research has explored the experiences and identity processes of children who move to Ireland with their return migrant parent(s), focusing in particular on family and peer dynamics, negotiations of inclusion/exclusion and identities, and on relationships with place. This is set within the context of intergenerational relations within families, in particular child-parent relations, and involves the use of children-centred research methods. She joined UCC in 2003, and coordinated the all-island Narratives of Migration and Return research project during 2003-2005, which involved collecting life narratives of Ireland 's recent return migrants.

Caitríona's full research profile.

Name: Dr Siobhan O'Sullivan
Position: GREP Director
T: 353 (0)21 021-4902836
Nicola Maxwell
T: 353-21-4902612


Nicola Maxwell is National Project Co-Coordinator on the GENOVATE project.

Dr. Sarah M. Field

National Project (Co)Coordinator, GENOVATE 


Sarah has a blend of academic and applied experience supporting the fulfilment of international human rights law through international research and legal advocacy projects. She has global experience supporting domestic knowledge and practice of international human rights law, with a specific focus on equality and non-discrimination, within varied jurisdictions of Europe, eastern and southern Africa and the Asia and Pacific regions. In this capacity, she has worked with the International Labour Office (at Headquarters (Geneva, Switzerland),  the Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (Bangkok Thailand) and Area Office for Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe (Lusaka, Zambia)) and The African Child Policy Forum (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) amongst other international organisations. A particular professional interest is — informing and influencing respect for international human rights law within the staged process of peacemaking. It is undergirded by knowledge of international human rights law within the converging contexts of emergencies, threats to international peace and security and non/international armed conflict. And it is shaped by a vision of the possibilities for rights-based transformation ‘in’ and ‘through’ peacemaking, born of interrogations of peace processes from a human rights perspective. Sarah has an LLB from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD from University College Cork, Ireland. She is presently a National Project Coordinator of the cross-European GENOVATE Project at University College Cork, Ireland and blogs occasionally at




Dr. Orla McGarry is a Post-Doctoral researcher on the YMOBILITY project, a Horizon 2020 research project that examines youth migration and mobility within the EU. In this capacity she contributes to innovative and in-depth analysis of migratory strategies and outcomes for migrant youth as well as investigating the impact of migration on the sending and receiving societies.

Orla’s research interests lie in the areas of youth migration, intercultural and cosmopolitan identities and religious and cultural adaptation. She also has a specific interest in, and expertise on, the development of culturally responsive and age-appropriate participatory research methodologies. She has conducted extensive explorative and evaluative community based research on issues such as intercultural and inter-generational engagement and cross-cultural communication strategies, and has published widely on the themes of migration, research positionalities, and intercultural engagement.

Orla was previous employed as a Research Associate in the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway and in the School for Graduate Entry Medicine, UL and as a Post-Doctoral researcher in the Institute for Lifecourse and Society, NUI, Galway. She completed a Ph.D. with the School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway in 2012 and was awarded an MPhil in Ethnic and Racial Studies by Trinity College, Dublin in 2008.

Link to Orla's full Research Profile

Name: Dr Orla McGarry
Position: Post-doctoral researcher, YMOBILITY project, ISS21

Address: Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century, UCC, Cork.

Office location: Safari, Donovan's Rd., UCC.

Name: Siobhan O'Brien
Position: Project Administrator
T: +353-(0)21-4903398

Siobhan O'Brien is Project Administrator on the The GENOVATE HUB project.

Name: Aifric O Grada


Aifric O Grada was National Project Coordinator on the EU FP7-funded The GENOVATE HUB project from 2013 to 2014.

She was previously Project Coordinator on the Through the Glass Ceiling project, a collaboration between ISS21 and the UCC Equality Committee and funded by the Pobal Equality for Women Programme.

Dr. David Ralph was Marie Curie Research Fellow at ISS21 from 2013 to 2014.

David works on issues related to migration and families. His PhD research at the University of Edinburgh looked at the re-integration experiences of Ireland’s return migrants during the so-called Celtic Tiger years. Following this he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at NIRSA, NUI Maynooth. The project he worked on there looked at the Irish family from a historical perspective, examining what has changed, what remains the same, over the course of the 20th century. His current work looks at the experience of ‘Euro-commuters’ – those whocommute across the EU working in one country during the week, living in theother at weekends. David has also worked as a journalist, and continues to do so on a freelance basis.

Marie Curie Research Project on Transnational Commuting: In recent years, as the phenomenon of 'Euro-commuting'grows, it has gained some policy and research attention. Euro-commuters can bedefined as those who live primarily in one European country and work primarily in another. As a group, they raise many questions, chief among them being why choose this as a way of life? Issues around family life also need interrogating. How, for instance, is intimate life negotiated when one of the partners in a couple relationship lives in another European country much of the time? Where children are involved, how does this affect parent-child relations? And what are the consequences for gender relations between heterosexual couples in such households?

This project focused on the case of Euro-commuter households whose primary centre of interest is the Republic of Ireland, and seeks to answer the above questions. It was carried out in the Institute for Social Sciences in the 21st Century (ISS21) at University College Cork, and was funded by an FP7 Marie Curie Fellowship.

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