Rola Abu Zeid - O'Neill


Name: Rola Abu Zeid - O'Neill


Role: Programme Coordinator and Lecturer

Academic Unit: ACE (Adult Continuing Education)

An academic in the field of women, conflict, and memory. Rola is programme coordinator of Diploma in Women’s Studies, and Diploma in Development Studies in ACE (Adult Continuing Education, UCC), and a final year PhD Candidate at the Department of Sociology at University College Cork. Rola has more than 20 years of experience of capacity building in women's and political empowerment organizations in Israel and Palestine, community develoment, advocacy and political and civic lobbying, intercultural dialogues and cooperation experience.

Rola has 10 years of successful experience of teaching adults at Master’s and undergraduate level. She is an experienced researcher, trainer and evaluator, in range of fields especially aiming to mitigate exclusion poverty and conflicts, targeting refugees, displaced and disadvantage groups applying both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. She led and project managed a successful local multicultural food project in 2018, and she has proven experience of empowering a diverse range of populations, including parents of children with disability, women, minority groups, women in minority groups, refugees, asylum seekers, Irish women in disadvantaged areas.

Thematic Expertise

Rola is an active member of the Carrigtwohill Community Sponsership Group; Cork City of Sanctuary; Carrigtwohill Strategic Plan (2018-2022) Town Committee member; Steering Committee Member of ‘Refugee Family Reunification Research’ at NASC: the Migrant and Refugee Rights Centre; Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Conflict Resolution Unit: Oversight Group for Ireland’s Second National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325, 2015-2018; Centre for Global Development (UCC); board member of Karti - Project for Women, Peace and Development; and member of UCC ISS21 (Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century) research clusters: New Poverties, Social Justice and Human Rights; Children and Young People; Memory; Violence, Gender, and Conflict.

Geographical Expertise

Israel; Palestine; Middle East; North Africa; Arab World

Relevant Projects

Integration and Inclusion in East Cork


(Partial List)

2019 – Research on Women’s Integration and Inclusion in East Cork

2018 – Amneh – My Grandmother and My Feminist Inspiration (Article – English)

2013 – The Nakba and the Memories if IDP Women in Israel: Dailylife, Identity, and Mission (in Arabic and English)

Centre for Global Development