Postdoctoral Researchers

Current Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr Anne-Julie Lafoye

Anne-Julie Lafaye is a medieval archaeologist interested in the buildings and landscape context of religious orders in medieval Europe, especially the mendicant orders in Ireland. After completing her undergraduate degree in History and Archaeology at the University of Rouen and the first year of a Master’s Degree in Medieval Archaeology with the Sorbonne University, she enrolled on the MLitt and then a PhD programme of UCD’s School of Archaeology under the supervision of Prof. Tadhg O’Keeffe and Dr Edel Bhreathnach. Before beginning her IRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in UCC she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Trinity College Dublin and the Discovery Programme. She is one of the collaborators on the Monastic Ireland project. 


Spiritual Infrastructure, Space and Society: The Augustinian Friars in Late Medieval Ireland

At the core of the proposed research lies the study of the physical remains of Augustinian friaries in Ireland. The Augustinian friars belonged to the mendicant orders that appeared in the first decades of the thirteenth century in France and Italy. The project has a two-fold purpose: firstly, to shift the focus to a seemingly marginal order that has been less studied in Ireland and elsewhere, when compared to the better-known Franciscan and Dominican orders; and secondly, to investigate the social and spiritual infrastructure in late medieval Ireland by concentrating on the Augustinian friars and building on my existing research on the mendicant orders. The project includes the cataloguing of all twenty-two Irish Augustinian foundations, and an in-depth historical and architectural survey of twelve sites where remains survive. The overall aim is to determine the extent of the physical, religious and social impact of the Augustinian friars in medieval Ireland.



Dr Martin Wall

Martin Wall is an Irish Research Council/European Commission funded Marie Curie CAROLINE Fellow and specialises in the area of climate change and security. Martin’s current work focuses on understanding how states are responding to and adapting to climate change as it exacerbates existing humanitarian crises. He is also interested in broader international efforts to tackle climate change.

Prior to joining adelphi, Martin managed an business incubator for marine and energy startups in as part of the Irish Maritime and Energy Resource Cluster.  

Martin holds a Ph.D. in Contemporary History from University College Cork, Ireland where he examined Ireland’s relationship with the European Union after accession. Martin received several funding awards for this research including a Government of Ireland Scholarship and an Erasmus Scholarship. His research focused on Irish government relations with the then European Economic Community in the 1970s and he has published on this area.  Martin also holds a BA in History and English from University College Cork.

Former Postdoctoral and Research Fellows

Dr Ruth Canning

Dr Ruth Canning is a Marie Curie International Research Fellow from 2012 to 2015, a post which she held jointly between Concordia University, Montreal, and the National University of Ireland, University College Cork.  Awarded by the European Commission, the Marie Curie prize is one of Europe’s most competitive and prestigious awards, fostering interdisciplinary research and international collaborations.  A historian of early modern Ireland with a special focus on Ireland's Nine Years' War (1594-1603), Dr Canning’s research examines the socio-political impact of war on identity formation amongst Ireland's minority Old English population.  Dr Canning is a former Government of Ireland Scholar who completed a PhD in history at University College Cork in 2012.  Originally from Galway, Ireland, she completed a BA at Mount Allison University and a MA at Memorial University of Newfoundland.


Dr Chad Ludington 

Dr Chad Ludington was a Marie Curie International Research Fellow, 2015-17, working on a project on Irish merchants in Bordeaux.


Dr James O'Neill

Dr James O'Neill was an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow 2013-15, working on a project on the Military Revoluion and the Nine Years War in Ireland.


Dr Mark A. Hutchinson

IRCHSS Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011-2013


Dr Sally-Ann Treharne

Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012-2013


Dr James Ryan

Government of Ireland/Marie Curie CARA Postdoctoral Research Mobility Fellow in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2011-2014  

Appointed Lecturer in History at Cardiff University in 2014

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