ISS21 Visiting Scholars

ISS21 Visiting Scholars

See below for recent and current ISS21 Visiting Scholars.

Dr. Ilenia Picardi

Dr. Ilenia Picardi

Dr. Ilenia Picardi is Visiting Scholar at ISS21 for the Summer 2017. She is a post-doc research associate at University of Naples Federico II where she is conducting a study concerned with gender inequality in the academia as part of her PhD in Human Mind and Gender Studies.
She was also awarded a PhD in Physics in 2003. Since then her research activity has been focused on Science and Technology Studies, mainly on the following themes:
• social responsibility of scientists from the birth of Big Science to the present day;
• science communication;
• gender dimensions in scientific research.

She has participated at several European projects in the field of Science in Society and for the University of Naples Federico II she was project manager of the FP7 GENOVATE Project (Transforming Organizational Culture for Gender Equality in Research and Innovation, January 2013 - June 2017).

She is Project Coordinator for the first mentoring programme for women in science of Italian universities and the person in charge of the Gender Studies in Science and Technology of Gender Observatory on University and Research at UNINA.

During her time at UCC, Dr Ilenia Picardi has been developing a comparative analysis between gendering processes that act in academia in different national contexts.

Dr Lindy Croft-Piggin - Visiting Scholar


L-Croft-PigginDr Lindy Croft Piggin was Visiting Scholar at ISS21 in Spring 2012. Dr Croft Piggin is a Lecturer in the School of Education at Charles Sturt University in Australia. Her research explores rural youth identity formation in the context of a small rural school which uses the arts to address Boys’ Education. It examines rural identity, perceptions of masculinity and the way this is expressed in youth culture. This study explores the concepts of identity, gender, rurality and youth culture using the thinking tools of Pierre Bourdieu.

She is also interested in the field of literacy, particularly visual and auditory literacy and has explored the way that groups interpret visual and auditory signs and symbols to make shared meaning.

During her time at UCC, Dr Croft Piggin developed some comparative research and presented her research to staff and students.

Lindy Croft-Piggin's profile

Professor Smadar Lavie - Visiting Scholar


SmadarLavieProfessor Smadar Lavie has been a Visiting Scholar at ISS21 since 2010. Smadar Lavie is a cultural anthropologist. Her first book, The Poetics of Military Occupation: Mzeina Allegories of Bedouin Identity under Israeli and Egyptian Rule (1990), has become a multidisciplinary classic, and is still in print and in demand. She has conducted research in Egypt since 1975. Her co-edited collection, Displacement, Diaspora, and Geographies of Identity (1996) is widely cited as criticizing the academic US-European hegemony of cultural studies, by returning to the dispersed, global daily realities from which the theoretical representations were derived. She is completing a book manuscript on Mizrahi women, Palestine, and the racial formations of Israel. She has been working in Palestine/Israel since 1989. Lavie is a member of several Palestine/Israel feminist and anti-racist NGOs. Her writings, teaching and activism have inspired students, scholars and activists.

Smadar's most recent publication:

Lavie, S. (2012) The Knafo Chronicles: Marching on Jerusalem With Israel's Silent Majority, Affilia 27: 300

Dr Gemma Larramona - Visiting Scholar


GemmapiccompressedDr Gemma Larramona is Visiting Scholar at ISS21 for Summer 2012. Gemma Larramona is Associate Professor at the Department of Economic Analysis of the Universityof Zaragoza, where she currently teaches Microeconomics in the Faculty of Economics and Business. In 2004, she completed her PhD thesis on migration and economic growth and in 2006 she obtained a competitive scholarship of the Fulbright Commission of Belgium to develop a project of migration flow reversals in the University of Pennsylvania. Her research centres on migration considering different variables related to it, remittances, regularization, optimal entrance quotas, hidden economy, time of migration... from the perspective of both, internal and international migration. She has participated with these topics in several international conferences and has published in national and international journals such as Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Economics Modelling, or International Migration, as well as in international books edited by Edward Elgar. She is currently teaching Microeconomics in the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Zaragoza, Spain.

Dr Nollaig Frost - Visiting Scholar

Nollaig Frost

Dr Nollaig Frost will be Visiting Scholar at ISS21 during Autumn 2013.  Nollaig is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Middlesex University, UK where she teaches Qualitative Research Methods, Lifespan Development Psychology and Counselling Skills and Theory.  Her research interests are underpinned by her exploration of the use and application of pluralistic approaches to qualitative and mixed methods research.  She has led the Pluralism in Qualitative Research (PQR) team since 2006 and edited a key book written with the team on this topic (Frost, N.A., (2011).  Qualitative Research in Psychology:  Combining Core Approaches, Open University Press). Her research centres on motherhood, particularly second-time motherhood, research methodology, mental illness and migration. She explores and uses pluralistic qualitative research, and feminist and mixed methods approaches to gain further understanding of issues such as the transition to second-time motherhood, changes in relationships following second-time motherhood, and parenting with mental illness.  With the recent development of her research into issues of migration from Ireland to the UK, Nollaig will be working with UCC colleagues to plan and extend a number of new and existing projects that bring her research foci into this arena.


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