Dr. Claire Edwards (Director)

Dr. Caitriona Ni Laoire (Deputy Director)

Dr. Margaret Scanlon (Research Coordinator)

Dr. Mark Cullinane (Postdoctoral Researcher)

Ms. Nicola Maxwell (Research Officer)

Dr. Orla McGarry (YMobility Postdoctoral Researcher)

Ms. Siobhan O'Brien (Project Administrator)

Dr. Siobhan O'Sullivan (GREP Director)


Dr Claire Edwards - Director


Dr. Claire Edwards

Director of ISS21

Tel.: +353 (0) 21 4902313


Dr. Claire Edwards took up the post of Director of ISS21 in June 2017.

Claire's full research profile:




Dr Caitríona Ní Laoire - Deputy Director

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.



Dr Margaret Scanlon - Research Coordinator

Dr. Margaret Scanlon is the ISS21 Research Coordinator.

Tel. (021) 4205221




Dr Siobhán O'Sullivan - GREP Director

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

Nicola Maxwell — Project Officer

Nicola Maxwell
T: 353-21-4902612


Nicola Maxwell was National Project Co-Coordinator on the GENOVATE project (2015-17) and is currently Project Officer on the Safe(r)Space project.



Dr. Orla McGarry - YMobility Postdoctoral Researcher

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: Carrigbawn, Donovan's Rd., UCC.

Siobhan O'Brien - Project Administrator

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

Siobhan O'Brien is Project Administrator on the YMOBILITY and The GENOVATE HUB projects.

University College Cork

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College Road, Cork T12 K8AF