GENOVATE-UCC PI and Co-Investigators

GENOVATE-UCC Project Staff

Dr. Caitríona Ní Laoire (PI), GENOVATE Scientific Coordinator, ISS21 and Applied Social Studies

Prof. Geraldine Boylan, UCC Equality Committee, and Dept of Paediatrics and Child Health

Dr. Linda Connolly, Sociology and ISS21

Dr. Siobhan Cusack, Office of VP for Research and Innovation

Prof. Louise Kenny, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Dr. Carol Linehan, School of Applied Psychology and ISS21

Prof. Irene Lynch-Fannon, Department of Law

Prof. Siobhán Mullally, Department of Law and ISS21

Ms. Nicola Maxwell, National Project Coordinator

Dr. Sarah M. Field, National Project Coordinator 

Ms. Siobhan O'Brien, GENOVATE Project Administrator

Ms. Christine Looney, GENOVATE Project Administrator


Former GENOVATE Team Members

Ms. Aifric O Grada (GENOVATE, ISS21)

Prof Helen Whelton (Graduate School, College of Medicine & Health; Dental School)


Project Coordinators

Ms. Nicola Maxwell, National Project Coordinator,

Nicola Maxwell B. Soc. Sc. (NUI, Cork), M.Sc. (Oxon) is GENOVATE National Project (Co)Coordinator. She has a combination of academic and applied experience with regard to equality, rights-based approaches and action research methodologies having previously worked in the NGO sector, chiefly with Oxfam GB.  Nicola delivers social policy modules and teaches on a programme for people with intellectual disabilities. Her PhD research at the  Centre for Disability Law and Policy in NUI Galway explores how rights-based approaches, reflecting core tenets derived from international Human Rights legislation, are implemented within disability services for adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) in Ireland.

Dr. Sarah M. Field, National Project Coordinator,

Sarah M. Field is GENOVATE National Project (Co)Coordinator. She has a blend of applied and academic 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. Sarah has an LLB from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD from University College Cork and blogs occasionally at

Project Administrator

Ms. Siobhán O'Brien, GENOVATE Project Administrator,

Siobhán O'Brien is GENOVATE Project Administrator.  Prior to taking up her current role, Siobhán worked in different industries from food production to a Biotechnology company start-up, in the private sector, in an administrative capacity. Siobhán holds a BA and MA from UCC and regularly volunteers at a local after school programme which offers educational support to teenage students in the community.

Former Project Coordinator

Ms. Aifric O Grada, GENOVATE Project Coordinator (2013-14)

Aifric Ó Gráda is a sociologist with research interests in gender, equality, community and social identity. She previously coordinated the Through the Glass Ceiling project, establishing and delivering an innovative mentoring programme and career development training programme for female academics and researchers in UCC.  That project also led a national collaboration of higher education stakeholders to develop Recommendations for Actions towards Gender Equality in Academic and Research Careers in the Higher Education Sector. 

The Institutional GEAP Management Board provides provide strategic advice and guidance to assist GENOVATE in its project in UCC. 

Ms. Joan Donegan, Assistant General Secretary, Irish Federation of University Teachers

Professor Patrick Fitzpatrick, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, UCC

Ms. Nora Geary, Deputy Corporate Secretary, UCC

Dr. Maeve Lankford, Facilitor, Trainer, Coach and Associate & Aurora Ambassador with the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

Professor Anita Maguire, Vice-President for Research and Innovation, UCC

Mr. Paul O’Donovan, Academic Secretary, UCC (Chair)

Professor Cian Ó Mathúna, Tyndall National Institute

Mr. Paul Smith, International Office, Dublin City University

Dr Tanya Mulcahy, Health Innovation Hub, UCC

Mr. James Upton, Deputy President UCC Students' Union

Mr. Mark Ryan, former MD Accenture Ireland

Ms. Catherine Murphy, Equality Officer, UCC

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