Core Team

Dr Carol Kelleher

Dr. Carol Kelleher is the UCC lead for the PPI Ignite Network. She is a member of the Network Steering Committee and co- leads work package 2, which is focussed on embedding PPI scholarship into undergraduate and postgraduate education. At UCC, Carol works closely with Dr Emmy Racine, PPI Ignite Network @ UCC Programme Manager to build capacity for high-quality PPI within UCC and amongst wider society, and to embed PPI into institutional policies and practices. She also chairs the PPI Ignite Network @ UCC Steering Committee and UCC PPI Ignite Network Local Partner Committee.

Carol is a Lecturer in Service Design and Social Care researcher in the Institute of Social Sciences in the 21st Century (ISS21) and College of Business and Law in UCC.  Her research interests focus on care and care relations, participatory research methodologies and service design. She leads the interdisciplinary care research cluster in ISS21 and is a recipient of several Irish Research Council awards on care.


Dr Emmy Racine

Emmy is the Programme Manager for PPI Ignite Network @ UCC and has over five years’ experience in conducting, researching, and promoting Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) and has extensive in-depth knowledge of PPI theory and practice. 

Emmy's research interests include Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) approaches and impact, participatory and engaged research processes and patient experience research. She completed her PhD in 2020 which was entitled: ‘It’s a nice thing to do but…’: Exploring the methods and impact of PPI in trials. This research explored PPI contributors' experiences and contributions at the design, conduct and dissemination stages of trials.

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