Claire is a science graduate from UCD and completed her PhD research on the conservation of the endangered Rodrigues fruit bat Pteropus rodricensis. Through her work in conservation biology she became interested in protected area management, governance and the role of international conventions in achieving global conservation goals. Following participation in Master Classes in cultural and natural heritage management at UNESCO World Heritage Centre Paris and at Charles Darwin University, Australia, Claire returned to UCD to develop and coordinate the innovative master's programme in World Heritage Management. This was an internationally unique programme in its interdisciplinary approach to the conservation of both cultural and natural heritage in a World Heritage context. More recently Claire participated in the development of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention global training strategy organised by Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Convention, ICCROM and IUCN. Claire co-produced a pioneer World Heritage Conservation Distance Learning programme in a direct response to the need for generating knowledge and understanding that are fundamental to the implementation of the World Heritage Convention.