I completed a BA International in French and Geography from the National University of Ireland, Galway with a year study abroad in Brittany, France. From 2013-2014, I completed a Master of Arts in Rural Sustainability with the department of Geography and Archaeology in NUI, Galway. This course explored all rural issues such as governance, contestation and sustainability of rural space, but to name a few. My thesis topic for the MA explored the potential of collaborative models of farming in Ireland in sustaining the small or family farm model, with particular reference to the farm partnership model in the dairy sector. I was a Walsh Fellow PhD candidate based at the Centre for Co-operative Studies, University College Cork (UCC) and the Rural Economy and Development Programme (REDP), Teagasc Mellows Campus, Athenry. My PhD research focused on the potential of agricultural co-operatives in enhancing farm-level viability, sustainability and resilience with a particular focus on the Irish Beef sector. This research was undertaken in the context of recently introduced Producer Organisation (PO) legislation to allow Irish beef farmers to re-balance power in the supply chain and enhance their viability. Following this, I worked as a research assistant for a short term project on mapping the dairy supply chain on the Island of Ireland (IOI) and used analysis to collate data relating to milk production and trade statistics. I am currently based in UCD as a postdoctoral researcher working on a project between the Business school and the Irish Centre for Applied Geosciences (iCRAG) to assess public perceptions surrounding groundwater usage, with a particular focus on private well owners.
- Research AssistantUniversity College Cork & Teagasc1 Jun 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
- BA(International)NUI Galway IRL
- MANUI Galway IRL
- PhDUniversity College Cork