I am Director of Graduate Studies at the College of Human Sciences at UCD and also Lecturer and Researcher at UCD School of Education on various education, ICT, public policy and research methods programmes. My research interests include social capital, professional knowledge, development policy in the global south, innovation transfer in an information age, e-learning, schools ICT and the impact of new and emergent technology on learning and society. I was lead evaluator on the Diageo Liberties Learning Initiative and external evaluator on the EU funded DigEuLit project. I have also acted as Assessor on a number of EU actions relating to the Information Society – including eLearning and MINERVA – and have been National Delegate (Ireland) to an OECD summit on the Information Society & Education. I guest lecture on the MScIT programme at Trinity College Dublin, on the BA(Ed) at National College of Art and Design, Dublin and on the MSc Learning Technology course at NCI. For the past three years I have been a member of the national advisory council on PISA, Ireland
Since 2009, I have been Coordinator for the Global Classroom strands of the UCD /TCD Masters in Development Practice programme – a unique, co-awarded programme with Trinity College Dublin. I also contribute to peace support education programmes at the UN School Ireland (UNTSI) where I direct field exercises for both humanitarian and military personnel preparing for PSO deployment. was on the Steering Committee of the Centre for Global Development through Education, an Irish Aid funded initiative, 2008-11.
I hold The President’s Award for Teaching at UCD and used the research leave associated with this award to take on a research analysis of cutting-edge ICT projects in Ireland and to speak at various conferences throughout Europe on ICT / IST and policy related issues. This included an invited presentation to the Irish EU Presidency conference on New Education Futures, in May 2004, where I was the only Irish university sector academic to speak.
I have been Visiting Scholar, University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, Michaelmas Term, 2000. And was the only non-UK recipient of an Economic and Social Research Council (UK) EU Scholarship in 1992 /1993.