Current and Ongoing Research

I am currently researching how key institutions (e.g. the newsprint media) represent migration, primarily through text. I have also extended this area of interest by examining how migration is portrayed on-line through text and various forms of visual communication (photographs and video). This work concentrates upon the Irish context, but also assesses other geographic locations, such as the UK, Europe, and the USA.

I am also in the process of putting together an Edited Book with my colleague Keegan Williams (Wilfrid Laurier University), which focuses upon contemporary migration by boat.

Research Assistant, University College Dublin, (July) 2015.

I undertook qualitative analysis on a cohort of focus groups for the project “Undergraduate Students’ Awareness and Experiences of Research”, led by Dr Mike Casey, Dr Katherine Howell, Dr Maria Meehan. The research involved in-depth use of the software NVIVO to code interview data.

Research Assistant, University College Dublin, (January-June) 2015.

I worked as a research assistant on a teaching and learning project that examined student non-completion rates among Irish higher-education institutions. This project was operated by Dr Niamh Moore-Cherry and Prof Suzanne Quin and funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Ireland.

Researcher, RTÉ (InQuest), 2014.

I was a member of the InQuest research team working with the Irish Broadcaster, RTÉ, on the European, Local and By-Election coverage in Ireland. This is a link to some photos of the election coverage.

Post-Doctoral Research, Dublin City University, 2013.

This research involved the gathering and collation of data on Type 2 diabetic patients in the Dublin region. The project is part of the 3U partnership.

 Doctoral Research, Maynooth University, 2008-2012.

Supervisors: Dr Mary Gilmartin and Professor Mary Corcoran. Thesis Title: Irish institutional discourses of illegal immigration: a Critical Discourse Analysis approach. Over 2,500 newspaper reports and over 1,000 parliamentary texts analysed. This work was funded by the John and Pat Hume Scholarship (2009-2012).

Research Assistant, NUI Maynooth 2010.

This research was undertaken on behalf of Dr Mary Gilmartin (Maynooth University) and Dr Bettina Migge (UCD) as part of their Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Project entitled “Towards a Dynamic Approach to Research on Migration and Integration”. The work involved analysing and coding interviews conducted with migrants in Ireland.

Research into Graduate Education and Publication of this Work, 2009.

This work involved working with my colleagues (Dr Adrienne Hobbs and Jackie S. McGloughlin) in a number of ways, including undertaking questionnaire surveys, a focus group, and writing a paper for publication.

MA Research, UCD, 2005-2006.

Supervisor: Dr Mary Gilmartin. The research concentrated upon Children’s Geographies and Immigration. Key topics included: asylum seekers, refugees, unaccompanied minors, separated children.


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