I am a lecturer in Geography in NUI Galway. Broadly speaking, I am interested in the relationship between society, urban form and everyday life within cities. I have published on sub-themes including urban public space, culture, creativity and the city and urban policy formation.
From 2012 until 2014, I was a Lecturer in Culture and Urban Development within the Centre for Urban and Euregional Studies, within The Department of Technology and Society Studies at Maastricht University.
From September to December, 2010, I was a visiting researcher University of Amsterdam within the Urban Studies Research Priority Area. Here I expanded upon my research at PhD level and focused on the relationship between social mix policies, urban design, and communal spaces.
From 2008 until 2010, I was employed as a postdoctoral researcher on the ACRE – Accomodating Creative Knowledge Research Project at the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin. The project focused on the role of the creative and knowledge-based industries within the context of an enlarged E.U., and critically examined Richard Florida’s ‘Creative Class’ thesis.
My PhD, which I carried out at the Department of Geography, Trinity College Dublin, focused on examining the relationship between the planning, design and everyday use of urban public space. Here, I examined the everyday use of public space in three cities; Dublin, London and Amsterdam. While highlighting the dominance of private actors within the recent transformation of public space, it also illustrated the continued importance of personal and communal memory and attachment to place within the public spaces of cities. A copy of the PhD can be accessed here.