Contact Person: Christine Domegan
Role: WP2 leader
The National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway is the largest and oldest university based in the west of Ireland, employing in excess of 2,000 staff with a 17,000 strong student population. NUI Galway is a research-led University and has an overall ranking of 284th in the QS world university rankings for 2013 and 314 in the Times Higher Education world rankings for 2013/2014. Over the past ten years the University has heavily invested (excess of €400 million) in its research & teaching infrastructure. In 2013, University income exceeded €220 million of which over €50 million was from externally funded research with funding sources including and to-date has secured in excess of €40 million from FP7 including ERC, Marie Curie, Cooperation, Capacities programmes. The University was recently awarded the REA’s “HR Excellence in Research” designation identifying NUI Galway as a provider of a high standard working environment for researchers.
NUI Galway has an international reputation in the Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy and is committed to improving our understanding of innovation and social entrepreneurial strategies. To support this research domain, the NUI Galway has established the Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change which adopts an innovative, multidisciplinary and transformative approach to the challenges currently facing business and society, both in Ireland and internationally. Over 200 members make up the faculty, creating the largest critical mass of business and social science researchers in Ireland, with expertise spanning across the College of Business, Public Policy and Law and the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies. Subsuming the University’s Centre for Innovation and Structural Change (CISC), the Whitaker Institute builds on a decade of research-excellence and policy-focused contributions supported by over €12 million in competitive national and international research funding.
NUIG is the lead partner on the Social Innovation Participation Processes (SIPPS) Work Package (WP2).
Key Personnel involved:
Dr. Christine Domegan is a social innovation researcher with over 20 years experience. She is currently EU Lead Methodologist for Sea for Society (SFS) which brings together a multidisciplinary partnership of 21 partners from 9 countries representing marine research institutes, funding agencies, science museums and aquaria, CSO’s, NGO’s, higher education institutes, business networks. Key questions considered in the context of ‘ocean ecosystem services’ with an emphasis on relating complex biodiversity to ‘lived experiences’ in order to bridge how everyday human behaviour interplays with science.
Dr. Patricia McHugh is a Sea Change Social Innovation Postdoctoral Researcher with the Whitaker Institute at NUI Galway. Patricia holds a PhD on the Development and Measurement of Process Indicators for Science Communication using Social Marketing and Social Innovation Theory. She previously held a Postdoctoral position with Sea for Society, a FP7 European funded project with the responsibility to design, develop, analyse and report on SFS mobilisation activities, using social innovation indicator measurements, within an EU marine context. Her current work involves designing, training, and implementing Social Innovation Participation Processes (SIPPs) within an Ocean Literacy context for Sea Change. Patricia is also responsible for the design and coordination of a Collective Impact Assessment Framework to monitor and track the progress of SIPP actions implemented over the lifetime of the project.
Dr Anthony Grehan is a conservation biologist with over 20 years of experience of working in the deep-sea. Over the last decade, Dr. Grehan has focused on the field of cold water coral ecology, conservation and sustainable resource management. The urgent need to conserve coral reefs has necessitated the development of robust outreach and science/policy initiatives and these have been developed during participation in a number of large EU Framework Programme projects: ACES, HERMES, PROTECT, HERMIONE, Clamer, CoralFISH.
Dr Robin Raine is a biological oceanographer in Earth and Ocean Sciences discipline, NUI Galway. His research has focused on the interaction between physical oceanography and phytoplankton, in particular the initiation of Harmful Algal Blooms around the Irish coastline. He has developed simple predictive models that can be used by shellfish producers so that they can minimise and mitigate the harmful economic effects these blooms cause. In 2003 he was nominated onto the Scientific Steering Committee of GEOHAB (Global Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms, the UNESCO-IOC-SCOR project on harmful algae), and became chairman in 2006. Recently, his research outputs have taken the form of DVD, illustrated booklets, etc. in an effort to inform the wider scientific community about HABs.
Dr Veronica McCauley is a lecturer in Science Education who also has extensive science outreach experience. Her Hook Series offers science educators a collection of videos that capture novel and engaging aspects of each science topic. The complete collection includes 6 iBooks, three to support science teachers who teach through the medium of English and three to support science teachers who teach through the medium of Irish.
Dr. Stephen Hynes is a lecturer in economics and head of the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU), National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. Stephen’s main research interest is in microeconomic behaviour analysis, related to natural resource/environmental policy and has extensive experience in marine economic research including participation in European FP7 Cooperative Research Programme and European INTERREG-IV Atlantic Area Programme marine related projects.
Dr. Kevin Davison is a lecturer with the School of Education at NUI Galway with an interest in sociological issues in education including: boys and academic achievement, role models, and innovative approaches to science outreach. He is the author of: Negotiating Masculinities and Bodies in Schools: The Implications of Gender Theory for the Education of Boys (2007: Edwin Mellen Press), and co-author of Masculinities and Schooling: International Practices and Perspectives (2007: Althouse Press). He is also the co-author of the report A Review of Science Outreach Strategies, North And South (2008: Centre for Cross Border Studies).