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I am willing to supervise PhD students in the areas of women and talent management and women's digital entrepreneurship.


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Research Statement

I am a researcher with a passion for the inquiry of social phenomena at the intersection of work, organisation and entrepreneurship. I have over 10 years’ experience working on research projects with expertise in qualitative methodologies. My recent publication on the entrepreneurial identity work and identity play of women digital entrepreneurs in Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice demonstrates the synergistic potential of these domains. I am particularly interested in bridging entrepreneurship, work, and organisation by understanding how gendered practices are created and sustained in digital entrepreneurial organisations and talent management systems.

My research has also focused on the career experiences of a diverse range of individuals in public and private sector organisations in Ireland and the UK. My research has made an impact through publication in world-leading journals such as Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice and Work, Employment and Society and in journals that are internationally excellent such as Technovation, Human Resource Management Journal, and the International Journal of Human Resource Management. My work is also regularly presented at leading international conferences such as Gender Work and Organisation, the British Academy of Management, Work, Employment and Society and the Diana International Research Conference.  I have a consistent stream of 3* and 4* papers with several in progress, thus demonstrating a capacity to sustain and extend this existing high level of output.

I was awarded a first class honours Bachelors of Business Studies degree in 2004 from the University of Limerick.  I received an IRCHSS Government of Ireland Scholarship and an Advanced Scholarship from the University of Limerick to undertake my PhD studies which I completed in 2008.



I am a Senior Lecturer and I obtained my PGCHET qualification in 2016. My research is actively integrated into both my undergraduate postgraduate teaching where student and peer feedback at both levels has been consistently excellent. I have taught in-person and online, both synchronously and asynchronously. I was appointed as an External Examiner for Carlow Institute of Technology, Ireland in 2016 and successfully performed this role until 2021. I have also acted as a module coordinator on numerous occasions since joining Queen's University Management School in 2013, and so have extensive experience of not only course design and assessment but also of complying with rigorous examination procedures.

I have developed a range of innovative teaching activities designed to deepen students’ understanding of the key topic of organisational change, such as practical case studies and quizzes, which have been implemented in higher education institutions including the University of Limerick, University of Cork and Carlow Institute of Technology. Given my commitment to education that is informed by contemporary issues in the world of work, I designed an innovative HR Insights Seminar series for the MSc HRM Programme through engaging with CIPD experts, HR professionals and business leaders to deliver insights into HR, gender and employment related topics.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality


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