Steering Committee

Steering Committee

Mary Van Lieshout (DSA Ireland Chair)

Mary van Lieshout

Mary Van Lieshout is Global Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning Advisor with GOAL. She has an MSc in Community Health and General Practice from Trinity College and an MA in International Relations from Dublin City University. She has over 15 years working in international development and humanitarian work, both in the field and within policy and research functions based in Dublin with Oxfam Ireland and GOAL respectively.  She has written widely on development issues for the Irish media, and has edited a book on gender and development for Attic Press following the UN Conference on Women and Development in Beijing in 1995. She was Head of Research and Standards Development for the National Disability Authority from 2002 – 2012 and has worked as Health Promotion Director for the former Eastern Health Board where she developed a research and advocacy programme on  health promotion and health inequalities in Ireland. She was appointed by the Minister of Health to the Healthy Ireland Council in 2013.

Prof. Honor Fagan (DSA Ireland Secretary)

Honor Fagan

Honor Fagan is a Professor of Sociology at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Her theoretical project has been to contribute to the development of a social sustainability paradigm from a sociological perspective. Her research interests focus on human security and international development, social sustainability, and gender and governance. She is currently leading the Social Science component of WaterSPOUTT ( an EU-H2020-funded project which is being carried out in Ethiopia, Malawi, Uganda and South Africa. 

She has served as expert evaluator at national and international level for such prestigious research organisations as the International Social Science Council (ISSC), European Commission (REA), Suomen Akatemia (Academy of Finland), The National Research Foundation of South Africa, the Irish Research Council (IRC). She is co-editor of the International Social Science Council's (ISSC) Comparative Research Programme on Poverty's (CROP) International Poverty Studies Series alongside leading intellectual Thomas Pogge. She has published five books with top international publishing houses including the prize-winning Globalisation and Security: An Encyclopaedia; seven book length national reports informed by original field research, designed to engage with and successful in directly impacting targeted policy developments, including one developed for the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) and another funded by EU Framework funds; over thirty journal articles and book chapters, including articles in top international journals such as the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (ANNALS), Capitalism, Nature and Class, European Journal of Development Research, Journal of Education, and Policy and Politics.

Hugh McBride (DSA Ireland Treasurer)

Hugh McBride

Hugh Mc Bride is a Senior Lecturer in Business at GMIT, Mayo Campus. He graduated from UCD with a B.Comm (in 1976) and an MBS (in 1977). He has worked as an accountant and has been a member of CIMA since 1987. His areas of academic interest include Management Control Systems, Management Accounting, Financial Management, Corporate Ethics and Corporate Governance. Hugh has also lectured at DCU, NUIG, the Copperbelt University (Zambia), the University of Malawi, the University of Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania), and at the Fachhochschule Vorarlberg (Austria). He has been a member of GMIT’s Academic Council for 20 years, and also served as a member of the Institute’s Governing Body for 5 years.


Maja Haals Brosnan

Maja Hals Brosnan

Maja Haals Brosnan is the Research Co-ordinator for the Children's Research Network. Her role is to support researchers in Ireland and Northern Ireland by responding to research queries, organising events and training according to members' needs. She oversees the publication of the Children's Research Digest and the Network's annual conference in December. She also directs a variety of special interest groups under the Network, including one on child and youth participation with a strong focus on ethics. Maja has a particular interest in research methodology and ethics, supporting researchers in optimising the influence of their research on policy and practice as well as to support practitioner researchers. Maja has a background in the not-for-profit and international development sectors. Most recently she worked as a researcher for Early Childhood Ireland. She has volunteered as a researcher for the Irish Refugee Council and is a former CES graduate intern. She is currently lecturing in early childhood part time and completing her PhD thesis in social anthropology on adverse childhoods in post-genocide Rwanda. She has published on methods for researching with children and young people.

Prof. Padraig Carmody 

Padraig Carmody

Pádraig Carmody is an Associate Professor in Geography at Trinity College Dublin, where he did his undergraduate and masters work and a visiting Associate Professor at the University of Johannesburg.  His Ph.D. is from the University of Minnesota in the US, where after graduation he also taught at the University of Vermont.  At TCD he co-directs the Trinity-UCD Masters in Development Practice.  His research centres on the political economy of globalisation in Africa.  He has published a number of books, including The New Scramble for Africa (2016, 2nd edition) and the Rise of the BRICS in Africa (2013) and with James Murphy, Africa’s Information Revolution (2015).  His current research examines the impacts of large-scale land acquisitions in Africa.  He sits on the board of Political Geography and African Geographical Review and is editor-in-chief of Geoforum.

Dr. Gerard McCann

Gerard McCann

Dr Gerard McCann is a Senior Lecturer in International Studies at St Mary’s University College, Queen’s University Belfast. He is responsible for international programmes at the College, including Erasmus + and the SEDIM Programme (Kraków). He is the coordinator of a number of partnership initiatives with universities in Nairobi, Lusaka and Bethlehem. Formerly the chair of the Centre for Global Education, Belfast, he is currently chair of Africa House (Northern Ireland) and the DFID Global Learning Programme’s Research Committee (NI). He has written extensively on the European Union’s development policies and Development Education. Books include: co-edited, International Human Rights, Social Welfare and Global Development (Policy Press, 2017, forthcoming); Lustration (Pegasus, 2016); co-edited, From the Local to the Global (Pluto, 2015); Ireland’s Economic History: Crisis and Development in the North and South (Pluto, 2011); co-edited, Issues in Economic Development in sub-Saharan Africa (Zam, 2011). He is on the editorial board of Policy and Practice.

Dr. Enida Friel (Dochas Representative)

Enida Friel is a trained medical doctor with over 15 years of working experience in humanitarian and development contexts including field experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia and the Balkans. She has a Diploma on Reproductive Health and another one Tropical Medicine from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) as well as a Masters in Public Health from University College Cork.

For the past eight years she has been working with Oxfam Ireland as HIV and AIDS Advisor as well as lecturing on reproductive health, HIV and AIDS, global health, epidemiology, situation analysis, monitoring and evaluation in TCD, UCD, Dublin University and LSTM. Her early research was on quality of maternal care services while her more recent research has been on evaluation of public health interventions including public health advocacy.

Enida lectures on Public Health in Emergencies on Kimmage DSC's Introduction to Humanitarian Emergenciescourse.

P.J. Wall

PJ Wall

PJ Wall is a final year PhD candidate at the School of Computer Science and the Centre for Global Health in Trinity College Dublin.  His research explores the wider implications of technological innovation in the Global South, with specific focus on the adoption of mobile technologies in Africa.  His current research is based in Sierra Leone where the social, cultural and political aspects associated with the implementation and use of mobile phones in healthcare are being examined.

PJ also has over 20 years’ experience teaching in a variety of 3rd level institutions including TCD, the University of Manchester, Institute of Technology Carlow and the National College of Ireland.  PJ currently co-ordinates and lectures the Health Informatics & ICT4D module for the TCD MSc in Global Health.  In addition, he lectures the Issues in the Management of Information Systems module for the University of Manchester MSc in Management & IS: Change and Development.  He also supervises a number final dissertations from these MSc programmes.

Over the past 20 years PJ has worked with a variety of national and international organisations, governmental bodies and NGO’s where he has gained extensive in-country development experience in a variety of countries including Sierra Leone, India, Nepal, Kenya, Tanzania and Guyana.  PJ holds a Master’s Degree from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, and a Batchelor’s degree in Accounting from the Institute of Public Administration (UCD).

Gráinne Kilcullen

Grainne Kilkullen

Gráinne Kilcullen is a programme adviser for governance and human rights with Christian Aid Ireland, an international development agency working with local partners in over 40 countries worldwide. Previously Gráinne worked as a Communications Officer with UNESCO supporting local community radios to deliver civic and voter education to rural populations and facilitate local dialogue for increased accountability.

Gráinne also worked as a governance adviser with UNDP in Tanzania supporting the Tanzanian National Human Rights Commission to develop, disseminate and implement a National Human Rights Action Plan.

She has worked at the grassroots level in Myanmar with Nonviolent Peaceforce supporting local peace building initiatives specifically building the capacity of civil society to monitor and reduce violence, and support the protection of civilians. In Nepal, Gráinne worked with Peace Brigades International offering support, protection and capacity building to human rights defenders and human rights organisations at risk.

Gráinne has a LLM in International Human Rights Law from National University of Ireland and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Philosophy.

Dr. Angela Veale

Angela Veale

Angela Veale (PhD, M. Med.Sc. Psych.) is a Lecturer in Applied Psychology, UCC and a child psychotherapist. Her major research themes are: 1.  Psychology of peace & conflict: post-conflict social reintegration of children & families. 2.  Children, Globalisation, Mobility and 'New Migrations' 3.  Psychosocial and psychotherapeutic interventions to support children's psychological wellbeing. As a researcher, she aims to contribute in the space between academic knowledge, policy and practice. Her research and writing takes a socio-cultural and politically situated understanding of the psychological wellbeing of children & families in Ireland and internationally, often using a participatory action research orientation.  She is interested in innovative and mixed research methodologies, in particular working with creative research methods.  She was partner to  the NORFACE funded Transnational Child-Raising between Europe and Africa, and co-director of the Provictimus/Oak Foundation funded project on the social reintegration of young mother's formerly associated with armed groups in Sierra Leone, Liberia and northern Uganda. She is a former Fulbright Scholar. Her research has been funded by Irish Research Council, UCC Strategic Research Fund, Irish Aid, Oak Foundation amongst others.