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    Dr Lisa Moran holds a BA (Hons.) in Sociological and Political Studies and English Literature from NUI Galway (2000-2003). As part of her MA in European Integration at the Centre for European Studies (CEUROS), University of Limerick she read History, Sociology, Law, Politics, External Relations, Economic Theory and Economic Policy. Her research dissertation on the implementation of the Surface Water Directive in Connemara received First Class Honours (supervisor Dr Patricia Conlan, School of Law, University of Limerick).

    Her PhD on environmental policy implementation and rural knowledge in Connemara completed at the School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway received prestigious IRCHSS funding and she was also the recipient of a Postgraduate Scholarship from the Faculty of Arts NUI Galway in 2005. Since her PhD, Lisa worked extensively in research; in policy and programme evaluation particularly in Child and Youth Research. She was the Lead Researcher on a flagship national study of youth cafes (funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Irish Research Council). She was also a Lead Researcher on the Baboro BEAST process studies and a researcher on the Evaluation of the Restorative Practice Programme of the Childhood Development Initiative, Tallaght.

    Her first Postdoctoral Research role was in the Rural Economy Development Programme (REDP) on the ICONMAP study, an inter-professional research study with the Department of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) on the co-design of HACCP based tools for the control and prevention of Paratuberculosis in dairy and drystock cattle in Ireland. In her second postdoctoral role, she was the Lead Researcher on the Outcomes for Permanence and Stability for Children in Care study and the Evaluation of Family Support and Childcare Services for Children and Families deemed as ‘vulnerable’ and ‘at risk’ in rural Ireland (e.g. asylum seekers, children from Travelling communities). She completed this at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre NUI Galway.

    Lisa has extensive experience in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and postgraduate research supervision. She taught Sociology and Politics modules at the School of Political Science and Sociology from 2004 to 2017. She was a Lecturer in Sociology and Social Research Methods at IT Sligo and a Lecturer and Acting Course Leader in the BA in Child and Youth Studies at St Angela’s College Sligo/NUI Galway. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice from the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and completed a Master of Academic Practice degree at CELT, NUI Galway in 2016. She is co-supervising two PhD projects in the Department of Social Sciences and is a Director of Studies and Research Supervisor for MRes students also.

    She has completed advanced training in the following topics (among other courses); Coaching Skills for Managers (Edge Hill University, 2020), Validation and Quality in Curriculum Development (Edge Hill University, 2020), Participatory Action Research (PAR) (Imperial College London 2013), Biographical Narrative Interpretive Method (BNIM) (with Mr Tom Wengraf, London 2013), Postgraduate Research Supervision (Teagasc Moorepark and School of Graduate Studies UCC), Quantitative Research Methods (School of Education, and Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS), University of Limerick) Enhanced Professional Effectiveness (Teagasc, Ashtown Dublin, 2014), Working with the Media (FH Consulting and NUIG 2016), Aurora Leadership in Higher Education Programme (Higher Education Leadership Foundation, UK), Constructivist Grounded Theory, Geographical Information Systems (GIS, Maynooth University) and External Examining (Edge Hill University October 2017). She presents regularly at prestigious international and national conferences on her research. She is currently completing the ‘Empower’ Leadership and Management programme at Edge Hill University and has completed training in Financial Management with the Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland.

    In 2020, Lisa published a co-edited volume with Palgrave Macmillan entitled Narrating Childhood with Children and Young People: Diverse Contexts, Methods and Stories of Everyday Life with colleagues at NUI Galway. She co-edited an e-book on children’s rights with Prof John Canavan NUI Galway, in collaboration with UNICEF and Eurochild. In 2016, she completed outreach work with the Galway Traveller Movement, training members of the local Travelling community in Galway in Biographical Research and Oral Histories. She has also trained teams of experienced international researchers in BNIM as part of an international study of the economic and social costs of violence against women and girls and presented her work on BNIM and internationalisation to PhD students and colleagues as part of a training session at the Tavistock Institute London in 2017. She has also trained Postdoctoral researchers at the University of Luxembourg in BNIM.

    Lisa was awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2020. She is the Secondary Schools Liaison Officer on the Executive Committee of the Sociological Association of Ireland. She has extensive research networks with colleagues in the US, Canada, in the UK and in the EU; her present collaborative work is with colleagues at the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, the University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal and University College Cork, Ireland. She is the Chair and Founder Member of the Biographical Narrative and Lifecourse Research Group of the Sociological Association of Ireland (SAI) and is an active member of RN 03 Biographical Research Methods of the European Sociological Association (ESA).

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment 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 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Academic Practice, MA, National University of Ireland, Galway

    1 Sep 20157 Dec 2016

    Award Date: 7 Dec 2016

    Sociology, PhD, National University of Ireland, Galway

    1 Sep 200410 Dec 2010

    Award Date: 10 Dec 2010

    European Integration, MA, University of Limerick

    1 Sep 200313 Dec 2004

    Award Date: 13 Dec 2004

    Irish (An Ghaeilge), Other, National University of Ireland, Galway

    1 Sep 200130 Aug 2003

    Award Date: 17 Oct 2003

    Arts (Political and Sociological Studies and English Literature), BA, National University of Ireland, Galway

    1 Sep 200031 Aug 2003

    Award Date: 13 Oct 2003


    • H Social Sciences
    • Narrative
    • Biography
    • Environment
    • Children and Youth
    • Qualitative
    • Evaluation
    • Policy


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