University College Cork (UCC)

Team Profile

Dr. Caitríona Ní Laoire

Caitríona-Ní-Laoire. Dr. Caitríona Ní Laoire is GENOVATE Scientific coordinator at University College Cork, Ireland.  She is a Lecturer in Applied Social Studies and Deputy Director of the Institute for Social Sciences in the 21st Century, which hosts GENOVATE at UCC.  She was Principal Investigator of the Through the Glass Ceiling project at UCC which aimed to empower female academics and researchers in relation to their own research careers and to tackle gendered inequalities in academic structures. 

Her research interests are in migration, childhood, gender and identities and she has published widely in these areas; she has also published on the casualisation of academic labour markets and on the gendered nature of the discipline of Geography in Ireland.


Dr. Siobhán Cusak

Siobhán Cusak

Dr. Siobhán Cusack, Research Officer, Office of the Vice-President for Research and Innovation at University College Cork.  Siobhán graduated with a BA (Mod) Genetics (1996) and MSc (2000) from Trinity College, Dublin, and a PhD (2004) from UCC. Siobhán also undertook research at both St. Camel's Hospital and the National Virus Reference Laboratory, Dublin (1996-2000). 

Following postdoctoral research at the Transgenic Bacteriology Laboratory, part of the APC http://apc.ucc.ie, Siobhán was the Science Foundation Ireland Research Administrator for UCC (2006/7).  From 2008-2011, Siobhán was the Clinical and Project Co-ordinator of the highly successful ELDERMET project ( 

The experience and skills Siobhán gained as an active researcher, in research support, and research administration uniquely positions her to understand researcher's needs, fears and challenges.  It provides the foundation from which she contributes to the strategic development and positioning of the UCC research community to most successfully exploit national and international research opportunities.


Dr. Carol Linehan

Carol Linehan. Dr. Carol Linehan is Lecturer in Management and Marketing with a particular expertise in issues of gender equality and female progression in academia.  She is a member of the ISS21 Family, Gender and Sexualities Research Cluster.  She has published extensively on the impacts of changing work practices on employees, with a special interest in gender and work practices.  She is co-investigator on the TGC project.

Some relevant recent publications include:

Mulcahy, M. and Lineman, C. (under review) Females and precarious leadership positions:  Further evidence of the Glass Cliff.  Submitted to the British Journal of Management.

Linehan, C., Sweeney, C., Boylan, G., Meghen, K, and O'Flynn, S. (2013) 'Getting in and getting on in medical careers: How the rules of the game are gendered'. Gender Sexuality and Feminism, 1(2), p.19-37.

Meghen, K, Sweeney, C, Linehan, C, O'Flynn, S, and Boylan, G (2012) 'Women in Hospital Medicine: Facts, Figures and Personal Experiences'. Irish Medical Journal, 107 (2).

Linehan, C. (2011) 'Identifying the Medical X Factor or the XY Factor: Health Professions Admission Test (HPAT) for Irish medical school entry'. Irish Journal of Public Policy, 3 (2).

Linehan, C., Buckley, J. and Koslowski, N. (2009) 'Backwards and in high heels: Exploring why women are under-represented at senior academic levels 1987-2010'. Journal of Workplace rights, 14 (4):399-418.


Siobhán O'Brien

Siobhán O'Brien. Siobhán O'Brien is GENOVATE project administrator.  Prior to taking up her current role, Siobhán has worked in different industries from food production to a Biotechnology company start-up, in the private sector, in an administrative capacity. 

Siobhán holds a BA and MA from UCC and regularly volunteers at a local after school programme which offers educational support to teenage students in the community.


Prof. Louise Kenny

Prof Louise Kenny. Prof. Louise Kenny (MB ChB (Hons), PhD, MRCOG) is Professor of Obstetrics at University College Cork and a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Cork University Maternity Hospital.  Her work has received international recognition including the Society for  Gynaecological Investigation President's Award in 2005. In 2007 Louise was appointed as a Health Research Board Ireland Clinician Scientist. 

She has been awarded over 4 million Euro in external peer reviewed grants and has developed a research group consisting of 20 researchers from a wide variety of clinical and scientific disciplines.  She was recently awarded funding for the Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT) with Prof. Geraldine Boylan and in collaboration with Tyndall national Institute and the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. 

One of Louise's current research projects in investigating gender bias amongst medical professionals.


Dr. Linda Connolly

Dr. Linda Connolly. Dr. Linda Connolly has published a number of articles and books primarily in the field of Irish studies on a range of subjects, including social movements and politics, feminism and the women's movement, feminist theory and research, postcolonial theory and Ireland, and the development of social and cultural theory in Ireland.  She was Project Coordinator of a major European collaborative project on Migration and Networks of Care.

Her 2003 book, 'The Irish women's Movement: From Revolution to Devolution' (published in paperback by Lilliput: Dublin, 2003 and in hardback by Macmillan/Palgrave: London and New York, 2003) was awarded The James S. Donnelly, American Conference for Irish Studies Award in 2004 and has been extensively reviewed internationally (including, in the American Journal of Sociology, the Irish Review, the Irish Times, the Sunday Tribune, The Canadian Journal of Sociology, the Irish Journal of Sociology, History Ireland, Women's History Review, Women's Studies International forum, International Sociology, the Journal of Irish Economic and Social history, Feminist Review and the Irish Studies Review).

In 2003, Linda Connolly was awarded a one-year IRCHSS Government of Ireland Research Fellowship in order to research and complete a monograph (forthcoming 2005) with the working title 'Theorising Ireland: social theory and the Politics of Identify'.


Prof. Geraldine Boylan

Prof. Geraldine Boylan. Prof. Geraldine Boylan is Professor of Neonatal Physiology and Clinical Scientist in the Department of Paediatrics & Child Health, University College Cork (UCC), Ireland.  She is Chair of the Equality Committee at UCC.

Geraldine leads a large research team in UCC under the umbrella of the Neonatal Brain Research Group and leads a number of EU FP7 projects in paediatric research.  The group has recently been incorporated into the Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT) at UCC, which she co-directs.

Geraldine has a range of research interests which span neonatal physiology, medical technology and education, equality and gender.  She was recently part of the UCC team which led the successful 'Through the Glass Ceiling project' in Ireland.


Prof. Irene Lynch-Fannon

Prof. Irene Lynch-Fannon. Prof. Irene Lynch-Fannon  is a graduate of University College Dublin (BCL, 1982); Oxford University (1986, Senior Scholar, Somerville College) and the University of Virgina (Doctor of Juridical Science, 1999).  She qualified as a Solicitor in 1985.  She has published extensively in Corporate Insolvancy Law, Corporate Governance and Employment Law, particularly gender equality and trade union law. She has published a second edition of Corporate Insolvency and Rescue in 2012 which is co-authored with Gerard Murphy BL (Bloomsbury Professional, Dublin, 2012).  

Professor Lynch Fannon maintains an interest in comparative EU and US corporate governance following her work, Working Within Two Kinds of Capitalism (Hart Publications, 2003) which concerns employees as corporate stakeholders.  

She was a visiting Professor at Cleveland Marshall College of Law and held the Baker Hostetler Chair during the academic years 2002-2004.  She was a European Commission expert evaluator for the Marie Curie Actions under FP6 and for the Academy of Sciences in Finland.  She was a member of the Business Regulation Forum and subsequently the High level Group on Business Regulation 2007-2011. She was a member of the Audit Review Group established by the Government following the Public Accounts Committee Enquiry into DIRT.  She was Head of the Department of Law at UCC from 1999-2002 and was also Dean of the Faculty of Law during 2000-2002.

From 2008 to 2013 she was the Head of the College of business and Law, a senior management position at University College Cork, Ireland.  Professor Lynch Fannon resumed her role as Professor in the Law School at University College Cork in April 2013.


Prof. Siobhán Mullally

Prof. Siobhán Mullally is an expert in human rights law and has a long record of research in the areas of gender equality and gender-proofing.


Former Team Member: Prof. Helen Whelton

Prof Helen Whelton.  Prof. Helen Whelton is Vice Head of the College of Medicine and Health and Professor of Dental Public Health and Preventive Dentistry.  She is also the Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Oral Health Services Research in the University where she carries out clinical trials of oral health care products, a fluoride research programme and a national epidemiology programme.  She consults widely on the measurement of dental fluorosis and has trained teams of researchers in many countries in this respect.  

Outside of dentistry Helen has served on the Board of the Irish Health Research Board, the National Obesity Task force and the Irish Women's Health Council.  She is currently the President of the International Association for Dental Research which is headquartered in Washington DC.  In her spare time she enjoys occasional sailing with her family off the beautiful south coast of Ireland.


Aifric Ó Gráda

Aifric Ó Gráda Aifric ó Gráda was the national Project Coordinator of GENOVATE at University College Cork in 2013-14.  Aifric is a sociologist with research interests in gender, equality, community and social identity. 

She previously coordinated the Through the Glass Ceiling project, which included responsibility for establishing and delivering an innovative mentoring programme and career development training programme for female academics and researchers in UCC.  That project also leads a national collaboration of higher education stakeholders to develop Recommendations for Actions towards Gender Equality in Academic and Research Careers in the Higher Education Sector and Aifric is the current coordinator of the national network developed to promote those recommendations. 

Aifric is also a member of the Equality Committee at UCC.