Current Professional Work
Laudato Sí Project Coordinator with Trócaire, the Irish Catholic Agency for International Development, coordinating their work on climate action within faith communities. I have been leading work to get the Catholic Church in Ireland and globally to divest from fossil fuels.
Part-time lecturer in Applied Social Studies at Maynooth University
Chair of the Laudato Sí Working Group within the Irish Bishops’ Conference
Vice-Chair of the Global Catholic Climate Movement Board
Member of the Ministerial Advisory Group for the National Dialogue on Climate Action
Member of the International Commission for an Economy of Communion
Author, commentator, public speaker on community responses to climate change
I moved to Ireland from York University, England, in 2002 to take up a position with Trócaire as Policy Analyst, and subsequently moved on to work as Head of Public Mobilisation and then Head of Policy and Advocacy. I stepped aside from these management roles in 2017 to work more specifically on faith-based responses to climate change and to write more.
Between 2002-2017 I helped lead many Trócaire advocacy campaigns, including work on the Millennium Development Goals, land rights, and climate justice. I also led on two ambitious future studies projects called The Leading Edge.
Between 2002 and 2010 I was editor of the Trócaire Development Review, which at the time was the only peer reviewed journal on international development in Ireland.
I was also the responsible for overseeing the publications of Trócaire’s growing policy and research team.
I started out professionally as an academic researcher. I completed my PhD in Glasgow University in 2000, focusing on the area of “Sharing Economy” within the Department of Geography.
From there I took up Post-Doctoral positions at the University of York, England, in the department of Politics. My first post-doc was the Joseph Rowntree Centennial Fellowship which involved research on the role of the Rowntree Charitable Trust family in peace and justice work. I then took up a second post-doc sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council, and published my PhD as a book and several papers.
From York, I left academic teaching and research for the best part of two decades to pursue a career in advocacy, policy research and campaigning in Ireland.