Module Coordinators - TCD-UCD Masters in Development Practice
Professor Patrick Paul Walsh (MDP Director, UCD)
Patrick Paul Walsh took up the Chair in International Development Studies in the School of
Politics and International Relations on July 1st 2007. He received a Ph.D. from the London
School of Economics and Political Science in 1994. During 1992-2007 he worked in Trinity
College Dublin. He left Trinity College Dublin an Associate Professor, College Fellow and Dean of
Social and Human Sciences. He was a Visiting Professor at K.U. Leuven during 1997-1999 and a
Research Scholar in the Department of Economics, Harvard University, during the academic
He coordinates the UCD Ph.D. in Global Human Development; chairs the first ever joint degree
between UCD and TCD, the TCD-UCD Masters in Development Practice, that is part of a Global
Association based at the Earth Institute at Columbia University and funded by the MacArthur
Foundation. He is chair of the Academic Steering Committee of the Global Association. His
professional activities include honorary secretary and editor of the Journal of the Statistical and
Social Inquiry Society of Ireland. This runs a related IRCHSS funded "Our Polestar is Truth"
project based in the Long Room Hub in TCD. His current research is focused on aspects of
Economic (Industrial), Political (Elections- Conflict Resolution) and Social (HIV/AIDS-Gender-
Professor Walsh coordinates the module GSHS40240 Economic & Policy Analysis I in
collaboration with Dr. Frank Walsh; and the module GSHS40350 Millennium Development
Prof. Padraig Carmody (MDP Director/Chair, TCD)
Padraig Carmody is an Associate Professor in Geography at TCD, from which he holds both a
B.A. in Geography and History and M.Sc in Geography. He completed his Ph.D in Geography
from the University of Minnesota in 1998. Subsequently he taught at the University of Vermont,
Dublin City University, and St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. He also worked as a policy and
research analyst for the Combat Poverty Agency in 2002-2003. His research centres on the
political economy of globalization in Africa. His teaching interests are in development and
economic geography. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate classes on Africa, third
world development and globalization, in additional to human environment relations and
Dr. Carmody coordinates the module GSHS40300 Globalisation & African Development, and is
Co-Director for the TCD UCD MDP.
Dr. Susan Murphy (Assistant Professor in Development Practice, TCD)
Susan Murphy is a lecturer in international development practice with the School of Natural
Science in Trinity College Dublin. She is the programme coordinator for the joint TCD UCD
Masters in Development Practice, and lectures on Climate Change, Human Rights, and
Development (in collaboration with the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice); and
Gender and Development. Susan sits on the steering committee of the Trinity International
Development Initiative, and is Hon Secretary of the Development Studies Association of Ireland.
Susan holds BA in Politics and History (1992-1995), and an MA (1995-1996) in Political Theory
from University College Dublin. From 1997-1998; 2008 - 2011 she worked as Programme
Coordinator on the European Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation in collaboration
with the European Inter-University Centre, Venice. Between 1999 and 2007 Susan worked as a
manager with Accenture, leading large technology infrastructure projects across Europe, China,
and India. Between 2008 and 2011 Susan completed her Doctoral training with the School of
Politics and International Relations, UCD. Her research interests are in international political
theory, social development, human rights and climate change, gender and social inclusion, and
Dr. Susan Murphy coordinates the module GSHS40230 Climate Justice in collaboration with the
Mary Robinson Climate Justice Foundation; GSHS40280 Gender & Development; GSHS40360
NGO Placement; Fieldwork Modules 1 & 2.
Dr. Graham Finlay, UCD
Graham Finlay (Ph.D. Johns Hopkins, 2002) has been a Lecturer in the School of Politics and
International Relations, University College Dublin since 2004. Before that, he taught in the
Department of Philosophy of Trinity College Dublin from 2002-2004. He has also taught,
in various capacities, at University College Cork, the University of Calgary, the University of
Maryland, Baltimore County and the Johns Hopkins University. In 2009-2010, he was a Member
of the School of Social Sciences of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. His research
interests include the history of political thought, especially John Stuart Mill, consequentialist
thought, citizenship and development education, the theory and politics of human rights and
various topics in international justice, including migration and development. He is the principal
investigator for UCD's role in two FP 7 projects, financed by the European Commission: FRAME
which examines the coherence of the EU's human rights policies and bEUcitizen which explores
Dr. Graham Finlay lectures on GSHS40280 Gender & Development, in collaboration with Dr.
Dr. Samuel Brazys, UCD
Samuel Brazys is lecturer of International Relations at the University College Dublin. He
completed his PhD at Indiana University (IN, USA). Prior to coming to UCD he worked as an
Economic Adviser to the Federated States of Micronesia and most recently taught at the
College of William and Mary (VA, USA).
Dr. Samuel Brazys is the module coordinator for GSHS40310 Governance, Politics &
Dr. Conor Galvin, UCD
Dr Conor Galvin teaches and researches at UCD College of Human Sciences where he works on
various education, development practice, ICT and research methodology programmes. These
include research design within the MA in Education programme, the civil-military cooperation
elements of the NOHA Masters in Humanitarian Action programme, and doctoral school
modules on professionalism and professional action. Dr Galvin also contributes to the peace
support education programmes at the UN School Ireland (UNTSI) where he teaches and directs
field exercises for both humanitarian and military personnel preparing for PSO / Irish Aid RRC deployments.
Before coming to UCD, Dr Galvin worked at the University of Wales, Swansea and at the
University of Cambridge, England.
Dr. Conor Galvin is the Co-director (UCD) for the MDP programme and is also the module
coordinator for GSHS40330 Foundation of Sustainable Development Practice; the MDP Global
Classroom, GSHS40370 Development & Societal Transition in complex, post-conflict situations:
supporting transformative action and GSHS40389 Research Design & Methods.
Dr. Gayle McGlynn, TCD
Gayle McGlynn is an Assistant Professor in Geography in Trinity College Dublin. She completed
both her BA and PhD in Geography in Trinity College Dublin, and also holds an MSc in
Quaternary Science from the University of London. Her main research interests relate to the
causes, patterns and impacts of climate and environmental change in tropical Africa. Much of
her research involves using sediment-based records to reconstruct past environmental change,
with a particular focus on the Albertine Rift of eastern Africa. She has extensive field
experience in eastern and southern Africa, having been involved in fieldwork in Kenya, Rwanda,
Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Following completion of her PhD in 2012, she worked as a
postdoctoral researcher on a project examining the relationship between
environmental/climate change and water-related vector-borne diseases in eastern Africa
Dr. McGlynn lectures on GSHS40220 Climate Change & Development.
Dr. Conor Buggy, UCD
Dr. Buggy is an Environmental Scientist holding a Lectureship in Occupational and
Environmental Studies at the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science at
UCD. He is the Programme Coordinator for the Higher Diploma in Safety Health and Welfare at
Work at the Centre for Safety and Health at Work. He holds a degree in Environmental Science
from TCD (1997 to 2001) and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from DCU (2001 to 2006). Dr.
Buggy has previously worked in both the public and private sectors developing sustainable
strategic infrastructure projects, assessing the potential environmental impacts to public health and the prescription of mitigation measures to ensure such projects are sustainable.
Dr. Buggy has always been very interested in the natural world and human interactions with it,
ranging from global to micro scale. In particular he is interested in how the pollution humanity
generates can interact with the public to our own detriment through various environmental
pathways. Dr. Buggy’s postgraduate work was directed at the assessment of long term pollution
in mixed aquatic systems. As an undergraduate student he travelled to Sulawesi in Indonesia as
part of an expedition from TCD. While there Dr. Buggy studied the pollution impacts to coral
reefs created by unsustainable fishing practices by the native bajau sea gypsy community.
Dr. Buggy lectures on GSHS40220 Climate Change & Development
Associate Professor Michael Bruen, UCD
Associate Professor Michael Bruen is a lecturer with the UCD School of Civil, Structural &
Environmental Engineering and a visiting Professor at Chang' An University, Xi'an, China.
Michael initially taught on the International Postgraduate Hydrology Programme at UCG and
then worked at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania as Coordinator of their International
Water Resources Engineering Programme, funded by Ireland's Bilateral Aid Programme. He
returned to UCG after 5 years, managed their International Workshop on Flood
Forecasting and later moved to UCD. Michael became Director of the M.Eng.Sc. (Water
Engineering) Programme and later Director of the UCD Dooge Centre for Water Resources
Research. Michael has undertaken a number of short term consultancy/educational assignments for various International agencies, including UNESCO, WMO, CEFIGRE, IUCN.
Michael is currently Associate Dean of Engineering at UCD. Michael’s research interests include
- computer methods and modelling in water resources and environmental engineering; surface
water and groundwater supply and protection from contamination; effects of climate change
on water resources; catchment models and flow forecasting, both flood flows and low flows, in
particular distributed catchment modelling, erosion and water quality; applications of
Geographical Information Systems in water resources engineering; systems analysis and
decision support in water resources engineering, In particular multi-criteria decision support
systems. He is an Associate Editor of Journal of Hydrology and on the editorial board of
Professor Michael Bruen is the module coordinator on GSHS 40390 Science Technology &
Development which is delivered by a team of lecturers from UCD and TCD, each with a
particular expertise and experience.
Dr Fiona Larkan, TCD
Dr Fiona Larkan is a Medical Anthropologist who has worked in sub-Saharan Africa for more than 30 years. Her work relates to the social aspects of HIV and Chronic Illness in Ireland and South Africa, and additional research interests include ethnicity, identity, sexuality, risk and development. Currently based at the Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin, as Director of the MSc Global Health, Fiona is also affiliated with the School of Public Health at University of the Western Cape in South Africa.
Dr. Larkan is the module coordinator for DP7007/POL41120 Global Health
Dr Oonagh Breen, UCD
Dr. Oonagh B. Breen BCL (NUI), LLM (NUI), LLM (Yale), JSD (Yale), BL is a Senior Lecturer at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin where her teaching includes comparative charity law and policy. A graduate of UCD and Yale Law School and a qualified barrister, her research appraises the potential for the development of more structured legal relationships between the State and the non-profit sector from the joint perspectives of regulation of the sector and facilitation of its work in a comparative context. A former Fulbright Scholar and holder of an Emerging Scholar Award from ARNOVA (2006), Oonagh was awarded an ICNL/Cordaid Distinguished Research Award in 2008 for her work in the area of European regulation of charitable organizations. She has published extensively in the field of charity regulation both nationally and internationally and has participated actively in policy processes leading to the reform of charity law in Ireland. A former Research Fellow at the Hauser Centre for Non-profit Organizations, at Harvard University (2009), she is a serving Board member of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, Washington DC, the International Advisory Board for the Model Non Profit Law Project, Australia and is a recent appointee to the European Law Institute’s Working Group on the Statement on the European Foundation Statute.
Dr Breen is the coordinator for DP7009 NGOs: Law, Governance & Social Change
Dr Trevor Hodkinson
Dr Trevor Hodkinson is an Associate Professor in Botany, Trinity College Dublin (1997-onwards) and currently heads the Botany Discipline in the School of Natural Sciences. He has a PhD in Botany and an MSc in Conservation and Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources, from the University of Birmingham UK. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (1995-1997) on grass systematics including the bioenergy crop Miscanthus and the bamboos. He has since focussed his research on grass genetics and genetic resources including forage grasses and cereals. He runs the molecular laboratory in the Department and is also an active field botanist. He has grass identification/taxonomic skills, has named several grass species and has led many collecting trips for grass germplasm. He has over 100 peer reviewed publications (over 75 listed as ISI publications) and has been the editor of two books. He is an associate editor for the Journal ‘Plant Ecology and Diversity’ and was associate editor of ‘Journal of Plant Research’ until recently.
Dr Hodkinson is the module coordinator for DP7001/POL41210 Tropical Agriculture & Sustainable Development
Dr Matthew Saunders
Matthew Saunders is an Assistant Professor in Plant Sciences within the School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Plant Ecophysiology (2005) and a M.Sc. in Environmental Science (2001) from Trinity College Dublin and has worked as a post-doctoral research fellow in University College Dublin (2006-2012) and the James Hutton Institute, UK (2012-2015). His research interests include the response of plants to changes in their physical, chemical and biological environments and how this information can be used to assess the resilience and adaptive capacity of terrestrial ecosystems to global environmental change. This work utilises an integrated experimental and model-based approach to assess the physiological and environmental processes that regulate plant productivity, carbon sequestration, greenhouse gas dynamics, plant-water relations and energy budgets at the leaf, whole plant and ecosystem scale. Recent projects have focussed on the impacts of land use change, habitat restoration and extreme climatic events on carbon, water and nutrient dynamics in natural and agricultural ecosystems in both temperate and tropical climates. This work has directly contributed to the development of policy relevant, sustainable land management tools that are centred on the role of terrestrial ecosystems in the mitigation of, and adaptation to climate change. He has published in international peer-reviewed journals on matters relating to plant science and environmental change including Global Change Biology, Biogeosciences, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology and Ecology Letters.
Dr Saunders lectures on DP7001/POL41210 Tropical Agriculture & Sustainable Development
Dr Jos Elkink
Johan (Jos) Elkink works as Lecturer in Research Methods for the Social Sciences at the School of Politics and International Relations and the College of Social Sciences and Law's Graduate School since September 2007, teaching primarily modules on statistics and research methodology. Previous, he was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Harvard-MIT Data Center of the Institute of Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University, where he consulted students and staff on the use of quantitative methods and software in their research.
Jos Elkink's research focuses on three different strands, all involving the application or development of statistical methods to the study of political science. The main research agenda concerns the development of techniques for spatial econometric analysis of political phenomena, building on his PhD thesis on the international diffusion of democracy. Recent research, with Raffaella Calabrese, concentrates on the estimation of spatial econometric models with discrete dependent variables. While spatial correlations are common in studies of policy diffusion, regime transitions, voting behaviour, etc., little attention has thus far been paid to the resulting complications in statistical estimation, in particular when the dependent variable is dichotomous in nature.
The second strand is concerned with the application of recent advances in statistical analysis to the study of political elites in Russia, in collaboration with Alexander Baturo (DCU), with a focus on understanding institutionalisation, personalisation, and patronage networks in the Kremlin. The third strand studies voting behaviour in particular in referendums in Ireland, building on previous collaboration with Richard Sinnott.
Aside from his research, Jos Elkink has functioned as Graduate School Director and as Vice-Principal for Internationalisation within the College of Social Sciences and Law (formerly College of Human Sciences), with close involvement in programme and policy development, as well as developing and implementing strategies for international student recruitment.
Dr Elkink is the module coordinator for DP7005/POL41480 Introduction to Statistics