I am Economic Development Specialist and a graduate of University College Cork. (U.C.C). Subsequent to my BA I completed a postgraduate diploma in Rural Development and a research based M.Sc. in Development Economics. During my post graduate years I completed funded research on economic development issues in Ireland and Poland and Zimbabwe. Following my Masters I worked for twelve years in the area Development Economics and Emergency Operations across the Developing world.
I returned to Ireland in 2004 and took up my current position at WIT.
I currently lecture economics modules on the following courses
In addition, I have supervised thesis students at Masters and Degree level and lectured modules in Operational Management and Development Economics.
Monze, Zambia-Development and Enterprise Co-ordinator. I designed and developed a pilot village bank for local entrepreneurs. In addition, I conducted training and development for Micro Business Enterprises.
Lusaka, Zambia- Agricultural Credit Manager. I co-ordinated an agricultural revolving loan fund for Co-operative League of the USA. The loan fund provided loans for cash crop production. Small holder farmers were formed into Co-operataives and linked directly to large scale commercial agri buyers.
Khartoum, Sudan, Consultant Evaluator. I conducted an end of programme review for an International NGO.
Kabul, Afghanistan. Operations Manager. I moved into the area of Emergency Operations. I managed the country Head Office of an International Non-Governmental Organisation. I was responsible for operational functions of procurement, logistics and donor reporting.
Banda Ache, Indonesia. Operations Coordinator. I was part of a team of secondary responders to the Asian Tsunami, where I co-ordinated operations for UN funded water and sanitation programme.
Juba, South Sudan. Operations Manager. I co-ordinated countrywide procurement, logistics, HR and security for an International NGO.
Economics is all around us and not just an abstract supply and demand model. It is an exciting time to lecture economics. As a result of the economic crisis, exposure to economic debate in the media has introduced phrases such as ‘fiscal expansion’ and ‘promissory notes’ into every day language. Students learn best when they can see the purpose of what they are studying. I am constantly challenging students to read articles, listen to radio and apply taught concepts to the real world.
I use blending learning techniques in the classroom such as appropriate online material, and use of print media. In addition, I use problem-based learning tools, where students complete in class group exercises to reinforce understanding.
I keep up to date on current economic and political developments by attending local and regional seminars.