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Dr.  Helen Foley

Title:

Lecturer in Management

School/ Department:

Business - Management And Organisation

Telephone:

+353 0 51845609

Room Name/ Num:

E12c 1977 - Business Building

Campus:

Main Campus

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My Biography

Dr Helen Foley is presently a Lecturer in the Department of Management and Organisation, School of Business. After completing a Master of Business Studies in UCD in 1997, Helen lectured on the Bachelor of Commerce, in University College Dublin.  In addition, as a facilitator, Helen has worked with Community Employment Supervisors in Waterford, Wexford and Tipperary. As an entrepreneur in the fitness sector, she worked with public and corporate groups.  

Helen completed a Doctor of Philosophy in University College Cork in 2017. This research focused on the achievement of Global Sustainability and the role Education for Sustainable Development can have in the transition to a low carbon society. In 2021, Helen completed a Business Sustainability Management course, University of Cambridge.

Helen’s research interests focus on, achieving global sustainability. Within this context, she published an important article which, articulates a new framework for achieving Global Sustainability. This publication presents a clearer understanding of the barriers and actions needed in the challenge of achieving global sustainability. Additionally, Education for Sustainable Development plays a critical role in the transition to sustainability, within this context, Dr. Foley published an article focusing on the barriers preventing the implementation of education for sustainable development. More recently in 2021, Helen has been involved in research for the European Commission, mapping education in Europe relevant to sustainability.

Foley, H., Bogue, J. and Onakuse, S. (2016) 'New conceptual framework for sustainability', Irish Studies in International Affairs, 27, pp. 145-163. Available at: https://cora.ucc.ie/handle/10468/4842

Foley, H. (2021) ‘Education for Sustainable Development Barriers’, Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 52-69. Available at: http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/jsd/article/view/0/44335

Research

European Commission 2022

European Commission, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, Education for environmental sustainability : policies and approaches in European Union Member States : final report, Tasiopoulou, E.(editor), Billon, N.(editor), Finlayson, A.(editor), Siarova, H.(editor), Pribuišis, K.(editor), Gras-Velazquez, A.(editor), Mulvik, I.(editor), Bajorinaitė, M.(editor), Sabaliauskas, E.(editor), Fronza, V.(editor), Vežikauskaitė, J.(editor), Disterheft, A.(editor), 2022.

Acknowledgements: The authors would like to thank PPMI colleagues Loes van der Graaf and Radvilė Bankauskaitė, core experts Antje Disterheft (CENSE, NOVA) and Ann Finlayson (SEED), and language editor James Nixon for their contributions and peer review of the report.

The authors would like to thank the following experts from the respective countries for their work on national reports: Franz Rauch and Mira Dulle (AT), Wim Lambrechts (BE), Anna Lalkovska (BG), Aravella Zachariou (CY), Jan Činčera (CZ), Lukas Scherak (DE), Jonas Andreasen Lysgaard and Mathilda W. Brückner (DK), Imbi Henno (EE), Constantina Skanavis (EL), Olaya Álvarez-García and Jaume Sureda-Negre (ES), Jyrki Reunamo (FI), Angela Barthes (FR), Barbare Sladonja (HR), Attila Varga, Álmos Levente Szócs and Bence Nagy (HU), Helen Foley (IE), Michela Mayer (IT), Kristupas Pribuišis (LT), Thomas Lenz and Susanne Backes (LU), Inga Belousa (LV), Paul Pace (MT), Helen Kopnina (NL), Cezacy Koscielniak (PL), Antje Disterheft, Alexandra Silva and Rita Fouto (PT), Daniela Dumitru and Alina Voiculeţ (RO), Per Kornhall (SE), Tatjana Resnik Planic (SI) and Anna Mravcova (SK). The authors would like to thank the following experts for their work on the case studies: Franz Rauch, Mira Dulle, Jan Činčera, Alexandra Silva, Rita Fouto, Antje Disterheft, Michela Mayer and Wim Lambrechts.

https://data.europa.eu/doi/10.2766/391

Foley, H. (2021) ‘Education for Sustainable Development Barriers’, Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 52-69. file:///C:/Users/User/Downloads/5ff8108f9a9b4%20(1).pdf

Foley, H. (2017), ‘Understanding Sustainability from a Global Perspective: Exploring the role of Education for Sustainable Development within Contemporary Education in Ireland’, PhD Thesis, University College Cork.

Foley, H, Bogue, J. and Onakuse, S. (2016) ‘New Conceptual Framework for Sustainability’, Irish Studies in International Affairs. Vol. 27, pp. 145-163. https://cora.ucc.ie/bitstream/handle/10468/4842/2849.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

Foley, H. (2016) ‘Understanding Sustainability: a new conceptual framework for sustainability’, Paper presented at the 26th Irish Environmental Researchers’ Colloquium, 22-24 March, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.

Master of Business Studies (MBS) Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin, Ireland. 1997 Thesis Title 1.1: ‘The Influence of CEOs on Organisational Culture’.

Teaching

Waterford Institute of Technology, Lecturer: Department of Management and Organisation, School of Business.

Subjects: Business Strategy, International Corporate Strategy, Sustainable Development, Management and Organisational Behaviour. 1998 to Date.

University College Dublin, Lecturer: Bachelor of Commerce,  Subject: Human Resource Management 1998.

Professional

Facilitator: Overseeing the work of 14 community employment programmes in Waterford, Tipperary and Wexford. Work involved providing professional development training for community employment supervisors and ensuring supervisors’ completed their work to a high standard. 1994-1997.

Examiner: National Council for Exercise and Fitness, University of Limerick 1990-1994

Fitness consultant, Focus: Corporate fitness programmes and BodyWise fitness courses 1990-1994

Leisure Centre Manager, Hotel Kilkenny, Kilkenny 1984-1986

Social Contribution

Sight is precious, and river blindness is preventable. In terms of contributing to the prevention of river blindness Dr. Foley has raised 10,000 euros for Sight Savers International. This was achieved through the organisation of several sporting and charity events in the Waterford Community.

Dr. Foley have also raised 2,500 euros for the Hope Foundation, who focus on the housing and education of street children in India.

In relation of Policy change and the achievement of a low carbon society in Ireland, as an outcome of her PhD research, recommendation regarding more effective education for sustainable development within the formal education system in Ireland were communicated to the Department of Education and Skills.