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Dr Maura Farrell BA, HDip Ed, PhD
Maura Farrell completed her primary degree in NUI Galway in Geography and History in 2003 and achieved a First Class Honours Degree in the Higher Diploma in Education the following year. Following a short post primary teaching career, Maura returned to NUI Galway in 2005, having been awarded a Teagasc Walsh Fellowship for PhD research in the area of Agricultural Change and Rural Development. In January 2009, Maura was appointed Research Officer and Project Coordinator of the DERREG EU Framework 7 project, led by Dr. John McDonagh. Maura’s academic training is in Rural and Agricultural Geography, and her interests are specifically focused around processes of social, cultural and economic change for rural inhabitants. Her PhD research dealt with the very nature of disparities between rural policy and practice at national and international scales, and the serious implications for rural farm families across all generational groups. Illustrating the complexity of the rural in terms of the everyday lived experience of farm families, the importance of context and place, and the ways in which these dimensions impacted upon the role of service practitioners, i.e., agricultural advisers, was another key aspect of this research. In 2012, Maura was appointed Director of the Master of Arts in Rural Sustainability.
Maura's research background is in Rural Geography, with a primary focus on the nature of agricultural change and rural development. Additional areas of interest include rural return migration, rural gender studies, land use, with a particular focus on forestry and family farming. Maura's research agenda includes both a national and international focus.
Under the umbrella of Gender ARC, NUI Galway, Maura hosted a Rural Gender Education Symposium in 2012, with the intention of exploring a personal research project relating to an exploration of the innovative practices of women in Irish agriculture. The project advanced in 2013 with a literature review, funded by NUI Galway SoGA Research Incentivisation Scheme (Awarded, 800.00). To advance this project further, research networks have been formed with the National Rural Network and University College Cork.
CEDRA Plus Project:
County Clare Wood Energy Project:
Project: A COLLABORATIVE APPROACH TO THE DELIVERY OF ENTERPRISE SUPPORTS AND SKILLS IN RURAL AREAS MAURA FARRELL ( ROG1156)
Start/End Dates: 01-OCT-14 / 30-SEP-18
Project: ECONOMICS OF SUCCESSION AND INHERITANCE MAURA FARRELL ( ROG1154)
Start/End Dates: 01-SEP-14 / 31-AUG-18
|McDonagh, J., Farrell, M. and Mahon M. (2013) Perspectives and potential for forestry in Rural Ireland. Germany: Leibniz-Institut fur Landerkunde. [Details]|
|Mahon, M. Farrell, M. and McDonagh, J. (2014) 'Globalization and Europe’s Rural Regions' In: Globalization and Europe’s Rural Regions. Surrey, UK: Ashgate. [Details]|
|Farrell, M. McDonagh, J. and Mahon, M. (2012) 'Farm Diversification or Rural Development Initiative: Case Study of the County Clare Wood Energy Project' In: Carroll, M. and Ní Dhubhain, A (eds). Planting Forests in Ireland: Local Response to a National Imperative. New York: Springer Publications. [Details]|
|McDonagh, J., Farrell, M. and Mahon, M. (2012) 'Rural Challenges and Rural Opportunities' In: Carroll, M. and Ní Dhubhain, A (eds). Planting Forests in Ireland: Local Response to a National Imperative. New York: Springer Publications. [Details]|
Peer Reviewed Journals
|Mahon, M,Farrell, M,McDonagh, J (2010) 'Power, Positionality and the View from within: Agricultural Advisers' Role in Implementing Participatory Extension Programmes in the Republic of Ireland'. Sociologia Ruralis, 50 :104-120. [DOI] [Details]|
|Wellbrock, W,Roep, D,Mahon, M,Kairyte, E,Nienaber, B,Garcia, MDD,Kriszan, M,Farrell, M (2013) 'Arranging public support to unfold collaborative modes of governance in rural areas'. Journal Of Rural Studies, 32 :420-429. [DOI] [Details]|
|Farrell, M., Mahon, M, and McDonagh, J. (2012) 'The Rural as a Return Migration Destination'. European Countryside, 4 (1). [Details]|
|Farrell, M. and McDonagh, J. (2012) 'The importance of evaluation and ‘embracing error’ - The case of the ‘The Options for Farm Families Programme’ in Ireland'. Journal Of International Agricultural Extension Education, . [Details]|
|McDonagh J., Farrell, M., Mahon M., Ryan, M. (2010) 'Missed opportunity or cautionary steps? Farmers, Forestry and Rural Development in Ireland Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning (submitted)'. European Countryside, . [Details]|
|McDonagh, J., Farrell, M., Mahon, M. and Ryan, M. (2010) 'New Opportunities and Cautionary Steps? Farmers, Forestry and Rural Development in Ireland'. European Countryside, 2 (4):236-251. [Details]|
|Farrell, M., McDonagh, J., Mahon, M. (2009) 'The Options for Farm Families Programme: Rhetoric and Reality of Change'. Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, . [Details]|
|McDonagh J., Mahon M. (2008) 'Agricultural Extension Advisory Services: The Challenge of Implementing a Multifunctional Advisory Programme'. The Rural Economy Research Centre Working Paper Series Working Paper 08-WP-RE-07, Teagasc, . [Details]|
|Hennessy, T., Shrestha, S., Farrell, M. (2008) 'Quantifying the viability of farming in Ireland: can decoupling address the regional imbalances? Irish Geography'. Irish Geography, 41 :47-129. [Details]|
|Farrell, M. (2014) (2014) The Role of Extension Advisory Services in Shaping Irish Agriculture International Conference on Intelligent Agriculture, Hong Kong [Details]|
|Farrell, M., Mahon, M., and McDonagh, J. (2011) Synthesis and Contextualisation of Research and Development of an Interpretative Model. DERREG, DERREG. [Details]|
|Jones, L., Woods, M., Farrell, M., Mahon, M. and McDonagh J. (2011) Developing European Rural Regions in the Era of Globalization - Case study Contextual Report 8, West Region of Ireland. EU, Brussels. [Details]|
|Farrell,M. (2008) The Options for Farm Families Programme: Rhetoric and Reality of Change The American Association of Geographers Conference Boston. Boston: Conference Paper [Details]|
|McDonagh, J. (2007) “Options for Farm Families Programme: Realistic Evaluation Framework”. Irish Evaluation Conference. Dublin: Conference Paper [Details]|
|McDonagh, J. (2007) EUGEO 2007, Amsterdam, August 2007. “The Changing Face of Irish Agriculture: A Challenge for Extension Advisory Services”. Amsterdam: Conference Paper [Details]|
|McDonagh, J. (2007) Conference of Irish Geographers, Dublin, May 2007. “Irish Agricultural Change - Reflected in the Extension Advisory Services”. Dublin: Conference Paper [Details]|
|farrell,M. (2008) The Challenge of Implementing a Multifunctional Advisory Programme Teagasc Student Presentation Day (Winner of the Bob of Connor Agricultural Economics Award). Workshops [Details]|
|McDonagh, J. (2007) Student Presentation, Athenry May 2007. “Rural Restructuring and Agricultural Change - Determining the Role of the Irish Extension Advisory Services”. Athenry: Workshops [Details]|
|McDonagh, J. (2007) Walsh Fellow Student Presentation, Dublin November 2007. “Programme Evaluation within Extension Advisory Services: The Challenge of Change”. Dublin: Workshops [Details]|
|McDonagh, J. (2006) Irish Agricultural Change and the Role of the Irish Extension Advisory Services Teagasc Student Presentation (Winner First Year Student Prize). Workshops [Details]|
Honours and Awards
| Year: 2008.
Title: Bob O Connor Award
| Year: 2006.
Title: Research Presentation Award
| Year: 2003.
Title: Undergraduate Dissertation
Board of Directors Irish Rural Link
Type: Board Membership
| With regard to teaching and pedagogy, I have experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Since 2012, I have co-directed and coordinated the MA in Rural Sustainability. During this time, my teaching portfolio has expanded to encompass the design, coordination and delivery of four MA modules (TI502, TI503, TI505 and TI506) and my collaboration on two further modules (TI504 and TI507). These modules were designed to ensure a programme ethos of theory, research and practice for graduates who are interested in furthering their knowledge and ability to influence rural process, policy and practices. The delivery of these modules resulted in community engagement experience and collaboration with national organisations such as, Teagasc, Solas, Local Action Groups, Pobal and local community groups, and internationally with Charles University, Prague.
I have extensive experience at undergraduate teaching, commencing in 2006 with contributions to both 2nd and 3rd year courses. This experience includes devising and teaching my own modules in addition to contributing to team-teaching within the Discipline of Geography. In 2012, I also had the opportunity to teach as an invited rural specialist Lecturer at St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. To support my teaching agenda and develop my ability as an effective lecturer, I completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in 2011, and I am in the process of completing the Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice with the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, NUI Galway. Both courses, in addition to several other teaching development courses, have encouraged me to foster a culture of excellence in teaching and learning and invigorated me to apply innovative teaching methods; appropriate assessment techniques and valuable student feedback practices. Innovative teaching methods have become the norm for me, with the use of Facebook and Twitter, in addition to making extensive use of Blackboard, particularly using the Grade Centre to track student progress and provide prompt and pertinent feedback.
|David Newman: Master of Arts in Environment, Society and Development - 2012/2013|
Current Postgraduate Students
|Shane Conway, Doctorate - Structured Ph.D. in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences - Co-supervisor (1)|
| - A member of the Rural Research Cluster
- The Gender Cluster
§ Appointed by Minster Alan Kelly and Minister Ann Phelan to a Government expert advisory group to assist the development of rural development policy and implementation of the Government’s CEDRA report.
§ Appointed to the Irish Rural Link Board of Directors in 2014
§ Appointed to the Teagasc Rural Development Stakeholders Group in 2013
§ Collaborated with and continue to work on papers, teaching and research opportunities with eight different research partners from the DERREG project: Aberystwyth University, UK; Nordregio, Sweden; University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Mendel University, Czech Republic, Universität des Saarlandes, Germany, Leibniz - Institut für Landekunde, Germany, Wageningen University, Netherlands and Institute NeVork, Slovenia.
§ Over the last two years, I have worked with Professor Radim Perlín, Dr Jiri Vágner, and PhD student, Marie Syrovátková, Charles University, Prague in devising an MA International Field Based Learning trip to the Czech Republic.
§ I have formed an alliance with Brandon University, Canada in relation to research work for PhD student, Jack Lovell.