Biographies

Angela Sice is the Development Officer at the Whitaker Institute, NUI Galway with a background in business, leadership and project management. She is responsible for providing leadership of the support services and a broad range of management services to the Director, Scientific Director and Principal Investigators in the development and management of the Institute’s interdisciplinary research programme, and the co-ordination of the operational functions. Angela contributes to the strategic planning activities of the Institute, the creation, development and implementation of strategic support activities for the Institute members, growing the visibility of the Institute internally, nationally and internationally and the operational management of the Institute. Angela is a strong business development professional, skilled in research, project management, research funding, and higher education. Angela is the project manager of the SHEER Wellbeing project.

 

Caitriona Carlin is a professional ecologist with an interest in connecting people with nature, which is the focus of her current research. She is the Principal Investigator on a jointly funded EPA/HSE three year project to assess how nature and environment can attain and restore (NEAR) health. She was funded in 2014-2015 by the EPA to investigate how green spaces and biodiversity benefit health (http://www.epa.ie/pubs/reports/research/health/research195.html). She also contributes to the SHEER wellbeing project. Her interest in this area began when she worked as an ecologist with Natural England. She has considerable professional and voluntary experience in engaging members of the public. She works as a part time course coordinator, lecturer and principal investigator within Environmental Science in NUI Galway, based at the Applied Ecology Unit. She plays an active role in NUI Galway’s GreenCampus committee, and NUI Galway’s Sustainability Strategy, where she is co- lead of the Nature and Ecosystems subgroup.

 

Dr Christine Domegan is Head of Marketing at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Christine is the Principal Investigator and Lead on SHEER Well-Being, engaging and deliberating with stakeholders to ensure Irish stakeholders have a stake in promoting and protecting the benefits to health and wellbeing provided by our green and blue environments, whether it is high on their agenda or not.

Christine is a behavioural and social change agent with a proven track record and interest in the following research fields:

• Shaping behaviour for the good of society and the individual • Systems practice • Democratic engagement • Social innovation

Christine is also Visiting Professor, Florida Prevention Research Center; and Fellow and Associate of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Social Marketing and Social Change at the University of South Florida; Adjunct Professor, Griffith University and Honorary Associate Professor, Institute of Social Marketing (ISM), Scotland.

Christine is the European editor for the Journal of Social Marketing and co-author of Social Marketing: Rebels with a Cause, 2018, which draws upon her work as lead social innovation methodologist on a number of European Union (EU)-funded projects, including SOPHIE, Seas, Oceans in Public Health in Europe.

 

Diarmuid O’Donovan is Director of Public Health with the Health Service Executive (West) and Senior Lecturer in Social & Preventive Medicine at the National University of Ireland Galway where he coordinates teaching on public health and on global health and development. His research interests include inequities in health, health and human rights, reproductive health, and the links between environment, sustainable development and health.

 

 

Dr. Easkey Britton is a professional marine social scientist with a PhD in Environment and Society from University of Ulster. Her work explores the relationship between people and nature, especially water environments. As a post-doctoral research fellow in Social Innovation at the Whitaker Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway, she co-leads the interdisciplinary NEAR-Health work-package on nature-based solutions: the use of blue and green space to restore health and wellbeing. Britton is also a post-doctoral researcher with the SHEER wellbeing project where she contributes her expertise in blue space and social wellbeing. A life-long surfer, her parents taught her to surf when she was four years old and she channels her passion for surfing and the sea into social change. Her work is deeply influenced by the ocean and the lessons learned pioneering women’s big-wave surfing in Ireland and introducing the sport of surfing with women in Iran, which led her to be invited to give an inspiring TEDx talk in 2013: Just Add Surf. Passionate about facilitating creative & collaborative processes, she founded Like Water, a platform to explore innovative ways to reconnect with who we are, our environment and each other, through water. As a founding member of Ocean Collective, a global think tank for ocean solutions, Britton is most interested in how we bridge knowledge and practice. She designs, convenes and facilitates international summits and global leadership programmes specialising in applied and experiential learning, community engagement and social impact.

 

Edobor Osagie “Prior to joining the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, I worked for a couple of years as a Cost Analyst capturing and analysing operational data and information for strategic decision-making at Merit Medical Ireland.
I have a multi-disciplinary background including Accounting (B.Sc.), Business Strategy (M.Bus.), Information System Management (M.Sc.) and Business Analysis (Certified Business Analysis Professional – CBAP). My current area of interest in IT is in Information Systems Management. I am specifically interested in pursuing technology usability and adoption by the intended end-users. My roles at Insight Centre include qualitative data analysis, system requirement gathering and analysis for system design and usability testing.”

 

Fiona Donovan has a background in Sports Science, a Masters in Health Promotion and completed an MBA in 2010. Her previous role was as WHO Galway Healthy Cities Project Coordinator (2006 – 2014). Through the multi-disciplinary Galway Healthy Cities Forum, Ms. Donovan initiated and developed projects to promote and improve health and wellbeing including the Lets Get Galway Growing Network, a series of healthy urban environment workshops, and the first city strategy to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm. In her current role as National Healthy Cities and Counties of Ireland Network Coordinator, working with the Department of Health and the Department of Community and Rural Development, the main aim is to develop a structure, and provide supports to cities and counties to implement Healthy Ireland – the National Health and Wellbeing Framework – at the local level.

 

Dr Gesche Kindermann is an environmental scientist with an interest in the interrelationships between the environment, its conservation, and human activity. She holds a PhD in Environmental Science and an MSc in Ecosystem Conservation and Landscape Management. Gesche has extensive experience in researching Irish environments with an emphasis on their conservation management and a particular focus of her work is stakeholder engagement in this process. As postdoctoral researcher with the jointly EPA/HSE funded NEAR Health project she lead on the work package investigating stakeholders’ values, motivations and barriers to using nature for health and wellbeing. In her current role as researcher with the Sheer Wellbeing project she is working on stakeholder engagement in and access to green and blue environments for their health and wellbeing. She is also the academic coordinator for the MScs in Biodiversity and Land Use Planning and in Environmental Leadership at NUI Galway, lecturing on both course, and she is a research committee member with Leave no Trace Ireland, a member of the Irish Ecological Association and the NUIG College Liaison for the Environmental Science Association Ireland.

 

Mark O’Loughlin is a specialist registrar in Public Health Medicine. He currently works in the Department of Public Health in Galway, covering the HSE West region. He received his medical degree from University College Cork and completed Basic Specialist Training in histopathology with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland before moving to Public Health.

 

Prof. Martin Cormican graduated from NUI Galway Medical School in 1986. He trained in Ireland, UK and USA and was appointed Professor of Bacteriology at NUI Galway and Consultant Microbiologist in 1999.  He is director of the GUH National Microbiology Reference Laboratory services which include services for Carbapenemase Producing Enterobacteriaceae and has recently been appointed as National Clinical Lead for HCAI and AMR to support and urgent response to the epidemic spread of CPE.  His research interests include antibiotic resistance and food borne infection. With colleagues he established a Centre for Health from Environment at NUI Galway to promote research and advocacy on the central role of the environment in enabling people to live fulfilling and joyful lives.

 

 

Maurice Mulcahy PhD, MSc, CFCIEH, MEHAI, CMIOSH is a visiting Professor at K U Leuven and Chief for Environmental Health Services (regulatory agency) for 9 counties in the West of Ireland with 30 years of specialist technical expertise in Environmental Health in UK, Ireland and Internationally. He is the National lead for multiple Environmental Health policy priorities and Manager of 170 staff, including 130 inspectors. He is Adjunct Lecturer at the Ryan Institute, Health through Environment Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway and an Award winning Environmental Health professional.

 

 

Niall Ó Brolcháin of the eGov unit at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at NUI Galway (formerly DERI) has over 20 years cutting edge experience in the ICT industry in software management, analysis, research, development and consultancy and over 10 years experience at the highest levels of Government. He graduated in Business and Computer studies and has postgraduate qualifications in Digital Media, Project Management and Marketing. He was a pioneer in the use of the World Wide Web and the Internet. He spent 10 years working in local and national Government in Ireland serving as Mayor of Galway City from 2006-07 and was deputy Government whip in Seanad Eireann the upper house of the Irish Parliament until 2011 where he served as spokesperson on Health, Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. Prior to that he served as parliamentary secretary to the Irish Government. He has a keen interest in Heritage and the Environment and served as chair of Galway City’s Environment Strategic Policy Committee. He was deputy chairperson on the Western River Basin District project as part of Ireland’s implementation of the Water Framework Directive. He has many years practical experience in policy development and recently worked as an advisor to the Irish Government on its Open Data policy.