CGFS Directors & Committee

Ursula Barry, Co-Director

Ursula Barry is Associate Professor in social economics and gender studies in the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice in UCD. Ursula has wide ranging experience as a researcher and policy analyst in the area of gender equality in Ireland, the EU and globally. Ursula is currently the Irish representative on the EU Research Network on Scientific Analysis and Advice on Gender Equality (SAAGE). Ursula has published widely on the economic and social situation of women in Ireland her recent publications include Discourses on Foetal Rights and Women’s Embodiment in Abortion Papers Ireland (eds) Quilty, A., et al. Cork University Press (2015), and a chapter in Economics and Austerity in Europe – gendered impacts (eds) Bargawni, H., et al. Routledge, London (2017).

Anne Mulhall, Co-Director

Anne Mulhall is a lecturer in UCD School of English, Drama & Film, where she is the Director of MA Programmes and coordinates the Gender, Sexuality & Culture strand of the MA in Literature & Culture. She co-edited Irish Postmodernisms and Popular Culture with Wanda Balzano and Moynagh Sullivan (2007), and ‘Queering the Issue’, a special issue of the Irish University Review on Queer Irish Studies (2013). She has published extensively in queer, feminist and psychoanalytic theory, contemporary Irish writing and culture, and critical migration studies, including articles and special features in Social Text Periscope, Studies in Gender & Sexuality, Éire-Ireland, Poligrafi, Studies in the Maternal, and the Irish Review. Anne is an organising member of the grassroots activist organisation Anti-Racism Network Ireland (ARN).

Mary McAuliffe, Organising Committee

Mary McAuliffe is Assistant Professor and Lecturer in Gender Studies at UCD; specialising in Irish women’s / gender history. Mary’s early research focused on the military, political and settlement history of medieval and early modern Kerry. Through my research I became very interested in the contributions of women to Irish history, from the medieval to the modern. Her research interests include Irish women’s history, gender and war, memory and history, oral history, social and political history, public history.

Aideen Quilty, Organising Committee

Dr Aideen Quilty teaches in the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice UCD and is Director of the Women and Gender Studies Community/University Outreach Programme. Aideen locates her undergraduate and graduate teaching as a form of critical civic practice. Throughout her academic career she has championed the rights of traditionally under-represented and disenfranchised groups within higher education. Between 2013-15 she was principal investigator of the European DAPHNE research project: Empowering young LGBTQ people against homophobic and transphobic violence. Her research is interdisciplinary and a key research strand has focused on developing a distinct pedagogy for community based higher education. One of the editors of the Abortion Papers, she has published on reproductive justice informed by the spatial and ideological power dynamics of our educational institutions. She is currently researching pedagogic imaginaries within adult and higher education drawing on intersecting queer, feminist and spatial theories.