Our Partners

Dr Suja Somanadhan

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Lead Investigator: COVISION Project

Hello, my name is Suja. I am a mom of a 13-year-old boy “Aaryan” we live in Dublin. We experienced some challenging times (school closure, no sports, etc.) due to COVID-19. I am also a children’s nurse who worked with children and their families in hospital settings for many years. Currently, I teach in the university and conduct research with children, young people, and their families. I lead the COVISION project, which seeks to enhance the wellbeing of children during and after the COVID-19 pandemic by listening to children’s experiences with COVID-19 and working with children across the globe to co-design and co-produce a practical intervention for our community.

 

More information on my research and background can be found here

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Carol Mutch

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Professor of Critical Studies in Education in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland in New Zealand

Over her career, she has been a teacher, teacher educator, policy advisor, researcher and writer. Her current research focuses on the role of schools in crisis contexts, from natural disasters to Covid-19. She is also the Education Commissioner for the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO.

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Dr Carmel Davies

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Assistant Professor and Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning, School of Nursing Midwifery and Health Systems, UCD.

Carmel’s research interest is grounded in multidisciplinary applied social and health research. She is particularly interested in reciprocal knowledge translation and how patient/public involvement can inform applied research agendas and influence social /health policy. Her research methods include Participatory methods, Implementation Science and Rapid Realist Review.  As part of her PhD, she
explored with children/ younger people the psychosocial issues associated with using animal organs
for human transplants.

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Dr Jieh-Jiuh Wang

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Planner, emergency manager and a research fellow specializing in sustainable development, disaster and risk management, urban planning and urban design, sustainable management of cultural heritage.

He obtained his PhD and M.Phil. from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University, and received the Master of Science from the Graduate Institute of Building and Planning, National Taiwan University as well as the Bachelor of Architecture from the Department of Architecture, Tunghai University.

Dr. Wang is currently the professor at Architecture Department of Ming Chuan University, Taiwan. Wang’s professional experience and affiliation include: PI, Disaster Resilient School Program, MOE; Regeneration of Historic Sites Program, Bureau of Cultural Heritage, MOC; Co. P. I.: Program of Disaster Management Capacity-Building for Local Governments, National Fire Agency, MOI.

Dr Wang is also a member of some academic review committees: Sci. & Tech. for Disaster Reduction and Prevention Discipline, Sustainable Development Discipline, Civil & Hydraulic Engineering Program, MOST. Meanwhile, he is also invited to be as Taipei City Government public safety adviser, and
joining in many cities’ and counties’ Disaster Prevention and Protection Expert Consultation
Committee, as well as Disaster Risk Reduction Education Counselling Group.

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Dr Aoife De Brún

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Assistant Professor/Ad Astra Fellow at the UCD Centre for Research, Education, and Innovation in Health Systems (UCD IRIS) at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin.

She is a registered Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society with experience of multi-disciplinary projects in health research. Her research interests include advancing health systems methodologies and a range of topics in applied health and organisational psychology including team dynamics, collective leadership, medical decision-making and patient and public engagement in
research.

Dr De Brún received a BA(Hons) in Psychology and a PhD in Social Sciences. She was awarded a
Fulbright Scholarship in 2018/2019 to collaborate with colleagues at Northwestern University,
Illinois, USA.

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Dr Carmel Corrigan

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Head of Participation and Rights Education at the Ombudsman for Children’s Office (OCO) in Ireland.

She worked for a number of public and private research and policy organisations, before spending 18 years as a freelance research consultant specialising in children’s rights, participation, policy and complaints investigation.  She has conducted consultations with children living in Direct Provision accommodation, children experiencing family homelessness, children who received Guardian ad
Litem services, the impact of Brexit on children’s rights and the development of a children’s charter
for Tusla, The Child and Family Agency. 

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Dr Helen McAneney

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Research Scientist at UCD Centre for Research, Education, and Innovation in Health Systems (UCD IRIS) at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin.

Hi, my name is Helen.  I am a researcher at the University College Dublin in Ireland.  I am also a mum of two girls, Aeryn and Emily, as well as to the biggest kid of all, my husband Jonny. We are an inquisitive family, always trying to work out how things work, or just having a chat about the world. COVID-19 is a life event that we will all tell stories about. For me, it has been wonderful to have had everyone at home, to help the girls with their learning, and to go for walks together. Although I am a researcher who enjoys(!) working with numbers, I also enjoy being creative in the garden, playing the piano (as do both girls), baking cakes and other treats and doing cross-stitch.  The last year has shown me to value all these creative outlets, and this project is now your turn to show us your creative ‘voice’ through your creations
during and due to COVID-19.

 

More information on my research and background can be found here .

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Harry Shier

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Research Scientist at UCD Centre for Research, Education, and Innovation in Health Systems (UCD IRIS) at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin.

Writer, researcher, facilitator and commentator on children’s rights, participation and play. Born in Belfast, started as a playworker in the UK, then worked in children’s rights and participation. Moved to Nicaragua, Central America in 2001 to work with local community education organisation CESESMA, supporting child workers on coffee plantations claiming their rights. Awarded PhD at Queen’s University Belfast in 2016 for his study on Nicaraguan children’s perceptions of human rights in school. Now lives in Newbridge, Co Kildare on the banks of the River Liffey with wife María, daughter Laura and dogs Scrobbles and Tania. More at www.harryshier.net

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Kay Tisdall

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Professor of Childhood Policy at the University of Edinburgh.

I work on children’s human rights, in teaching, research and policy. I am part of the Childhood and Youth Studies Research Group at the University. I have been learning from children and young people, and other adults around the world, particularly around children and young people’s participation.

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Revathi N. Krishna

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Research Fellow on the Community-led Bushfire Resilience Program at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and a PhD candidate at Monash University Accident Research Centre.

My name is Revathi, mum to my exuberant 2-year-old. Like all mums, I want to make sure the world is a safe space for my daughter and other children like yourselves. I also think it is important to know what to do during emergencies. So, in my PhD research, I worked with children to develop a program to learn & teach disaster preparedness, which they then delivered to their friends in a neighbouring suburb in the inner-city slums of Chennai, India. As a clinical psychologist, I am passionate about children’s (your) mental health and ensuring their (your) voices are heard in issues that affect their (your) wellbeing.
In my free time, I love playing with my toddler at parks, gardening and sewing.

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Jacinta Owens

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Educator, writer and filmmaker. She joined the UCD Innovation Academy as a Facilitation Specialist in early 2018.

Jacinta’s focus is on helping people discover, uncover and recover their innovative, creative potential through practical techniques and tools. Jacinta delivers experiential workshops on Creative Mindset, Empathy, Design Thinking, Storytelling, Videomaking and Entrepreneurial Mindset to a diverse range of learners such as schools, Writers, Educators, corporate groups, Undergrad and Postgrad students in Ireland and the University of Malaya (KL), and most recently, lecturers in Vietnam National University (Hanoi).  Jacinta is also a Screenwriter, funded by Northern Ireland Screen, Galway Film Centre, RTE
and the British Film Institute Network. She holds an MSc in Feature Film production from
Staffordshire University and is a graduate of the Robert McKee Story programme.

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Tracey Anne Wall

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Chief Director of Nursing for the Childrens Health Ireland Group (CHI).

Tracey Wall is the A/Chief Director of Nursing for the Children's Health Ireland Group (CHI). Prior to this appointment, Tracey worked as the Director of Nursing in CHI at Crumlin Hospital, and as the Deputy Director of Nursing. Tracey is a Registered Children’s and General nurse with over 29 years’ extensive clinical and managerial experience working with children and families across a wide variety of
disabilities, acute and chronic illnesses, including Paediatric Intensive Care. As Director of Nursing
in CHI Crumlin, she had the responsibility for leading a large workforce, developing and delivering
a professional nursing service across a complex organisation.

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Lisa Gibbs

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Director, Child & Community Wellbeing Unit, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health Lead of Community Resilience, Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety University of Melbourne.

My research focuses on two main areas – 1) child health and wellbeing and 2) disaster resilience, and these areas combine when I focus on the experiences of children and teenagers in disasters. I am committed to doing research that helps to improve people’s lives and I have found the best way to do that is to work in partnership with the people whose lives or work roles are central to the research topic
(i.e. a participatory approach). I am part of an International Collaboration for Participatory Health
Research and have the pleasure of coordinating the network of members involved in doing
participatory research with children.

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Ayrton Kelly

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Recent graduate of UCD where he did his Bachelor’s in Commerce (International) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Design Thinking for Sustainability

has a vast amount of expertise-by-experience of youth participation and engagement. He has participated and engaged with a number of youth organisations including Spunout.ie, BeLonG To Youth Services, Youth Work Ireland, Jigsaw Donegal and Donegal Youth Service.

 

In 2017, Ayrton became a participant in the Youth Advisory Group and subsequently the Oversight Committee for the development of the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy (Department of Children and Youth Affairs, 2018). The insight gained from this experience informed his contribution to a forthcoming chapter on participatory policymaking, entitled: ‘Visible, valued and included: Prioritising youth participation in policy-making for the Irish LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy (Ceatha, Kelly and Killeen, n.d.).

 

Ayrton brings to the COVISION project both his academic experience of marketing, communications
and design thinking and his personal experiences with participatory policymaking and research.

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Thilo Kroll

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Hi, my name is Thilo. I work as a professor and researcher at the University College Dublin in Ireland.

I am very excited to be part of this project. The COVID-19 virus has caught us all by surprise and we had to learn how to deal with it. I love the idea that all of us are creative. It doesn’t matter how young or old we are. Over the past year, I took a lot of photographs, found my guitar again and wrote a lot. This helped me when we could not go out much or see friends. I am always amazed what children and real people of
all ages do to manage difficulties in their lives. We can learn a lot from each other.

 

More information on my research and background can be found here.

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