The Team at

Emma Barron

With a career at University College Dublin (UCD) since 2007, Emma Barron possesses a wealth of experience and expertise in project management, accounting, and EU-funded and nationally funded research. Currently, she holds the role of overseeing daily operations and research management at UCD’s Geary Institute. Emma’s involvement includes contributing to significant Horizon Europe-funded projects like “Equalstrength” and “GUIDEPrep,” along with her role in European Social Survey Round 11, and various other projects supported by the Geary Institute.

Mark Hargaden

Mark Hargaden is IT manager at the UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy. He has over 20 years of web development and project management experience. He has extensive knowledge of Web technologies and server administration. In 2010 he completed an MBA at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business.

Laura Foley

Laura Foley is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy. Laura completed her PhD in Politics from the University of Sheffield. Her doctoral thesis analysed the governance of labour migration in Malaysia, and investigated how a gendered governance system has developed for migrant domestic workers. Prior to joining the Geary Institute, Laura worked at Queen Mary University of London analysing the role of global processes and institutions in the global governance of labour migration. Laura holds an MSc in International Relations from UCD, an LLM in International Human Rights and Development from London South Bank University, and a BA in Sociology and French from Trinity College Dublin. Her research interests are in the areas of governance, gender, labour markets, human rights, migration, and decent work.

Laura manages the content for


Dorren McMahon

Dorren Mc Mahon has a D.Phil in Sociology from the University of Oxford.  She has been a member of the Geary Institute since 2005.  She is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University. 

Michelle Norris

Michelle is director of the Geary Institute for Public Policy and Professor of Social Policy. Her research interests focus on housing policy and urban regeneration, particularly on the management and financing of social housing. The regeneration of social housing estates and inner urban areas, comparative analysis of housing provision in Europe, the history and socio-economic implications of Irish housing policy and its relationship with the welfare state. She have led over 20 research project on these issues since 2000 and produced over 170 publications on the results.