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Susan Butler

Susan Butler is Operations Manager at the UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy. She has extensive experience in the management of EU and other research programmes, projects and events, and in the finance, operation and governance of research facilities. In 2016 she completed an MSc in Project Management at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business. Prior to joining UCD she held posts in higher education administration at the Higher Education Authority and Dublin City University.

David Durnin

David Durnin (UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy) completed his PhD in history at the Centre for the History of Medicine, School of History, UCD. His current research focuses on the history of medicine and the relationship between history and policy. He has received several grants and awards for his work including an Irish Research Council postgraduate scholarship and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland History of Medicine Research Award. He is the author of The Irish Medical Profession and the First World War (2019).


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.

Patrick Malone

Patrick currently works as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy. He holds a Doctorate in Political Science and a BA in Public and Social Policy from NUI, Galway. His doctoral thesis explored the concept of access and entitlement to Irish health care services within an overarching conceptual framework of governance, institutionalism theory and equality. Prior to joining the Geary Institute, he worked as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre NUI, Galway, evaluating systems change and the overall implementation and outcomes of Tusla’s Programme for Prevention, Partnership and Family Support. His research interests centre on: Health Policy; Child Protection and Welfare Systems; Public Administration; Governance; Institutionalism Theory; and Policy Continuity and Change.

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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. 

Philip J. O’Connell

Philip O’Connell is the Director of He is Director of The Geary Institute for Public Policy and Professor of Applied Social Science at University College Dublin at UCD. He has a long-held belief in the importance of evidence for policy making, having spent two decades at the Economic & Social Research Institute before coming to UCD.  He has served as a consultant to the European Commission and the OECD, and was appointed to the Irish Labour Market Council. His research focusses on immigration and the labour market and he is National Coordinator of the European Social Survey in Ireland.