You in a word -
On you –
I was born in Brighton, England. My mother is from Galway and my father is from Donegal, so I am an Irish citizen. In 1983 we emigrated to Lexington, Massachusetts. I now live in Wickow Town, south of Dublin, with my husband, Petros, and our three boys.
On your profession –
Currently, I am the Assistant Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Trinity Business School in Dublin. When I returned to academia after eleven years as a practitioner, I chose to do my PhD on peacebuilding from an organisational perspective. Peace and conflict are usually studied within political science, but I felt that the macro-level of politics and international relations didn't fully capture the devastating, messy, emotional human experience of war. Organisation theory focusses on the meso-level connecting the individual and collective with their socio-cultural context.
My doctoral research was on peacebuilding organisations in Ireland and how they balanced their identity as a community and as a business. This lead me to social enterprise, and how business models are used to bring about social change.