The Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) fosters community university partnerships that aim to promote the principles and practices of civic engagement and democracy.

Civic Engagement Representatives

College of Engineering & Informatics

Mark Healy, Civil Engineering

Dr. Mark Healy, CKI Civic Engagement Representative at NUI GalwayDr. Mark Healy is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of Engineers Ireland, and is a lecturer in Civil Engineering at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He obtained his BE degree in 1998, an MEngSc degree, through research, in 2000, and, in 2004, was awarded a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from NUI Galway. Dr Healy currently leads the Geo-ENvironmental Engineering (GENE) Research Group, which currently comprises researchers from Teagasc, Johnstown Castle; 5 PhD students and 1 MEngSc student. The group's research work is primarily in the area of experimental environmental engineering, forestry and soil erosion. He has published 3 book chapters and 54 peer-reviewed international journal papers. To date, with collaborators, he has successfully competed for research funding awards in excess of €3.4 million. He has supervised to completion 10 PhD students and 3 research masters students. Recent and on-going research projects on which Dr. Healy is PI include projects funded by EPA/COFORD, Teagasc, DAFM and IRC. In addition to his core academic duties, Dr Healy serves on the Coillte Social and Environmental Panel for Connemara/Mayo, which provides guidance and feedback on the policy and activities of Coillte. He is the Civic Engagement Representative for the College of Engineering and Informatics. He is on the advisory board on the Going to College Programme (2011 - present), a programme aimed at integrating people with intellectual disabilities into University life; and is also on the advisory board and teaches on the Youth Academy Project (2011 - present), a programme which aims to inspire entry into University by introducing children and their families to University life.

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College of Business, Public Policy & Law

Christine Domegan, School of Business & Economics, Marketing & the Whitaker Institute

Dr. Christine Domegan, CKI Civic Engagement RepresentativeDr. Christine Domegan, B. Comm, MBS, PhD is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at the National University of Ireland, Galway. As Research Cluster Leader for Social Innovation and Policy within the Whitaker Institute, Christine researches Behavioural Change and Social Innovation through Social Marketing and associated concepts of value co-creation, stakeholder analysis, strategic partnerships, civic engagement and capacity to act at population, community and individual levels through a multi-disciplinary lens with partners in the UK, Europe, USA and Canada. She combines Social Marketing with service learning research and teaching, bringing a civic engagement dimension to her work.

Her current EU and national research work embraces recycling, health (unitary track infections in the community; positive aging; health literacy and diabetes) sea for society and science in society. Christine teaches Social Marketing at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Ireland and the UK, including extensive PhD supervision, as well as topics such as Marketing Research and Marketing Analytics.

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College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences

Dr. Maureen Kelly, Lecturer in General Practice with the Medical School, NUI Galway and Assistant Programme Director of the Western Training Programme in General Practice, HSE West

She teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and has a special interest in medical education, teaching and assessing communication skills, professionalism and community engagement. She contributes significantly to the Fourth Year undergraduate teaching programme and for many years directed the GP module. She delivers an innovative Special Study Module, for First Year Medical Students teaching Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation to national school children. This programme operates closely with the University’s Community Knowledge Initiative and the ABC for Life programme Queen’s University, Belfast. A unique feature of this module is that the teaching is conducted through Irish in Gaeltacht national schools and Gael Scoileanna. In keeping with her current research interest in medical student selection she has recently established Clár Ambasadóireachta Scoil an Leighis, an outreach programme aimed at encouraging and supporting Gaeltacht secondary students to consider a career in medicine.

She is committed to the concept of capacity building in academic General Practice (GP). She leads the Academic Module in General Practice-a mentorship and supervision programme for GP registrars who express an interest in GP education or research. Each year she organises and teaches at a week end educational meeting, Teachers in General Practice, where busy GP teachers can network and learn about up to date methods for teaching medical students and doctors training in General Practice. Over the years she has contributed to faculty development through delivering workshops at the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, the Galway Alliance of Medical Educators and through the production of a training CdROM for examiners in the Medical School.
She is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and a member of the Irish College of General Practitioners, the Association for the Study of Medical Education, the Association for Medical Education in Europe, National Association of Programme Directors, and Medical Council Register of Medical Specialists (General Practice).


The CKI would like to thank and acknowledge Margaret McGrath, School of Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy for her role at Civic Engagement Representative from 2010 to 2015.

Margaret McGrath, School of Health Sciences, Occupational TherapyMargaret is an occupational therapist with a clinical background in age related healthcare. Her specialist subjects include occupational therapy for older people, community based occupational therapy and client centred practice. Margaret also has a strong interest in the use of service learning within healthcare education and is responsible for the development of service learning within the Discipline of Occupational Therapy.

Margaret's research questions arise from her clinical practice with older people and her ongoing work with local community organisations. Her research examines processes involved in maintaining independent living in later life including strategies to cope with barriers in the home environment, health literacy and health promotion for older people. Margaret also has an ongoing interest in developing innovative educational practice. This interest has led to projects examining the use of community-university partnerships in a European context, exploring the impacts of service learning and the development of learning technologies to support acquisition of clinical skills by undergraduate students.

College of Science

Rachel Quinlan, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics

Rachel Quinlan, College of ScienceRachel Quinlan has been a lecturer in Mathematics at NUI Galway since 2005, when she moved here from UCD. She completed a PhD in Mathematics at the University of Alberta, Canada in 2000. She is the coordinator of the Undergraduate Ambassador module in Mathematics, which is a service learning module in which final year students of mathematics contribute to the work of local second level schools.

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College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies

Dr. Padraig MacNeela, School of Psychology

Pádraig MacNeelaPadraig is a lecturer at the School of Psychology, where he teaches in health care, qualitative research methods, and organisational psychology. His interest in third-sector research began with a study of homelessness in Galway, published by the Galway Simon Community (GSC) in 1999. He has also worked extensively with COPE Galway in research on services for people experiencing homelessness, and most recently completed a report for GSC on supports for participation opportunities, with Josephine Boland at the School of Medicine. Also in collaboration with Josephine, Padraig has set up CORA (Community-Engaged Research in Action), a support network of academics, third-sector partners, and students at NUI Galway and in our local community. His community research interests have been supported by the Third Sector Research Programme at the Royal Irish Academy, Atlantic Philantrophies, the Bright Ideas programme at NUIG, Campus Engage, Rape Crisis Network Ireland, and Student Services at NUIG. Through his role in the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies, and as Chair of the University Societies Coordination Group, Padraig works in support of volunteering and student engagement. This extends to the module Service Learning in Psychology, which he has coordinated since 2010, that has allowed students to work on community research and practical projects with partners including the Galway People's Resource Centre, COPE Galway, Croi, the Centre for Talented Youth in Ireland, and the Health Promotion service at NUIG.

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