Sinéad was appointed in 2019 to support our Resilient Communities project, as a freelance Research Associate. Alongside this project, she is working as a Research Officer in Education and Development at Cambridge Assessment, a department of the University of Cambridge, and she is a member of the University’s Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement.
Sinéad’s research primarily focuses on the role of education in improving the well-being of individuals, communities and wider societies. Her work has involved a range of national and international development projects including curriculum development projects with UNICEF and the Ethiopian Ministry of Education.
Prior to joining the University of Cambridge, Sinéad was a doctoral student and research assistant at Queen’s University Belfast. During her time at Queen’s, she conducted and contributed to several research projects relating to education in divided societies which focused on contexts such as Northern Ireland, the Balkan region and Belgium. Through these projects, Sinéad gained valuable interdisciplinary insights into the intersecting role of a wide range of actors and areas of community life that contribute to social cohesion and peace-building.
Before entering academia, Sinéad taught History for over ten years in four different countries. Her experiences teaching in a range of advantaged and disadvantaged areas sparked her passion for community development work, especially pertaining to the role of education as a transformative force worldwide.