Prof. Daniel Carey

Room 2001, Floor 2, Hardiman Research Building

T: 353 (0)91 493904

Daniel Carey is a board member of the Irish Research Council and has served as chair of the Irish Humanities Alliance (2014-16). He has held grants from the Mellon Foundation, the IRC, the AHRC, British Academy, MHRA, and other sources, and has mentored 12 postdoctoral fellows funded by Marie Skłodowska Curie actions, the IRC, and other schemes. His current research is a major international project to edit the work of Richard Hakluyt ( and has published widely on intellectual history, colonialism, and economic thought.

Prof. John Morrissey

johnAssociate Director, Moore Institute & Professor of Geography

T: 353 (0)91 492267

John Morrissey has published widely in the areas of geopolitics, imperialism, security and development. His books include Haven: The Mediterranean Crisis and Human Security (2020), The Long War (2017), Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis (2014) and Negotiating Colonialism (2003). His research has been supported by various grants, from the British Academy and Clinton Institute for American Studies, to the ESRC and IRC, and in recent years he has held visiting fellowships at CUNY Graduate Center, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford and Australian National University. His current research is concerned with critically theorising human security, humanitarian interventionism and a sense of planetary precarity that mirrors our interconnected human and non-human world.

Dr Nessa Cronin

Associate Director, Moore Institute & Lecturer in Irish Studies

T: 353 (0)91 492893

Nessa Cronin is Lecturer in Irish Studies, Centre for Irish Studies, University of Galway, Ireland and has published widely on various aspects of Irish writing, cultural geography and community mapping practices. She read English and Philosophy for her undergraduate degree at Trinity College, Dublin and received an MA in Continental Philosophy and Literature from Warwick University. She completed her doctoral research at University of Galway, The Eye of History: Spatiality and Colonial Cartography in Ireland, focused on the visual and linguistic construction of the modern Irish map through a critical examination of four key moments in Irish cartographic history. Nessa is co-editor of Anáil an Bhéil Bheo: Orality and Modern Irish Culture (2009), Landscape Values: Place and Praxis (2016) and the forthcoming volume Lifeworlds: Space, Place and Irish Culture. She is currently completing her monograph on the making of Irish colonial space, Making Space: Cartography and Colonial Governmentality in Ireland (forthcoming). She has been the recipient of 3 Irish Research Council awards, and bursaries from the European Science Foundation and Culture Ireland, and has been awarded visiting fellowships in University of Stanford, Univeristé de Nantes and University of Concordia, Montreal.  She also works in the area of Environmental Humanities and Creative Geographies and has co-curated events and exhibitions such as Mapping Spectral Traces IV (Black Box Theatre, Galway 2012), Interpreting Landscape/Rianú Talún, (University of Galway 2014) and is the Director of Iarsma: Fragments from an Archive, the Tim Robinson Artist-in-the-Archive Project (Galway 2015-16). She works on community mapping projects in Clare, Galway and Mayo with artists, activists and community groups on socially-engaged projects investigating issues concerning place, language and culture in contemporary Ireland.

Dr Pádraic Moran

padraig Associate Director, Moore Institute & Lecturer in Classics

T:          353 (0)91 492587

Dr Kevin O Sullivan

Associate Director, Moore Institute & Lecturer in History

T:          353 (0)91 493625

Kevin O’Sullivan is a Lecturer in History at National University of Ireland Galway and director of the BA History & Globalisation Studies. Prior to coming to Galway, he was an Irish Research Council/Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Birmingham and an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin. He was awarded his PhD from Trinity College Dublin in 2008.

His interests are in international history, particularly the areas of globalisation, humanitarianism, NGOs and human rights. His first book, Ireland, Africa and the End of Empire: Small State Identity in the Cold War, 1955-75, was published by Manchester University Press in 2012, and he has published articles in European Review of History, Humanity, International History Review, Irish Historical Studies, Irish Studies in International Affairs, Journal of Genocide Research, Journal of Humanitarian Affairs, and Past and Present. In addition to contributing to several collections of essays, he has also co-edited special issues of European Review of History (with Matthew Hilton, 2016) and Moving the Social (with Enrico Dal Lago, 2017) on the history of humanitarianism and development. He been a visiting fellow at the European University Institute in Florence and at Carleton University, Ottawa.

In addition to his academic work, Kevin has collaborated on UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Irish Research Council funded projects with colleagues from the NGO sector, as well as contributing to the Overseas Development Institute’s Global History of Modern Humanitarian Action project. He was a founding member of the Canadian Network on Humanitarian History and the Transnational Ireland research network, and previously served as a member of the Irish Committee of Historical Sciences.

Martha Shaughnessy

Martha Shaughnessy, B.Comm, MBA, Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge
Development Manager

Room 2009, Second Floor, Hardiman Research Buidling

T: 353 (0)91 493902

Martha Shaughnessy has fifteen years’ experience as Development Manager at the Moore Institute where she provides strategic leadership advice to the academic community in the area of Humanities Research. She has many years of experience in research funding and management to include FP6, FP7 and H2020.

Martha is responsible for the Hardiman Research Building at University of Galway (funded by the Higher Education Authority) which hosts postgraduate students within the College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies and the College of Business Public Policy & Law. The Hardiman Research Building is a new and unique international and national resource that integrates research and training in the Humanities, Digital Cultures, Creative Industries, Business, Social Sciences, Rights, Advocacy, and Public Policy.

Martha has played a leadership role in numerous developments in fourth-level education, including the implementation of two national structured PhD programmes ‘Texts, Contexts, Cultures’ and ‘Digital Arts and Humanities’, and the setting up of the Irish Humanities Alliance.

David Kelly

David Kelly David Kelly, BBS, H.Dip, MBS
Digital Humanities Manager

Room 1011, First Floor, Hardiman Research Building

T: 353 (0)91 494438

David Kelly is Digital Humanities Manager for the Moore Institute at University of Galway. He works with individual researchers and research teams engaged in DH projects. To date, this has included projects involving database development, text or data visualisation, social annotation, digital edition development and network analysis.

Prior to joining University of Galway, David established and ran a web development company based in Galway, and worked as a researcher in Information Systems at University College Cork.

Iwona O’Donoghue

Administrative Assistant

Room 2002, Floor 2, Hardiman Research Building

T: 353 (0)91 493906


Iwona O’Donoghue joined the Moore Institute as an Administrative Assistant in April, 2021. She supports the Development Manager with the project management of a number of Institute initiatives. She also provides administrative support to the Institute management team in the development and management of the Institute’s interdisciplinary research programme and the coordination of its operational functions.

Iwona has over 12 years of experience in research and administrative activities at University of Galway including research dissemination and impact measurement, events management and promotion. She has provided secretarial and coordination support to different management teams, project leaders, staff and students over the years. She also brings financial accounting experience through her role in the Accounts Payable Office where she worked for over a year.

She holds a Master of Arts in English from Poland where she also undertook her undergraduate studies. Iwona also completed a Business Administration course in Galway prior to joining University of Galway.