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Prof Bert Gordijn

Professor Bert Gordijn  

Professor, Director, Institute of Ethics

Bert Gordijn studied Philosophy and History at the University of Utrecht (Netherlands), Strasbourg (France) and Freiburg in Breisgau (Germany). In 1995 he was awarded a doctorate in Philosophy; in 2003 he received a doctorate in Bioethics. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics at Lancaster University (UK), the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University (USA) and the Fondation Brocher (Switzerland). Bert is Editor-in-Chief of a book series, "The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology" (published by Springer), as well as two peer reviewed journals, "Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy" (also published by Springer) and "Studies in Ethics, Law and Technology" (published by Berkeley Electronic Press). Bert has an extensive record of peer reviewed publications and international lectures. He has been appointed to the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Patent Organisation, the External Science Advisory Panel to the Long-Range Research Initiative of the European Chemical Industry Council and has served on the UNESCO expert committee on ethics and nanotechnology. Professor Gordijn is Secretary of the European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Heathcare which was founded in 1987 with a view to the growing need for critical reflection on the role of medicine and health care in our present society. He specialises in Applied Ethics. He is also President of the International Association of Education in Ethics.

Dr. Patrick Brereton

Professor Patrick Brereton

Associate Professor, Head of School, School of Communications

Patrick Brereton is the Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science at Dublin City University. His books include Hollywood Utopia: Ecology in Contemporary American Cinema (2005); Continuum Guide to Media Education (2001) and the Historical Dictionary of Irish Cinema (2007) with Roddy Flynn. He has just completed a book titled ‘Smart Cinema: DVD add-ons and new Audience Pleasures’ for Palgrave, reflecting the need to appreciate cinema within the context of new modes of consumption. He has several other book chapters and publications across a wide range of journals on various aspects of film and media culture and remains committed to developing cross disciplinary links. In particular he has developed Environmental Ethics through teaching a new module on the Masters in Ethics and is working on a research project with colleagues across the Faculty around Teaching Ethics using Film and Literature.

Nathan Emmerich

Dr. Nathan Emmerich

EndCare Erasmus+ PostDoc researcher, Institute of Ethics 

Nathan Emmerich has degrees in Philosophy and the History and Philosophy of Science (BA University of Leeds), Healthcare Ethics (MA University of Leeds), and Social Science Research Methodology (M.Res, Queen’s University Belfast). His PhD was supervised by a medical sociologist and focused on the ethics education of medical students. Working within a broadly Bourdieuan framework, he developed the idea of ethical enculturation as a facet of the social reproductionof medical professionals and as a compliment to more common notions of moral socialization. Subsequently he has worked on the idea of ethical expertise and research ethics in the social sciences. His work is primarily social theory or philosophical in nature, whilst also being interdisciplinary, often drawing on historical, sociological and anthropological research. 

Gabriel Flynn

Dr. Gabriel Flynn

Senior Lecturer, School of Theology, Philosophy and Music

In 2000, Gabriel Flynn completed his doctorate at the University of Oxford. He joined the staff of Mater Dei Institutie of Education in 2005 and served one term as Head of Theology and has been Academic Leader for Research since 2006. In his research he focusses on the great Catholic thinkers of the twentieth century; the relationship between philosophy and theology; historical and political theology; ethics; and the Catholic Reformation in Ireland and Europe.

Dr. Alan J. Kearns

Dr. Alan J. Kearns

Lecturer, School of Theology, Philosophy and Music

Dr Alan J. Kearns is a Lecturer in Ethics at the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music. He originally trained as a second-level teacher and taught English at the Fachsprachenzentrum, University of Tübingen in Germany. His PhD, which examined the concept of person in health care ethics, was the first doctorate to be presented and defended in the newly established School of Nursing at Dublin City University. He is the co-chair of the MA in Ethics Programme, which is run jointly by DCU’s Institute of Ethics and MDI. He is the coordinator of the MA in Ethics and the Corporate Responsibility pathway. He teaches modules in the area of introduction to ethics, bioethics, research ethics and global ethics. He has taught health care ethics in a number of Dublin hospitals. His research interests include Health Care Ethics, Foundations of Ethics and Research Ethics.

Prof. Steven Knowlton

Professor Steven Knowlton

Professor, School of Communications

Steven Knowlton is an American-born journalist and academic. He spent more than 15 years as a newspaper reporter, photographer and editor before earning an M.A. and then a Ph.D. in history, both studies on 19th century Irish journalism. He has taught journalism practical and theoretical modules at universities in the U.S., Ireland, Romania, Moldova and Estonia and currently has ongoing projects involving six countries in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. He has written or edited six books, mostly on journalism ethics. He has been University Professor of Journalism at DCU since 2007.

Fiachra O'Brolchain

Dr. Fiachra O'Brolcháin

Marie-Curie Research Fellow, Institute of Ethics

Fiachra obtained a BA in Philosophy and English from University College Dublin. Following this, he completed a Masters in Film Studies in UCD. After working in an academic publishing company, he obtained his doctorate from the school of Politics, International Studies, and Philosophy Queens University Belfast in 2009. He wrote his thesis on the patenting of biotechnological products (GM crops) in order to analyse issues of justice in relation to patenting, technology,international trade, and the environment. He has been lecturing History of Ideas and Philosophy of Science in DCU. He has worked on various aspects of applied ethics, including the ethical and social implications of virtual reality and social networking in association with the EU's Reverie Project, and the ethical implications of human enhancement technologies. He is currently working as an ASSISTID fellow looking at the ethics of the development, use and distribution of assistive technologies (AT) for people with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder.

Dr. Dónal O'Mathúna

Dr. Dónal O'Mathúna

Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing

Dónal O'Mathúna is Senior Lecturer in Ethics, Decision-Making and Evidence in the School of Nursing at Dublin City University. His has post-graduate degrees in pharmacy and in bioethics. He is a Visiting Fellow at the UK Cochrane Centre in Oxford and the Chair of the Academy of Fellows at the Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity in Chicago. His research interests focus on issues of personhood, human dignity and moral reasoning. The latter has led to interest in the role of emotions in ethics, and the use of narratives and popular media in teaching ethics. He has examined these issues in the context of healthcare, nanotechnology, stem cell research and diagnostics. He is also interested in the role of Christian faith and spirituality in ethics. He writes a weekly column for the Irish Times examining issues of evidence and ethics with popular herbal remedies.

Dr. Adam McAuley

Lecturer, School of Law and Government

Adam McAuley is a law lecturer at the School of Law and Government at Dublin City university.  He has a Masters in European Law and is a qualified barrister. His research interests include medical law and has worked with ethicists from the Nursing School and Institute of Ethics. Dr McAuley was visiting scholar at the Centre for Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights at Boston University. Dr McAuley is currently working on the rights of prisoners to health under the European Convention on Human Rights. 

Brid Murphy

Dr. Brid Murphy

Lecturer, Business School

Brid Murphy completed a B.Comm in UCC and M.Acc in UCD and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She then spent some time travelling and working overseas and on return to Ireland, worked in both small indigenous and large multi-national companies. She joined DCU Business School as Lecturer in Accounting in September 2002. She am currently undertaking PhD studies in Sheffield Hallam University with supervisor Professor Trevor Hassall. The research topic considers continuing education and development within the accounting profession.

Ethna Regan

Dr. Ethna Regan

Senior Lecturer, Head of School, School of Theology, Philosophy and Music

Ethna Regan teaches theology and ethics. She was previously a lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad, where she lived for over a decade. Her teaching and research has been shaped by the experience of working in the Caribbean, particularly her involvement with Credo Foundation for Justice, a non-governmental social justice and human rights organization, under the patronage of the Holy Faith Sisters, the congregation to which she belongs. She also worked for five years in Samoa in the Pacific Islands. Her doctoral research at the University of Cambridge was on human rights and theology. 

Alan Smeaton

Prof. Alan Smeaton

Professor of Computing, Director, Insight Centre for Data Analytics

Professor Alan Smeaton is based in the School of Computing and is the Director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at DCU where his diverse research projects range from a multi-sensor smart home system for sufferers of dementia to lifelogging, sentiment analysis and advanced video search systems.