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Research Interests and Expertise

History

Medieval Irish History: the archaeology of medieval Ireland, settlement, urban development

Early Modern Ireland: politics, society and economy; Anglo-Irish relations; famine and economic crisis; history of print and its impact; manifestations of public protest; gender relations

Modern Ireland: politics, society and economy; Anglo-Irish relations; land and economy; history of women in Irish society; the Irish revolution; the history of sport and recreation; Church-state relations; science and society; history of the Irish environment

Geography

Historical Geography of Ireland: Origins, evolution, and growth of Irish country towns, evolution of Irish cultural landscape from seventeenth century onwards, demise of landlordism in Ireland in late nineteenth and early twentieth century, life in the Irish Big House, built heritage of Ireland, evolution of Dublin city and its suburbs from nineteenth century onwards

Social Geography: Travellers in Ireland from the perspectives of their geography, population change, education, employment, health, housing, marriage patterns and family life, both in the 1950s and today

Economic Geography: University-industry links, entrepreneurship education in universities

Urban Geography: Contemporary settlement change in Ireland

Past and present climates and climate interactions: Irish landscape formation from Late-Quaternary to Holocene, Irish glacial geomorphology, Irish historical geology and geomorphology, studies of the contemporary environment at the interface of the atmosphere and northern ecosystems