Dr Maura Farrell

BA, HDip Ed, PhD

Contact Details

Lecturer Below The Bar
Geography
NUI Galway

E: maura.farrell@nuigalway.ie
Director Master of Arts In Rural Sustainability
Geography
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School of Geography & Archaeology,
Discipline of Geography
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Biography


Maura Farrell completed her primary degree in NUI Galway in Geography and History in 2003 and achieved a First Class Honours Degree in the Higher Diploma in Education the following year.  Following a short post primary teaching career, Maura returned to NUI Galway in 2005, having been awarded a Teagasc Walsh Fellowship for PhD research in the area of Agricultural Change and Rural Development.  In January 2009, Maura was appointed Research Officer and Project Coordinator of the DERREG EU Framework 7 project, led by Dr. John McDonagh.  Maura’s academic training is in Rural and Agricultural Geography, and her interests are specifically focused around processes of social, cultural and economic change for rural inhabitants.  Her PhD research dealt with the very nature of disparities between rural policy and practice at national and international scales, and the serious implications for rural farm families across all generational groups.  Illustrating the complexity of the rural in terms of the everyday lived experience of farm families, the importance of context and place, and the ways in which these dimensions impacted upon the role of service practitioners, i.e., agricultural advisers, was another key aspect of this research.  In 2012, Maura was appointed Director of the Master of Arts in Rural Sustainability.  

Research Interests

 

Maura's research background is in Rural Geography, with a primary focus on the nature of agricultural change and rural development.  Additional areas of interest include rural return migration, rural gender studies, land use, with a particular focus on forestry and family farming.  Maura's research agenda includes both a national and international focus.

 

Ph.D. Research:

  • Maura's Ph.D. research critiqued the role of contemporary extension policies in the Republic of Ireland.  In doing so, it questions the reliance on traditional practices in delivering advice and services that facilitate farm families to adapt, adjust and remain economically viable in a sector that continues to be highly vulnerable locally and globally.  Using an action evaluation methodology, my research delivered both research and action outcomes. 

 DERREG Project:

  • Maura's previous research agenda was based on the DERREG project.  The project was funded by the European Union and aimed to produce an interpretative model that enables researchers and regional development actors to better anticipate and respond to the key challenges posed by globalisation for rural regions.  My research focused on three different work packages: International Mobility and Migration of the Rural Population, Environmental Capital and Sustainable Rural Development and Capacity Building, Governance and Knowledge Systems. 

Gender Innovation:

Under the umbrella of Gender ARC, NUI Galway, Maura hosted a Rural Gender Education Symposium in 2012, with the intention of exploring a personal research project relating to an exploration of the innovative practices of women in Irish agriculture.  The project advanced in 2013 with a literature review, funded by NUI Galway SoGA Research Incentivisation Scheme (Awarded, €800.00).  To advance this project further, research networks have been formed with the National Rural Network and University College Cork.        

 

CEDRA Plus Project:

  • Under the CEDRA Plus project, Maura is currently collaborating with staff at the Rural Economy Research Centre, Teagasc to explore and evaluate the potential for collaboration among economic and human capital development bodies.  These agencies include, amongst others, Teagasc, SOLAS, Local Development Companies, County Enterprise Boards and the Education and Training Boards.  As part of this project, Maura have been successful in leading NUI Galway’s application for a four-year PhD Teagasc Walsh Fellowship, commencing September 2014. 

County Clare Wood Energy Project:

  • Using her NUI Galway University Fellow grant, awarded in 2012, Maura initiated a partnership with Clare Local Development Company and Teagasc to explore the County Clare Wood Energy Project as a best practice model for farm forestry development in Ireland.   

Horizon 2020:

  • Maura is currently involved in preparing two separate applications for Horizon 2020: Programme Area 1: Protecting the environment, sustainability managed natural resources, water, biodiversity and ecosystems.  This application is prepared under the Alterra Consortium (Wageningen, Netherlands). Programme Area 2: Unlocking the growth potential of rural areas through enhanced governance and social innovation.  For this project submission, I am currently working groups, including Kjell Nilsson, NORDREGIO Research Institute, in forming an EU consortium.      

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
ETownz 09-MAR-15 08-MAR-16
A COLLABORATIVE APPROACH TO THE DELIVERY OF ENTERPRISE SUPPORTS AND SKILLS IN RURAL AREAS MAURA FARRELL 01-OCT-14 31-DEC-18
ECONOMICS OF SUCCESSION AND INHERITANCE MAURA FARRELL 01-SEP-14 31-AUG-18

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2013) 'Arranging public support to unfold collaborative modes of governance in rural areas'
Wellbrock, W,Roep, D,Mahon, M,Kairyte, E,Nienaber, B,Garcia, MDD,Kriszan, M,Farrell, M (2013) 'Arranging public support to unfold collaborative modes of governance in rural areas'. Journal Of Rural Studies, 32 :420-429 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'The Rural as a Return Migration Destination'
Farrell, M., Mahon, M, and McDonagh, J. (2012) 'The Rural as a Return Migration Destination'. European Countryside, 4 (1) [Details]
(2012) 'The importance of evaluation and ‘embracing error’ - The case of the ‘The Options for Farm Families Programme’ in Ireland'
Farrell, M. and McDonagh, J. (2012) 'The importance of evaluation and ‘embracing error’ - The case of the ‘The Options for Farm Families Programme’ in Ireland'. Journal Of International Agricultural Extension Education, [Details]
(2010) 'Missed opportunity or cautionary steps? Farmers, Forestry and Rural Development in Ireland Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning (submitted)'
McDonagh J., Farrell, M., Mahon M., Ryan, M. (2010) 'Missed opportunity or cautionary steps? Farmers, Forestry and Rural Development in Ireland Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning (submitted)'. European Countryside, [Details]
(2010) 'Power, Positionality and the View from within: Agricultural Advisers' Role in Implementing Participatory Extension Programmes in the Republic of Ireland'
Mahon, M,Farrell, M,McDonagh, J (2010) 'Power, Positionality and the View from within: Agricultural Advisers' Role in Implementing Participatory Extension Programmes in the Republic of Ireland'. Sociologia Ruralis, 50 :104-120 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'New Opportunities and Cautionary Steps? Farmers, Forestry and Rural Development in Ireland'
McDonagh, J., Farrell, M., Mahon, M. and Ryan, M. (2010) 'New Opportunities and Cautionary Steps? Farmers, Forestry and Rural Development in Ireland'. European Countryside, 2 (4):236-251 [Details]
(2009) 'The Options for Farm Families Programme: Rhetoric and Reality of Change'
Farrell, M., McDonagh, J., Mahon, M. (2009) 'The Options for Farm Families Programme: Rhetoric and Reality of Change'. Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, [Details]
(2008) 'Agricultural Extension Advisory Services: The Challenge of Implementing a Multifunctional Advisory Programme'
McDonagh J., Mahon M. (2008) 'Agricultural Extension Advisory Services: The Challenge of Implementing a Multifunctional Advisory Programme'. The Rural Economy Research Centre Working Paper Series Working Paper 08-WP-RE-07, Teagasc, [Details]
(2008) 'Quantifying the viability of farming in Ireland: can decoupling address the regional imbalances? Irish Geography'
Hennessy, T., Shrestha, S., Farrell, M. (2008) 'Quantifying the viability of farming in Ireland: can decoupling address the regional imbalances? Irish Geography'. Irish Geography, 41 :47-129 [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
(2013) Perspectives and potential for forestry in Rural Ireland.
McDonagh, J., Farrell, M. and Mahon M. (2013) Perspectives and potential for forestry in Rural Ireland. Germany: Leibniz-Institut fur Landerkunde. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2015) 'Managing development - negotiated civil society in a globalizing rural'
Mahon, M., Farrell, M., McDonagh, J. (2015) 'Managing development - negotiated civil society in a globalizing rural' In: Globalization and Europe’s Rural Regions. UK: Ashgate. [Details]
(2015) 'Managing Development with Civil Society in a Globalizing Rural'
Mahon, M. Farrell, M. and McDonagh, J. (2015) 'Managing Development with Civil Society in a Globalizing Rural' In: Globalization and Europe’s Rural Regions. Surrey, UK: Ashgate. [Details]
(2012) 'Farm Diversification or Rural Development Initiative: Case Study of the County Clare Wood Energy Project'
Farrell, M. McDonagh, J. and Mahon, M. (2012) 'Farm Diversification or Rural Development Initiative: Case Study of the County Clare Wood Energy Project' In: Planting Forests in Ireland: Local Response to a National Imperative. New York: Springer Publications. [Details]
(2012) 'Rural Challenges and Rural Opportunities'
McDonagh, J., Farrell, M. and Mahon, M. (2012) 'Rural Challenges and Rural Opportunities' In: Planting Forests in Ireland: Local Response to a National Imperative. New York: Springer Publications. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2014) International Conference on Intelligent Agriculture, Hong Kong
Farrell, M. (2014) (2014) The Role of Extension Advisory Services in Shaping Irish Agriculture International Conference on Intelligent Agriculture, Hong Kong [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2012) Perspectives and potential for forestry in Ireland. In Burdack, J., and Kriszan, M. (eds) use or protect - environmental capital and regional development in the rural areas of Europe: Research findings and experiences from the EU project DERREG. Ifl FORUM 17.
McDonagh, J., Farrell, M., Mahon, M. (2012) Perspectives and potential for forestry in Ireland. In Burdack, J., and Kriszan, M. (eds) use or protect - environmental capital and regional development in the rural areas of Europe: Research findings and experiences from the EU project DERREG. Ifl FORUM 17. Leibniz-Institut fur Landerkunde, Germany. [Details]
(2011) Synthesis and Contextualisation of Research and Development of an Interpretative Model.
Farrell, M., Mahon, M., and McDonagh, J. (2011) Synthesis and Contextualisation of Research and Development of an Interpretative Model. DERREG, DERREG. [Details]
(2011) Developing European Rural Regions in the Era of Globalization - Case study Contextual Report 8, West Region of Ireland.
Jones, L., Woods, M., Farrell, M., Mahon, M. and McDonagh J. (2011) Developing European Rural Regions in the Era of Globalization - Case study Contextual Report 8, West Region of Ireland. EU, Brussels. [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2014) 'Rural return imgration: comparative analysis between Ireland and Lithuania'
Farrell, M., Kairyte, E., Nienaber, B., McDonagh, J., Mahon, M. (2014) 'Rural return imgration: comparative analysis between Ireland and Lithuania' Central and Eastern Migration Review, . [Details]
(2013) 'Farm families and future options'
McDonagh, J., Farrell, M., Mahon, M. (2013) 'Farm families and future options' Quaestiones Geographicae, 32 (4) :49-62. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2013) Conference of Irish Geographers 2013,
Farrell, M. (with Mahon, M. and McDonagh, J) (2013) Session title: Contemporary rural research; critical perspectives and interventions. [Chaired Session], Conference of Irish Geographers 2013, NUI Galway , 17-MAY-13 - 19-MAY-13. [Details]
(2012) Creativity at the Edge; the role of the arts and creativity in sustaining rural and Gaeltacht communities - beyond economic critiquesd,
Mahon, M., Farrell, M., McDonagh, J., O'Laoire, L., McGrath, B. (2012) The role of the arts and creativity in rural sustainability. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Creativity at the Edge; the role of the arts and creativity in sustaining rural and Gaeltacht communities - beyond economic critiquesd, Moore Institute, NUI Galway , 19-JUN-12 - 19-JUN-12. [Details]
(2011) Rural Gender Education,
M. Farrell, M.Mahon (2011) Symposium. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Rural Gender Education, NUI Galway , 12-JUL-11 - 12-JUL-11. [Details]
(2011) European Society for Rural Sociology Biannual Conference,
Mahon, M., Woods, M., Farrell, M., McDonagh, J. (2011) Relational rurals - re-imagining and re-making rural place n an era of globalization. [Chaired Session], European Society for Rural Sociology Biannual Conference, Chania, Greece , 22-AUG-11 - 26-AUG-11. [Details]

Conference Paper

  Year Publication
(2015) Entrepreneurial leadership and governance for the development of rural regions. Regional Studies Association Annual Conference, Piacenza, Italy.
Mahon, M., Farrell, M., McDonagh, J. (2015) Entrepreneurial leadership and governance for the development of rural regions. Regional Studies Association Annual Conference, Piacenza, Italy. Conference Paper [Details]
(2013) Crtitical perspectives on civil society as an agent of rural development.
Mahon, M., Farrell, M., McDonagh, J. (2013) Crtitical perspectives on civil society as an agent of rural development. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) Sustaining the rural - challenges in an era of globalization.
Mahon, M (with Farrell, M. and McDonagh, J.) (2011) Sustaining the rural - challenges in an era of globalization. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) Perspectives and Potentials for Forestry in Ireland.
Farrell, M. (with Mahon, M. and McDonagh, J.) (2011) Perspectives and Potentials for Forestry in Ireland. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) Forestry in the West of Ireland: Potential for Rural Development or Unattainable Pursuit?.
Farrell, M. (with Mahon, M. and McDonagh, J) (2011) Forestry in the West of Ireland: Potential for Rural Development or Unattainable Pursuit?. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) Shaping interventions for sustainable rural development.
Mahon, M. (with Farrell, M. and McDonagh, J) (2011) Shaping interventions for sustainable rural development. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) Flexible governance for rural capacity building and sustainable development.
Mahon, M (with Farrell, M. and McDonagh, J.) (2011) Flexible governance for rural capacity building and sustainable development. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) Regional Learning and Rural Development: Case Study Area - BMW Region/West of Ireland.
Mahon, M. (with Farrell, M. & McDonagh, J) (2011) Regional Learning and Rural Development: Case Study Area - BMW Region/West of Ireland. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) The DERREG project: Gender Issues.
Farrell, M. (with Mahon, M. and McDonagh, J) (2011) The DERREG project: Gender Issues. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) Developing Europe’s Rural Regions in an Era of Globalization.
Farrell, M., (with Mahon, M. and McDonagh, J) (2011) Developing Europe’s Rural Regions in an Era of Globalization. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) Environmental Capital and Sustainable Rural Development: Case Study Region - West of Ireland.
Farrell, M. (with Mahon, M. & McDonagh, J.) (2011) Environmental Capital and Sustainable Rural Development: Case Study Region - West of Ireland. Conference Paper [Details]
(2010) Opportunities and Challenges Facing Return Migrants in Rural Areas: an Exploratory Study.
Farrell, M. (with Mahon, M. and McDonagh, J) (2010) Opportunities and Challenges Facing Return Migrants in Rural Areas: an Exploratory Study. Conference Paper [Details]
(2010) Exploring the Experiences of Returned Migrants: Negotiating Opportunities and Challenges in Rural Ireland.
Farrell, M. (with Mahon, M. and McDonagh, J) (2010) Exploring the Experiences of Returned Migrants: Negotiating Opportunities and Challenges in Rural Ireland. Conference Paper [Details]
(2010) An Exploration of the Opportunities and Challenges Facing Irish Return Migrants in Rural Areas.
Farrell, M. (with Mahon, M. and McDonagh, J) (2010) An Exploration of the Opportunities and Challenges Facing Irish Return Migrants in Rural Areas. Conference Paper [Details]
(2008) The Options for Farm Families Programme: Rhetoric and Reality of Change The American Association of Geographers Conference Boston.
Farrell,M. (2008) The Options for Farm Families Programme: Rhetoric and Reality of Change The American Association of Geographers Conference Boston. Boston: Conference Paper [Details]
(2007) EUGEO 2007, Amsterdam, August 2007. “The Changing Face of Irish Agriculture: A Challenge for Extension Advisory Services”.
McDonagh, J. (2007) EUGEO 2007, Amsterdam, August 2007. “The Changing Face of Irish Agriculture: A Challenge for Extension Advisory Services”. Amsterdam: Conference Paper [Details]
(2007) Conference of Irish Geographers, Dublin, May 2007. “Irish Agricultural Change - Reflected in the Extension Advisory Services”.
McDonagh, J. (2007) Conference of Irish Geographers, Dublin, May 2007. “Irish Agricultural Change - Reflected in the Extension Advisory Services”. Dublin: Conference Paper [Details]
(2007) “Options for Farm Families Programme: Realistic Evaluation Framework”. Irish Evaluation Conference.
McDonagh, J. (2007) “Options for Farm Families Programme: Realistic Evaluation Framework”. Irish Evaluation Conference. Dublin: Conference Paper [Details]

Workshops

  Year Publication
(2008) The Challenge of Implementing a Multifunctional Advisory Programme  Teagasc Student Presentation Day (Winner of the Bob of Connor Agricultural Economics Award).
farrell,M. (2008) The Challenge of Implementing a Multifunctional Advisory Programme  Teagasc Student Presentation Day (Winner of the Bob of Connor Agricultural Economics Award). Workshops [Details]
(2007) Student Presentation, Athenry May 2007. “Rural Restructuring and Agricultural Change - Determining the Role of the Irish Extension Advisory Services”.
McDonagh, J. (2007) Student Presentation, Athenry May 2007. “Rural Restructuring and Agricultural Change - Determining the Role of the Irish Extension Advisory Services”. Athenry: Workshops [Details]
(2007) Walsh Fellow Student Presentation, Dublin November 2007. “Programme Evaluation within Extension Advisory Services: The Challenge of Change”.
McDonagh, J. (2007) Walsh Fellow Student Presentation, Dublin November 2007. “Programme Evaluation within Extension Advisory Services: The Challenge of Change”. Dublin: Workshops [Details]
(2006) Irish Agricultural Change and the Role of the Irish Extension Advisory Services Teagasc Student Presentation (Winner First Year Student Prize).
McDonagh, J. (2006) Irish Agricultural Change and the Role of the Irish Extension Advisory Services Teagasc Student Presentation (Winner First Year Student Prize). Workshops [Details]

Working Paper

  Year Publication
(2008) Agricultural extension advisory services: The challenge of implementing a multifunctional advisory programme. The Rural Economy Reserach Centre Working Paper Series.
Farrell, M., McDonagh, J., Mahon, M. (2008) Agricultural extension advisory services: The challenge of implementing a multifunctional advisory programme. The Rural Economy Reserach Centre Working Paper Series. Galway: Working Paper [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2008 Bob O Connor Award Agricultural Economics Society Ireland
2006 Research Presentation Award Teagasc
2003 Undergraduate Dissertation Geography Department, NUIG

Teaching Interests

With regard to teaching and pedagogy, I have experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.  Since 2012, I have co-directed and coordinated the MA in Rural Sustainability.  During this time, my teaching portfolio has expanded to encompass the design, coordination and delivery of four MA modules (TI502, TI503, TI505 and TI506) and my collaboration on two further modules (TI504 and TI507).  These modules were designed to ensure a programme ethos of theory, research and practice for graduates who are interested in furthering their knowledge and ability to influence rural process, policy and practices.  The delivery of these modules resulted in community engagement experience and collaboration with national organisations such as, Teagasc, Solas, Local Action Groups, Pobal and local community groups, and internationally with Charles University, Prague. 
 

I have extensive experience at undergraduate teaching, commencing in 2006 with contributions to both 2nd and 3rd year courses.  This experience includes devising and teaching my own modules in addition to contributing to team-teaching within the Discipline of Geography.  In 2012, I also had the opportunity to teach as an invited rural specialist Lecturer at St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra.  To support my teaching agenda and develop my ability as an effective lecturer, I completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in 2011, and I am in the process of completing the Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice with the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, NUI Galway.  Both courses, in addition to several other teaching development courses, have encouraged me to foster a culture of excellence in teaching and learning and invigorated me to apply innovative teaching methods; appropriate assessment techniques and valuable student feedback practices.  Innovative teaching methods have become the norm for me, with the use of Facebook and Twitter, in addition to making extensive use of Blackboard, particularly using the Grade Centre to track student progress and provide prompt and pertinent feedback.  
 
PhD Students:  
- Shane Conway - Galway Scholarship   
- Ricky Conneely - Teagasc Walsh Fellowship  
- Brian Leonard - Teagasc Walsh Fellowship  

Internal Collaborators

  Name Description of Collaboration
Internal Collaborators
- A member of the Rural Research Cluster - The Gender Cluster  

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country Description of Collaboration
External Collaborators
§  Appointed by Minster Alan Kelly and Minister Ann Phelan to a Government expert advisory group to assist the development of rural development policy and implementation of the Government’s CEDRA report.  §  Appointed to the Irish Rural Link Board of Directors in 2014 §  Appointed to the Teagasc Rural Development Stakeholders Group in 2013 §  Collaborated with and continue to work on papers, teaching and research opportunities with eight different research partners from the DERREG project: Aberystwyth University, UK; Nordregio, Sweden; University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Mendel University, Czech Republic, Universität des Saarlandes, Germany, Leibniz - Institut für Landekunde, Germany, Wageningen University, Netherlands and Institute NeVork, Slovenia. §  Over the last two years, I have worked with Professor Radim Perlín, Dr Jiri Vágner, and PhD student, Marie Syrovátková, Charles University, Prague in devising an MA International Field Based Learning trip to the Czech Republic.  §  I have formed an alliance with Brandon University, Canada in relation to research work for PhD student, Jack Lovell.  

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