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Áine Macken Walsh

Áine Macken-Walsh is a Research Officer at Teagasc’s Rural Economy and Development Programme (REDP). Her primary interests are in cultural sociology with a specific focus on agriculture. Áine joined REDP in 2006, coming from the National University of Ireland, Galway where she worked on a variety of agriculture focused research projects. Her MA and PhD, supported by DG EuropeAid (2002) and the EC 5th Framework Programme (2003-2006), focused on rights-based approaches to rural development, agriculture, and the EU governance and rural development model.

Áine’s research activity is centred on exploring the socio-cultural dimensions of questions such as farmers’ adoption of technologies; farmers’ engagement in joint farming ventures; and multi-actor participatory processes to assist agricultural extension. Áine is collaborating with Teagasc extension personnel, industry stakeholders, and international and national academic partners on this research programme

Áine is Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway contributing post-graduate modules on gendered perspectives on agriculture and qualitative methods. She is currently co-supervising five PhD research projects funded by Teagasc’s Walsh Fellowship Scheme with collaborators at the School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway; School of Agriculture, University College Dublin; the Department of Communications and Systems, Open Univeristy, UK; and the Centre for Cooperative Studies, University College Cork.

PhD (Sociology) National University of Ireland, Galway.
MA (Human Rights & Democratisation) E.MA Programme, University of Padova, Italy
Dip. (Community Development Practice) National University of Ireland, Galway
BA (Political Science, Sociology, French) National University of Ireland, Galway

Professional Membership:
Regional Correspondent for the European Society for Rural Sociology (ESRS
Sociological Association of Ireland (SAI)
International Rural Sociology Association (IRSA) International Sociological Association (ISA)


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