Dr Sinead O'Connor

BA (Hons) European Studies, PhD Human Geography, University College Cork

Dr Sinead O'Connor

Lecturer - Foundation Year Programme Leader


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I completed my PhD at University College Cork, Ireland in 2016. My research interests lie in urban social geography, migration, and the internationalisation of Higher Education.



My thesis investigated 'encounters' taking place between diverse social groups in different public and private spaces, examining the meaning of these interactions for individuals' sense of belonging or exclusion in the city and university.Through the experiences of international students, I also engaged with the role of internationalisation in shaping the university itself and international students' experiences. I have a strong interest in issues of diversity, inclusion, exclusion, racism and prejudice, and how these are articulated in the everyday geographies of peoples’ lives. The consequences of internationalisation strategies are a particular aspect of my research, as student mobility becomes an increasingly significant feature in the Irish HE landscape.