Prof. Joe Mannion is Professor Emeritus in Rural Development at University College, Dublin. Prof. Mannion has a BAgrSc and MAgrSc degree from UCD and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA. His first professional experience included an eight year period working in agricultural advisory and rural development work in counties Donegal and Roscommon during the 1960s.
Upon completion of his doctorate, Prof Mannion returned to Dublin in 1973 to take up an appointment as Lecturer at the Faculty of Agriculture, UCD. He was appointed Professor of Rural Development in 1993. He was Head of the Department of Agribusiness, Extension and Rural Development from 1992 to 1995 and Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture from 1995 to 2004. From 2004 to 2008 he was Director of Organisational Development at UCD and Advisor to President Hugh Brady’s Senior Management Team.
In addition to his work at UCD Prof. Mannion developed a national and international reputation in agricultural and rural development with research and consultancy commissions from institutions such as the Department of Agriculture & Food, Dublin, the European Commission (EC), the World Bank, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). He was an invited member of the Steering Committees and contributor to EC conferences on Rural Development held in Cork (1996), Salzburg (2003), and Cyprus (2008).
During 1991/92 he was Project Manager for the EC’s agricultural education programme for Hungary. He has also completed numerous short-term assignments in Poland, Estonia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia. He has authored or co-authored over 80 research papers, research reports and book chapters related to his research and study of agriculture and rural development. In 1996 he was awarded the Doctorate of Science by the Pannon University of Agricultural Sciences, Hungary in recognition of his contribution to agricultural education.