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Sinéad McGrath

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Sinéad McGrath

Sinéad McGrath holds a BA in Spanish and Italian from Trinity College Dublin and an MA in International Relations from the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, as part of the Rotary Peace Fellowship Programme. A current Irish Research Council Employment-Based Scholar and doctoral researcher in the School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe) in University College Dublin, Sinéad lectures on the Migration & Development (KD211) and Conflict & Development (KD353) modules on our BA in Maynooth University.

Sinéad has worked extensively in Latin America with migrant communities in Brazil and Argentina. She has worked in the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in San Jose, Costa Rica and Geneva, Switzerland researching the Detention of Asylum Seekers in the Americas and Gender-Based Violence respectively. In addition, she has a particular interest in migration in the Mediterranean region as she has lived and worked in Spain, Italy, Libya and France, where she researched Gender-Related Persecution and Asylum Law. She has also done some work in the Irish Refugee Council as a Caseworker and the World Food Program on Gender Issues.

Her current research examines Transitional Justice Mechanisms in Colombia to identify the factors influencing internally displaced women and female refugees in reclaiming agency within these post-conflict mechanisms. This study is being conducted through feminist qualitative thematic analysis, and examines themes related to historical institutionalism and intersectionality.

Sinéad is also on the research team for the Preparedness and Resilience to address Urban Vulnerability project (http://pruv.ucd.ie/): a collaborative research project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Together with several researchers from across Europe, she has developed participatory qualitative methods to assess protection measures in informal urban settings in Soacha (Bogota), Nairobi and Jakarta. Sinead’s focus in the PRUV Project has been on vulnerabilities and spatial transformations based on gender and age dynamics. Furthermore, she has taught on the Latin American Development Issues course and is on the Latin American Solidarity Centre Research for Action Group. She spent six months as a guest researcher in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department of University of the Western Cape, South Africa through the Aesop+ Programme in 2016.

 

 

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