Sinéad McGrath has 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 PhD Candidate in the School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe) in University College Dublin, Sinead lectures on the Migration and Development module on our BA in Maynooth University.
Sinead 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 and Liberia to identify the factors influencing internally displaced women (IDWs) and female refugees in reclaiming agency within these post-conflict mechanisms. This study is being conducted through qualitative thematic analysis and examines themes related to context, legitimacy, institutions and intersectionality. Furthermore, she has taught on the Latin American Development Issues course and is on the Latin American Solidarity Centre Research for Action Group. She has also 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.