Sinéad O'Connor

Sinéad O'Connor

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


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I completed my PhD at University College Cork, Ireland in 2016. My work explores the geographies of encounter, the politics of difference, migration, and the internationalisation of Higher Education. I'm currently a lecturer in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences here at Aberystwyth and I am the programme leader for our integrated foundation year schemes. 

Research interests

My work investigates '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 engage with the role of internationalisation in shaping the university itself and international students' experiences. I have a strong interest in issues of diversity, intersectionality, 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 Higher Education. At the moment, I'm looking at the ways in which digital technology is shaping discourses around the body through an intersectional lens. 


Foundation Year Programme Leader

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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