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Helen Maher

Vice President & Programme Director


059 915 3290


Third Floor, South Wing

Helen Maher was appointed Vice President of Carlow College on August 29th 2019. In her role as VP Helen will be assisting the President in the day to day governance of the College and advancing the College’s Strategic Plan. She is also the Programme Director and a lecturer on the B.A. (Honours) in Social, Political & Community Studies at Carlow College. She has extensive experience working in a variety of non-governmental, community development and community education settings in Ireland and internationally. She lectures in citizenship, equality, development, conflict resolution, globalisation and social movements alongside a range of community studies modules. She is currently leading a three-year E.U. Strategic Partnership on Gender, Citizenship and Migration under the Erasmus+ programme. She is also completing her Ph.D. at DCU on ‘The gendered nature of citizenship in the transition to democracy in South Africa, 1990 – 1999’.

Helen’s research and teaching interests include gender, conflict and post-conflict reconstruction; the gendered nature of citizenship and democracy; social movement activism and participatory peace-building processes.


Maher, H. & Basanth, Y. (2006) Good Practice in Community Peacebuilding, Combat Poverty Agency, Area Development Management, E.U. Programme for Peace and Reconciliation.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

2010: Dalton, E., Fenton, M., Maher, H., and O’Grady, M. (2010), ‘Grounding Higher Education in the Community: The Case of Waterford Women’s Centre and Waterford Institute of Technology’, Issue 10: Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review, Centre for Global Education, Belfast (2010).

Reports / Project Evaluations:

Evaluation of following programmes:

  • (2006) Men’s Education Project, Vodafone) An Cosán, Tallaght West.
  • (2007) Equality for Women Measure ‘Women and Leadership’ project, North Wall Women’s Centre, Dublin 1, Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform.
  • (2008) Development Education Programme, ‘Global Citizenship’, An Cosán, Tallaght West, Irish Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs.
  • (2008) Equality for Women Measure, An Cosán, Tallaght West, Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform.
  • (2009) Capacitar Training for Grandparents Project, An Cosán, Tallaght West, Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs.
  • (2009) Partnership between WIT and Waterford Women’s Centre, Waterford Institute of Technology.

B.A. (University College Dublin); M.A. (Bradford University); Ph.D. Candidate (Dublin City University)

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