Helen Maher

Programme Director


059 915 3290


Third Floor, South Wing

Helen Maher is the Programme Director and a lecturer on the B.A. 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)