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Michael O’Connor

Project Title: Using online tools for evaluation and impact assessment of multi-actor innovation: learnings in the COVID19 context for the beef advisory services (BovINE).


Michaels research project is linked to a number of EU thematic networks which Teagasc is a key member in. Michael will be using a selection of relevant tools from the handbook in the BovINE and FAIRshare multi-actor H2020 thematic Networks and will write a reflective thesis which will describe and reflect their use in practice. The completion of this project will enable advisors to address challenges to embedding digital tools in different advisory and farming contexts (e.g. Covid-19 context) across the EU. The BovINE project aims to boost the sustainability of the European beef sector, by boosting exchange and acceptance of co-created solutions. Michael comes from a small suckler beef farm in Co. Laois and has an abundance of on-farm experience. Michael also has experience working with beef advisors in the Portlaoise Teagasc advisory office through a 16-week student placement as part of his Bachelor of Science (Hons) Agricultural Science degree.

Programme Area: Rural Economy and Development

Professional platform: 

Orcid: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2188-5429

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/michael-o-connor-04096b184


Email: michael.oconnor@teagasc.ie

Supervisors: Dr Aine Macken Walsh, Aidan Murray and Dr James Kinsella.

Location: Teagasc, Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co. Galway.

Funding Source: BovINE