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Claire Brown

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Interests

My current research explores the socioeconomic and ethical implications of digitalization in the agriculture and forestry sectors in Ireland, and with the AgriDISCRETE project I work as part of an interdisciplinary research team to inform good data governance practices within Irish agriculture and forestry. Prior to joining Teagasc, my research interests for my M.A. and Ph.D. degrees focused on studying the social, cultural, political, and economic impacts of human-animal relations in rural Ireland, using theoretical orientations such as multispecies ethnography and the anthropological study of human-animal relations.

Current Projects

AgriDISCRETE Project: Digitalisation in Agriculture and Forestry through Data Security.

Funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine, this project aims to contribute to good data governance practices in agriculture and forestry in Ireland. More information about the project is available here.


  • 2019 Ph.D: Anthropology, Binghamton University, State University of New York
  • 2013 M.A: Anthropology, Binghamton University, State University of New York
  • 2011 B.A: (Honours), Anthropology, University of Notre Dame

Professional Membership

American Anthropological Association

  • 2016 "From Working to Winning: The Shifting Symbolic Value of Connemara Ponies in the West of Ireland." [Claire J. Brown] In The Meaning of Horses: Biosocial Encounters. Dona Lee Davis and Anita Maurstad (editors). Pp. 69-84. London: Routledge Publishing Company.
  • 2016 “Claire J. Brown ’11.” [Claire J. Brown] In A Letter to my Freshman Self: Domers Reflect on their Undergraduate Experience. Jingting Kang and Ian Tembe (editors). Pp. 213-218. Notre Dame, IN: Corby Books.
  • 2015 "Vectors of Improvement: The Archaeological Footprint of 19th and 20th century Irish National Policy, Inishark, Co. Galway, Ireland." [Ian Kuijt, Meagan Conway, Katie Shakour, Casey McNeill and Claire Brown] International Journal of Historical Archaeology. 19(1): 122-158.