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Aine Macken Walsh

Research Officer

Research Interests

Áine Macken-Walsh is a Research Officer at Teagasc’s Rural Economy and Development Programme (REDP). Her primary interests are in cultural sociology with a specific focus on agriculture. Áine’s research activity is centred on exploring the socio-cultural dimensions of questions such as farm-level disease management; joint farming ventures; and multi-actor participatory processes in agricultural extension. Áine is collaborating with Teagasc extension personnel, industry stakeholders, and international and national academic partners in this funded research programme.

Áine is Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway contributing post-graduate modules on gendered perspectives on agriculture and qualitative methods. She is currently co-supervising five PhD research projects funded by Teagasc’s Walsh Fellowship Scheme.

Current Projects

2013-2015: Project Coordinator, Joint Ventures to Enhance the Demographic Profile and Socio-Economic Sustainability of Irish Farming, Joint FIRM/RSF Initiative, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), total project budget €199,906

2013-2015: Principal Investigator, Understanding and Facilitating Farmers’ Adoption of Technologies, Joint FIRM/RSF Initiative, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), total project budget €199,847

2012-2016: Task Leader, ICON-MAP: Multidisciplinary programme to deliver improved diagnosis, on farm strategies, and economic drivers for the control of mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (Johnes Disease) on Irish farms, Joint FIRM/RSF Initiative, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), total project budget €1,499,309.

Education

BA Sociology & Political Science (NUI, Galway); MA Human Rights and Democratisation (Padova); Dip. Community Development Practice (NUI, Galway); PhD Sociology (NUI, Galway)

Professional Membership

European Innovation Partnership (EIP) High Nature Value (HNV) Focus Group, European Commission
European Society of Rural Sociology (ESRS)
International Rural Sociological Association (IRSA)

Macken-Walsh, A. (2016) Governance, Partnerships and Power in (eds) Shucksmith, M. and Brown, D. L. International Handbook of Rural Studies, Routledge

Furmankiewicz, M., Janc, K., Macken-Walsh, A. (2016) Governance and Rural Development: the emergence of the third sector in rural Poland, Journal of Rural Studies, Elsevier.

Macken-Walsh, A., Connolly, K., Gibson, M., Heanue, K., McCarthy, D., O’Donoghue, C., Watson, C. (2015) Teagasc’s eProfit Monitor: rationale, farmer uptake, and prospects, Teagasc, March 2015.

Herzon, I, Macken-Walsh, A., McCann, K., Pietx, J. (2015) Empowering Farmers operating on High Nature Value Farmland: a solutions-oriented discussion paper, European Innovation Partnership (EIP) Focus Group on High Nature Value (HNV) Farming, September 2015

Byrne, A., Duvvury, N.,  Macken-Walsh, A., Watson, T. (2014). Finding  ‘Room to Manoeuvre’: Gender, Agency and the Family Farm, in (eds) Barbara Pini, Berit Brandth, Jo Little, Feminisms and Ruralities, Lexington, forthcoming

Furmankiewicz, M., Macken-Walsh, A., Stefańska, J.  (2014). Territorial governance, institutional networks and power: the case of cross-sectoral partnerships in rural Poland, Geografiska Annaler, Series B: Human Geography, Wiley, ISSN: 1468-046, in press

McDonald, R., Macken-Walsh, A., Pierce, K., Horan, B.   (2014). Farmers’ Responses to a Deregulated Dairy Regime: insights from Ireland’s New Entrants Scheme, Land Use Policy, Vol. 41, Nov. 2014, pp. 21-30 Elsevier, ISSN: 0264-8377

Macken-Walsh, A. and Curtin, C. (2013). Governance and Rural Development: The Case of the Rural Partnership Programme (RPP) in Post-Socialist Lithuania, Sociologia Ruralis, Vol. 53, Issue 2, pp. 246-264

Byrne, A., Duvvury, N., Macken-Walsh, A., Watson T. (2013). Gender, Power and Property: “In my own right”, Teagasc REDP Working Paper Series, WP-RE-01-14

Macken-Walsh, A., Crosson, P., Murray, A.(2012). A Qualitative Study of Irish Beef Farmers’ Production Decisions: Summary and Implications for Extension, Teagasc, Oakpark, Carlow, November 2012, ISBN 978-1-84170-605-4

Macken-Walsh, A.; Brosnan, K. (2012). The Potential of an Enhanced Cooperation Measure in the EAFRD (2014-2020): the case of Ireland, report to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, (DAFM) April, 2012.

Macken-Walsh, A (2012). Operationalising Contemporary Rural Development: Socio-Cultural Determinants Arising from a Strong Local Fishing Culture, Human Ecology, Vol. 40, No. 2, Springer ISSN: 1572-9915.

Heanue, K. and Macken-Walsh, A.(2012). Static Structures and Dynamic Processes of Participation and Access: A case study of Connemara Community Radio, Irish Communication Review, 13 (7)

Walsh, A.; Roche, B.(2012). Facilitating Farmers’ Establishment of Farm Partnerships: a Participatory Template, Teagasc, Carlow, Ireland ISBN: 10-1-84170-585-3

Macken-Walsh, A. .(2011). Partnership and Subsidiarity? Exploring the Socio-Cultural Context of Irish Farmers’ Non-Participation in Contemporary Rural Development, Rural Society Journal, Vol. 21, No.1, ISSN 1037-1656

Macken-Walsh, A. .(2011). The Potential of an "Agriculture of the Middle" Model in the Context of EU Rural Development, Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Rural Development, Vol. 1 Issue 4 / Spring 2011 ISSN 2152-0801

Macken-Walsh, A. .(2011). Governance, Rural Development & Farmers’ Participation in Local Food Movements: an Irish case-study, in eds. Torre, A., Traversac J.B., Territorial Governance, Rural Areas and Agrofood Systems, Regional Development Series, Springer, ISBN: 978-3-7908-2421-6.

Macken-Walsh, A. .(2010). Towards a Transverse Inter-Sectoral Debate? A case study of the Rural Partnership Programme (RPP) in Post-Socialist Lithuania, Eastern European Countryside, Issue 16’2010, Versita, ISSN 1232-885.

Macken-Walsh, A. Byrne, A.; Crosson, P., Heanue, K., High, C., McHugh, S., Murray, A., Woods, A. .(2010). Understanding and Facilitating Farmers’ Adoption of Technologies, T-Research, Vo. 5, No. 3, Autumn 2010

Roche, B. and Macken-Walsh, A .(2010). A Joint Approach to Tackling Poor Prices, Today’s Farm, Nov./Dec. 2010.

Macken-Walsh,A. and Dunne, W.G.(2010).Rural Development and Potential for an Irish ‘Middle Agriculture’, Public Affairs Ireland Journal, PAI Publications Ltd., May 2010, Issue 69.

Macken-Walsh, A. .(2009). Barriers to Change: a sociological study of rural development in Ireland, Teagasc, ISBN: 1-84170-542-X.

Macken-Walsh, A. .(2009). Community Action in Post-Socialist Lithuania, Journal of Community Development. Vol. 44, No., 4, Oxford University Press.

Teresa Hooks (2014 – current) A Governance approach to enhancing Farm Viability: the potential of Co-operatives (working title) co-supervised by Dr Olive McCarthy and Prof. Michael Ward, Centre for Cooperative Studies, UCC. Four year PhD project funded by Teagasc’s Walsh Fellowship Scheme. Total funding €88,000

Patricia O’Flynn (2012 – current) From knowledge to invention: exploring user innovation in agriculture (working title), co-supervised by Dr Chris High, Prof. Andy Lane, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. Four-year PhD project co-funded by Teagasc’s Walsh Fellowship Scheme and the Open University, UK. Total funding:
€88,000

Catherine Seale (2011 – current) Using participatory Research Approaches to explore Stakeholder Engagement with Environmental Cross Compliance (working title), co-supervised by Dr Chris High, Prof. Andy Lane, Dr Martin Reynolds Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. Four-year PhD project co-funded by Teagasc’s Walsh Fellowship Scheme and the Open University, UK.