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Helen Maher


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Research Expertise

My research interests and expertise relate to the broad fields of gender, conflict and post-conflict reconstruction as well as citizenship, civic engagement, social movements and social change. My current research examines the relationship between gender equality and democratic transitions in post-conflict states through an in-depth analysis of elite political discourse in the case of South Africa. This research examines the perspectives on gender equality articulated in African National Congress, the Congress of South African Trade Union and the South African Communist Party publications.

I have previously researched the relationship between feminism, nationalism and republicanism in the North of Ireland as well as being commissioned to undertake an extensive research project on the community-based approaches to peacebuilding in the Irish border region.

I have been awarded funding to develop a number of EU projects on themes of equality, diversity, citizenship and inclusion which included a series of research outputs through conference presentations, workshops, exhibitions and multi-media artefacts


Maher, H. and Basanth, Y. (2006) Good practice in Community based peacebuilding, Combat Poverty Agency, research funded under the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation.


Peer-Reviewed Articles

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’, Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review, No. 10.

2015: Commissioned to review book proposal, Valerie Bryson Feminist Political Theory, for Palgrave Macmillan and subsequently commissioned to review completed draft of book in advance of publication.

2017: Commissioned to review book proposal, Peter Wallensteen Understanding Conflict Resolution for SAGE publications and subsequently commissioned to review completed draft of book in advance of publication.

Conference papers

Maher, H. and Hanlon, S. (2020) ‘A Time for Action: Climate Change and our Future’, Carlow College St. Patrick’s Public Lecture, joint presentation.

Maher, H. and Otten, S. (2016) ‘Gender and the 1916 Proclamation: Incompatible perspectives of women’s citizenship’.

Maher, H. (2016) ‘The intersection of feminism and nationalism with reference to Hannah Sheehy Skeffington’, VISUAL series on conflict.

Maher, H. (2014) ‘Freirean approaches to teaching literacy in adult education’, EU Grundtvig project: Equality, Literacy and Social Inclusion.

Maher, H. (2013) ‘Gramsci, Freire and Critical Awareness of Social Change’, EU Strategic Partnership: Shape the Change.

Maher, H. (2012) ‘Citizenship, Identity and Adult Education’, EU Grundtvig project: Diverse Citizenship.

Maher, H. (2006) ‘Equality, Identity and Citizenship in the Irish Context’, EU Equal Project.


Conference organisation

EU Equal project, jointly responsible for the organisation of two conferences in Ennis, firstly on the theme of Equality and Diversity and secondly on the theme of Citizenship and Identity.


Media interactions

KCLR, 2018, International Crisis facing Rohingya in Myanmar


Other research related activity

‘Good practice in Community based peacebuilding’, Combat Poverty Agency and Border Action, EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation, 2006.

‘Capacity Building Approaches in the Community sector’, Carlow County Development Partnership, 2019.

‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’, Irish Wheelchair Association, 2019; Carlow County Development Partnership, 2018.

I have been in receipt of national funding to research, review and evaluate the following programmes:

  • Partnership between Waterford Institute of Technology and Waterford Women’s Centre, 2009.
  • Capacitar Training for Grandparents, funded by Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs, 2009.
  • Global Citizenship, Development Education Programme, funded by Irish Aid, 2009.
  • Equality for Women project, funded by Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform, 2008.
  • Equality for Women project, ‘Women and Leadership’, North Wall Women’s Centre, funded by Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform, 2007.
  • Men’s Education Project, funded by Vodafone, 2006.
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