Professor Peter Kawalek

Areas of Expertise

Entrepreneurial & Innovative Futures, Innovation Roadmaps & Processes, Leadership & Organisational Learning, Economic Appraisal

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Bio

Peter is a visiting professor at the Faculty of Business, ATU Donegal. Peter is a Professor of Information Management at Loughborough Business School, where he is also the Director of the Centre for Information Management and Head of Information Management academic group.

Peter was previously Head of Business Economics and Strategy Group at Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, He has also held academic posts at the Department of Computer Science, Manchester University, and Warwick Business School at the University of Warwick.

Peter also held visiting Faculty roles at Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, Trinity College, Dublin, and other institutions. His books consider the role of technology in organizations and society, the latest being focused on entrepreneurship and technology. Peter is known as a board-level advisor on digital issues, working also with government agencies.

Research, Innovation & Engagement

Peter has overseen or co-investigated research projects totalling approximately £2.5 million, funded by entities such as EPSRC, UK central government, and local councils. His academic contributions span various subjects, including information systems, social media, organizational change, and the technological impact on strategy. Peter’s work has been published in journals including the Journal of Operational Research, Risk Analysis, California Management Review, the Journal of e-Adoption, Information and Management, the Information Systems Journal, the International Journal of Information Management, and the Journal of Information Technology.

Peter also has experience with many companies, frequently to very senior level. These include SAP, British Telecommunications, Chubb Insurance Company of Europe, Fujitsu, Hoverspeed, the Great North Eastern Railway, Manchester City FC, New York City FC, four23, Bonka Circus, Triumph Motorcycles, Midlands Engine, and IBM.

Peter has extensive public sector experience. He worked on award-winning, successful change programmes at Salford City Council, as well as the follow-on initiatives at North Lincolnshire Council, Leeds City Council, Oldham Borough Council and the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities. He helped to establish the pioneering (big data) Lancashire-wide MADE (Multi-Agency Data Exchange) project with the constabulary, fire service, council, NHS, probation and drug action teams. This is still operational today after more than a decade. He also has key experience with Office an Taoiseach (Prime Minister) in Dublin, Department of Communications in Dublin, NHS in Manchester and Salford, the Department of Communities and Local Government, Cabinet Office and Greater Manchester Police. In the charities sector, he has worked with Royal Commonwealth Society on several projects, including as co-creator of the Jubilee Time Capsule; an official project of the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

Dr. Muslim Jameel, Syed

Areas of Expertise

Digital & Marketing Futures, Operations & Services Futures, Human Performance Futures, Operations & Supply Chain Management, Innovation Roadmaps & Processes, AR/VR & Emerging Technologies

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muslimjameel.syed@atu.ie

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Dr. Muslim Jameel, Syed working as a Lecturer in the Enterprise and Technology Department, School of Business, Atlantic Technological University, Galway. Dr. Syed did his Bachelor and master’s in software engineering and PhD in Information Technology with specialization in Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning. Dr. Syed research orbit revolves around Emerging Technologies, including Responsible Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Blockchain, and Digital Twin, aiming at enhancing processes and products within SMEs. Moreover, he has extensive experience in projects involving smart health, smart cities, and renewable energy, where I have adeptly applied digital technologies such as AI, LoraWAN-based IoT, and database designing, and others. Dr. Syed’s research primarily centers on ensuring the ethical and legal integration of emerging technologies, emphasizing meticulous adherence to regulatory frameworks and standards. His work revolves around navigating the lawful implementation of these innovations while ensuring strict compliance with established rules and regulations. Dr. Syed also has provided consultancy as Expert Witness to US trademark and IP Patent office in legal advice to copyright petitions in the domain of Digital Twin and Building Monitoring System. Invited as a keynote speaker internationally and editorial roles in esteemed journals reflect his commitment to global knowledge sharing.

Research, Innovation & Engagement

As a researcher, I have worked at SFI Marie center, University of Galway, and worked engaged with several EU and Irish funding projects such as SFI and Horizon EU, worth approx. 1 Million euros, and kept closely engaged with industrial collaboration such as, Amazon Web Services, Eirecomposite and other.

My involvement in key research projects includes:

  • DeepWindDemo and CRIMSON (11/2022–Dec2023) at the University of Galway, Ireland funded by EU under H-2020.
  • HEATCHECK (09/2021–Dec 2023) at the University of Galway, Ireland funded by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)
  • Monitoring residential sustainability with high privacy (07/2022–Dec 2023) in collaboration with the University of Galway, Ireland, and Amazon Web Services (AWS).
  • Correlation between concept drift parameters and performance of deep learning models (01/2019–12/2020) funded by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia

My expertise lies in Digital Twin, Human Cantered and Explainable AI, and Internet of Things (IoT). I have applied these technologies for development of Renewable Energy (in Deep Wind Demo, and CRIMSON project and SMART Cities (HEATCHECK Project). I have still strong collaborations in these projects. Also have strong collaboration of international research organizations and Universities, such as Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, Universiti Technology, PETRONAS, Malaysia, MAJU, Pakistan and other.

He strongly believes in research dissemination to appropriate venues (such as open access journal, social media for public etc), I have authored and co authored more than 35 research articles in journal (such as Elsevier Internet of Things, IEEE Access), international conferences of high repute and book chapters reflecting his substantial impact of research. He has been invited as keynote speeches at various international conferences and seminars in Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, and India.

Interested in working on:

Research projects in the areas of:

  • Capacity building and innovation projects
  • SME’s empowerment through Digital Technologies
  • A Responsible & Trustworthy Framework using Emerging Technologies
  • Interested in supervising research projects:
  • Cyber-Protected Digital Twin Framework for Irish MedTech Supply Chain & Production Line
  • The impact of ethical AI in Sustainable Growth and Profitable Scaling for Enterprises
  • MARINE-ECHO: An Integrated Digital Twin Framework for Restoration of Irish Marine Ecosystems
  • And other

SDGs

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

Dr. Ciarán Ó hAnnracháin

Areas of Expertise

Learning and Skills Futures, Social Change and Economic Futures, Marketing and Social Science Research, Leadership and Organisational Learning, Social Change and Transformation, Economic Appraisal

Contact

Ciaran.OhAnnracháin@atu.ie

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Ciarán Ó hAnnracháin has worked in tertiary education, both public and private, for over 30 years in the Irish, UK, US, and Swiss education systems, predominantly working in the field of Hospitality and Tourism Management. He has held several academic management roles in Switzerland and Ireland for the past 20 years and has been a member of a range of national advisory panels in both Hospitality & Tourism and Higher Education. He holds an undergraduate degree from Trinity College Dublin, a master’s degree from both University College Dublin and Waterford Institute of Technology, and a doctoral degree from University of Sheffield. He was Project Manager in Letterkenny Institute of Technology for merger of GMIT. IT Sligo and LYIT to become the Atlantic Technological University in April 2022 with responsibility for Academic Strategy and Planning, Student Services, Internationalisation and External Engagement. He is currently Deputy Chair of the Operational Board of the World Technology University Network, facilitating collaboration between academics across the globe.

Research, Innovation & Engagement

Ciarán’s principal research interests stem from his Doctoral Research and include Higher Education Policy with particular emphasis on national strategies for HE, comparative studies on global education systems, academic collaboration, student mobility and quality assurance.

He also continues to conduct and supervise research in tourism innovation, talent management and sustainable tourism.

He is currently supervising both MRes and PhD students in both ATU and TUS.

SDGs

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

Dr. Amaya Vega

Areas of Expertise

Transport and Regional Economics

Contact

amaya.vega@atu.ie

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Amaya Vega is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the School of Business, Atlantic Technological University in Galway City. Amaya was awarded a Ph.D. in Economics from University College Dublin and she also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Management degree (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain), MA in Economics degree (University College Dublin) as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Atlantic Technological University). Amaya has over 20 years’ experience in academia. Prior to her current position, she was a Research Fellow in Economics at University of Galway.

Research, Innovation & Engagement

Amaya’s research interests include transport and regional economics and policy, maritime economics, and ports. Amaya has experience in freight transport demand analysis. This generally involves the application of spatial modelling and economic evaluation methods, as well as discrete choice models. She is interested in the economics of sustainable development in transport and mobility, and the identification of the incentives required to enable the decarbonisation of the transport system. Amaya’s research is multidisciplinary with a dedicated presence of international collaborators. Currently, she is an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of International Economics at the University of Valencia, Spain. Amaya has published in leading international peer-reviewed ABS rated journals such as Transport Policy, Transportation Research Part A – Policy and Practice, Case Studies on Transport Policy, Research in Transportation Economics, Maritime Business Review, and Marine Policy. Amaya has also published chapters in internationally published books and has presented at numerous international conferences. Amaya has supervised many master students and Ph.D. students.

DICE Academy (2018-ongoing)

Researchers: Dr Tena Patten and Cróna O’Donoghue, Lecturers, Department of Design of Design and Creative Media

Funding: €100,000 Higher Education Authority

Project Aim

This engaging and inspiring programme was devised by O’Donoghue and Patten in response to a funding call by the Higher Education Authority, which in turn stemmed from the National Skills Strategy. The aim of the programme is to develop creative confidence, entrepreneurial thinking, and leadership skills in secondary school students.

Each year ATU Donegal host 100 transition year students from 6 schools across the county and guides them through a specially developed design thinking/creative process called the UNIQUE Creative Process and a custom workbook. The students are introduced to a different brief each year and guest speakers and activities are selected to encourage the students to envision the challenge from many different perspectives. The Academy is held across the academic year and culminates in a showcase and prizegiving ceremony on the ATU Letterkenny campus.

The intention is to extend this highly successful programme across the full ATU catchment area in future years.

Project Website

www.diceacademy.ie

SECure (2020-2022)

Researchers: Pádraig Gallagher, Tara Doherty, Simon Stephens, Michael Farren, Paul McCusker

Funding: €60,955 (€291,480 total Budget, ATU Lead partner), KA2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Project Aim

SECure enables SMEs facing an acute business crisis to precisely determine the crisis status, identify causes and initiate appropriate countermeasures. At the same time, (future) entrepreneurs are trained to implement early crisis detection mechanisms to prevent future company crises. The project achieves a sustainable impact by directly securing jobs on the one hand and by professionalizing VET organizations, management consultants, entrepreneurship, and SME support infrastructures and by providing first of its kind resources to be implemented into their curricula and services.

Key work packages

  1. Identified the most relevant early phase crisis indicators for SMEs
  2. Developed an innovative curriculum and learning framework for (future) Entrepreneurs
  3. Developed an interactive crisis analysis tool that enables SME owners/managers to identify the phase, the extent and the causes of a crisis.
  4. To ensure wide and free access, all produced resources were shared together with a large variety of additional information on our interactive knowledge exchange platform as OERs.

ATU Donegal led the project with partners in Denmark, Germany, Spain and Greece.

Project Website

www.smecrisistoolkit.eu

Enter to Transform (2020-2023)

Researchers: Pádraig Gallagher, Juanita Blue, Vicky O’Rourke, Michael Margey

Funding: €398,000 (€2.1 million total Budget), Interreg Northwest Europe

Project Aim

The Enter to Transform Project aims to unearth the entrepreneurship capacity of the increasing refuge population in the Northwest Europe Region. The project offers a social innovation approach to refugee entrepreneurship and will develop a transnational network of supportive hubs which will allow refugee entrepreneurs to adapt to the Northwest Europe economy. The model will then be rolled out and replicated throughout the region. Enter to Transform will specifically target refugees who had previous business experience and will allow them to access existing business supports that has proved problematic in the partner countries. The hubs will function as a physical and virtual presence and allow engagement from all stakeholders leading to sustainable businesses and job growth in the Northwest Region.

The project is led by the University of Twente in the Netherlands and along with ATU Donegal, in Ireland there are partners in Germany, France and Switzerland.

Project Website

www.enter2transform.eu

Female Entrepreneurship (2022-2026)

Researchers: Dr Isobel Cunningham, Lecturer, Faculty Of Business

Funding: €4m strategic regional development research project under the Government’s North-South Research Programme.

Project Aim

The Atlantic Innovation Corridor is a cross-border collaboration focusing on themes such as rural entrepreneurial ecosystems, business scaling, female entrepreneurship, digitalisation, freight connectivity and mental health. The Atlantic Innovation Corridor brings together a research team organised in hubs in Derry and Limerick and administered in the third hub in Galway. The four-year project was announced by Taoiseach Michéal Martin T.D. and Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris T.D. as part of the Government’s Shared Island North South Research Programme. The Atlantic Innovation Corridor involves a series of research work programmes on sustainable regional development for the north-west of the island, the west and mid-west.

The work package on which ATU Donegal are focused on is female entrepreneurship. This project will investigate the experiences, strategies, and outcomes for female innovation-driven entrepreneurs in the Northwest Atlantic Innovation Corridor region. The research will be carried out in partnership with key female entrepreneurship programmes and networks on the island, crossing borders and industries. Entrepreneurs will join the project as participant researchers, providing fine-grained data and unique insights into the process of establishing and growing start-ups. The research will contribute to our understanding of how female entrepreneurs engage with their eco-system in establishing and growing their new ventures. It will provide deeper knowledge of how access to finance and interventions can be made more equal for female founders, at a structural level as well as at a practice level. It will provide evidence-based intelligence to inform female entrepreneurship supports.

Social Entrepreneurship: (2022-2024)

Researchers: Dr Isobel Cunningham, Lecturer, Faculty of Business.

Funding: Strand 1 funding of €114,200 from Shared Island.

Understanding the Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem on the Island of Ireland – Lessons for Education, Practice and Policy

Project Aim

This research brings together individual researchers from ATU and Ulster University to examine, investigate and influence this social enterprise landscape and phenomenon. This research aims to better understand social enterprises and their ecosystem across the island of Ireland. Indeed, anecdotal evidence indicates that this sector has bespoke needs, and this proposal aims to better understand these barriers, motivators and challenges associated with social enterprises development and growth. Furthermore, it aims to explore social entrepreneurs and their personal and professional profiles and skills to inform and shape social entrepreneurship development and education, policy enhancement and creation and inspire and nurture the social enterprise sector, along with key stakeholders and actors, to deliver positive future returns through, for example, start-ups and business growth.

Specifically, this research will address the following objectives:

  • Explore and examine the social enterprise sector across the Island of Ireland.
  • Construct a clear understanding of the factors that motivate, inspire, challenge and discourage along with priorities for development and growth.
  • Review and explore social entrepreneurs and their profiles, skills and role in shaping the social enterprise sector in Ireland.
  • Use research-informed learning to shape policy, interventions and practice in this sector across the island of Ireland.
  • Identify and synthesise research-led approaches to inspire social enterprise start-up and growth across Ireland

Minding Media (2021-2023)

Researchers: Dr Vicky O’Rourke, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Business

Funding: €218,810 from Erasmus+ Programme 2021-2027, Key Action 2 Partnerships for Cooperation

Project Aim

The Covid pandemic accelerated the consumption of digital media and highlighted once more the risks posed by fake news, disinformation and anti-democratic ideals. All citizens are affected, but children are particularly at risk given that they spend more time online than adults, and are vulnerable both to unfiltered media coverage and messaging from companies and other parties, that bypass adult gatekeepers to establish direct communication. It is not without reason that the EU’s Action Plan for Disinformation aims to raise awareness of disinformation in children and improve their resilience from an early age. Yet, while digital skills have been a part of schools’ curricula for many years with some concern for privacy and security, media literacy education is still embryonic. For this reason, Minding Media aims to increase the capacity of schools to move to the next level of readiness for the digital transition by introducing dynamic and interactive media literacy learning resources for pupils aged 8 – 12. The Minding Media project will develop 3 resources: 1) A Minding Media Video Training Library, 2) A Minding Media Minecraft World, and 3) A Minding Media Teaching Toolkit.

  1. The Minding Media Video Library employs gamification techniques to engage learners. The 4 topics addressed are: What is Media, Advertising Literacy, Fake News, and Social media.
  2. The Minding Media Minecraft World addressed these 4 topics in a different format, extending learning into the third space, facilitating immersion, going beyond the scope of traditional classroom techniques to highlight the persuasive intent of organisations and individuals, reinforcing cognitive media literacy defences over time.
  3. The Minding Media Teaching Toolkit includes ‘ready to go’ lesson plans for teachers to support the use of the Minding Media digital resources in class.

Partners include:

ATU Donegal, Ireland; The European E-Learning Institute (EUEI), Denmark; Atermon, The Netherlands; Metka, Finland; and The Novi Sad School of Journalism (NSSJ), Serbia. Project duration October 2021-2023.