Professor Peter Kawalek

Areas of Expertise

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

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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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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

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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

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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.

Dr. Ken van Someren

Areas of Expertise

Human Performance Futures, Leadership & Organisational Learning

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ken.vansomeren@atu.ie

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Ken is a consultant in high-performance sport and business, an expert advisor in industry innovation, and a lecturer at Letterkenny Institute of Technology. He is an expert in human wellbeing and performance and has worked with many of the world’s greatest sports champions and extreme explorers for over 25 years.

Ken has extensive experience working in higher education, high-performance sport and industry. He was Director of Sport Sciences at the English Institute of Sport, leading the support of Great Britain’s athletes to their historic medal haul at the London 2012 Olympics. More recently, he launched and led the GlaxoSmithKline Human Performance Lab, an industry innovation centre committed to advancing human health & performance.

A Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) with a PhD in sport and exercise science, Ken is currently a Non-Exec Director and board member at the English Institute of Sport.

Research, Innovation & Engagement

Ken consults to sport & business organisations globally on high-performance strategy & infrastructure. He works with the health, wellness and fitness sector on new product innovation and brand growth.

His research explores high-performance in elite athletes, with a particular focus on training, recovery and adaptation. Translation of these research insights to enhance wellbeing and productivity of the wider population is the foundation of his work in commercial innovation and public engagement.

Dr. Simon Stephens

Areas of Expertise

Entrepreneurship and small business economics

PhD, MSc, BA.

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simon.stephens@atu.ie

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Simon is a Senior Lecturer at the LYIT School of Business. His main teaching interests are in Applied Economics. Simon has extensive experience of research supervision at Masters and PhD level. His research explores the economics of entrepreneurship and small business. Simon has worked on numerous funded projects (valued at over €1million). He is an award winning researcher and author. In 2011 he was awarded an Emerald Literati award for excellence. In 2018 Simon received a special recognition award from Lancaster University for publications from his post-doctorate research. His research has been widely published including in: the: Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development; Education + Work; Journal of Global Mobility; and the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Simon is Chair of the Entrepreneurship and Small Business track for the Irish Academy of Management annual conference.

Research, Innovation & Engagement

Award winning publications:

  • Faherty, U. and Stephens, S. (2016), Innovation in micro enterprises: reality or fiction?, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Vol. 23 No. 4, pp. 239-362.
  • Stephens, S. (2015), The Global Financial Crisis and migration the experience of Irish graduates, Journal of Global Mobility, Vol. 3 No. 1, pp. 83-99.
  • McAteer, B. and Stephens, S. (2011) Town Centre Management: a solution to the current challenges facing urban centres in Ireland, Journal of Place Management and Development, Vol. 4 No. 3, pp. 264-271.

Dr. Meadbh Ruane

Areas of Expertise

Social Change, Learning & Skills, Leadership Development & Organisational Learning

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Meadbh Ruane has lectured in the Department of Business Studies since 2002. She lectures on both under and post-graduate programmes in the areas of digital business, managing change and strategy. Meadbh has been facilitating Action Learning Sets at LYIT since 2008 as part of an executive MBS Innovation and Leadership programme. Additionally, she has extensive experience supervising participants in the completion of their dissertations on Master’s programme in the Department of Business Studies.

In her role as a lecturer and facilitator, Meadbh has a strong belief in practice-based education and continuing professional development where student-participants are at the centre of their own learning. She incorporates pedagogy that links real-world and practitioner experience to academic theory.

Before joining LYIT Meadbh worked both nationally and internationally as a project manager and business analyst facilitating teams in developing software solution that addressed business challenges.

Meadbh was awarded her Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Business Studies from NUI Galway in 1990 and 1991 respectively and in 2018 was awarded her Professional Doctorate of Business Administration from the University of Northumbria.

Research, Innovation & Engagement

Meadbh’s key area of research interest is in further developing understanding of the process of learning towards developing frameworks that can support organisational and individual transformation. Her doctoral thesis inquired into participant learning on an accredited post-graduate programme and is titled “A story of participants’ learning experiences: Illuminating the complexity and multi-dimensional process of learning”.

She is currently the course co-ordinator on the executive MBS in Innovation and Leadership at LYIT where she delivers modules on Managing Change, Managing People and Action Learning Research.

Suzanne Roarty

Areas of Expertise

Learning & Skills Futures

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Suzanne.Roarty@atu.ie

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Suzi has lectured in the Department of Business Studies since 2003. Whilst initially lecturing in the area of accounting, in recent years she has also been involved in developing and delivering modules in the area of study skills for accounting and other business students, and also is lead lecturer on the Student Centred Learning module as part of the MALT programme. She has a keen interest in teaching and learning and has supervised research in that area as part of the MALT programme.

After graduating from University of Birmingham in 1989 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Russian Studies), Suzi joined Touche Ross, Birmingham and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1992. She worked in various finance roles in UK and internationally from 1989 to 2002, when she moved to Donegal and started lecturing at LYIT.

Research, Innovation & Engagement

Suzi’s key area of research interest is in the area of student engagement and student learning, with particular focus on the first year experience and transition for students from second to third level. She has been involved in developing the Firstly programme in the department of Business Studies, which helps students with the transition from second to third level education, and has presented in this area at the European First Year experience conference.

Dr. Michelle Queally

Areas of Expertise

Health Economics

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michelle.queally@atu.ie

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Michelle Queally is a Lecturer at Atlantic Technology University in Galway City and is also a faculty board member for the clinical MSc in Obesity at Galway University Hospital, University of Galway where she also teaches. Michelle was awarded a Ph.D. in Economics from University of Galway. She also holds an MSc in Health Economics from University of Galway and a Bachelor of Business degree from Atlantic Technology University as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (University of Galway). Before her role at ATU, Michelle was an appointed lecturer at University of Galway. Prior to this appointment, Michelle completed a Postdoctoral fellowship with CÚRAM, a Science Foundation Ireland Centre for medical devices, where she focused on the health economics of medical devices and clinical trial research. Michelle was also awarded the prestigious Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement Health Research Board Postdoctoral Fellowship which sought to design, implement, and evaluate an intervention to prevent childhood obesity.

Research, Innovation & Engagement

Michelle’s research interests include obesity economics, complex public health intervention design and evaluation, clinical trials, medical device economics and public patient involvement (PPI) in health economics research and was the appointed PPI catalyst within the economics department at University of Galway. Her work to date has involved the application of discrete choice experiments, systematic reviews, qualitative evidence synthesis and economic evaluation techniques to explore and inform a wide range of health policy questions. Michelle was awarded the Hardiman Scholarship & Irish Research Council Scholarship and was also shortlisted for Fulbright scholarship. Michelle was a visiting scholar at Cornell University, New York, USA and the University of Sterling, UK. Michelle was an invited member of the national iHealthFacts board in collaboration with the Health Research Board-Trials Methodology Research Network (HRB-TMRN), Evidence Synthesis Ireland and Cochrane Ireland.

Michelle is also an invited member of the International Health Economics Obesity Modelling Expert Panel and the International Economics of Obesity Special Interest Group, a Research Affiliate of the Centre for Economic Research on Inclusivity and Sustainability University of Galway along with being a member of the Irish Society of New Economists group which organises annual rotating conferences at selected Universities. Michelle was an invited discussant at international conferences and has presented her research at numerous international conferences and awarded best speaker during early research career stage. Michelle was an invited speaker at Safefood Head Office, School of Public Health, University College Cork, Institute of Public Health, Dublin and Galway University Hospital. Michelle has published in leading international peer-reviewed ABS rated journals, and has been invited on UK and Irish Government consultations including Oireachtas reports. Michelle has supervised numerous master students and is currently supervising a Ph.D. student.

Dr. Tena Patten

Areas of Expertise

Innovative & Entrepreneurial Futures, Learning & Skills Futures, UX & Design Thinking, Innovation Roadmaps & Processes, Leadership Development & Organisational Learning

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tena.patten@atu.ie

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Tena has taught at LYIT since 2003. Prior to taking up her teaching position, she worked in Price Waterhouse (London) for six years and Unifi TYE (Letterkenny) for 9 years, in senior management and marketing positions. A committed advocate of lifelong learning, Tena began her academic studies in Trinity College Dublin with a BA in French and Music. This was followed ten years later with an MBA, also from Trinity, and Tena completed her doctoral research in 2017 with Northumbria University. Her thesis explored how entrepreneurs in the creative industries identify and enact opportunities.

Tena currently teaches in the departments of Design and of Law and Humanities at LYIT. Her teaching interests straddle the areas of creativity, business, entrepreneurship and education. She delivers undergraduate courses in creativity and innovation, and is involved at post-graduate level in teaching and supervision on the LYIT MBS and MA in Learning and Teaching programmes, and on the Post-graduate Diploma in User Experience. She has a keen interest in learning by doing, and frequently employs the Action Learning methodology in her teaching practice.

Research Innovation & Engagement

Tena has been a member of the DICE team for the last 5 years, during which time she has organised many networking and industry engagement activities. She has worked with a colleague to devise a Design Thinking process called UNIQUE, a teaching workbook which divides the creative process into the six stages of Understand, Needs, Ideas, Quick prototyping, User testing and Evaluation.

Most recently she has been involved with a small team that successfully attracted funding to run Creativity and Entrepreneurship activities for secondary school students. The project, DICE_TY Academy, brought together 100 Transition Year students from around Donegal for six days over six months to design and prototype a new product, service or experience to enhance the Wild Atlantic Way.

Other research/publication activities:

  • Teaching Case Study published by Sage Research Methods (Jan 2019): Using IPA to research lived experience of entrepreneurship in the creative industries
  • The UNIQUE Book (co-authored with LYIT colleague, September 2018): a workbook designed to support learners through the stages of the Design Process
  • Paper delivered at Chartered Association of Business Schools Annual Conference, Glasgow (April 2018). Bridging the Gap: the intersection of business and creative education
  • Patten, T (2015) ‘Creative…Entrepreneur?’ – Understanding the Creative Industries Entrepreneur, Artivate: A journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts, 5(2), 23-42