Suzanne is a lecturer with the Department of Tourism & Sport at ATU Donegal and is a consultant on a variety of regional and national sports development and evaluation projects. She holds an MBA from the Ulster of University and a PhD from the University of Limerick.
Her research interests lay primarily in salutogenic nature-based physical activity and adventure tourism experiences and her work in these areas supports a variety of agendas, such as healthy communities, enriching lives, and health and wellbeing via sports and recreation, especially outdoor recreation. She is particularly interested in posthumanist and new materialist approaches and has presented her research at several national and international conferences.
Recent projects include her role as an ethnographer on Sport Ireland’s evaluation of their national Urban Adventure initiative, and ongoing research on Blueway / Greenway trail development with Irish Leisure Consultants.
Suzanne is an active member of PETE Ireland, a body which works towards advancing professional practice and policy in the field of physical education teacher education. She is also a member of the Physical Education Association of Ireland, and contributes to the PEPAYS Ireland research group (PE, Physical Activity and Youth Sport). She is also a reviewer with the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning and collaborates with fellow lecturers in Ireland and the UK as an external examiner and programme evaluator of university sports programmes.