University College Cork

Prof Graham Allen

graham AllenProfessor Graham Allen joined the School of English in University College Cork in 1995. Professor Allen has published extensively in the fields of literary and cultural theory and on subjects within Romantic literary studies. Professor Allen is Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the London Graduate School, a member of the Advisory Board of The Oxford Literary Review, a publishing poet and a regular book reviewer for The Sunday Business Post. He is currently Vice-Head of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences with special responsibility for research within the College.

Dr Mike Cosgrave

A UCC Graduate, Mike did his Masters on the History of Beamish & Crawford and his Phd on Irish Participation in the UN Operation in the Congo. He was part of the first group of staff in UCC to complete the Cert & Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and has ongoing interests in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and in the use of simulations and games in teaching. Mike blogs and maintains an online archive of publications at

Shawn Day

Shawn Day

Shawn Day is published in the medical and spatial humanities in connection with his work utilising large datasets, and sophisticated record linkage to explore distance decay and admissions to 19th century asylums. Recent publications in this area include:

    • Smith, Chris, David Wright and Shawn Day. “Distancing the mad: Jarvis’s Law and the spatial distribution of admissions to the Hamilton Lunatic Asylum in Canada, 1876-1902″, Social Science & Medicine, Volume 64, Issue 11, June 2007, Pages 2362-2377.
    • Day, Shawn, Nathan Flis, Jessica Smith and David Wright. “A Janus-Like Asylum: The City and the Institutional Confinement of the Mentally Ill in Victorian Ontario”, URBAN HISTORY REVIEW Vol. 36, No. 2, Spring 2008, Pages 43-51.

‌Most recently he was Project Manager of the Digital Humanities Observatory at the Royal Irish Academy, responsible for providing outreach and education on a broad range of digital humanities topics such as: data collection, management, manipulation, visulisation, curation, and discovery. He is co-chair of the Space and Time working group in [], and sits of the steering/curatorial board for the Digital Research Tools (DiRT) Directory []. As a staff member in the Department of Economics in Guelph, Canada, he is community manager of the Canadian Network for Economic History and has extensive experience in working with large manuscript census records.

He tweets @iridium

Dr Brendan Dooley

Professor of Renaissance Studies

Brendan DooleyI am a cultural historian focusing on the history of knowledge and communication from early to modern times.  My particular interests revolve around problems connected with the production, storage and diffusion of all kinds of knowledge, ranging from to political news to natural philosophy, from visual interpretation to emotional intelligence, in forms ranging from the gesture to the megapixel.   Having grown up on three continents and pursued careers in four countries, I am particularly drawn to the transcultural aspects of these problems, and a few installments of this work have included Morandi’s Last Prophecy and the End of Renaissance Politics (Princeton), The Social History of Skepticism: Experience and Doubt in Early Modern Culture (Johns Hopkins), Science, Politics and Society in Eighteenth-Century Italy (Garland), Italy in the Baroque (Garland), Science and the Marketplace in Early Modern Italy (Lexington), The Dissemination of News and the Emergence of Contemporaneity (Ashgate), Energy and Culture (Ashgate) and (with Sabrina Baron) Politics and the Public Sphere in Early Modern Europe (Routledge).  More here.  Between long periods at Harvard University in the US and Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany, I was Chief of Research at the Medici Archive Project in Florence, overseeing the creation of a pioneering humanities database.   Specific current projects include:  Culture and ExchangeTalking ScienceAstrology and Science

Dr David Murphy

My research interests are in the areas of Interactive 3D Simulation, Serious Games, Cognitive Ergonomics, and Spatial Sound.
In 2005 I setup the Interactive Multimedia Lab (IMCLab) in conjunction with colleagues from the Department of Surgery, UCC. This was the culmination of several years of working with individuals in the College of Medicine and Health on medical informatics projects. This interdisciplinary applied research has culminated in many research activities and has further strengthened the relationship between Computer Science and the College of Medicine & Health.

Dr Orla Murphy

Orla Murphy

Orla Murphy is a lecturer in the School of English at University College Cork, in the national, inter-institutional Digital Arts and Humanities PhD program. She is co-coordinator of the MA in Digital Arts and Humanities at UCC, and the new online MA in Digital Cultures at UCC. Her research is focused on intermediality, on how the text is, was, and will be transmitted; how we read, represent, and share knowledge in new networked and virtual environments. She is a reviewer an editor for a number of journals and bulletins. Orla is active in research across Europe acting as: co-chair of the information visualisation working group in [], (Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities); vice chair of the EU COST (Cooperation in Science and Technology) [] working group on algorithms; and is Irish Management Committee member of the GenderSTE transdomain CoST Action. Publications, invited lectures and conference presentations viewable at []

She tweets @omurphy16.

John McCarthyJohn McCarthy is a Head of the School of Applied Psychology in UCC, where he also studied for his degree and PhD. He worked as a Research Associate at the University of York, UK, and as a Lecturer at the University of Limerick before returning to UCC in 1992. He has a particular interest in access to education and serves on the University’s Adult and Continuing Education Committee. He also serves on the CACSS Executive Management Committee, and has served on the College Access Committee and Academic Development Committee.Within the School of Psychology, he leads the People and Technology Research Group ( and is Course Director of the Masters in Applied Psychology.
John is currently Visiting Research Fellow at University of Newcastle UK, has previously held a Visiting Professorship at Sodertorn University College in Stockholm, and has also had visiting research relationships with DIRC, a UK EPSRC Interdisciplinary Research Network, and the Interaction Design Centre, University of Limerick.He has published theoretical and applied work on people’s experiences with technology and emerging digital media. He is currently working on a jointly-authored book that explores the potential of emerging digital media in social activism, community participation, and social inclusion.

Dr Geoff Roberts

Geoff Roberts

Geoffrey Roberts was born in Deptford, south London in 1952. His father worked as a labourer at the local power station and his mother as a cleaner and tea lady. A pupil of Addey & Stanhope Grammar School he left aged 16 and started his working life as a clerk with the Greater London Council. In the 1970s he was an International Relations undergraduate at North Staffordshire Polytechnic and postgraduate research student at the London School of Economics. In the 1980s he worked in the Education Department of NALGO, the public sector trade union.
Geoffrey returned to academic life in the 1990s following the publication of his acclaimed first book, The Unholy Alliance: Stalin’s Pact with Hitler (1989). Many books and articles followed: The Soviet Union and the Origins of the Second World War (1995); The Soviet Union in World Politics, 1945-1991 (1998); and Victory at Stalingrad: The Battle That Changed History (2002). In 2006 Yale University Press published his Stalin’s Wars: From World War to Cold War, 1939-1953.

Professor Roberts is a recognised world authority on Stalin, the Second World War, and the history of Soviet military and foreign policy. He has published 27 books and some 60 journal articles and book chapters. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and teaches History and International Relations at University College Cork, Ireland. He has won many academic awards and prizes, including a Fulbright Scholarship to Harvard University and a Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellowship. He is a regular commentator on history and current affairs for British and Irish newspapers and a contributor to the History News Service, which syndicates articles to American media outlets. He has many radio and TV appearances to his credit and has acted as historical consultant for documentary series such as Simon Berthon’s highly praised Warlords, broadcast in 2005.