Similarly to Rachel, I am Doctoral Student at the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA), National University of Ireland, Maynooth, as part of the ERC funded Programmable City Project. My research endeavours to understand the inter-relationship between urban resilience and the smart city by exploring how software and other technologies drive public policy development and implementation regarding flooding in the city. This will be achieved by exploring the role, governance and design of Coordinated Management and Emergency Response Systems (CMaERS) in Dublin and Boston. I am currently in the process of developing my case studies based on interviews from key actors in the city. I am particularly interested in how we conceptualise resilience in the smart city and what this means for flood protection and how the response process is developed within a neoliberal city.
I graduated with a Bachelors of Arts (Geography) Degree in 2013 and from a Masters of Arts Society and Space Degree in 2014, both awarded by Maynooth University. My Undergraduate Thesis studied the Digital Divide occurring between different second level schools in Kildare, Ireland and my MA thesis studied the evolution of Silicon Docks.
Although, as this blog will probably depict, as PhD students our lives tend to focus on work, possibly too much at times. However, we/I still have a life and interests outside of it. I am keen jogger and find that this helps clear my head especially when I have had my head in the books for an hour too long and as I run with a great group of girls, I get to socialise with people not in my field or in academia which is a great escape. I also love to cook and this has turned into a tool of procrastination for me. If I have an essay or a reading to do that I possibly could be more excited about, I tend to find myself cooking (it honestly just happens-it’s like I black out from my desk to the kitchen). I enjoy the cinema because it allows to me to delve into a different world and for 2 hours I can’t concentrate on my PhD, on a question I don’t know how to answer, on my philosophical assumptions etc. I can be somewhere else. It is a great space to breathe in. Finally, it may become obvious on this, so I’ll put it out there now, I am slightly obsessed with The Script- I go slightly fan-girl crazy!