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Áine Macken-Walsh

Teagasc

Áine Macken-Walsh is a Senior Research Officer at Teagasc’s Rural Economy and Development Programme (REDP). She is a sociologist, using narrative and action research methodologies to explore and understand mediation of farmers’ and other actors’ subjective values, knowledges and practices. She works in transdisciplinary contexts, addressing societal challenges relating to diverse issues such as human cooperation, gender, animal health, and the bioeconomy. She uses sociological insights and participatory methods to support multi-actor co-design of policy and extension interventions. Áine has been awarded over €2.5m in competitive research funding and is Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway.

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