Find a Supervisor

Find a Supervisor

Below is a list of all available supervisors for students submitting their FYPs in Spring 2017. If your FYP is due in Spring 2016 and you do not yet have a supervisor you should contact your course director immediately.

How to find your supervisor

1. Search for a suitable supervisor using the details below.
2. Email your supervisor with your details, and your FYP topic idea.
3. Once a lecturer has confirmed they will supervise you, complete this form: www.ul.ie/artsoc/fyp/fyp-form.
4. You can now start working with your supervisor on your FYP.

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Type FYP topic keyword(s) to find a suitable supervisor
Department: Politics & Public Administration
Name Department FYP supervision areas Email
Adina Preda Politics & Public Administration

Rights and Political Morality (including theories of rights, conflicts of rights, group rights, human rights, property rights, territorial or states’ rights, possible right-holders)
Contemporary theories of distributive justice
Global justice
Political obligation and state legitimacy
The Ethics of Humanitarian Intervention
Justice and health (care)
Intergenerational justice

Andrew Shorten Politics & Public Administration

Normative topics in political philosophy
Contemporary theories of social and distributive justice
Topics in the history of political thought (esp. Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Hume, Kant, Bentham, Mill, Marx)
Toleration in historical and contemporary perspectives
Multiculturalism and the rights of minorities
Cultural rights, equality and the politics of recognition
Nationalism, citizenship, and the morality of borders and/or secession
Political concepts (e.g. freedom, equality, power, etc.)
Political ideologies (esp. liberalism and nationalism)

Bernadette Connaughton Politics & Public Administration

Public accountability

The role of political staff

Case study in Irish public policy

Implementation of EU environmental policy

Chris McInerney Politics & Public Administration

The evolution of civil society in Ireland
Social inclusion policy and practice
Civic engagement and democratic development
The changing world of public administration
Public administration and social justice

Frank Haege Politics & Public Administration

EU policy-making
European integration
International negotiations
Legislative politics (in democratic and non-democratic regimes)
Politics in the German Empire (1866-1918)

Maura Adshead Politics & Public Administration

Irish Politics and public administration
Comparative public policy
Europeanisation theory and/or empirical work
Social inclusion/exclusion issues and policy
Case studies in Irish politics/policy by arrangement

Neil Robinson Politics & Public Administration

Russian politics
Soviet politics and history
Politics in states of the Former USSR (excluding the Baltic states)
Post-communist political economy
History of communist states

Owen Worth Politics & Public Administration

Critical approaches to Global Political Economy and Global Politics
Politics of Globalisation and Global Governance
Post-Communist Russia
Global Development and Exclusion
Globalisation and resistance

Rory Costello Politics & Public Administration

European Union politics
Coalition governments
Elections and voting
Political representation
Legislative politics

Scott Fitzsimmons Politics & Public Administration

Mercenaries and private security companies
The culture and behaviour of armed forces
Theories of international relations
Theories of the origins, conduct, and outcome of wars
Theories of foreign policy decision-making
Terrorism and counterterrorism
Insurgency and counterinsurgency
The use of unpiloted combat vehicles in war

Tom Lodge Politics & Public Administration

Political responses to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa South African political history Contemporary South African politics

Department: Culture & Communication
Name Department FYP supervision areas Email
Aengus Finnegan Culture & Communication

Irish placenames, surnames and personal names

Historical language shift in eastern and central Ireland

Historical dialectology of the Irish language in the midlands.

The Schools' Folklore Collection 1937-8

The writings of Brian Ó Nualláin/Myles na gCopaleen

Ann Marcus Quinn Culture & Communication

Open Educational Resources (OERs)
Instructional Design

Carrie Griffin Culture & Communication

Shakespeare and early modern English drama

early modern print culture

medieval literature

outlaw studies

medievalism (modern re-imaginings of the Middle Ages)

Anthony Burgess

popular culture 

Christina Morin Culture & Communication

Gothic literature 18th and 19th c. Anglophone Irish literature

Darina Slattery Culture & Communication

Information Design
Instructional Design
Online Collaboration/ Virtual Teams
Technical Communication

David Coughlan Culture & Communication

19th and 20th-century American literature

Contemporary fiction (e.g. Paul Auster, Don DeLillo, Kazuo Ishiguro, Thomas Pynchon);

Fiction after 9/11

Graphic novels

Deirdre Ní Loingsigh Culture & Communication

Líonraí Gaeilge lasmuigh den Ghaeltacht

Féidearthachtaí Flipboard don mhúinteoir le Gaeilge

Spásanna foghlama agus úsáide teanga

Riachtanais tacaíochta teanga mhic léinn na Gaeilge ar an tríú leibhéal

Nuachainteoirí na Gaeilge

Éamonn Costello Culture & Communication

Irish language Song in the Gaelic Revival

Romantic Nationalism


Gordon Ó Riain Culture & Communication

Language and literature of Early Modern Irish (1200-1650) / Teanga agus litríocht na Nua-Ghaeilge Moiche

Historical development of the Irish language / Stair na Gaeilge

Palaeography and textual criticism of Irish / Lámhscríbhinní agus eagarthóireacht téacsanna

An Fhiannaíocht

Dialects of Irish / Canúintí na Gaeilge

Scéim Aistriúcháin an Ghúim.

Graham Price Culture & Communication

Irish Gothic Literature, Victorian Literature, Literary Theory and Modern Irish Literature (1890-2016).

Máire Ní Ghráda Culture & Communication

Irish folklore

Margaret Harper Culture & Communication

Group project: Students will focus on a writer from the Limerick area, and work on the Literary Limerick digital archive. Students will be provided with a list of writers from which they can choose. As there is a web-based aspect to this project, it will particularly suit those students taking New Media modules. English-language poetry after 1860 Irish women writers Yeats, Joyce, Beckett, Faulkner, Toni Morrison Literature of the American South

Marina Cano Culture & Communication

Jane Austen

Sile De Cléir Culture & Communication

An Cultúr Ábhartha i saol traidisiúnta agus i mbéaloideas na hÉireann, go h-áirithe an téadach dúchasach agus feisteas na ndaoine (Material Folk Culture in Irish folklife, especially cloth-making and dress traditions)
Creideamh na nDaoine agus nósanna comónta go h-áirithe i gcomhthéacs an Chaitliceachais i gCathair Luimnigh sa chéad leath den 20ú hAois (Popular Folk Belief and Practice especially in the Catholic context in Limerick city in the first half of the twentieth century)

Sinead McDermott Culture & Communication

Contemporary American fiction

Contemporary British fiction

Women’s writing

Myth and fairytale

Gender and sexuality in literature and film

Representation and the female body

Tina O’Toole Culture & Communication

1890s literature and periodical culture (e.g. Oscar Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle, Sarah Grand, George Egerton, George Moore).

Irish women’s writing (esp. 19th-20th c fiction, e.g. Elizabeth Bowen, Kate O’Brien, Maeve Brennan, Mary Lavin, et al).

Migrant and transnational literatures

LGBTQ+ representations in fiction and film

Yianna Liatsos Culture & Communication

(South) African Literature and Culture
Post-Colonial Literature and Culture
Historical Memory and Self-Referential Narratives (autobiography/memoir/testimony)
Human Rights and Cosmopolitanism
Literary/Critical Theory
Memory Studies

Yvonne Cleary Culture & Communication

Technical writers as a community of practice.
The impact of XML/DITA on the work of technical writers.
Privacy and social networks.
Working in virtual teams.
A usability study of an online system/application

Department: History
Name Department FYP supervision areas Email
Alistair Malcolm History

The Courts of Europe 1500-1800

France in the age of Cardinal Richelieu and Louis XIV

England under the Tudors, 1485-1603

Stuart Britain, 1603-1714

Spain in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

Anthony McElligott History

The Weimar Republic



Comparative Fascism

Twentieth Century Europe: Culture and Society

Visual representations of society

Ciara Breathnach History

Irish Social and Economic History 1800-1950

Social History of Medicine

The Irish in New Zealand

Visual History

Irish Traveller History

David Fleming History

Eighteenth-century social, cultural and political history

History of associations

History of localities

Early modern Ireland

Karol Mullaney-Dignam History

Early Modern history 18th century Irish history 19th century Irish history

Richard Kirwan History

Education and learning in the early modern period The Reformation Early modern print culture German history in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries Early modern cultures of display

Roberto Mazza History

Modern history of the Middle East
Late Ottoman Empire
Urban history (Mediterranean basin)
Urban violence
Minorities in the Middle East
Arab-Israeli Conflict

Ruán O'Donnell History

Modern Irish, European and Australian history; the United Irishmen; imperialism, Irish revolutionary movements; commemoration

Department: Sociology
Name Department FYP supervision areas Email
Amanda Haynes Sociology

Discourse analysis of the Oireachtas Debates on the Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act 1989

Discourse analysis of the Oireachtas Debates on the ‘Criminal Justice (Aggravation by Prejudice) Bill 2016’

Politicians’ constructions of the Carrickmines tragedy in the Irish press and broadcast media.

Political discourse regarding Traveller accommodation in the Irish press and broadcast media.

Frame analysis of media reporting on the case of Ibrahim Halawa.

Quantitative projects employing European Social Survey Data.

Breda Gray Sociology

Postfeminism, and neoliberalism and gender politics
The sociology of migration, diaspora and multiculture
The changing role of the Catholic Church in Ireland
Changing forms of work in the post-industrial economy

Brendan Halpin Sociology

Stratification and inequality in Ireland
Sociological analysis of life-histories using quantitative methods
Cohabitation, marriage and divorce (using quantitative methods)
Transport in Limerick/UL – promoting a modal shift away from the private car
Any other sociological research project using quantitative methods

Carmel Hannan Sociology

Family Research: such as step-families, lone parenthood, marital trends
Educational topics: such as education inequalities, child development
Labour market research: such as the role of social networks or the effects of unemployment
Any other sociological research using quantitative methods

Carmen Kuhling Sociology

Globalisation, particularly cultural globalisation
Gender and popular culture
Sociology of subcultures
Aspects of the sociology of consumption such as consumption, fashion and identity,
Anything in the area of cultural sociology

Izabela Handzlik Sociology Email
James Carr Sociology Email
Lee Monaghan Sociology

Qualitative research on dieting culture Qualitative research on any aspect relating to the obesity debate Qualitative research on masculinities and health The sociology of the body The sociology of risk

Martin Power Sociology

Neoliberalism and the retraction of the Welfare State
Urban Regeneration, Gentrification & Housing Policies
Political / Media discourses of Migration (Inward or outward)
Political / Media discourses on poverty
Media Coverage of the economic crisis in Ireland

Mary O’Donoghue Sociology

What is class identity?
Understanding educational disadvantage
Educational participation is closely linked to socio economic status, explain this pattern
Gender stereotypes are still very evident in technical and scientific areas, explore why
How children make sense of home and school

Orla McDonnell Sociology

Bioethics and medical technology (reproductive technologies; genetic technologies)
Sociological topics in the field of mental health politics, policy and practice (service user movement; psychiatric dominance; shift from institutional to community care; service user involvement in research, policy and practice)
Sociological explorations of healthcare policy and practice (Private Health Insurance; Two-tier system; public-private mix; privatisation)
Sociological explorations of reproductive politics (contraception, abortion, Assisted Reproductive Technologies)
Qualitative studies of the illness (or caring) experience

Department: Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics
Name Department FYP supervision areas Email
Angela Farrell Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics


Annie Girardin-Halpin Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics

French Literature, and in particular crime fiction and ‘la littérature de l’engagement’
French cinema

Barbara Geraghty Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics

The changing identity of minorities in Japan Images of Japan in Ireland Culture in language teaching Motivation and language learning

Barrie Wharton Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics


Cinta Ramblado Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics

Hispanic Studies
Women’s writing and the recuperation of historical memory in contemporary Spain
Films about the Spanish Civil War and the Franco Regime
The comics of Carlos Giménez as socio-political critique
Politics of memory in contemporary Spain

David Atkinson Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics

Language Variation in Spain and/or Latin America
Language Policy and Language Planning in Spain and/or Latin America
Language and Power/Critical Discourse Analysis
The Politics of Language in the Spanish speaking world
Communicative Language Teaching

Dominique Le Meur Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics

Translation Studies: the cultural dimension
The Front National in French Politics

Elaine Riordan Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics

English language teaching and learning Language teacher education Communities of practice for language teachers/learners New technologies for language teaching and learning Computer-mediated communication Corpus linguistics and corpus-based discourse analysis

Elaine Vaughan Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics

Irish English, characteristics and pragmatics

Humour and laughter in language

English language teaching and learning

Community and identity in spoken, written and computer-mediated language

Corpus linguistics; corpus-based discourse analysis and conversation analysis

Freda Mishan Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics

Designing Language Teaching Materials
Culture and Language Learning
The New Technologies and Language Teaching
The New Technologies and new language varieties
Phonetics and Phonology

Frédéric Royall Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics

The far right in contemporary France
The far left in contemporary France
French Euroscepticism
Protest in contemporary France
The Issue of "Communautarisme" in France

Gisela Holfter Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics

German-speaking refugees in Ireland 1933-45
Friedrich Engels and Ireland
Business German in Ireland
Contemporary German literature
Migration and Exile literature

Helen Kelly Holmes Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics

Media discourse
Studies of virtual online communities and their communication
Studies of advertising language
Studies of tourism and language
General projects in sociolinguistics dealing with bilingualism, multilingualism, variation, language attitudes and ideologies etc.
General media projects, particularly dealing with minority languages, multilingualism and/or globalization.

Jean Conacher Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics

Literature and film in the GDR and Berlin Republic
Individual GDR writers (e.g. Helga Königsdorf, Christa Wolf, Christoph Hein)
Intercultural contact and language learning (e.g. peer learning,
study abroad, migration)
Foreign language policy and practice in Ireland
Studies of language pedagogy and practice, such as use of target language, attitude, motivation, teaching of literature/culture (German)

Joachim Fischer Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics

History of Cinema in the Limerick region
Ecological and sustainability initiatives in European universities (NB: Knowledge of two continental language incl. German is required)
German film studies
Irish utopian / Science Fiction literature
German culture and literature pre-1900

Liam Murray Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics

Language Learning Enhanced by Technologies
Jean-Paul Sartre’s “Les Mots” / literary and autobiographical analyses
Le cinéma de Mathieu Kassovitz
Le cinéma de Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Les jeux vidéo: enjeux et défis
Videogames : ethics, ‘emotioneering’ and a little bit of violence
Gamification: issues and ethics
Blogging for learning and for influence
French media on the world stage

Mairead Moriarty Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics

General topics in sociolinguistics and applied linguistics including: language ideologies, language and gender, media sociolinguistics, language and education and minority languages.

Key areas of interest are: media based studies of language use and issues surrounding multilingualism.

Mariano Paz Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics

Hispanic Cultural Studies: Literature, Cinema, Theatre, Visual Arts
Film Studies: Theory, Language, Politics and Ideology, Audiences
Science Fiction; Utopian Fiction; Dystopias
Latin American Studies: Politics, Societies, Cities
Cybercultures and New Media

Marie-Thérèse Batardière Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics

Interlanguage grammar in L2 French
The impact of Study Abroad on L2 learning
Tools and strategies to enhance language learning
The importance of languages and culture in the business world
French current affairs

Marieke Krajenbrink Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics

Transformations of the detective formula in Austrian, Swiss and German literature Post-war German-speaking drama The Holocaust in German and Austrian literature and cinema Themes in Comparative Literature The work of Richard Wagner and its reception

Marta Giralt Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics

SLA; Second/Foreign Language Teacher Education; Intercultural Communication; Technology and Language Learning & Computer mediated Communication; Spanish Pronunciation; Film and Media pedagogy for Language Learning 


Michael G. Kelly Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics

Littérature de langue française (20e siècle) Littérature de langue française (19e siècle) Poésie et poétiques modernes Théories de l’interprétation textuelle Littérature comparée.

Nuria Borrull Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics

Spanish Literature of post-war Spain
Translation Studies
Language Teaching Methodology and Language Learning
Popular Music in Spain

Teresa Cuixeres Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics


Veronica O'Regan Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics

Critical Discourse Analysis
Media Discourse
Translation Theory and Practice: German - English
German-Irish Textual Relations