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Dr. Brid Quinn


Dr. Bríd Quinn, B.Ed (NUI), MA & PhD (Limerick), Until her retirement in October 2018, Dr. Quinn was a Lecturer in Public Administration, specialising in local governance, EU regional and territorial policies, MLG and administrative reform. She has served as Course Director for the BA Public Administration, BA European Studies, MPA and MA/GD in Partnership Studies. She was co-convenor of the PSAI Specialist Group on Teaching and Learning until 2019.
Long involved in local and regional development activities and evaluation, she is a member of the Council of Europe's team of experts on local government. She is involved in EAPAA's accreditation team. She has carried out consultancy work in Ireland, Europe and Tanzania and participated in a range of EU research projects, being currently involved in the PROSEPS project.
She co-edited a volume, Developing Public Managers for a Changing World (Emerald Books, 2017) with Klaus Majgaard, J.C.Ry Nielsen and John Raine. She is also co-author (with Nicholas Rees and Bernadette Connaughton) of Europeanisation and New Patterns of Governance in Ireland, Manchester University Press, 2010. She has published in a range of journals (Higher Education Policy; International Journal of Public Sector Management ; Regional and Federal Studies; Administration; Teaching Public Administration; Policy and Politics) and contributed chapters to several edited books, most recently on the themes of decentralisation (Palgrave 2017) and the third sector and local government (IGI, 2016).
Her current research focuses on EU territorial policies; local governance; public sector reform in Ireland; public values; Ireland's higher education policy; teaching and learning in political science.

Research Interests

EU territorial policy; Ireland and the EU ; local government reform; e-governance; multi-level governance; partnership as a mode of governance; public values; teaching and learning

ProSEPS, Professionalization and Social Impact of European Political Science (CA COST Action CA15207) 2016-2020
GRASP Contributed to this COST project's study of governance regimes and second and third level education

Darra (Digital Access in Remote Rural Areas), a Northern Periphery project

Teaching Interests

Europeanisation; Public administration reform; local governance; multi-level governance

Course Directorships held:
BA Public Administration; MPA; MA in Partnership Studies; BA European Studies

MODULES taught:
PA4011 Civil and Public Service
PA4017 Sub-national Government in Europe: Challenge and Change
PO5014 Multilevel Governance: Concepts and Practice
PO 4118 Ireland and Europeanisation
PA 4038 Public Administration in Democratic States

PA 4013 Local Government
PA 5013 Governance and Partnership

Professional Activities


  • 2017 Programme reviewer e.g., review of MPA-programme for the Netherlands School of Public Administration (NSOB) in May 2017 , , EAPAA, (European Association for Public Administration Accreditation), the European quality assurance authority in Public Administration
  • 2009 Co-Convenor of Teaching and Learning Specialist Group + Member of Local Government SG, PSAI
  • 2008 Member of EUROPA team , Limoges, EUROPA
  • Member of the Scientific Committee, IGU Commission 'Geography of Governance'
  • Member, Institute of Public Administration (IPA)
  • Member and conference panellist, IACES Irish Association for Contemporary European Studies
  • Network of universities providing MPA programmes - from January 2013 to January 2014 UL held the rotating presidency and I fulfilled that role , EMPA
  • Member of this network of Public Administration/Public Management teachers involved in mid-career programmes, Copenhagen Forum


  • 2017 National Advisory Group Centre for for Local and Regional Governance (CLRG), University College, Cork ,
  • 2016 Scientific Committee of IGU Commission on the Geography of Governance,
  • 2013 FAHSS Ethics Committee,
  • 2010 PSAI Local Government Specialist Group,
  • 2008 Audit Committee Limerick County Council (Chairperson 2008-2014), ¿Functions of the Audit Committee
    To review financial and budgetary reporting practices & procedures ¿
    To foster best practice in the internal audit function
    To assess and promote efficiency and value for money.
    To review LG Audit reports and assess follow-up action
    To review risk management systems
    To make recommendations to the authority
  • 2006 International Summer School for public managers, Academic & Organising committee member.
    Organised ISS 2009 at UL with over 100 public managers engaging in mid-career education.
  • 2006 Board of Management and Local Advisory Group (LAG) for HYSRC (Health Systems Research Centre,
  • 1999 Board of Management of the Centre for European Studies, *
  • LImerick City and County Audit Committee,
  • PSAI teaching and Learning Specialist Group, This specialist group brings together scholars (from post-graduates to established academics) that explore innovations in teaching, learning and assessment, and examine different pedagogical approaches within the discipline. It acts as a forum for networking, debate, publication and grant application and as a locus of communication between scholars of teaching and learning in politics in Ireland and similar groupings in this field internationally


  • 2015 Limerick City and County Council - Preparation of Standing Orders for the new Council
  • 2013 Limerick Civic Trust - I was requested to facilitate a workshop to enable members to review the Trust's focus and actions.
  • 2013 European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) -

    Acted as independent external expert in the online evaluation on 13-17 May 2013, and the consensus meeting in Maastricht on 19-20 June 2013, for the European Public Sector Award - EPSA 2013.

  • 2012 Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Council of Europe -
    Member of the Council of Europe's team of experts on local government reform. Involved in workshops in the Ukraine (April 2017), Armenia (June 2016) and the Ukraine (September 2016).

    Among the academic experts selected to meet the delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe during their Monitoring Visit to review Ireland's local government system. Was also a reviewer of the draft report.

  • 2009 West Limerick Resources - Occasional facilitation
  • Limerick Regeneration Agency -
  • Ballyhoura Development Ltd. - Facilitation and research activities
  • EAPAA (European Association for Public Administration Accreditation) -

    Member of international review teams for programme accreditation.
    NSOB, the Hague, May 2017.
    ISS, Suriname, December 2017


  • 2000 University of Limerick - Assistant Dean Academic Affairs
  • 1999 University of Limerick - Lecturer (promotion in February2003)
  • 1995 University of Limerick - Researcher
  • 1973 Granagh National School - Teacher


  • 1999 University of Limerick - PhD
  • 1995 University of Limerick - MA European Integration
  • 1994 University of Dublin (Trinity College) - Diploma In Educatuional Management
  • 1991 St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra/NUI - B. Ed. (Inservice)
  • 1973 Mary Immaculate College - Diploma in Education


  • Academic Director for Merriman Summer School 2016. This role involved selecting and contacting speakers and organising the various elements of the programme during the 1916 centenary year.

    Theme: Gallant Allies in Europe

  • Invited by Ballyhoura Development and West Limerick Resources as a guest speaker on local government reform at rallies in May/June 2014
  • Member of the Board of Management of Scoil Pol (Secondary School) Kilfinane.


  • German
  • Irish
  • French




Europeanisation and New Patterns of Governance in Ireland
Rees, N., Quinn, B. and Connaughton, B.

Book Chapter


A new position for civil society and citizens
Quinn, Brid
Renewal in European Democracies


Mediating Forces and the Domestic Polity
Quinn, B. and Connaughton, B.
Europeanisation and New Patterns of Governance in Ireland


Conclusions: institutional learning and adaptation to Europe'
Rees, N., Quinn, B. and B. Connaughton
Europeanisation and new patterns of governance in Ireland


‘Regional policy and politics'
Quinn, B.
Europeanisation and New Patterns of Governance in Ireland


‘Does the CAP fit? Agriculture policy in Ireland and the EU?'
Quinn, B.
Europeanisation and New Patterns of Governance in Ireland


Ireland and the European Union
Rees, N. Quinn, B. and B. Connaughton, B.
Europeanisation and New Patterns of Governance in Ireland


Tension between Governance and the Prerequisites of Democracy
Quinn, B
Tensions between Local Governance and Local Democracy


'The Challenge of Multi-Level Governance and Europeanization in Ireland'
Rees, N; Quinn, B; Connaughton, B
Adapting to Multi-Level Governance - Regional and Environmental Policies in Cohesion and CEE Countries


The Challenge of Multi-level governance and Europeanization in Ireland
Rees, N; Quinn, B; Connaughton , B
Adapting to EU Multi-Level Governance


Irlands Regionen: mehr Rhetorik Als Realitat
Quinn, B
Jahrbuch des Foderalismus 2005


Irish Local Government in a Comparative Context
Quinn, B
Irish Local Government, Inside Out


Irland- kein Abscheid vom Zentralismus trotz Regionenbildung
Quinn, B
Jarbuch des F�deralismus 2000


The Visibility of EU Policies at Regional and Local Level: Ireland - a Case Study
Quinn, B
The Regional Impact of Community Policies, Von Bergmann-Winberg, M.L. (ed.)


Comparative Local Government
Quinn, B
Introduction to Public Administration (Bulgarian textbook)


Subsidiarity from Althusius to Amsterdam
Quinn, B
Aspects of Europe, Dublin: Irish Association for Contemporary European Studies


Subsidiarity in the European Union: Philosophical Paradigm or Political Palliative?
Quinn, B
Limerick Papers in European Integration, Paper No. 2, Limerick: Centre for European Studies

Conference Contribution


PSAI 2013
Brid Quinn


Campus Engage
Brid Quinn


Brid Quinn


ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops
brid Quinn, Bernadette Connaughton and Nicholas Rees

Conference Publication

Edited Book

Other Journal

Other Publication


ADAPT seminar, Brussels 'Ireland's administrative adaptation; EU regional and environmental policies'
Connaughton, B; Quinn, B; Rees, N
American Journal Of Pharmaceutical Education


National report on Ireland
Connaughton, B; Quinn, B; Rees, N

Peer Reviewed Journal


Reflexivity and education for public managers
Quinn, B
Teaching Public Administration DOI: 10.1177/0144739413478961


Ireland's pragmatic adaptation to regionalization: The mid-west region
Rees N., Quinn B., Connaughton B.
Regional And Federal Studies DOI: 10.1080/1359756042000261360