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Dr. Clare O'Hagan


I am an academic and researcher based at the University of Limerick working in the area of gender. I am currently researching women's under-representation in Science Technology Engineering and Maths disciplines. My area of focus is gender and employment, as well as having a keen interest in management and organisation behaviour. I am working as a Research Fellow on FESTA (FP7 EU Science-in-Society) project with 7 EU partners and have just completed a monograph (Cork University Press) on the inequalities and privileges experienced by ‘Working Mothers' in Ireland.

Motivated and experienced researcher and lecturer in Sociology, Women's Studies, Management and Human Resources.

Awarded the prestigious Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) Scholarship to pursue Ph.D research.

Considerable teaching practice with demonstrated expertise in practice-led teaching-led research.


years management experience in Human Resources in manufacturing and service Fortune 500 organisations.

Research Interests

My research and teaching interests include Equality and Diversity, Gender, Feminism, Sociology, Business Management, Human Resource Management and Organisation Behaviour.

Teaching Interests

Considerable teaching/lecturing expertise and experience in CIT, University of Limerick, Griffith College, and FAS as well as supervision of postgrad students. Modules include sociology, women's studies, feminist thought, business management, human resource management, leadership and organisation behaviour. For four years I developed and delivered Business Administration and Management Programmes at the Cork Training Centre.

Professional Activities


  • 2011 Fellow, Irish Institute of Training and Development
  • 2008 Member, Feminist and Women's Studies Association UK and Ireland
  • 2006 Member, Motherhood Iniatitive for Research and Community Involvement
  • 2005 Member, Sociological Association of Ireland
  • 1999 Chartered Member, Institute of Personnel and Development


  • 2004 - Postgraduate Scholarship



Book Chapter


‘Ideologies of Motherhood and Single Mothers.'
M. C. Ramblado-Minero and A. Pérez-Vides (Eds)
Single Motherhood in Twentieth Century Ireland: Cultural, Historical and Social Essays

Conference Publication

Other Journal


'Who Cares?: The Economics of Childcare in Ireland
O'Hagan, C.
Journal of the Motherhood Initiative. Special Edition: Mothers and the Economy: The Economics of Mothering"

Other Publication


Parenting out of control: Anxious Parents in Uncertain Times.
Margaret K Nelson
Journal of the Motherhood Initiative 2 (2)

Peer Reviewed Journal