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Dr. Rosemary Gowran

Research Interests

Building sustainable healthcare communities by developing sustainable infrastructures in health and social care provision underpinned by human rights, sustainable development and occupational science perspectives.

The key is to develop sustainable support service strategies the meet peoples needs now and in the future, through community engagement and decision making.

I utilise mixed methods, organisational ethnography, soft systems methodology, participatory and inclusive methodologies, engaging key stakeholders for example in surveys, participant observation, interviews and workshops.

I have developed a Sustainable Community of Practice Model (SCOP). a framework which can be utilised when developing sustainable infrastructures.

My specialist research interest in the development of sustainable wheelchair and seating assistive technology provision nationally and internationally to ensure appropriate access to services, assessments, wheelchairs, maintenance and repair, education and research.
A wheelchair is a primary need and a basic human right.

Teaching Interests

Bringing the lived experience into the class room through the use of video narratives, in addition to inviting people to share their experiences face to face with students.

Field trip introduced in 2004 to the occupational therapy programme, which I established with the Centre for Environmental Living and Training CELT, students spend a day in Bealkelly Woods, Tuamgraney, Co. Clare, to engage in traditional crafts. It has become a unique and essential component of the programme, encapsulating team building, skills development, reflective practice and adapting to new environments are all essential components of professional development. This experience is positively evaluated year on year and has been highly commended by programme accrediting bodies.

Professional Activities



  • 2016 Association of Irish Powerchair Football (AIPF) ,
  • 2015 Midwest Spina Bifida Association,
  • 2004 Education in Sustainable Development Group, Environmental Committee, University of Limerick,

    Environmental Committee Subgroup Education for Sustainability: I am part of the interdisciplinary initiative for Education for Sustainable Development module, a development supported by the HEA Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF). This involves Interdisciplinary teaching delivered by 10 different lecturers with expertise in varying fields across all faculties within the University of Limerick. It is now part of the broadening initiative.

  • Irish Posture and Mobility Network,


  • 2013 - Clinical Research Associate of the Year Irish Healthcare Awards 2013
  • 2008 - Building a Sustainable Wheelchair and Seating Provision Community – Meeting Peoples' Primary Needs Now and in the Future


  • 2012 University of Limerick - Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2000 Trinity College Dublin - M.Sc.
  • 1995 Brunel University - B.Sc. (Hon.)
  • 1988 Dublin Institute of Technology - Certificate


  • Member, World Federation of Occupational Therapy.
  • Member, Association of Occupational Therapist of Ireland
  • Scientific Committee 2016, European Seating Symposium (ESS) 2016
  • Research Group member, Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE), World Health Organisation
  • Sub committee member, International Society of Wheelchair Professionals
  • Member, Irish Posture and Mobility Network