Dr Monica O’Connor

Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities, (PhD), St. Patrick’s College.

Dr Monica O’ConnorIndependent Researcher conducting EU/ISEC funded research. My role was of principal investigator in a comparative research project on trafficking in human beings, led by the Immigrant Council of Ireland, across six Member States of the European Union.  Tasks include facilitating transnational meetings; designing legislative and policy templates for national rapporteurs; designing interview guidelines for national research reports; analysing national data and writing comparative research report.

Government of Ireland Scholar in receipt of a three year scholarship from the Irish Research Council to undertake doctoral research examining the issues of choice, consent, agency and harm in the lives of prostituted and trafficked women in Ireland. Doctorate awarded in February 2014.

Independent Consultant to the Voluntary and Statutory Sector leading the development of emergency and long term services to women subjected to violence; driving a critical research agenda on social justice, gender based violence in Ireland and the EU; acting as a principal researcher on key projects that have informed important policy and legislative developments on violence against women at both national and regional levels in Ireland.

Manager of Policy, Training and Research in Women’s Aid, Dublin with responsibility for: the design, development and delivery of innovative training modules to Health Care Professionals, Gardai (Police), Social Services and NGOs; lobbying for social and legal reform; leading a research programme to inform policy and legislative change.

Practitioner in Women’s Refuge Dublin with responsibility for providing support, safety planning and legal advocacy for women and children subjected to physical, emotional and sexual violence by intimate partners.

1985-1987: Adult Education and Community Development worker in Bonnybrook Centre for the Unemployed with responsibility for return to study programmes for women experiencing social and educational disadvantage.

Additional professional appointments

2002-2008: Policy Advisor to the National Domestic Violence Intervention Agency Ireland (NDVIA)
2002-2008: Chair of the National Advisory Committee of the NDVIA
1998-2005: The Irish Expert on the European Women’s Lobby Observatory on Violence against Women
1998-2000:  Government appointee to the National Steering Committee on Violence against Women
1996-1997: Ministerial appointee to the first Irish Government Task Force on Violence against Women

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