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Mr Michael Fitzgibbon

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Food Business & Development

Food Business & Development
O'Rahilly Building
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland
Food Business & Development
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

+353-21-490-3158 m.fitzgibbon@ucc.ie

Biography

Coming from a background in engineering and information systems in the electronics industry, I began work in development in the early 1990s in Tanzania. Returning to Ireland in 1996, I worked at both the International Famine Centre in UCC  (later the Centre for Sustainable Livelihoods), and the statutory Higher Education Equality Unit until 2002. During this time, I worked as a development consultant in Ireland, leading and contributing to a range of projects in diverse areas from: the prevalence of asthma in marginalised communities, through gender equality in engineering education, to policy approaches to interculturalism in higher education. At this time, I also worked as an information systems consultant in sub-Saharan Africa. I joined the Department of Food Business and Development to work both in research and teaching in 2004; involvement in the development and delivery of the joint MSc in Rural Development with Mekelle University (Ethiopia) for most of the last decade was a most rewarding and challenging activity. I currently teach in UCC the areas of International Development, Conflict/Peace, Gender, Humanitarian Responses, Communications and Research Methodologies. Areas that I research include those of Food Insecurity / Smallholder Livelihoods, Value Chains, Gender, Conflict, the Media, ICTs, and in particular, Digital Data Gathering; all of these are focused mainly around impacts and consequences in low-income countries. During the last decade, my research and other development interests have included work in Ethiopia, Malawi, Lesotho, Uganda, Western Sahara, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia, Kenya, and Afghanistan,as well as many European countries.

I also have a strong interest in human rights and development issues closer to home, particularly in relation to minority ethnic groups and other marginalised groups such as the asylum-seeking and other immigrant communities. I was party to the founding of two local non-governmental organisations, Nasc and Ethical Development Action, and have acted as director on these, and also with Cork Simon.

 

Research Interests

Research Interests

Information systems implementations in the South

famine emergency responses

microfinance

interculturalism/antiracism

gender and development

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Committees

  • Facilitate this process, Disability Support Department Representative Group (2014 /)
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Consultancy

  • Sherkin Island Development Society / DIT School of Art, Design and Printing : Sherkin Island Development Society / DIT School of Art, Design and Printing: ‘Programme Evaluation and Review, Evaluation of the Art and Culture Pilot Programme’
  • Institute of Technology, Tallaght : Mentorlink IT Tallaght, Engineering Dept: Online Equality Reference for Women Engineering Students and Workers, Tallaght Institute of Technology
  • SHB Traveller Health Unit and Traveller Visibility Group : SHB Traveller Health Unit and Traveller Visibility Group: 'An Assessment of Traveller Needs in East Cork'
  • IT Tallaght : IT Tallaght: Consultant on the development of Policy, practices and procedures to prevent and address Bullying and Harassment at an Institute level
  • Southern Health Board and Blackpool, The Glen, Mayfield Health Action Zone : Southern Health Board and Blackpool, The Glen, Mayfield Health Action Zone
  • Mentorlink, IT Tallaght, Engineering Dept : Mentorlink, IT Tallaght, Engineering Dept: Consultant on the development of Equality and Diversity policy, practices and procedures
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Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

Year Publication
2014 Exploring the role of citizen journalism in slum improvement: the case of ‘Voice of Kibera’
Desta, T; Fitzgibbon, M and Byrne, N (2014) Exploring the role of citizen journalism in slum improvement: the case of ‘Voice of Kibera’. : AI and Society [Details]
2014 International development: exploring the gap between organisations’ development policy and practice—a Southern perspective
Denis Dennehy, Mike Fitzgibbon, Fergal Carton (2014) International development: exploring the gap between organisations’ development policy and practice—a Southern perspective. : AI and Society [Details]
1991 Some Anthropometric Measures on an Irish Population
Mike FitzGibbon and Tim Gallwey (1991) Some Anthropometric Measures on an Irish Population. : Ergonomics [Details]

Books

Year Publication
2002 Creating an Intercultural Campus
Mike FitzGibbon (2002) Creating an Intercultural Campus. : HEEU [Details]

Edited Books

Year Publication
2007
(2007) . : Mike FitzGibbon, Eamon Lenihan : Centre for Sustainable Livelihoods, UCC [Details]

Book Chapters

Year Publication
2010 The Sahrawis: living the consequences of Earth’s longest military wall
Mike FitzGibbon and Mirjam Hirzel (2010) The Sahrawis: living the consequences of Earth’s longest military wall. : Besosa, M., Ragaven, C., Loree Allen, S. and O’Halloran, A : Kendall Hunt Publishing [Details]

Published Reports

Year Publication
2002 Local Responses to Famine: An Examination of the 1998 Crisis in Southern Sudan
Mike FitzGibbon, Paul Howe (2002) Local Responses to Famine: An Examination of the 1998 Crisis in Southern Sudan. [Details]
1986 Some body dimensions of male industrial employees in the Limerick area
MIke FitzGibbon Gallwey, T.J., and T. Fallon (1986) Some body dimensions of male industrial employees in the Limerick area. [Details]

Conference Publications

Year Publication
2007 Globalisation, Economic Prosperity and Indigenous Minority Groups: Examining the Needs of Travellers in East Cork, Ireland
Mike FItzGibbon and Jacqui O'Riordan (2007) Globalisation, Economic Prosperity and Indigenous Minority Groups: Examining the Needs of Travellers in East Cork, Ireland. [Details]
2008 An Evaluation of the Experiences of Participants in the Mentorlink Programme - IT Tallaght . In: Godfroy-Genin, Anne-Sophie eds
Lucy McCauley, Martha Burton, Mike FitzGibbon, Jacqui O’Riordan (2008) An Evaluation of the Experiences of Participants in the Mentorlink Programme - IT Tallaght . In: Godfroy-Genin, Anne-Sophie eds. [Details]
2010 Enhancing Rural Development Capacity through North-South Collaborative Graduate Programmes: An Ireland - Ethiopia Case Study. Challenges ; Innovative Process for Capacity Strengthening in Agriculture for Development
Chisolm, Nick; Fitzgibbon, Mike; Onakuse, S (2010) Enhancing Rural Development Capacity through North-South Collaborative Graduate Programmes: An Ireland - Ethiopia Case Study. Challenges ; Innovative Process for Capacity Strengthening in Agriculture for Development. [Details]
2014 How Can Science Produce Unequal Relationships: The Nanotechnology Metaphor
Mike FitzGibbon; Stapleton, A; Cintora, A; De Anda, C (2014) How Can Science Produce Unequal Relationships: The Nanotechnology Metaphor. [Details]
2007 Degrees of Freedom: Applied Development Research in Ethiopia through a South-North Partnership Programme . In: Carol Healy eds
Mike FitzGibbon Nick Chisholm, Tom Crowley, Nigussie Abadi and Mitiku Haile H (2007) Degrees of Freedom: Applied Development Research in Ethiopia through a South-North Partnership Programme . In: Carol Healy eds. [Details]
2002 Short-changed: Gendered Consequences of Implementing Financial Services in Moshi Rural District, Northern Tanzania
Mike FItzGibbon (2002) Short-changed: Gendered Consequences of Implementing Financial Services in Moshi Rural District, Northern Tanzania. [Details]
2008 The Impact of New Generation Churches on Poverty in Nigeria Development Process
S.Onakuse, E.Lenihan, Mike FitzGibbon (2008) The Impact of New Generation Churches on Poverty in Nigeria Development Process. [Details]
2014 A Comparative Analysis of Traditional and Digital Data Collection Methods in Social Research in LDCs - Case Studies Exploring Implications for Participation, Empowerment, and (mis)Understandings
Mike FitzGibbon; Gretta Fitzgerald (2014) A Comparative Analysis of Traditional and Digital Data Collection Methods in Social Research in LDCs - Case Studies Exploring Implications for Participation, Empowerment, and (mis)Understandings. [Details]
2003 Interculturalism and Diversity in Higher Education in Ireland . In: Ronit Lentin eds
Mike FItzGibbon (2003) Interculturalism and Diversity in Higher Education in Ireland . In: Ronit Lentin eds. [Details]
1986 An Investigation into the Forecasting Merits of Improvement-Curve Models using “Las Vegas” methods
Mike FitzGibbon and Prof Graham Hitchings (1986) An Investigation into the Forecasting Merits of Improvement-Curve Models using “Las Vegas” methods. [Details]
2012 Exploring the Role of citizen Journalism in Slum Improvement: The Case of Voice of Kibera
Tedla Desta, Mike Fitzgibbon, Noreen Byrne (2012) Exploring the Role of citizen Journalism in Slum Improvement: The Case of Voice of Kibera. [Details]
2010 Enhancing Rural Development Capacity through North-South Collaborative Graduate Programmes: An Ireland ¿ Ethiopia Case Study
Chisholm Nick, Onakuse S and Mike Fitzgibbon (2010) Enhancing Rural Development Capacity through North-South Collaborative Graduate Programmes: An Ireland ¿ Ethiopia Case Study. [Details]
2008 The Impact of New Generation Churches on Poverty in Nigeria Development Process
Onakuse, S., Eamon Lenihan and Mike Fitzgibbon (2008) The Impact of New Generation Churches on Poverty in Nigeria Development Process. [Details]
2008 An Evaluation of the Experiences of Participants in the Mentorlink Programme - IT Tallaght . In: Godfroy-Genin, Anne-Sophie eds
McAuley, Lucy, Martha Burton, Jacqui O'Riordan and Mike FitzGibbon (2008) An Evaluation of the Experiences of Participants in the Mentorlink Programme - IT Tallaght . In: Godfroy-Genin, Anne-Sophie eds. [Details]

Conference Contributions

Year Publication
2006 Building on One's Strengths: A North-South Collaboration in Education and Research. [Invited Oral Presentation]
Chisholm, N., Behailu, M., Crowley, T. and Fitzgibbon, M (2006) Building on One's Strengths: A North-South Collaboration in Education and Research. [Invited Oral Presentation]. [Details]
2014 Setting Standrads for the Development of a Sustainable Groundnut Value Chain in Malawi. [Oral Presentation]
Fitzgerald, G., Fitzgibbon. M., Chisholm, N. and Dalzell, H (2014) Setting Standrads for the Development of a Sustainable Groundnut Value Chain in Malawi. [Oral Presentation]. [Details]
2008 [Editorship of Whole Conference Proceedings]
Onakuse S., Eamon Lenihan and Mike Fitzgibbon (2008) [Editorship of Whole Conference Proceedings]. [Details]
2004 Challenges for Professional Education in the Third Level Sector. [Invited Lectures (Conference)]
Mike FItzGibbon (2004) Challenges for Professional Education in the Third Level Sector. [Invited Lectures (Conference)]. [Details]
2014 : Setting Standards for the Development of a Sustainable Groundnut Value Chain in Malawi. [Oral Presentation]
Gretta Fitzgerald, Mike FitzGibbon, Howard Dalzell, Nick Chisholm (2014) : Setting Standards for the Development of a Sustainable Groundnut Value Chain in Malawi. [Oral Presentation]. [Details]
2014 Invited Chair - Session:Engineering Ethics, Power, Development and Minority and Majority World Countries. [Chair Sessions at Symposia]
Mike FitzGibbon (2014) Invited Chair - Session:Engineering Ethics, Power, Development and Minority and Majority World Countries. [Chair Sessions at Symposia]. [Details]
2013 Development Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference in association with the Irish Forum for Global Health. [Oral Presentation]
Jacqui O'Riordan and Mike FitzGibbon (2013) Development Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference in association with the Irish Forum for Global Health. [Oral Presentation]. [Details]
2007 Globalisation, Economic Prosperity and Indigenous Minority Groups: Examining the Needs of Travelers in East Cork, Ireland. [Oral Presentation]
Mike FitzGibbon (2007) Globalisation, Economic Prosperity and Indigenous Minority Groups: Examining the Needs of Travelers in East Cork, Ireland. [Oral Presentation]. [Details]
2012 Exploring the Role of citizen Journalism in Slum Improvement: The Case of Voice of Kibera. [Invited Lectures (Conference)]
Tedla Desta, Mike Fitzgibbon, Noreen Byrne (2012) Exploring the Role of citizen Journalism in Slum Improvement: The Case of Voice of Kibera. [Invited Lectures (Conference)]. [Details]
2012 International development: exploring the gap between organisations’ development policy and practice—a Southern perspective. [Invited Lectures (Conference)]
Denis Dennehy, Mike Fitzgibbon, Fergal Carton (2012) International development: exploring the gap between organisations’ development policy and practice—a Southern perspective. [Invited Lectures (Conference)]. [Details]
2013 The Evolution of Digital Data Collection in the Monitoring & Evaluation of Projects in Developing Country Contexts. [Invited Lectures (Conference)]
Gretta Fitzgerald; Mike FitzGibbon (2013) The Evolution of Digital Data Collection in the Monitoring & Evaluation of Projects in Developing Country Contexts. [Invited Lectures (Conference)]. [Details]
2013 Institutionalised Infantilisation and State Subjugation: state control of the mundane in an environment of uncertainty. [Oral Presentation]
Mike FItzGibbon and Jacqui O'Riordan (2013) Institutionalised Infantilisation and State Subjugation: state control of the mundane in an environment of uncertainty. [Oral Presentation]. [Details]
2012 Exploring the role of Citizen Journalism: The case of Kibera. [Oral Presentation]
Desta, T, Fitzgibbon, M. and N. Byrne (2012) Exploring the role of Citizen Journalism: The case of Kibera. [Oral Presentation]. [Details]
2014 Impact of Crop Production Strategies on Household Food Security and Welfare in Malawi’s Central Region. [Poster Presentation]
Gretta Fitzgerald; Lana Repar, Howard Dalzell; Mike FitzGibbon; Nick Chisholm (2014) Impact of Crop Production Strategies on Household Food Security and Welfare in Malawi’s Central Region. [Poster Presentation]. [Details]
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