Research Projects

Sarah Murphy

Current Research Masters Student

Optimising integrated care for older people

Sarah Murphy was awarded a CUA PhD bursary with the IT Sligo Department of Social Sciences in October 2020. She is currently working on her PhD which will relate to optimising integrated care for older people. More specifically, Sarah will be studying the experiences of older people participating with the Integrated Care Programme for Older Persons (ICPOP) with a focus on person-centred care. Sarah’s supervisors are Dr Martha Doyle and Dr Niamh Gallagher and this work also involves a collaboration with Dr Carmel Heaney, Department of Social and Nursing Sciences, GMIT.

Sarah has worked as a Research and Programme Manager in national and international NGOs for over ten years where she led research and evaluation projects. She now works as a research and organisational consultant and trainer in the areas of evaluation, strategic planning and governance. Sarah has conducted high level research and been published in areas of public health, law, human rights, socioeconomic disadvantage and education. She is a Guest Lecturer on social policy and research at IT Sligo. Sarah has also lectured on management, governance, change management and social capital on the MA in Leadership and Management for the Community, Voluntary and Public Sectors at St. Angela’s College, National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG). She was Programme Director of the Postgraduate Certificate course in Volunteer Management and Leadership at St. Angela’s College of National University, Ireland Galway (NUIG).

Sarah’s academic qualifications include an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies from the Honourable Society of King’s Inns. Sarah is a Research Associate with Dublin City University and was selected as Ireland Expert for the European Commission on education and early school leaving in 2018-2020. While she relocated to Sligo from Dublin in 2017, she works with charities and organisations nationally and internationally.