Research and Innovation Projects by the School of Home Economics

Research Area Details
Culinary Skills & Food Education
(Feb 2021–present)
A collaborative research project which aims to assess the effectiveness of the successful ‘Cook Like A Boss’ children’s camp intervention delivered as an adapted online version.

Affiliated Institutions: Queens University Belfast, University Ulster, St. Angela’s College and DCU
Staff Involved: Dr Elaine Mooney & Amanda Mc Cloat
Sustainable Food Practices         
(2020-2023)
Food for Thought 2.0: Equipping future hospitality employees with a sound knowledge of local food systems and sustainable food practices

Affiliated Companies/Organisations: St. Angela’s College (Lead Partner), South West College, NI, Workforce Development Trust, UK, and Alexandre Dumas College, France, Erasmus + Programme
Staff Involved: Helen Maguire, Amanda Mc Cloat, Eoin Ó Fátharta (Research Assistant)
Development Education 
(2021-2022)
 
Education, Development and Sustainability

Affiliated Institutions: St. Angela’s College, Ubuntu Network, Irish Government, Irish Aid
Staff Involved: Dr Maria Campbell, Helen Maguire, Dr Louise Mylotte, Anna Callaghan, Eithne Davies
Home Economics in the Community
(2020–present)
An exploration of the role of Home Economists in the community working as Tusla Home Management Advisors

Staff Involved: Sonya Coffey, Amanda Mc Cloat and Dr Elaine Mooney 
Food Studies 
(2020–present) 
Changes in Consumers’ Food Practices during the COVID-19 Lockdown.

Affiliated Institutions: Queens University Belfast and St. Angela’s College
Staff Involved: Dr Elaine Mooney & Amanda Mc Cloat
Food Science
(2020)
Gulp! An Interactive science and food event for wider public held for Science Week 2020

Affiliated Companies/Organisations: St. Angela’s College, Science Foundation Ireland
Staff Involved: Breda O’ Mahony, Helen Maguire and Amanda McCloat  
Home Economics
(2020-2025)
Investigating Home Economics as a field of study; the culture, curriculum, and pedagogy of Home Economics, and how the discipline of Home Economics is shaped.

Affiliated Companies/Organisations: St. Angela’s College, NUI Galway
Staff Involved: Paula Doherty, Dr Eileen-Kelly Blakeney, Amanda McCloat
Food Studies      
(2019-present)
Assessment of the use of meat thermometers by consumers on the island of Ireland

Affiliated Institutions: St. Angela’s College, Ulster University, University of Surrey, Safefood
Staff Involved: Dr Elaine Mooney & Amanda Mc Cloat
Food Safety      
(2019-present)
Food safety advice for vulnerable patients/residents in healthcare settings on the Island of Ireland.

Affiliated Institutions: St. Angela’s College, Ulster University, University of Surrey, Safefood
Staff Involved: Dr Elaine Mooney & Amanda Mc Cloat
Who Cares in Europe?
(2019-2023) 
EU COST Action ‘Who Cares in Europe?’ This project explores the relationships among voluntary associations, families and states in the creation of social welfare in EuropeThis project has 23 countries as members and runs from 2019-2023.

Staff Involved: Dr Patricia Kennedy
Teaching & Learning
(2019-2021)
 
Embedding digital technology in Home Economics teacher education

Affiliated Companies/Organisations: St. Angela’s College, Teaching and Learning Forum
Staff Involved: Maria Campbell & Helen Maguire
Design Brief Process
(2018-present)  
Developing a design brief process for use in Home Economics modules and curricula at all levels of Post Primary and Higher Education, across the three core discipline areas of Food Studies, TFD and FRM.

Affiliated Companies/Organisations: St. Angela’s College
Staff Involved: Helen Maguire, Ursula O’Shea, Paula Doherty, 
Home Economics Education   
(2018-present)
Advancing the teaching of Home Economics on the island of ireland: a north south comparative study.

Affiliated Institutions: University Ulster and St. Angela’s College
Staff Involved: Amanda Mc Cloat, Sonya Coffey, and Paula Doherty 
Cooking Skills & Food Education
(2017–ongoing)
Fun with Food: Community Home Economics food education intervention and funded research project with families in the North-West of Ireland.

Affiliated Companies/Organisations: St. Angela’s College
Staff Involved: Amanda Mc Cloat, Dr Elaine Mooney, Sonya Coffey, Roisin Lydon
Sustainable Food Practices
(2017-2020)
Project: Food for Thought 1.0 Sustainable Food PracticesResearch Partners: South West College (Enniskillen), St. Angela’s College, Sligo, Workforce Development Trust (UK) and Alexandre Dumas College (France).

Affiliated Companies/Organisations: South West College, NI (Lead Partner), St. Angela’s College, Workforce Development Trust, UK, Alexandre Dumas College, France, IÐAN fræðslusetur, Iceland, Erasmus + Programme
Staff Involved: Helen Maguire, Amanda Mc Cloat
Home Economics & Food Education in the Community
(2016–ongoing)
Recipes for Success: A nutrition education and research project promoting Home Economics through the development of food literacy skills among amateur sports players in a community-based setting. Research on application of innovative toolkit resource focusing on healthy living to optimise performance.

Affiliated Companies/Organisations: Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), St. Angela’s College,
Staff Involved: Dr Elaine Mooney, Roisin Lydon, Amanda Mc Cloat 
Nutrition & Health
(2015-2019)
The impact of nutrition and health claims on the perceived healthiness and consumption by adults on the island of Ireland

Affiliated Institutions: St. Angela’s College, Queen’s University Belfast, Surrey University, Safefood
Staff Involved: Dr Elaine Mooney & Amanda Mc Cloat
Development Education 
(2017)
 
The Integration of Development Education into the ITE Home Economics Programme.

Affiliated Institutions: Ubuntu Network funded research
Staff Involved: Dr Maria Campbell, Dr Kathryn McSweeney, Dr Hanna Kuusisaari, Dr Louise Lehane, Helen Maguire, Kate Mohan, Dr Louise Mylotte, Amanda McCloat, & Breda O’ Mahony
Health & Wellbeing (2015-2017)  Design and Provision of Fitness Programme and Personal Training with Traveller Women

Affiliated Companies/Organisations: Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre, Dublin 1
Staff Involved: 
Dr Patricia Kennedy 
Cooking Skills
(2014–2016)
 
The impact of cooking and food related food skills on healthiness of diets

Affiliated Institutions: St. Angela’s College, Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University, Safefood
Staff Involved: Dr Elaine Mooney & Amanda Mc Cloat 
Home Economics & Food Education
(2015–present)
 
Home Economics as a food education intervention, lessons for food policy.

Affiliated Companies/Organisations: St. Angela’s College and University of London, City 
Staff Involved: Amanda McCloat, Professor Martin Caraher  
Public Health
(2018-2025)
 
Investigation into the implementation of the nutrition standards for school food.

Affiliated Institutions: NUI Galway (Dr. Colette Kelly & Claire Kerins, Discipline of Health Promotion) & Dr. Celine Murrin, University College Dublin.
Staff Involved: Breda O' Mahoney
 
Entrepreneurship Education     
(2019-2026)
 
Researching the factors that can lead to enhanced Social Entrepreneurial Intention in Irish Secondary School students.

Affiliated Institutions: St. Angela’s College, NUI Galway
Staff Involved: Ronan McArt, Dr Veronica McCauley & Dr Paul Flynn
Home Economics Education     
(2020-2025)
 
"An investigation into the use of Information & Communication Technologies in Irish Post Primary Schools"

Affiliated Companies/Organisations: St. Angela’s College, University of Lincoln, UK. 
Staff Involved: Anna Callaghan, Dr Nikolaos Fotou    
Widening Participation   (2020-2024)  Access to Post-Primary Teaching (APT): Supporting the Access and Retention of Lower Socio-economic Groups in/to Initial Teacher Education. (St. Angela’s strand) 

Affiliated Institutions: Higher Education Authority’s Programme for Access to Higher Education (PATH) Funded,
Staff Involved:  Dr Eileen Kelly-Blakeney, Principal Investigator, Dr Patricia Kennedy & Ian Kennedy 
Gender History
(2020-2021)
A collaborative project with several orders of religious sisters in Ireland to collect their personal narratives. 

Staff Involved: Dr Patricia Kennedy
Knowledge Transfer 
(up to 2020)
Fusion Knowledge Transfer Programmes involving the knowledge transfer of food related research (NPD, nutritional, sensory, labelling, shelf life, food safety, etc.,) to  companies through post graduate students placed in food/beverage industries for up to 2 years duration

Affiliated Companies/Organisations: St. Angela’s College Food Technology Centre
Staff Involved: Michael Hosey
Business/Marketing (ongoing) TIME Project:Project to establish and meet the training needs of Irish hospitality industry with regard to marketing and Management training.

Staff Involved: Ronan McArt
Food Innovation           (up to 2020) Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher Scheme, supporting food related SME’s with innovative projects across the island of Ireland

Affiliated Companies/Organisations: St. Angela’s College Food Technology Centre
Staff Involved: Michael Hosey
Initial Teacher Education        
(2019-2023)
Researching school-university partnerships and drawing upon collaborative professionalism to support student teachers in Initial Teacher Education. 

Affiliated Companies/Organisations: St. Angela’s College, Maynooth University 
Staff Involved: Ciara Sloan, Dr. Rose Dolan & Dr. Maija Salokangas
Social Inclusion
(2018)
Roma in Ireland: A National Needs Assessment (2018) A participatory research project with 18 peer researchers from the Roma community and its recommendations have been incorporated into  the National Traveller and Roma Integration Strategy (NTRIS).

Staff Involved:
 Dr Patricia Kennedy, PI
Social Inclusion / Ageing
(2017-2018)
The Gong Shuttle, a multi-disciplinary research project on the role of free public transport in the prevention of loneliness and isolation in ageing populations, NSW, Australia (2017-2018).

Staff Involved: Patricia Kennedy, PI
Nutrition & Health    (2018-2023) Investigating the nutritional knowledge, dietary intake, and food-related behaviours of students. 

Affiliated Companies/Organisations: St. Angela’s College, NUI Galway
Staff Involved: Michelle O’Leary, Dr Elaine Mooney, Amanda McCloat
Sustainable Fashion Consumption (2018) The Impacts of a Re-Imagined T-shirt Brief on sustainable Fashion Consumption of Third Level Home Economics Students.

Staff involved: Ursula O’Shea, Emer Maher Dowling
Development Education
(2017-2018)
The Integration of Development Education into the ITE Home Economics Programme.

Affiliated Institutions: Ubuntu Network, Government of Ireland, Irish Aid 
Staff involved: Campbell, M., McSweeney, K., Carty, C., Kuusisaari, H., Lehane, L., Maguire, H., Mohan, K., Mylotte, L., McCloat, A. & O ’Mahony, B.
Widening Participation in Initial Teacher Education
(2017-2020)
Access to Post-Primary Teaching (APT) project  

Affiliated Institutions: NUIG School of Education, funded by HEA Programme for Access to Third Level (PATH) Strand 1, 
Staff involved: Dr Eileen Kelly-Blakeney, Dr Patricia Kennedy, Dr Andrea Lynch (Marino Institute)
Infant Feeding
(2016-2017)
Infant feeding choices: A qualitative and quantitative analysis of expectant womens’ intentions of infant feeding in Community Healthcare Organisation in Ireland. 

Affiliated Institutions: IT Sligo and St. Angela’s College  
Staff involved: Amanda Mc Cloat, Dr Elaine Mooney, Roisin Lydon
Sustainable Clothing Consumption   
(2016-present)
Examining the active use phase of clothing consumption in Ireland. Documenting and analysing practices in everyday clothing wear, care, maintenance and repair across an intergenerational sample group. 

Affiliated Companies/Organisations: St. Angela’s College, NUI Galway
Staff Involved: Helen Maguire, Professor Frances Fahy 
Culinary Skills
(2015-16)
Professional Culinary Programme focusing on the development of practical culinary skills for the tourism & hospitality industry.

Affiliated Companies/Organisations: St. Angela’s College, First Western Limited (Fáilte Ireland)
Staff Involved: Helen Maguire, Amanda Mc Cloat. 
Specialist Stitching for Medical Implant Technology      
(2015)
Specialist Stitching for Medical Implant Technology

Affiliated Companies/Organisations: St. Angela’s College, IDA Ireland, HEA Springboard+
Staff Involved: Amanda Mc Cloat, Ursula O’Shea, Helen Maguire
Health & Wellbeing (2015-2017) Design and Provision of Fitness Programme and Personal Training with Traveller Women

Affiliated Companies/Organisations: Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre, Dublin 1
Staff Involved: Dr Patricia Kennedy
Health & Wellbeing(2014-2015) An examination into the link between salt intake and obesity in a representative sample of the UK population 

Affiliated Companies/Organisations: St. Angela’s College, Ulster University 
Staff Involved: Roisin Lydon    
Specialist Stitching for Medical Implant Technology       (2014) Specialist Stitching for Medical Implant Technology

Affiliated Companies/Organisations: St. Angela’s College, IDA Ireland, HEA Springboard+
Staff Involved: Amanda Mc Cloat, Ursula O’Shea, Helen Maguire
Cooking Skills (2013-2016) “What’s Ireland Cooking? Parents’ cooking skills an island of Ireland study” 

Affiliated Companies/Organisations: St. Angela’s College, Ulster University
Staff Involved: Amanda Mc Cloat, Dr Elaine Mooney