Éamonn joined the Grants and Innovation Office at Karlstad University (Sweden) full-time in 2012. He works with individual researchers, research teams, research centres, and departments in supporting a strategic approach to research as well as their professional and personal development. He works alongside colleagues in developing quality assurance processes for research applications. Éamonn has been instrumental and key to the development of competence development workshops that have the overarching aim of increasing the researcher’s ability to compete for external funding and to build relevance and reputation for themselves and for the university. One such series of workshops are CTRIVE® which ensures that researchers’ careers and applications for external funding are cutting-edge. Éamonn works with researchers, university policy, and practice in relation to the European Commission’s Framework Programme for research and innovation, Horizon Europe.
Before Éamonn moved to Sweden, he was the Director of Community Relations in Schools in Northern Ireland. Here he was engaged with supporting higher education institutions, and public bodies involved in teacher training, and education developing knowledge and skills for working within a divided and contested society. He also worked alongside curriculum developers in exploring how contentious issues could be incorporated and engaged within the subjects of history, social studies, and civics education. Éamonn was also responsible for developing interventions within the education sector and in communities that would contribute to societal transformation as well as contribute to the policy dynamic of building a more shared and cohesive society. This alongside some special advising roles was part of the processes underpinning the Northern Ireland peace process.
Éamonn has also worked in an international context within the field of Conflict transformation and community capacity building.
Éamonn is a graduate of the University of Ulster (Ireland) where he read Social and behavioral science with a focus on people-centered approaches to counseling and personal development.