Research Staff

Research Staff

Director of Research

Jill Donoghue

Vice President for Global Affairs (2013 to present)Director of Research at the IIEA (1997 to present)Former Director General of the IIEA (2007-2009)Former lecturer in UCD, Maynooth, University of Limerick and the Smurfit Business SchoolDeputy Director of the Language Centre in UCDMember of the board for International relations of Royal Irish AcademyMember of the board of Communicating EuropeMember of the advisory board of the IIIS
Deputy Director of Research (Brexit)

Andrew Gilmore

Andrew Gilmore is the Deputy Director of Research at the Institute of International and European Affairs, and an Associate Researcher at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). In his role at the IIEA, he is responsible for coordinating the work of the UK project group, in particular the IIEA’s extensive Brexit events and publications programme. He is a contributor to ongoing projects at the ECFR, focusing on Brexit, populism and European foreign policy. He is also responsible for the IIEA’s Foreign Policy, Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy programmes. He was previously the lead researcher for the IIEA’s Banking Union project group (2013-2015) and is the co-author and co-editor of the 2014 IIEA book Banking Union: Progress and Prospects.
Chief Economist

Dan O’Brien

Dan O’Brien is the IIEA Chief Economist. He is also Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the School of Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin and a columnist and economics analyst for the Independent Newspaper group.For three years from mid-2010 Dan was economics editor of the Irish Times, analysing and commenting on a wide range of Irish, European and global issues. Prior to that he spent a dozen years, based in London and Geneva, as senior economist and editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit, an arm of The Economist Newspaper Group. Dan has also worked for the European Commission and as a consultant for the United Nations and Forfas, an Irish government in-house think tank.During his career, in which he has lived and worked in seven European countries, Dan has commented frequently in the domestic and international media, for broadcasters such as CNN and the BBC and in print, for newspapers such as the International Herald Tribune and the Financial Times. His book “Ireland, Europe and the World: Writings on a New Century” was published in October 2009.
Senior Researcher (Justice and Home Affairs, Development, Security)

Eóin O’Keeffe

Eóin O’Keeffe is the IIEA’s Justice and Home Affairs, and Development Researcher. In particular, his work focuses on migration and asylum, borders and Schengen, counter-terrorism, data protection, and police and judicial cooperation. As part of the Development Matters Series, he focuses on making a tangible contribution the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals by providing a forum to engage stakeholders in a critical discussion of the international development agenda.Before joining the IIEA, Eóin spent a year working for an NGO in Croatia working on European projects and two years in Poland working for Frontex as part of the executive support team. His work in Frontex was based around human rights, risk analysis and quality management. Eóin holds a NOHA Master’s Degree in Humanitarian Action from UCD, a Master’s Degree in Peace and International Development Studies from the University of Limerick and BA in Sociology and Classical Studies from UCD.
Senior Researcher (Future of the EU27)

Dr Róisín Smith

Róisín Smith is a Senior Researcher on the IIEA’s Future of the EU27 Project. Prior to joining the IIEA, she worked as a Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention, Maynooth University.  She has taught courses on international political conflict, EU and UN peacebuilding, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, in Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin and Maynooth University. She has worked on EU Horizon 2020 programmes and has also provided research and evaluation projects for NGOs in Ireland and Africa. Róisín holds a PhD in Political Science from Queen’s University Belfast and MA in International Relations from the University of Limerick.
Researcher (Foreign Policy, Brexit)

Sophie Andrews-McCarroll

Sophie Andrews-McCarroll is a Researcher working on the IIEA’s Brexit Programme and EU Foreign Policy programme. She is a graduate of European Studies in Trinity College, where she majored in German and minored in Russian. Her final year research focused on minority language rights in former Soviet countries. She is a former senior editor at The University Times, Trinity College Dublin.
Research Intern

Niamh Fallon

Niamh Fallon is a Research Intern at the IIEA. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked in emergencies programme support with Plan International Ireland, a Dublin-based NGO. She recently completed an MA in International Relations at DCU, where she focused on identity in African politics. In addition to this, Niamh also holds an MA in Musicology and Performance and a Bachelor of Music Degree, both from Maynooth University. She is a classically trained musician and former leader of the Maynooth University orchestra.
Researcher (Future of the EU27)

Clare Gray

Clare Gray is a Researcher working on the IIEA’s Future of the EU27 Project. Prior to this, she worked as a trainee in the Directorate-General for the Presidency of the European Parliament, where she was part of a team that provided administrative support to the Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group. She also worked with global communications consultancy Hanover and spent time as a Language Assistant at the University of Córdoba, Spain. She holds a BA in European Studies with French and Spanish from Trinity College Dublin.
Researcher (Digital Future, Germany)

Deirdre Ní Cheallacháin

Deirdre Ní Cheallacháin is the Digital Policy Researcher at the IIEA. Prior to joining the IIEA, she worked as Plus Market Coordinator at Airbnb EMEA Headquarters in Dublin.  She was previously Policy Officer at the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg; prior to this she was a blue book Trainee in the Innovation Unit in DG EAC, European Commission. She was a DAAD  Researcher at Friedrich-Wilhelm University, Bonn  and was elected a Scholar of Trinity College Dublin. She holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, Galway, and a BA from Trinity College Dublin.
Researcher (Climate and Energy)

Luke O’Callaghan-White

Luke O Callaghan-White is a Research Intern at the IIEA, working on energy and climate policy. Prior to joining the IIEA, he worked as an analyst at the Toronto-based research organisation the Canadian Centre for Responsibility to Protect. Luke has a B.A. in political science and geography from Trinity College Dublin. He also holds an M.A. in political science from the University of Toronto
Researcher (Security and Defence, France)

Clodagh Quain

Clodagh Quain is the Security and Defence Researcher at the IIEA. Prior to joining the IIEA, she worked as an attaché for the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the OSCE in Vienna; prior to this she was a research assistant at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris and Brussels, and a trainee at the EU Delegation for the Pacific in Fiji. Clodagh Quain was also a Pat Cox Fellow at the European Parliament. She holds an MA in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe, Bruges and a BA from University College Cork and Sciences Po, Paris.
Researcher (Economics)

Cillian Rossi

Cillian Rossi is the Economic Policy Researcher at the IIEA. Prior to joining the IIEA, he worked in Trinity College Dublin’s Global Relations Office and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture. He holds an MEconSc in European Public Policy and Law from University College Dublin, and a BA in Classics and French from Trinity College Dublin.