Caroline O’Sullivan is a cultural sociologist focusing mainly on the disciplines of media and music. She was appointed Senior Lecturer in Creative Media in 2013 having previously held the posts Head of Creative Media Programmes and Head of Section of Creative Media from the years 2008-2013. She graduated from University College Dublin with a BA (Joint Hons) in Sociology and Library and Information Science and from Dublin City University with an MSc in Multimedia. She completed her PhD in the Department of Sociology in Trinity College Dublin on the changing practices of Musicians in the age of Social Media.
Caroline has been lecturing in Dundalk Institute of Technology since 2000 where she has lectured in the areas of Media Studies, Interaction and Graphic Design, Digital Media Culture, Popular Music, Innovation and Contemporary issues in Creative Media Industries, Research Methodologies and Practice Based Research. She has been extensively involved in course development in the disciplines of Communications and Creative Media, Film Production, Music Production and Games Development not only within Dundalk Institute of Technology but also with University of Ulster, Griffith College Dublin, Upper Bann Institute of Further Education and FETAC.
She is currently employed as an external examiner for the University of Ulster (Coleraine) having previously held the position in Letterkenny Institute of Technology and the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire. She was a member of the management committee of Honeycomb – Creative Works a €5mil INTERREG IV project funded by SUEPB promoting the Creative Industries across the border counties of the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and West of Scotland.
Admitted onto the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC now QQI) expert register in 2006. She has since has consulted for HETAC, the Office of Public Works and The National Centre for Technology in Education.
Caroline is a member of the Sociological Association of Ireland (SAI), the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) and the Irish Social Science Platform (ISSP) and has published and presented worldwide in the areas of popular music, the culture of social media, Identity and expression online, Internet youth culture, gender, and creativity and entrepreneurship in education.
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