Dr Suzanne Linnane heads up the ‘Water and Development’ theme within the Centre for Freshwater and Environmental Studies where much of her current work is based around source protection of drinking water sources for rural water supplies in Ireland and sustainable water provision in the developing world. She has been engaging in multi- and trans-disciplinary, collaborative water-related research in Ireland, Europe and Africa (sub-Saharan and South Africa) since 2005, and has built up a number of strong and active partnerships with key academic institutions, policy makers, NGOs, SMEs and community groups both nationally and internationally. All of her projects have a strong stakeholder component and involve consultation with relevant parties throughout all stages of the process with a view to sustainability and policy implementation. She led the large-scale National Source Protection Pilot Project which amongst other outputs - including national reports, strategy documents and on-going source protection assessments of group water schemes nationally - resulted in the production of the popular ‘All about Water’ schoolbook, which is now being translated into 14 European languages. She is currently collaborating with the Ugandan Ministry of Water and Environment to produce a number of policy documents from the Water is Life: Amazzi Bulamu project on which she was project lead. As well as high-level research activities, Suzanne serves as part of the co-ordinating team for the School of Health and Science’s Civic Engagement programme which aims to create opportunities for community-DkIT partnerships. She was one of the founding members of the DkIT Volunteer Society, which actively encourages and facilitates staff and student engagement with the wider society, both locally and globally. She has been involved in the development of a number of postgraduate and undergraduate programmes in DkIT, including the Higher Certificate in Sustainable Water Management (level 9), the BSc (Hons) in Sustainable Agriculture and the BSc (Hons) in Environmental Biology. She contributed to the development of the recently approved Masters in Development Studies at Makerere University, Uganda. She has supervised 4 PhD and 2 MSc projects to completion and is currently supervising a further 2 PhD students, one of whom is carrying out her fieldwork in South Africa, through an international collaboration with DkIT, TU Delft Netherlands and the South African Agricultural Research Council. She has published and presented widely, has made a number of radio appearances, including on LMFM and Radio 1, and has recently appeared in a documentary featuring the Water is Life project.
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