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 Emma McKenna

Emma Mckenna

028 9097 5869


Emma McKenna is Co-ordinator of The Science Shop at Queen’s University Belfast, working with community based organisations to develop research projects suitable for completion by students as part of their degree. 

After completing her PhD in Sociology, where she taught women’s studies and sociology at undergraduate level, she worked in research and policy in voluntary organisations for a number of years.

She has researched and supported public engagement internationally, and mentored new Science Shops across the UK and Ireland and in India, Canada, France and Norway. She has also supported public engagement through the curriculum at a policy level as part of the EC funded PERARES project (Public Engagement with Research and Research Engagement with Society), and is currently deputy co-ordinator of the EC funded EnRRICH project – Enhancing Responsible Research and Innovation through Curricula in Higher Education.

Responsibilities within the University

Working with academic staff and students to promote and support community engaged research through the curriculum.

External Recognition

Deputy Coordinator on the EC funded Enhancing Responsible Research and Innovation through Curricula in Higher Education (EnRRICH) project

Associate Editor, Research for All journal

Professional and Personal Interests

Yoga and fitness, gardening, travel, reading.