Primary Department
School of Communications
Academic Staff
Donal Mulligan
Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus
Room Number
GLA. C152

Academic biography

Dónal Mulligan is a lecturer and researcher at Dublin City University's School of Communications, where he works on interdisciplinary digital research topics, and teaches on a range of modules related to digital media analysis, design and production. In 2017, he won the President's Teaching Award for Distinctive Approaches to Assessment & Feedback and in 2023 the Overall Award for Excellence in Teaching.

His recent work has focussed in the development and delivery of policy and practice models for the critical review and integration of Generative AI (genAI) in Higher Education. He is also interested in how identity and political discourse are mediated in the structured conversational spaces of social media, and how the emergent field of computational social science addresses and answers these issues with new methodologies. He has collaborated in the development of novel methodologies across disciplines, including current work intersecting with Education Studies and previously with Geochemistry.

Dónal Mulligan is the founding Chair of the Humanities & Social Sciences Faculty Research Ethics Committee, at DCU, and has contributed to the development of new procedures and policy for ethics and reporting. He was a member (2019-2023) of the RIA Irish Humanities Alliance board, and working group on Digital Humanities. He has co-founded and is currently a committee member of DCU's Interdisciplinary Digital Research Group, and is Research Integrity Advocate for the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Research interests

Generative AI, genAI in Higher Education, Digital Research Methods, Digital Research Ethics, Interdisciplinary Research, Online activism, Political Discourse online, Technology in Education