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.
His doctoral research focussed on the study of Irish political discourse on Twitter, amongst which the 2015 Marriage Referendum was a major case study. He is 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. Especially relevant here are the application and development of ethics in digital research.
Dónal Mulligan is a member 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, more details on which are available at: hybridresearch.org 
He was a co-investigator (2015 - 2017) on an Erasmus+ project investigating the use and efficacy of tablet technologies in the European classroom, and maintains a research interest in the effective use of communicative media technologies in educational settings.

Research interests

Digital Research Methods, Digital Research Ethics, Interdisciplinary Research, Online activism, Political Discourse on Twitter, Technology in Education