Dónal Mulligan


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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.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2020 O'Sullivan, G; Chew, D; Kenny, G; Hendrichs, I; Mulligan, D (2020) 'The trace element composition of apatite and its application to detrital provenance studies'. Earth-Science Reviews, 201 . [Link] https://doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2019.103044

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2018 Mulligan, Dónal (2018) 'Humour, Satire & Counter-Discourse around Ireland's 2015 Marriage Referendum Online: An Analysis of #MarRef' In: Non-Violent Resistance: Irreverence in Irish Culture. Oxford; New York : Peter Lang.

Conference Publication

Year Publication
2018 Mulligan, Dónal (2018) Innovations and Design in Online and Blended Learning (EdTech 2018) Developing an online peer review tool for university group project based assessment Ireland, [Link]
2017 Mulligan, Dónal (2017) Queering Ireland 2017: 19th Annual USC Comparative Literature Conference . In: Madden, E eds. Social change, 140 characters at a time: A Bourdieusian analysis of the discourse of topical Irish political discourse on Twitter Columbia, South Carolina,
2015 Mulligan, Dónal (2015) Fifth Annual Postgraduate Conference in Humanities and Education Tracking Twitter: Quantitative methodological imperatives derived from qualitative interviewing
2023 Dónal Mulligan (2023) SEX PAN!CS 2023 Pretty Vicious Abuse - Structural Analysis of Organised Homophobic Hate Speech Against an Irish Minister on Twitter Dublin, Ireland, https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.10703279

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2016 Mulligan, Dónal (2016) Campaigning for Change: campaign and communications tools and strategies YesEquality and VoteWithUs.org: insights on effective social media communications strategy for social change Dublin, Ireland, .
2016 Mulligan, Dónal (2016) Non-Violent Resistance: SOFEIR Annual International Conference 2016 Satire and humour in #marref discourse Dublin, Ireland, .
2015 Mulligan, Dónal; Duffy, Mel (2015) Xth IASSCS Conference International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture & Society, 10th International Conference Dublin, Ireland, 17/06/2016-20/09/2016.
2015 Mulligan, Dónal (2015) Xth IASSCS Conference International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture & Society, 10th International Conference Dublin, Ireland, 17/06/2015-20/06/2015.

Book Review

Year Publication
2010 Mulligan, Dónal (2010) Queer Notions: New Plays and Performances from Ireland. Alberta, Canada: BREV [Link]

Discussion Paper

Year Publication
2017 Mulligan, Dónal; Judge, Miriam (2017) Systematic evaluation of educational apps: The MICOOL App Rubric. Dublin, Ireland: DP [Link]
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Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
17/05/2023 Overall Winner: President’s Award for Teaching Excellence Dublin City University
01/05/2017 President's Award for Distinctive Approaches to Assessment & Feedback DCU President's Awards for Excellence in Teaching


Committee Function From / To
Uaneen Module Member of the committee responsible for the development and administration of DCU's module recognising and awarding credit for excellence in extra-curricular activity and in associated learning. 01/10/2008 - 31/08/2023
Athena Swan School SAT 01/09/2019 -
RIA Irish Humanities Alliance https://irishhumanities.com 01/09/2019 - 31/07/2023
DCU HSS Faculty Research Ethics Committee (F-REC) Founding chair; developed the procedures, documents and resources, and established the operation of the faculty-level ethics review process at DCU. 01/07/2021 -
Athena Swan University Committee Representative for the School of Communications on the University-level Athena Swan SAT 07/07/2021 - 10/02/2023
Faculty Research Integrity Advocates Committee 01/07/2023 -
CHANSE "Transformations – Social and Cultural Dynamics in the Digital Age" Funding Call Review Responsible for monitoring and reporting on the integrity and independence of the review process for the CHANSE funding call, as well as participation in post-review and reporting. 07/03/2021 - 03/06/2023


Start date Institution Qualification Subject
Dublin City University PhD

Outreach Activities

Year Engagement Type Organisation Description
2023 Presentations/Talks to an external audience The Marketing Society of Ireland Invited Speaker: "Artificial Intelligence: Ethics & Application for Marketers"
2023 Presentations/Talks to an external audience Irish Research Council DOROTHY COFUND Training Event, Dublin Invited speaker session: "Using other methods of digital communication, dissemination and exploitation in research"
2023 Presentations/Talks to an external audience Uisce Éireann (Irish Water) Invited Speaker: "Generative AI & Communications"

Research Interests

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

Teaching Interests

  • Generative AI in Higher Education Teaching & Learning
  • Interactive & Responsive Media Production
  • Digital Mediated Communication, especially data literacy and communications
  • Programming and Design for engaging Interactivity
  • Pedagogy & Teaching Practice for Practical & Production Modules
  • Group-based Assessment Strategies & Good Practice
  • Interdisciplinary Approaches in Digital T&L
  • Research Ethics Policy & Procedure Development

Modules Coordinated

Term Title Subject
2024 Interactive Applications CM287
2024 Instructional Design CM2690
2024 Project Development CM3790
2024 Data Communication CM5033
2024 Responsive Media CM142