Susan Hegarty


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Susan Hegarty is a geographer and Associate Professor in the DCU School of History and Geography. Her research focuses on citizen science for monitoring water quality, and on the evolution of the Irish landscape and our use of that landscape. She has researched the role of the Quaternary ice-sheets on this landscape and the role Quaternary sediments play in the vulnerability of water sources to pollutants. She is also interested in the exploitation of Irish mineral resources in the nineteenth century.

She is enthusiastic about transmitting the importance of Geography to the wider public, and to this end has taken part in a number of documentary series on both Irish and British television channels and is involved in a number of citizen science projects looking at water quality in Ireland. She also sees fieldwork as an integral part of the training of geography students, and promotes field studies within undergraduate geography. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2023 Kelly-Quinn, M; Biggs, JN; Brooks, S; Fortuño, P; Hegarty, S; Jones, JI; Regan, F (2023) 'Opportunities, approaches and challenges to the engagement of citizens in filling small water body data gaps'. Hydrobiologia, 850 . [Link] [DOI]
2022 Kearney, K.; Gearey, B.; Hegarty, S.; Richer, S.; Ferreira, C.; O’Carroll, E.; Hamilton, D.; Eogan, J.; McClatchie, M.; Armit, I.; Nagle, C.; Taylor, K.; Hull, G.; Becker, K. (2022) 'A multi-proxy Holocene palaeoenvironmental record of climate change and prehistoric human activity from Lough Cullin, southeast Ireland'. Holocene, 32 . [Link] [DOI]
2021 Hegarty, S.; Hayes, A.; Regan, F.; Bishop, I.; Clinton, R. (2021) 'Using citizen science to understand river water quality while filling data gaps to meet United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 objectives'. Science of the Total Environment, 783 . [Link] [DOI]
2021 Peñalver, R; Jacobs, MR; Hegarty, S; Regan, F (2021) 'Assessment of anthropogenic pollution by monitoring occurrence and distribution of chemicals in the river Liffey in Dublin'. Environmental Science And Pollution Research, 28 (38). [Link] [DOI]
2020 Susan Hegarty (2020) 'The Arigna iron and coal works during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries'. BREIFNE, 14 (55):606-620.
2020 Susan Hegarty; (2020) 'Female students of geology in Victorian Dublin'. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, . [DOI]
2018 Hegarty S. (2018) 'George Victor Du Noyer's career in the Ordnance and Geological Surveys (1835-69): Geologist by profession, artist by temperament'. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, Section C: Archaeology, Celtic Studies, History, Linguistics and Literature, 118C :271-298.
2017 Susan Hegarty (2017) 'The early days of the Geological Survey in Cork: the all-encompassing pencil of George Victor du Noyer'. Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, .
2012 Hegarty S. (2012) 'The dry channels at Ballyfoyle, Co. Kilkenny: a relict landscape of subglacial water'. Irish Geography, 45 (2):175-197. [DOI]
2010 Susan Hegarty (2010) 'Early Holocene deposit beneath Abbey Street, Kilkenny City'. Old Kilkenny Review, .
2004 Hegarty S. (2004) 'Limits of Midlandian glaciation in south-eastern Ireland'. Irish Geography, 37 (1):60-76.

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2020 Hegarty S., Slaimi A., O’Connor N., Regan F (2020) 'Citizen Science and Water Quality Monitoring: Evidence from Dublin and Beyond' In: Clean Water and Sanitation. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Switzerland : Springer.
2019 Susan Hegarty (2019) 'Leitrim’s physical landscape' In: Leitrim: History & Society. Dublin : Geography Publications.
2019 Susan Hegarty (2019) 'G.V. du Noyer, G.H. Kinahan and M. Close' In: Giants of the Irish Quaternary. Dublin : IQUA.
2017 Susan Hegarty (2017) 'Du Noyer in the Ordnance Survey - illustrating Ireland's geology' In: Stones, slabs and seascapes: George Victor du Noyer's images of Ireland. Cork : Crawford Art Gallery.
2017 Susan Hegarty (2017) 'Monaghan’s physical landscape: exploiting its natural resources' In: Monaghan History and Society. Dublin : Geography Publications. [Link]
2017 James Kelly and Susan Hegarty (2017) 'Introduction: writing the history of Irish education' In: Schools and schooling, 1650–2000 New perspectives on the history of education – the eighth Seamus Heaney lectures. Dublin : Four Courts Press. [Link]
2014 Susan Hegarty (2014) 'Appendix 4: Petrography of two hones' In: Woodstown: A Viking-age Settlement in Co. Waterford. Dublin : Four Courts Press.
2014 Susan Hegarty (2014) ''County Cavan's physical geography - the canvas for our cultural imprint' In: Cavan History and Society. Dublin : Geography Publications.
2014 Susan Hegarty (2014) ''Physical Environment and Geophysics: Geology, Geomorphology and Palaeoenvironment'' In: Woodstown: A Viking-age Settlement in Co. Waterford. Dublin : Four Courts Press.
2009 Susan Hegarty & Ruth McManus (2009) 'Becoming Geographers - promoting skills and citizenship in undergraduate fieldwork'' In: Celebrating Geographical Diversity. United Kingdom : Herodot Thematic Network.
2007 Susan Hegarty (2007) 'Changing Circumstances, Changing Technologies, Same Values: Maintaining the centrality of fieldwork with increasing numbers' In: Changing Geographies: Innovative curricula. United Kingdom : Herodot Thematic Network.

Edited Book

Year Publication
2017 James Kelly and Susan Hegarty (Ed.). (2017) Schools and schooling, 1650–2000: New perspectives on the history of education – the eighth Seamus Heaney lectures. Dublin: Four Courts Press, [Link]

Other Journal

Year Publication
2017 Susan Hegarty (2017) 'Integrating ePortfolios into an Assessment Strategy in an Undergraduate Geography Module' 2 (1) :52-57.

Conference Publication

Year Publication
2015 Susan Hegarty (2015) RIA IHTA Teaching and Learning workshop GIS in practice and the IHTA

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2021 Susan Hegarty (2021) EPA Water Conference, 2021 Citizen Science: DCU’s Water Blitz Online, .
2020 Susan Hegarty (2020) Environ 2020 Using citizen science to assess freshwater quality DCU, .
2019 Susan Hegarty (2019) A Centenary Celebration of the First Female Fellows of the Geological Society of London Female students of geology in Victorian Dublin Geological Society of London, .
2019 Hegarty, S., Regan, F., Brogan. A., O'Dowd, P., Clinton, R. (2019) Catchment Science Citizen scientist involvement in water quality monitoring in the Upper Liffey and Barrow catchments: a case study Wexford, Ireland, 05/11/2019-07/11/2019.
2019 Susan Hegarty, Suzi Richer, Ben Gearey (2019) INQUA 2019 Building high resolution Holocene palaeoenvironmental chronologies A case study from Lough Cullin, southeast Ireland Dublin, .
2018 Becker, Katharina; Eogan, James; McClatchie, Meriel; Hegarty, Susan (2018) European Association of Archaeologists, 2018 Research perspectives on data from infrastructural schemes in Ireland Barcelona, .
2018 Susan Hegarty (2018) Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland George Victor Du Noyer, the road from artist to Geologist Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, .
2017 Susan Hegarty, Ben Gearey, Suzi Richer, Ellen O'Carroll (2017) Conference of Irish Geographers Seeing beyond the site: palaeoenvironmental reconstruction in southeast Ireland Cork, .
2017 Susan Hegarty (2017) EdTech 2017 Improving student outcomes through eportfolios: the benefits of combining formative and summative assessment and feedback in an undergraduate Geography class Sligo IT, .
2017 Ruth McManus, Jonathan Cherry, John Connolly, Almar Ennis, Susan Hegarty, Gerry O'Reilly (2017) Technology: Alienating or Enabling Teaching? School of Nursing and Human Sciences Spring School Integrating technology to enhance teaching and learning in DCU's undergraduate geography curriculum: some current examples DCU School of Nursing & Human Sciences, Glasnevin, 26/01/2017-27/01/2017.
2016 Susan Hegarty (2016) Conference of Irish Geographers Conference chair DCU, .
2015 Jonathan Cherry and Susan Hegarty (2015) Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts Conference Recovering the spatial element of digitised online archives: three key challenges Dublin City University, 01/09/2015-03/09/2015.
2015 Jonathan Cherry and Susan Hegarty (2015) Conference of Irish Geographers Mapping and presenting historical data: three key challenges Queen's University Belfast, 21/05/2015-23/05/2015.
2015 Jonathan Cherry with Susan Hegarty (2015) Teaching and Learning: using the Irish Historic Towns Atlas at third level, sponsored by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education GIS in practice and the Irish Historic Towns Atlas Royal Irish Academy, 10/09/2015-10/09/2015.


Year Publication
2017 K. Becker; B. Geary; Susan Richer; Derek Hamilton; Henry Chapman; Susan Hegarty; James Eogan; Ian Armit; Mary Dillon; Emily Fioccoprile; Meriel McClatchie; Ellen O’Carroll; Kate Taylor and Graham Hull (2017) “Seeing beyond the site” Settlement and landscapes in Later Prehistoric Ireland: INSTAR-funded project AR04557, Final report to the Heritage Council. REPORT
2017 Katharina Becker, Ben Gearey, Ian Armit, Mary Dillon, James Eogan, Emily Fioccoprile, Susan Hegarty, Meriel McClatchie, Ellen O'Carroll, Suzi Richer, Kate Taylor, Graham Hull (2017) Seeing beyond the site: Settlement and landscapes in Later Prehistoric Ireland. REPORT


Year Publication
2016 Esras Films and RTE (2016) Building Ireland (Series 2). DOC
2013 Esras Films and RTE (2013) Building Ireland (Series 1). DOC
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Professional Associations

Association Function From / To
Geographical Society of Ireland Ordinary member -
Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland Member -
History of Geology Group Member -
Irish Quaternary Association Ordinary member -

Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/01/2020 SFHEA Advance HE


Committee Function From / To
RIA Geography and Geological Sciences Committee 01/09/2022 - 31/08/2026
Royal Irish Academy National Committee for the Geographical Sciences 03/01/2011 - 29/12/2014


Language Reading Writing Speaking
Spanish Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Functional Functional Functional
German Functional Basic Functional

Other Activities

2016: Presidents award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning With Dr Zita Lysaght, for project on engaging students through assessment for learning in large lecture classes.
2014: Quality Promotions Committee. Project: Enhancement of student learning – rewarding excellence in project work. Used to fund printing of student posters.
2012: Research Committee, St Patrick's College Drumcondra. Project: Radiocarbon dating of lake core, Holly Lake, Co. Kilkenny.
2011-2012: College research fellowship. Project: The environmental history of Holly Lake, Co. Kilkenny.
2009: Research Committee, St Patrick's College Drumcondra. Project: The investigation of sediments of Holly Lake, Co. Kilkenny.
2006: Award for Innovation / Excellence in Teaching and Learning, in collaboration with Dr. Ruth McManus, for 1st year practical geography programme combining face-to-face teaching and e-learning.

Creative Outputs

Year Title Type
2020 Building Ireland - Season 3 Documentary
2016 Building Ireland - Season 2 Documentary
2013 Building Ireland - Season 1 Documentary


Title Year Type Authors
Building Ireland - Season 3 2020 Documentary Susan Hegarty
Building Ireland 2013 Documentary Esras Films
Great Irish Journeys with Martha Kearney 2015 Television interview/panel discussion Tern TV for BBC

Research Interests

  • Catchment-scale management of water resources
  • Citizen science for water quality monitoring
  • Irish landscape evolution and environmental history (particularly in the south-east of Ireland)
  • Historical use of Irish mineral resources

Research Projects

Title Role Description Start date End date
Urban citizen’s 632: stewardship of urban surface water bodies for SDG 6.3.2 DCU PI 16/01/2023 15/01/2025
Chemicals in the environment – PFAS, a review and analysis of its uses, sources, exposure pathways, risks and challenges for industry, society and environmental protection in Ireland DCU Co-PI 27/03/2023 26/03/2027
WaterBlitz 2022 DCU Co-PI 01/09/2022 31/10/2022
BACKDROP - Fresh Water Watch Dublin DCU Co-PI 17/06/2019 14/06/2021

Contract Researchers

Researcher Name Project Funding Body
Anna Hayes Centennial

Current Postgraduate Students

Student Name Degree Supervision
Thakur ,Isha Smiti PhD Supervisor

Internal Collaborators

Type Name Company Role
Internal Niamh Cullen DCU Academic
Internal Prof Fiona Regan Dublin City University Academic

External Collaborators

Type Name Company Role
External Benjamin Gearey UCC Academic
External Jonathan Turner UCD Academic
External James Eogan TII Industry
External Katarina Becker UCC Academic
External Suzi Richer University of York Academic
External Karen Hulme University of Essex Academic
External Teerooven Soobaroyen University of Essex Academic
External Caroline Shepherd Earthwatch Europe Industry
External Mary Bourke Trinity College Dublin Academic
External Arup Arup Industry
External Danielle Wood University of Notre Dame Academic
External Thomas Carolan Local Authorities Water Programme Industry
External Eoin O'Gorman University of Essex Academic

Teaching Interests

Water resources; Irish physical geography and geomorphology; GIS

Modules Coordinated

Term Title Subject
2020 Hazardous Earth GY103
2020 Water Resources of Ireland GY318
2020 Research Methods in Physical Geography GY222
2022 Evolution of Ireland's Physical Landscape GY209