School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies


Primary Department
School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies
Academic Staff
Phone number:
01 700
St Patrick's Campus
Room Number
C404 A

Academic biography

Dr. Margaret Farren is an Associate Professor in the School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies in the Institute of Education, DCU. She is also Co-Director of the International Centre for Innovation and Workplace Learning (ICIWL) which is fully engaged at the local, European and international level on research projects aimed at contributing to the innovative capacity of individuals. Margaret is a founding member of the International Journal for Transformative Research, an open access, peer-reviewed journal.  She established the MSc. in Education and Training Management (eLearning) programme in 2002 and chaired the programme until 2020. She currently chairs the Master's (MSc) in Education and Training Management (Leadership) programme. In 2012 she spearheaded a unique initiative in collaboration with the Global eSchools and Communities Initiative (GeSCI) - a Kenyan based NGO - which enabled African leaders to gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Development in ICT and the Knowledge Society from DCMargaret supervises Master's degree and PhD students who are using research approaches that contribute to personal knowledge and knowledge in the field of practice. She has endeavoured to support practice-based research since the start of her work in higher education and this has involved bringing new forms of scholarship into the university. She supports practitioner-researchers in bringing their embodied knowledge and values into the public domain and encourages them to draw on their own biographies in the research process. She works with the idea of theory as situated in practice.