Dr Elaine Byrne


Elaine is currently Research Programme Coordinator for the Connecting Health Research in Africa and Ireland Consortium (ChRAIC) in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (see www.chraic.org).Additionally she lectures on the Evidence Based Health module at the undergraduate level for medical students and coordinates and lectures on the Qualitative Research Methods module for the PhD Scholars and ChRAIC students at RCSI.

Elaine’sgeneral research interest areas are: information systems and social development; qualitative research methodology, and; health systems research in developing countries. She obtained her doctorate from the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa in Public Health on the design and development of community based health information systems. Her Masters and undergraduate degrees in economics were obtained from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Elaine has lived and worked in Africa for over 20 years. She has vast experience in project management in Southern Africa, and in conducting, writing and teaching qualitative research in Southern Africa and Ireland.

Elaine regularly reviews for the Journal of Information Technology for Development, Information Technology for International Development and the South African Computer Journal (SACJ). She was sub-editor for SACJ from 2007 to 2011. Sheis a member of the International Federation of Information Processing Working Group 9.4, and the Irish Forum for Global Health and serves on the organizing committee of the Development Studies Association of Ireland.She has been appointed as advisor for grant evaluation and as specialist research reviewer with the National Research Foundation, South Africa, and also as advisor for grant evaluation with the Academy of Finland. She has acted as external examiner for the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa (Masters); University of Cape Town, South Africa (Masters); Tshwane University of Technology South Africa (final year research papers); University of Pretoria, South Africa (Masters and Doctoral); University of Oslo Norway (Masters and Doctoral), and research advisor and external examiner (Masters) for University of Fort Hare, South Africa.

Selected publications:

  1. Tusiime, E. and Byrne, E. (2011) Information Systems Innovation in the Humanitarian sector, Journal of IT for International Development, 7(4):
  2. Weilbach, L. and Byrne, E. (2011). Implementing Open Source Software to Conform to National Policy, Journal of Systems and Information Technology, 3(3): 286 – 302
  3. Byrne, E., B. Nicholson, and Salem, F. (2011). “Information communication technologies and the millennium development goals.” Information Technology for Development 17(1):1-3.
  4. Byrne E and Weilbach L (2010). “A Human Environmentalist Approach to Diffusion in ICT Policies.” Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics 8(1): 108-123.
  5. E. Byrne, B. Nicholson and F. Salem, (2009), Assessing the Contribution of ICT to Development Goals, Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP), 9.4, 26-28 May 2009, Dubai, UAE
  6. Byrne, E and Johnson, R.D. (2008) Networks of Action for Anti Retroviral Treatment in Encyclopedia of Healthcare Information Systems, N. Wickramasinghe and E. Geisler (eds), Idea Group Inc., vol III ; p. 977-981.
  7. Byrne, E. and Gregory, J., (2007) Co-constructing local meanings for child health indicators in community-based information systems: the UThukela District Child Survival Project in KwaZulu Natal, International Journal of Medical Informatics, vol 76, Supplement 1 (June), pp. s78-s88