Dr Ronan Foley

Department of Geography, Rhetoric House, NationalUniversity of Ireland, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Tel: 01 708 6024

Email: ronan.foley@nuim.ie

 Short Descriptions of Research (1 paragraph)

Ronan is a geographer with specialist expertise in GIS and its’ application within health and social care environments. His Ph.D. investigated the use of GIS in the planning of services for carers of children with disabilities. He is a Research Associate of the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) the National Centre for GeoComputation (NCG), The Centre for Health GeoInformatics (CHG) and the All Ireland Research Observatory (AIRO), all based at NUI Maynooth. Prior to this he managed the Digital Mapping Unit at the University of Brighton for six years and has been involved for over fifteen years in a diverse range of research and consultancy projects allied to health, social and economic analysis using GIS. Ronan has worked on a number of projects funded by local government, health and environmental bodies in the UK and Ireland. The projects range from detailed studies of health based schemes through to leisure and education service mapping and community development. He has considerable experience of project management through working with different statutory and voluntary agencies in the areas of health, social care, demography, community development and environmental & transport services. His most recent work has been in the wider cultural geographies of therapeutic landscapes with a particular focus on sites associated with water and the developing geographies of ‘blue space’, health and healing.


Short Description of the areas in which you lecture/teach

Ronan is a full-time lecturer at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth and teaches modules on GIS and Medical/Health Geographies at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. He has a particular interest in the accessibility and utilization of health care services and on modeling wider issues of geographical equity. He also has a developing interest in geographies of mental health, the history of health service infrastructures and in the optimal planning of a range of health and social care services.