Bursaries for students/CSOs



As we really want to encourage students and civil society organizations to participate in this conference we have offered a number of free community organization places (one per organization), and a number of free student places at the conference with travel and accommodation support for those based outside Ireland.

Please see below a short biography and some reflections written by each of the bursary winners for the 7th Living Knowledge Conference 2016.


Kim Aumann has worked as a community worker, parent support practitioner and manager of third sector organizations. She has successfully forged creative links with different university partners to tackle issues of disadvantage and inequalities together. She work closely with parent carers and partners with academics pursuing resilience research and practice ideas.

Ashley Collier is a PhD student in Environmental Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research is focused on low-cost air quality monitoring technologies and their applications, which include enhancing air quality research and supporting community-based science.

Daniel Neves Costa is a Sociologist, PhD candidate and Junior Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra. His work analyzes dynamics of interaction between scientific and lay knowledge and how they can promote the empowerment of individuals, groups and civil society organizations.

Julia Janes is completing her PhD in social work at York University, Canada. She has conducted arts-informed participatory action research in the areas of homelessness, aging and older woman abuse. Drawing on Foucauldian governmentality, postcolonial and affect theories, her thesis explores the social relations of collaborative knowledge production.

Khan Rahi is a Community-based Research Practitioner, Lecturer affiliated with the Loka Institute (USA), University of Toronto (Canada) and the Canadian Community-based Research Network. Khan is an active contributor of scholarship and grassroots promotion of CBR in affiliation with the Science Shops and the Living Knowledge Network since its creation (2000). Current Research: “Revitalization of Multiracial Neighborhoods in Toronto” Canada.

Hamissou Rhissa Achaffert is a student who is doing a Masters in Sociology of Education, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Abdou Moumouni University of Niamey. He is particularly interested in digital literacy, open access science and social relevance of research.

LaShonn Billingsley is a graduate student at Capella University working towards a Masters in Human Services. She has been a part of Taking Neighborhood Health to Heart since its inception in 2006 and serves on the Steering and DRAD Committees. She has been a resident in the TNH2H footprint for over 30 years. LaShonn loves the community engagement and the work that they do through community-based participatory research to improve the health and wellbeing of their residents.

Paulina Biskup is currently a final year student of Visual Communication at Dublin Institute of Technology. During this course she has developed an interest in graphic design and typography. Previously, she studied Applied Linguistics and has worked as a teacher in a language school based in Dublin.

Lisa Cavern is a student at DIT in the School of Computing who returned to education to expand her skillset and enable a career shift. For her final project, Lisa is developing a new interactive learning feature for CLiC News, an educational website for students aged 8-12.

Niamh Geoghegan is a 4th year Journalism student at DIT and former Editor of CLiC News. Whilst Editor, she was nominated for ‘Website of the Year’ and ‘KBC Outstanding Achievement of the Year’ in the SMEDIA Awards. Niamh is currently Editor of Campus.ie, Ireland’s largest independent student website, and a Digital Account Executive for Havas Worldwide Dublin.

Melissa Lieutenant Gosselin is seeking a way to bring together her interest for research and her desire to feel socially useful, through this she has discovered science studies and constructivism. She has committed to a Ph.D. in communication and civic engagement in the Association science and ‘Bien Commun’ (which she cofounded) and she is hoping to pursue this new way of thinking and doing science.

Uththara Perera is an international student from Canada, currently in her 3rd year studying medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Thara is also a volunteer with Special Olympics Ireland Speisialta Club, which provides sports training for individuals with intellectual disabilities in Dublin.

Sandra Pinto da Silva is a Portuguese researcher with a MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology and a postgraduate course in Social Economy. Currently, her main interests of research are grounded on bioethics, the public engagement with science and the conduction of responsible research and innovation in the field of Public Health.

Peter Wanyenya studies at the University of British Columbia, where he investigates educational programs for socio-geographically and socio-demographically marginalized youth. His research approach is informed by RRI principles of knowledge creation and mobilization that is collaborative and ethical. Peter is immensely grateful to participate in LK7 through the organizers’ support.