Dr. Jim Kinsella is a Senior Lecturer in Rural Development in the School of Agriculture & Food Science, University College Dublin, Ireland. His research and teaching interests include agricultural extension and knowledge systems, development policy and rural livelihoods analysis as well as communications in development. He is currently the Section Head for Agribusiness and Rural Development and before that was Subject Head for Rural Development and Coordinator of the Masters in Rural Development Programme. Since 2010 he has developed and co-ordinated the MAgrSc Agricultural Innovation Support Programme (Research). He is Principal Investigator for the INTERREG IVA supported project entitled: Improving Peoples’ lives through Social Farming in the Cross-Border Region of Ireland and Northern Ireland (2011-2014).
Prior to joining University College Dublin Dr. Kinsella worked in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Somalia and Kenya with development NGOs for six years. On sabbatical from UCD he worked as a Development Specialist with Irish Aid in Zambia for two years (2001-3) and has continued his close involvement with overseas aid through membership of voluntary boards of NGOs over the past 10 years. He currently lives on and farms a 30 hectares beef farm in the south east of Ireland and is involved in his local rural community initiatives.
Jim is the Principal Investigator for UCD, leading the supervision of the three Tanzanian PhD students, as well as the UCD fieldwork on the meso-level research under Work Package 4