Biography

Dr Emer Ní Bhrádaigh works as a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship in Dublin City University. She teaches in FIONTAR, an interdisciplinary school in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, specialising in teaching business studies, entrepreneurship and ICT through the medium of the Irish language. She is fluent in four languages – Irish, English, French and German – and has travelled to over 40 countries including areas of current / recent conflict. In the early 1990s she spent a year living in Belfast, Northern Ireland, working with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in developing and delivering a training course for arts officers from both of the major Northern Ireland communities. Her research interests include entrepreneurship in minority language communities, with particular focus on social entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurship education. Prior to academia Ní Bhrádaigh worked in the financial software and arts sectors as well as in third level education fundraising and development. She is the current Chair of INTRE: Ireland’s Network of Teachers and Researchers of Entrepreneurship. Dr Emer Ní Bhrádaigh sits on the Project Support Committee of Clann Credo, a social finance investment fund, and on the Enterprise and Employment Committee of Northside Partnership, a community development organisation operating in one of the most disadvantaged communities in Ireland. She mentored DCU’s successful team of students who represented Ireland in Enactus – an international 40-nation student social entrepreneurship competition. She is a member of a Higher Education Authority funded working group on devising entrepreneurship education training for higher education teachers and lecturers, and an evaluator for the European Commission on entrepreneurship education. She was the academic chair of the 2012 ISBE Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship annual conference held in Dublin, and attended by over 400 delegates from 40 countries. She has published internationally on the emergence and evolution of entrepreneurship in the Gaeltacht areas of Ireland – the areas mainly along the western seaboard where the Irish (Gaelic) language is the official dominant community language, but where language use is declining rapidly. She chairs the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Ireland-India committee.

The video of Dr Emer Ní Bhrádaigh talking with her student about the creativity project (in Gaelic) is available here.

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