Padraig Murphy


Dr. Pádraig Murphy has a PhD in Communication Studies from Dublin City University; an MSc in Science Communication also from Dublin City University; and a BSc in Environmental Pollution and Biological Sciences from the University of South Wales, formerly the University of Glamorgan, Wales. Dr. Murphy is an Assistant Professor in Communications at Dublin City University and Chair of the MSc in Science and Health Communication programme.

While starting out as an environmental biotechnology graduate, Dr Murphy moved into science communication and Science and Technology Studies in the late nineties, as well as content management in e-learning. His teaching and research interests include science communication, and public engagement with science and technology. Dr. Murphy leads the Celsius research cluster at DCU as Principle Investigator on several EC-funded projects including Responsible Research and Innovation (RRING): Creativity in Science Education (CASE), NUCLEUS, Open Schools for Open Societies (OSOS), and national projects such as Climate Change in Irish Media (CCIM)

His current research and writing has focused on deliberative and participatory dialogue models for biotechnology, nanotechnology, and sustainable technologies, and ways that society can anticipate communications and policy issues around emerging, disruptive technologies. He managed a citizens’ jury on the trialling of the GM potato in Ireland, the Irish GM Potato Community of Inquiry project, funded by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency. He is author of Biotechnology, Education and Life Politics: Debating Genetic Futures from School to Society (Routledge, 2014) and co-editor of Little Country, Big Talk: Science Communication in Ireland (Pantaneto Press, 2017).

Research Expertise

Science communication; Science and Technology Studies; public participation in and media representations of science and technology; Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI); interdisciplinary links between the physical sciences and humanities and social sciences; community-based research.

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