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ABOUT ME

A little bit about me
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"The problem of life can only be solved by living!"

Unlike many cynics, I live in an incredible world of tremendous possibilities, a community of positive people who appreciate the splendour that nature & society offers. I remain inquisitive about our existence and hunger to learn more and am deeply appreciative of what I have been given thus far, not least my family and friends. There is no end to life's great adventures if only we seek these with our eyes and minds open, and I look forward to the future and learning and experiencing so much more!

But there are important issues we need to tackle! Mankind is accelerating towards an unrecognisable future where singing birds compete with explosive drilling; monoculture has usurped diversity and indigenous knowledge is being covered over with concrete & steel. These are signs that our responsibility towards the planet have gone off track and left destruction on cruise control. Society's dynamics affect every aspect of our lives, from the seemingly trivial to those of utmost importance. Furthermore, the effects and consequences of technology continue to fascinate and generate in me a profound interest in the sciences.

Name

Michael (Mike) Hynes

Address

Room 323, 2nd Floor, Áras Moyola, NUI Galway, Ireland

Phone

+353 (0)91 49 5104

Email

mike.hynes@nuigalway.ie

"The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything, they just make the most of everything!"

MY SKILLS

What I'm good at

Main Skills Areas

TRANSPORT, MOBILITIES & LIVEABILITY
LECTURING, TEACHING, TUTORING & MENTORING
TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH & INSTRUCTION

Main Sustainability Focus

TRANSPORT & MOBILITIES RESEARCH
ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY
SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLES & BEHAVIOURAL CHANGE

"The proper use of science is not to conquer nature but to live in it!"

EDUCATION

My main academic achievements

Some Peer-Review Publications

Hynes, M. (2017). Students-as-Producers: Developing valuable student-centred research and learning opportunities. International Journal of Research Studies in Education, Vol 7, No. 4, pp. 1-13.

Hynes, M., (2017). At a Crossroads: Investigating Automobility and Its Implications for Local Urban Transport Policy Design. Urban Science, Vol 1, No. 2: 14. doi:10.3390/urbansci1020014.

Hynes, M., (2016). Developing (Tele)work? A multi-level sociotechnical perspective of telework in Ireland. Research in Transportation Economics, Vol. 57, pp. 21-31. doi:10.1016/j.retrec.2016.06.008.

Rau, H., Hynes, M., and Heisserer, B. (2016). Decision-Making in Turbulent Times: Transport Policy and Governance in Ireland during and after the 'Celtic Tiger' Period. Case Studies on Transport Policy, Vol. 4, No. 2, June 2016, pp. 45-56. doi:10.1016/j.cstp.2015.11.006.

Hynes, M. (2014). Telework Isn't Working: A Policy Review. The Economic and Social Review, Vol. 45, No. 4, Winter, 2014, pp. 579-602.


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Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology (1st) | 2002 - 2007
Oscail/Dublin City University, Dublin 9

My study primarily focused on subjects such as software, databases, and networking, in addition to the mathematical and theoretical foundations of computing rather than emphasising specific technologies. This provided me with a critical insight into the application of Information Technology to the processes of administration, management, and innovation within a range of industries and organisations.

Certificate in Training & Development (Distinction) | 2007
Irish Institute of Training & Development, Co Kildare

Founded in theory and focused on practice and application, the Certificate in Learning & Development covered the process of delivering training, including assessment, preparation, creating a positive learning environment, facilitating learning, and evaluating learning. It also provided a comprehensive understanding of establishing and running an effective organisational coaching system, and social media in training.

Masters Degree in Information Technology (Honours) | 2007 - 2009
National University of Ireland, Galway

The Masters in Information Technology (MIT) helped develop my core technical knowledge combined with a strong appreciation of business environments and an understanding of how people behave in a workplace context. These skills enable me to make significant contributions to organisations across technical and business boundaries,and faciltates strong consulting and management roles.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) | 2009 - 2013
National University of Ireland, Galway

Mobility Matters? Technology, Telework, and the (Un)sustainable Consumption of Distance
This four year body of research used Ecological Modernisation (EM) theory to investigate the social and environmental impacts of telework in Ireland. It critiqued telework policy and practice for its frequent overemphasis on technology-induced efficiency and productivity gains and identified contradictions with broader social and environmental sustainability goals in the areas of mobility, work, and consumption.

Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching & Learning at HE | 2015 - 2016
Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT), NUIG

The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching & Learning at Higher Education raises critical awareness of the key issues in teaching, learning and assessment in contemporary higher education. It helps promote the concept of reflective practice as a key attribute of a professional approach to third and fourth level teaching and provides opportunities to develop specific practical skills in teaching, course design, assessment and evaluation.

"Knowledge will bring you the opportunity to make a difference!"

EMPLOYMENT

My work experience
Postman, Post Office Clerk, Clerical Worker - 1987 - 2002
An Post, Eglinton Street and Forster Street, Galway, Ireland

Delivery, sorting, and dispatch of mail, PABX operations, sale of products and financial services, cash accounting, customer services, staff IT training, TV license database administration, payment of wages and allowances, HR, transport fleet maintenance scheduling, newsletter editor, and general office management.

Process Area Manager- 2002 - 2007
Athlone Mails Centre, Co Westmeath, Ireland

Managed the daily processing of mail, meeting significant network deadlines in a highly and technical and demanding environment, deputising for the Systems Manager, testing and systems maintenance control, induction training to all new staff, training in Integrated Letter Processing Systems (ILPS) and IT applications, frontline administration to all staff, Industrial Relation, developed and implemented ILPS testing and procedures, and implemented the Occupational Health & Safety Management System & OHSAS 18001.

Research Associate- 2008
Beemway Ltd, Technology Transfer Office, NUIG, Galway, Ireland

Researched and wrote a market report on web widget technologies for online European social networking environments, provided user analysis reports including fluctuations in reach and popularity, and drafted company whitepapers while providing administrative support to Cynelix personnel in the Netherlands.

Office & Leagues Manager- 2008 - 2009
Galway Football Association (FA) District Leagues, Terryland, Galway, Ireland

Managed the Galway FA District Leagues, organising fixtures and leagues in accordance with rules and regulations, appointed and reimbursed match officials, liaised with all stakeholders in football including local and national media, and maintained the Galway FA website prioritising results and information.

Computer Technician & IT Support- 2010 - 2014
Information Solutions & Services (ISS), NUIG, Galway, Ireland

Comprehensive maintenance of the on-campus PC suites and ensuring that all PCs and printers are functioning and available for use, checking and ensuring the application software profile is accurate, resolving software and network faults, offering advice training and IT support to staff and students, IT hardware fault investigation and resolution, and liaising with all levels within the ISS Department to resolve outstanding issues/problems.

Lecturer in Environmental Sociology | 2015 - Present
School of Political Science & Sociology, NUI Galway

My current position is that of an undergraduate and postgraduate lecturer in Political Science and Sociology at the National University of Ireland Galway, specialising in environmental sociology, Mobilities and sustainability research. I'm a key member of the Governance and Sustainable Development research cluster, A Member of the Teaching and Learning Committee (TLC), a member of the Social Science Research Centre (SSRC), and a researcher with the Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change.

A personal work statement

Through hard work, perseverance, and genuine achievement, I am well-organised, reliable, and motivated, with a clear and positive approach to all and any work undertaken. I have strong acknowledged abilities working in multi-disciplined groups and managing teams achieving high standards in all tasks, projects, and work. In particular, research and teaching/training experience provides a clear understanding of sustainability practices, lifestyles and development, and technology use and adoption, which are some of my stronger qualities.

"If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old!"

TEACHING

My lecturing, teaching, tutoring, mentoring and training experience

Bold in the pursuit of knowledge

Education & learning enhances social inclusion, active citizenship, personal development, and is the means to improved self-sustainability and satisfaction rather than mere competitiveness and employability.

My objective

To transfer my key technology, sustainability and sociological knowledge and experience in a way that allows students take control of their learning and to equip myself for the rapidly developing roles of a lecturer by focussing on how learning really happens.

Induction Training and Development | 2002 - 2007
Training & Development Officer, An Post, Athlone Mails Centre

Provided extensive induction training to all new staff at the Athlone Mails Centre. Delivered on-going training in Integrated Letter Processing Systems (ILPS) and IT applications to staff & management and facilitated and supported continuous training and develoment in ICT related problems and issues.

SP220 Methods for Social & Political Science | 2009 - 2012
National University of Ireland, Galway

Assisted cross disciplinary groups of undergraduate and postgraduate students in mastering the statistical software package SPSS. This course included; Introduction to Statistics, Data Management & Statistical Analysis, Intermediate Statistics, Introduction to Longitudinal Analysis, and Data Visualisation. Tutorials (held 3 times weekly) consisted of approximately 30 to 40 students per class.

Computer Training | 2010 - 2014
Information Solutions & Services, NUIG

Basic computer training provides students and staff with an introduction to using the PC Suites in various locations across the university. It involves practical training in available applications and software, file and sharedrive management, public and private drive security and usages, the Blackboard learning environment, printing, email, and problem reporting and resolution.

SP160 Problems in Politics & Sociology | 2012 - 2015
National University of Ireland, Galway

These seminars for undergraduate students are designed to promote inquiry based learning, to enhance practical scholarship skills in Politics & Sociology while engaging with real world problems. Students work in groups under the guidance of a seminar tutor and are introduced to reading texts critically, taking effective notes, gathering information and using the library, using the internet as a research tool, doing group assignments, giving presentations, preparing and writing essays, using academic language, revising and taking exams, preparing for future subject and career choices. This module is examined by continuous assessment, several assignments, and two long essays.

Voluntary Teacher/Tutor | 2013 - 2014
Age Action Ireland

As a volunteer tutors for Age Action Ireland, I assist older people (55+) to learn basic IT, internet and email skills. The Getting Started programme helps older people to bridge the digital divide, to beat exclusion and isolation and to increase independence. Beginner courses encourage and help older students to learn simple IT tasks. More advanced learners may be interested in learning other skills such as how to use Skype, streaming, downloading & uploading photos, and other such online activities.

Lecturer in Environmental Sociology | 2015 - Present
School of Political Science & Sociology, NUI Galway

My current position is that of an undergraduate and postgraduate lecturer in Political Science and Sociology at the National University of Ireland Galway, specialising in environmental sociology, Mobilities and sustainability research. I'm a key member of the Governance and Sustainable Development research cluster, A Member of the Teaching and Learning Committee (TLC), a member of the Social Science Research Centre (SSRC), and a researcher with the Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change.

"The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery!"

(OTHER) INTERESTS

What I enjoy & how I relax
Sport brings out the best in people!

Team Sports

I have a passion for all team sports, in particular Football, Hurling and Gaelic Football. Sport doesn't build character, it reveals character!

The Friday Footie Crew
John Steinbeck, in a refelctive mode!

John Steinbeck

I am an avid reader and enjoy fiction and non-fiction writing. However, the writings of John Steinbeck have intrigued me most.

(One) of my favourite books!
The family dog Belle!

The Family Dog

One of life's great enjoyments on a fine day is getting up early in the morning, a strong hot coffee, and then walking our family dog Belle.

See more of Belle
HTML code

Website Development

In my spare time I also enjoy building and deploying websites using HTML, CSS, and various client-side and server-side scripts.

See an example
a beautiful planet!

The Environment

My plea is quiet straightforward; we must do everything humanly possible to save earth, it's the only planet thats got chocolate!

Beautiful Planet Earth
Cycling to work and play

Cycling

I cycle daily and find it relaxing and therapeutic. It also keeps me (relatively) fit and healthy and I'm doing a small bit for the environment.

"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives!"

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Public Transport in Galway

Mobilities and Liveability in Galway: A cooperative teacher/student research project

This innovative research project seeks to capture people’s opinions and understanding of transport, mobility and liveability in Galway. Data collection is being carried out by researchers and students from the School of Political Science & Sociology at the National University of Ireland Galway over the summer months in 2016.

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Walking Galway

My 'tuppence worth' on Galway's mobility management problem!

While many progressive cities and towns across the globe are beginning to recognise the damage to the fabric of their communities, societies and the environment that car-centric thinking brings, in contrast Galway has embraced a 'build a road at any cost' approach to solving our on-going traffic management problems.

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Have we fashioned another Irish bubble?

As a country Ireland has suffered more than most from the international financial crash of 2008, chiefly due to an over-reliance on the construction sector. But I fear that another unsustainable economic bubble has now been shaped. (Re)building an economy focused on one industry and model is a high risk strategy, a case of all eggs in one basket.

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I grew up (& live) in Galway City on the western seaboard of Ireland, which lies on the River Corrib between Lough Corrib and Galway Bay.


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