Dr Anne O'Brien

Media Studies, Motherhood Project, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Associate Professor
Arts and Humanities Associate Dean for Research and Engagement

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(01) 708 6470


I am an Associate Professor in Gender and Production Studies with the Department of Media Studies. The main focus of my research is on gender inequality in media work.  I am also interested in diversity and inclusion in media industries  and my work involves partnership collaborations with NGOs to examine the production of problematic media representations of social issues, such as gender inequality, intimate partner homicide, suicide and mental ill health. I have also undertaken research on community media in funded projects for the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.


Year Publication
2021 O' Brien A, Arnold S & Kerrigan P. (2021) Media Graduates at Work: Irish Narratives on Policy, Education and Industry. London: Palgrave MacMillan.
2019 O'Brien A. (2019) Women, inequality and media work. [DOI]
2011 O'Brien, A. (2011) The Politics of Tourism Development. London: Palgrave MacMillan.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2022 O’Brien A.; Kerrigan P.; Liddy S. (2022) 'Conceptualising change in equality, diversity and inclusion: A case study of the Irish film and television sector'. European Journal of Cultural Studies, . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2022 O' Brien, A & Arnold, S. (2022) 'Imagining Diversity: An Irish Case Study of Graduates’ Perceptions of Inequality in Media Work'. Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, (24):32-48. [Link] [Full-Text]
2022 O' Brien, A & Arnold, S. (2022) 'Creative industries’ new entrants as equality, diversity and inclusion change agents?'. Cultural Trends, . https://doi.org/10.1080/09548963.2022.2141100 [Full-Text]
2022 Liddy S.; Kerrigan P.; O’Brien A. (2022) 'Exploring the dynamics of EDI leadership in the Irish screen industries: policy, practice and perspective'. International Journal of Cultural Policy, . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2022 Kerrigan P.; Liddy S.; O’Brien A. (2022) 'Tools and measures for diversity and inclusion in media industries: International best practice and informing policy change in the Irish film and television sector'. European Journal of Communication, . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2021 O’ Brien, Anne & Arnold, Sarah (2021) 'Doing Women’s Film and Television History: Locating Women in Film and Television, Past and Present'. Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, . https://doi.org/10.33178/alpha.20.01 [Full-Text]
2020 Kerrigan P.; O’Brien A. (2020) 'Camping it up and toning it down: gay and lesbian sexual identity in media work'. Media, Culture and Society, . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2020 O' Brien, A; Culloty, E (2020) 'Reporting familicide-suicide in broadcast media: An Irish case study to inform better practice'. Journalism, . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2020 O' Brien, A. (2020) '‘Reporting on Mental health difficulties, mental illness and Suicide: Journalists’ accounts of the challenges’'. Journalism, . [Full-Text]
2020 O’ Brien, Anne & Liddy, Susan (2020) 'The price of motherhood in the Irish film and television industries'. GENDER, WORK AND ORGANISATION, . https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12612 [Full-Text]
2020 O’ Brien, A. & Kerrigan, P. (2020) '‘Gay the Right Way? Roles and Routines of Irish Media Production amongst Gay and Lesbian Workers’'. European Journal of Communication, . [Full-Text]
2019 Cullen P.; O’Brien A.; Corcoran M. (2019) 'Reporting on domestic violence in the Irish media: an exploratory study of journalists’ perceptions and practices'. Media, Culture and Society, 41 (6):774-790. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2019 O’Brien A. (2019) 'Women in community radio: a framework of gendered participation'. Feminist Media Studies, 19 (6):787-802. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2018 O’Brien, Anne & Páraic Kerrigan (2018) 'Openness through Sound”: Dualcasting on Irish LGBT Radio'. Journal of Radio and Audio Media, 25 (2):224-239. [Full-Text]
2017 Gaynor N.; O’Brien A. (2017) 'Community radio, democratic participation and the public sphere'. Irish Journal of Sociology, 25 (1):29-47. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2017 O'Brien, A. (2017) '‘Feminine or Feminist? Women’s Media Leadership’'. Feminist Media Studies, 17 (5). [Full-Text]
2017 O'Brien, A. (2017) '‘Community Radio and Governance: Leadership, Relationship and Identity’'. Radio Journal, . [Full-Text]
2017 O’ Brien, A. & Suiter, J. (2017) '‘Best and worst practice: a case study of qualitative gender balance in Irish broadcasting’'. MEDIA, CULTURE AND SOCIETY, . [Full-Text]
2017 O' Brien, A. (2017) '(Not) Getting the credit: Women, liminal subjectivity and resisting neoliberalism in documentary production'. MEDIA, CULTURE AND SOCIETY, . [Full-Text]
2016 O'Brien, A. (2016) '“A fine old time”: Feminist subjectivities and Irish journalism in the 1970s'. Irish Studies Review, 25 (1). [Full-Text]
2015 O'Brien, A (2015) 'Producing Television and Reproducing Gender'. Television and New Media, 16 :259-274. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2015 O' Brien, A. (2015) 'Not in the Hot Seat: The Impact of Broadcasting on Women'. Eire-Ireland, 50 (1&2):169-188. [Full-Text]
2014 O'Brien, A (2014) 'It's a Man's World: A Qualitative Study of the (Non) Mediation of Women and Politics on Prime Time During the 2011 General Election'. Irish Political Studies, 29 :505-521. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2014 O' Brien, A. (2014) ''Men own television':why women leave media work'. Media, Culture and Society, 36 (8):1207-1218. [Full-Text]
2012 Gaynor, N; O'Brien, A (2012) 'Because it all begins with talk: community radio as a vital element in community development'. Community Development Journal, 47 :436-447. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2012 O'Brien, A (2012) 'WASTING A GOOD CRISIS Developmental Failure and Irish Tourism Since 2008'. Annals of Tourism Research, 39 :1138-1155. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2012 O' Brien, A. & Gaynor, N. (2012) 'Voice of the people? Objectives versus outcomes for community radio in Ireland'. Radio Journal, 10 (2):145-160. [Full-Text]
2011 O' Brien, A. & Gaynor, N. (2011) 'Community Radio in Ireland:'Defeudalising' the Public Sphere'. JAVNOST-THE PUBLIC, 18 (3):23-38. [Full-Text]
2010 O'Brien, A (2010) 'Beyond policy-making: institutional regimes, the state and policy implementation in the Irish case'. Current Issues in Tourism, 13 :563-577. [DOI] [Full-Text]

Edited Book

Year Publication
2021 O' Brien, Anne & Liddy, Susan (Ed.). (2021) Media Work, Mothers and Motherhood. London & New York: Routledge,

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2020 O’ Brien, A & Kerrigan, P. (2020) 'Workstory: New Entrants' Narrations of their Aspirations and Experiences of Media Production Work' In: Hope Uncertainty and creative Aspiration: Pathways into and through contemporary creative work. London : Palgrave Macmillan.
2020 O’ Brien, A. & Kerrigan, P. (2020) 'Documenting Documentary: Liberated Enclave or Ping Ghetto?' In: Women in Irish Film: Stories and Storytellers. Cork : Cork University Press.
2020 O' Brien, A. (2020) 'Film, Television and gendered work in Ireland' In: Producing knowledge, reproducing Gender. Dublin : UCD Press.
2014 O' Brien, A. & Fallon, H. (2014) 'The Librarian and the Media Producer: Creating an Audio Archive based on a unique collection' In: The New Librarianship. Landham MD : Scarecrow Press.
2012 O’ Brien, A. (2012) 'Guarding the Watch-dog: Media work and war' In: Building a Better Future. Maynooth : MACE.
2010 O' Brien, A. (2010) 'Tourism in Crisis' In: Irish Sociological Chronicles. Dublin : IPA Publications.

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2022 Anne O' Brien (2022) Work and Family Research Network The Liminality of Motherhood & Work in the Film and Television Industry New York, .
2021 Anne O Brien & Sarah Arnold (2021) Gender Work and Organisation Equality and Diversity in the Media Industries: attitudes among new entrants to media work in Ireland Online, .
2020 O' Brien A (2020) Motherhood and Work MotherNet conference Maynooth University/online, .
2020 O' Brien A (2020) Choose to Challenge Gender inequality in film work IADT, .
2021 Anne O Brien (2021) Gender Work and Organisation Motherhood and media work: A summary and analysis of recent international case studies Online, .
2019 O' Brien, A. (2019) Society for Cinema and Media Studies Gendered cultures of production in the Irish Film Industry Seattle, USA, .
2019 O' Brien, A. (2019) Women’s Aid Femicide Watch Conference Media Representations of Intimate Partner Homicide Dublin, .
2019 O' Brien, A. (2019) CAMEo Conference, University of Leicester Activism for Gender Change in the Irish Film Industry Leicester, UK, .
2019 O' Brien, A. (2019) International Association of Suicide Prevention Understanding Reporting on suicide and mental illness Derry/Londonderry, .
2018 O' Brien, A. (2018) IAMCR Women and Community Radio an Irish Case Study Cartagena, Colombia, .
2018 O' Brien, A. (2018) IAMCR Women's subjectivity in Documentary Production Cartagena, Colombia, .
2017 O' Brien, A. (2017) International Association for Media and Communications Researchers Women's Liminal subjectivity in documentary production Cartagena, Colombia, .
2017 O' Brien, A. (2017) International Association for Media and Communications Researchers Women in Community Radio:An Irish Case Study Cartagena, Colombia, .
2017 O' Brien, A. (2017) Mediating Cultural Work Not Getting the Credit: Women, Liminal Subjectivity, and Resisting Neoliberalism in Documentary Production University of Leicester, United Kingdom, .
2016 O' Brien, A. (2016) Gender & Diversity: Leadership, Development and Activism in Ireland Symposium Pledge for Parity: Leading in media industries & accelerating gender parity Maynooth University, .
2016 O' Brien, A. (2016) International Association for Media and Communications Researchers Community Radio and Governance: Leadership, Relationship and Identity University of Leicester UK, .
2016 O' Brien, A. (2016) International Association for Media and Communications Researchers Looking back, Looking forward: Learning lessons for women in decision making roles University of Leicester, United Kingdom, .
2016 O’ Brien, A. (2016) Gender Work Organisation 9th Biennial International Interdisciplinary conference Women in Creative Industries: Media Leadership Roles Keele University, United Kingdom, .
2015 O'Brien, A. (2015) Console-ing Passions International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media and Feminism Invisible Inequality: A case study of the Irish television sector Dublin, .
2015 O'Brien, A. (2015) FemGenSex Research Network Symposium Gendered Politics of Production: Girls and Women as Media Producers Hear Hoofbeats – Think Zebra: Women’s participation in a prefeminst media labour force in late 1970s Ireland Middlesex University London, .
2015 O'Brien, A. (2015) Symposium on Women and Work in the Creative Industries Why women leave media work Dundalk Institute of Technology, .
2014 O'Brien, A. (2014) Gender Work Organisation 8th Biennial International Interdisciplinary conference Making or Breaking the glass ceiling? The gendering of production work in the Irish television industry’ Keele University, United Kingdom, .
2014 O'Brien, A. (2014) Librarian as Researcher Seminar Academic and National Library Training Co-operative Creating the Ken Saro Wiwa Audio Archive Trinity College Dublin, .
2014 O'Brien, A. (2014) Higher Education Authority Libraries Conference The Ken Saro-Wiwa Audio Archive: Creating an Open Access Archive in Soundcloud Trinity College Dublin, .
2013 O' Brien, A. (2013) International Communications Association Pre Conference Challenging Communications Research Production Studies and Gendered Media Work’ Leeds University, United Kingdom, .
2013 O' Brien, A. (2013) International Association for Media and Communications Researchers Community Media and Community Activism Dublin, .
2013 O' Brien, A. (2013) International Association for Media and Communications Researchers Women, Politics and Representation Dublin, .

Published Report

Year Publication
2021 O’ Brien, Anne, Kerrigan, Paraic & Liddy, Susan (2021) Auditing Gender and Diversity Change in Irish Media Sectors. Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, .
2020 O’ Brien, A., Arnold, S. Culloty, E. Naji, J. (2020) Global Alliance on Media and Gender Country Report on Ireland. GAMAG, .
2019 O’ Brien, A. & Culloty, E. (2019) ‘Guidelines or Guidance: Changing Media Reporting of domestic violence homicides in Ireland’. Community Foundation for Ireland, .
2018 O' Brien, A. (2018) Reporting Mental Health and Suicide: Challenges Facing Journalists. Headline, . [Link]
2010 O' Brien, A. & Gaynor, N. (2010) Drivers of Change? Community Radio in Ireland. Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, .
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