Dr Ronan Foley

Geography

Senior Lecturer

Rhetoric House
12
(01) 7086024

Biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography at Maynooth University and started work here in 2003. I currently teach courses on GIS and Health Geographies at undergraduate level. I am the course leader of the MSc. in GIS and Remote Sensing and also teach on the MA Geography course. My research is primarily in the area of health geography, with significant publications on therapeutic landscapes, healthy blue space and health care services while I also research on historical and cultural geographies. I have been a PI or Co-PI on a wide range of funded research including current projects funded by the  Environmental Protection Agency and the UK's Economic and Social Research Council. Prior to my arrival in Maynooth I worked at the University of Brighton from 1988 to 2003 and I have also taught at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2015 and as an occasional lecturer at Queen's University Belfast and Trinity College Dublin.

Research Interests

My research interests fall into two main camps. One interest is in the area of GIS and Health Care Planning, with particular attention on accessibility and utilisation, health care service planning, mental health and inequalities in general. The other core research interest I have is in the area of therapeutic landscapes, with a focus on water and place and the developing research area of healthy blue space.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2017 '‘One blue’. Response to Winder and LeHeron, Assembling a Blue Economies Moment'
Foley, R. (2017) '‘One blue’. Response to Winder and LeHeron, Assembling a Blue Economies Moment'. DIALOGUES IN HUMAN GEOGRAPHY, 7 (1):32-36 [IR Link] [Details]
2017 'Swimming as an accretive practice in healthy blue space'
Foley, R. (2017) 'Swimming as an accretive practice in healthy blue space'. Emotion, Space and Society, 22 :43-51 [IR Link] [Details]
2016 'Inter-temporal Disposable Income in Ireland 1996-2011'
Kilgarriff, P., O’Donoghue, C., Charlton, M., Foley, R. (2016) 'Inter-temporal Disposable Income in Ireland 1996-2011'. 9 (2):123-143 [IR Link] [Details]
2015 'Editorial: Mobility and Stillness: Duties of Care in Irish Geography'
Foley, R. (2015) 'Editorial: Mobility and Stillness: Duties of Care in Irish Geography'. Irish Geography, 48 (1):3-5 [IR Link] [Details]
2015 'Blue space geographies: Enabling health in place'
Foley, R;Kistemann, T (2015) 'Blue space geographies: Enabling health in place'. Health and Place, 35 :157-165 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2015 'Swimming in Ireland: Immersions in therapeutic blue space'
Foley, R (2015) 'Swimming in Ireland: Immersions in therapeutic blue space'. Health and Place, 35 :218-225 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2015 'Four windows into geography and imagination(s)'
Kearns, R;O'Brien, G;Foley, R;Regan, N (2015) 'Four windows into geography and imagination(s)'. New Zealand Geographer, 71 :159-176 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2015 'Visualizing a Spatial Archive: GIS, Digital Humanities and Relational Space'
Foley, R. and Murphy, R. (2015) 'Visualizing a Spatial Archive: GIS, Digital Humanities and Relational Space'. BREAC: A DIGITAL JOURNAL OF IRISH STUDIES, 6 [IR Link] [Details]
2015 'Indigenous Narratives of Health: (Re)Placing Folk-Medicine within Irish Health Histories'
Foley R. (2015) 'Indigenous Narratives of Health: (Re)Placing Folk-Medicine within Irish Health Histories'. Medical Humanities, 36 (1):5-18 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2014 'Introduction: Spatial Perspectives and Medical Humanities'
Atkinson S.;Foley R.;Parr H. (2014) 'Introduction: Spatial Perspectives and Medical Humanities'. Medical Humanities, [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2014 'The Roman-Irish Bath: Medical/health history as therapeutic assemblage'
Foley, R (2014) 'The Roman-Irish Bath: Medical/health history as therapeutic assemblage'. Social Science and Medicine, 106 :10-19 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2013 'Small health pilgrimages: Place and practice at the holy well'
Foley R. (2013) 'Small health pilgrimages: Place and practice at the holy well'. Culture and Religion, 14 (1):44-62 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2013 'Perspectives on Ireland’s economic geography: An evaluation of spatial structures. Special Issue on the National Spatial Strategy'
Meredith, D., Walsh, J., Foley, R. (2013) 'Perspectives on Ireland’s economic geography: An evaluation of spatial structures. Special Issue on the National Spatial Strategy'. Administration, 60 :61-89 [Details]
2013 'Cross Border Health Data: Geographical Considerations?'
Foley, R. (2013) 'Cross Border Health Data: Geographical Considerations?'. BORDERLANDS - THE JOURNAL OF SPATIAL PLANNING IN IRELAND, 3 :27-41 [Details]
2011 'Applying geographic information systems to support strategic environmental assessment: Opportunities and limitations in the context of Irish land-use plans'
Gonzalez, A;Gilmer, A;Foley, R;Sweeney, J;Fry, J (2011) 'Applying geographic information systems to support strategic environmental assessment: Opportunities and limitations in the context of Irish land-use plans'. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 31 :368-381 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2011 'Selling the colonial spa town: The contested therapeutic landscapes of Lisdoonvarna and Te Aroha'
Foley R.;Wheeler A.;Kearns R. (2011) 'Selling the colonial spa town: The contested therapeutic landscapes of Lisdoonvarna and Te Aroha'. Irish Geography, 44 (2-3):151-172 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2011 'Performing health in place: The holy well as a therapeutic assemblage'
Foley R. (2011) 'Performing health in place: The holy well as a therapeutic assemblage'. Health and Place, 17 (2):470-479 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2010 'Introduction to Dublin 2026: The Future Urban Environment'
Foley, R. and Sweeney, J. (2010) 'Introduction to Dublin 2026: The Future Urban Environment'. JOURNAL OF IRISH URBAN STUDIES, 7-9 :1-3 [IR Link] [Details]
2008 'Geographies of informal care in Ireland, 2002-2006'
Foley R. (2008) 'Geographies of informal care in Ireland, 2002-2006'. Irish Geography, 41 (3):261-278 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2008 'Technology-aided participative methods in environmental assessment: An international perspective'
Gonzalez, A;Gilmer, A;Foley, R;Sweeney, J;Fry, J (2008) 'Technology-aided participative methods in environmental assessment: An international perspective'. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 32 :303-316 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2008 'Surveying the Sickbeds: Initial Steps Towards Modelling All-Ireland Hospital Accessibility'
Foley, R., Charlton, M. and Clarke, P. (2008) 'Surveying the Sickbeds: Initial Steps Towards Modelling All-Ireland Hospital Accessibility'. JOURNAL OF CROSS BORDER STUDIES IN IRELAND, 3 :66-79 [IR Link] [Details]
2007 'Place and provision: Mapping mental health advocacy services in London'
Foley, R;Platzer, H (2007) 'Place and provision: Mapping mental health advocacy services in London'. Social Science and Medicine, 64 :617-632 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2006 'Health, Place and Hanly: Modelling accessibility to hospitals in Ireland'
Kalogirou S.;Foley R. (2006) 'Health, Place and Hanly: Modelling accessibility to hospitals in Ireland'. Irish Geography, 39 (1):52-68 [IR Link] [Details]
2006 'Origins, Destinations & Catchments: Mapping Travel to Work in Ireland in 2002'
Walsh, J., Foley, R., Kavanagh, A., McElwain, A. (2006) 'Origins, Destinations & Catchments: Mapping Travel to Work in Ireland in 2002'. JOURNAL OF THE STATISTICAL AND SOCIAL INQUIRY SOCIETY OF IRELAND, XXXV :1-58 [IR Link] [Details]
2002 'Assessing the applicability of GIS in a health and social care setting: planning services for informal carers in East Sussex, England'
Foley, R. (2002) 'Assessing the applicability of GIS in a health and social care setting: planning services for informal carers in East Sussex, England'. Social Science and Medicine, 55 :79-96 [IR Link] [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
2010 Healing waters: Therapeutic landscapes in historic and contemporary Ireland.
Foley R. (2010) Healing waters: Therapeutic landscapes in historic and contemporary Ireland. [Details]
2008 The Atlas of the Island of Ireland: Mapping Social and Economic Change.
Gleeson, J., Kitchin, R., Bartley, B., Driscoll, J., Foley, R., Fotheringham, A.S. and Lloyd, C. (2008) The Atlas of the Island of Ireland: Mapping Social and Economic Change. : AIRO-ICLRD. [Details]
2007 World in Focus: Ireland.
Bowden, R and Foley, R. (2007) World in Focus: Ireland. : Wayland. [Details]
2006 Destination Detectives: Ireland.
Bowden, R and Foley, R. (2006) Destination Detectives: Ireland. : Raintree. [Details]
2003 River Journeys: The Rhine.
Foley, R. (2003) River Journeys: The Rhine. : Hodder Wayland. [Details]
2002 21st Century Debates: World Health.
Foley, R. (2002) 21st Century Debates: World Health. : Hodder Wayland. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2016 'From Front to Home and Back Again: Relational Geographies of Medical Treatment in the First World War'
Foley, R. (2016) 'From Front to Home and Back Again: Relational Geographies of Medical Treatment in the First World War' In: Miller, I and Durnin, D (eds). Medicine, Health and Irish Experiences of War, 1914-45. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
2016 'Augusta Bellingham and the Mount Stuart Hospital: Temporary Therapeutic Transformations'
Foley, R. (2016) 'Augusta Bellingham and the Mount Stuart Hospital: Temporary Therapeutic Transformations' In: Dooley, T. and Ridgeway, C (eds). The Country House and the Great War: Irish and British Experiences. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
2015 'Health and Wellbeing'
Foley, R. (2015) 'Health and Wellbeing' In: The Atlas of the Island of Ireland. Mapping Social and Economic Patterns. Maynooth/Armagh: AIRO-ICLRD. [Details]
2014 'Look beyond appearances: Place, disability, and wellbeing in the music of staff Benda Bilili'
Foley R. (2014) 'Look beyond appearances: Place, disability, and wellbeing in the music of staff Benda Bilili' In: Soundscapes of Wellbeing in Popular Music. [Details]
2014 'Health and Spatial Justice'
Foley, R. and Kavanagh, A. (2014) 'Health and Spatial Justice' In: Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. [Details]
2014 'Therapeutic Landscapes in Cavan'
Foley, R. (2014) 'Therapeutic Landscapes in Cavan' In: Cavan: History and Society. Dublin: Geography Publications. [Details]
2013 'Health and Wellness or Conspicuous Consumption: The Spa in Celtic Tiger Ireland'
Foley, R. (2013) 'Health and Wellness or Conspicuous Consumption: The Spa in Celtic Tiger Ireland' In: Spacing Ireland: Place, Society and Culture in the post-boom era. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
2012 'From Rathdowney to Ratanakiri: Honouring Prof'
Foley, C. and Foley, R. (2012) 'From Rathdowney to Ratanakiri: Honouring Prof' In: At the Anvil: Essays in Honour of W.J.Smyth. Geography Publications. [IR Link] [Details]
2010 'Healing Waters Therapeutic Landscapes in Historic and Contemporary Ireland Preface'
Foley, R (2010) 'Healing Waters Therapeutic Landscapes in Historic and Contemporary Ireland Preface' In: HEALING WATERS: THERAPEUTIC LANDSCAPES IN HISTORIC AND CONTEMPORARY IRELAND. ALDERSHOT: ASHGATE PUBLISHING LTD. [Details]
2010 'Healing Waters Therapeutic Landscapes in Historic and Contemporary Ireland Introduction'
Foley, R (2010) 'Healing Waters Therapeutic Landscapes in Historic and Contemporary Ireland Introduction' In: HEALING WATERS: THERAPEUTIC LANDSCAPES IN HISTORIC AND CONTEMPORARY IRELAND. ALDERSHOT: ASHGATE PUBLISHING LTD. [Details]
2010 'Holy Wells: The Faith Cure'
Foley, R (2010) 'Holy Wells: The Faith Cure' In: HEALING WATERS: THERAPEUTIC LANDSCAPES IN HISTORIC AND CONTEMPORARY IRELAND. ALDERSHOT: ASHGATE PUBLISHING LTD. [Details]
2010 'Spa Towns: The Rest Cure'
Foley, R (2010) 'Spa Towns: The Rest Cure' In: HEALING WATERS: THERAPEUTIC LANDSCAPES IN HISTORIC AND CONTEMPORARY IRELAND. ALDERSHOT: ASHGATE PUBLISHING LTD. [Details]
2010 'Turkish Baths and Sweat-houses: The Sweating Cure'
Foley, R (2010) 'Turkish Baths and Sweat-houses: The Sweating Cure' In: HEALING WATERS: THERAPEUTIC LANDSCAPES IN HISTORIC AND CONTEMPORARY IRELAND. ALDERSHOT: ASHGATE PUBLISHING LTD. [Details]
2010 'Sea Bathing: The Thalassic Cure'
Foley, R (2010) 'Sea Bathing: The Thalassic Cure' In: HEALING WATERS: THERAPEUTIC LANDSCAPES IN HISTORIC AND CONTEMPORARY IRELAND. ALDERSHOT: ASHGATE PUBLISHING LTD. [Details]
2010 'The Modern Spa: The Relaxation Cure'
Foley, R (2010) 'The Modern Spa: The Relaxation Cure' In: HEALING WATERS: THERAPEUTIC LANDSCAPES IN HISTORIC AND CONTEMPORARY IRELAND. ALDERSHOT: ASHGATE PUBLISHING LTD. [Details]
2010 'Healing Waters Therapeutic Landscapes in Historic and Contemporary Ireland Conclusion'
Foley, R (2010) 'Healing Waters Therapeutic Landscapes in Historic and Contemporary Ireland Conclusion' In: HEALING WATERS: THERAPEUTIC LANDSCAPES IN HISTORIC AND CONTEMPORARY IRELAND. ALDERSHOT: ASHGATE PUBLISHING LTD. [Details]
2009 'Developing and Applying a Participative Web- based GIS for Integration of Public Perceptions into Strategic Environmental Assessment'
Sweeney, J Gonzalez, A., Gilmer, A., Foley, R. and Fry, J. (2009) 'Developing and Applying a Participative Web- based GIS for Integration of Public Perceptions into Strategic Environmental Assessment' In: Representing, Modeling and Visualizing the Natural Environment: Innovations in GIS 13. Florida: CRC Press. [Details]
2009 'Integrated Spatial Data Infrastructures'
Foley, R. (2009) 'Integrated Spatial Data Infrastructures' In: The International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography Volume V. London: Elsevier. [Details]
2009 'Developing and Applying a Participative Web-based GIS for Integration of Public Perceptions into Strategic Environmental Assessment'
Gonzalez, A., Gilmer, A., Foley, R., Sweeney, J. and Fry, J. (2009) 'Developing and Applying a Participative Web-based GIS for Integration of Public Perceptions into Strategic Environmental Assessment' In: Representing, Modeling and Visualizing the Natural Environment: Innovations in GIS 13. Florida: CRC Press. [Details]
2009 'GIS in Health & Social Care Planning'
Foley, R., Charlton, M. and Fotheringham, A.S. (2009) 'GIS in Health & Social Care Planning' In: Handbook of Theoretical and Quantitative Geography. Lausanne: UNIL-FGSE. [Details]
2007 'Housing and Travel'
Walsh, J., Keaveney, K and Foley, R. (2007) 'Housing and Travel' In: People and Place: A Census Atlas of the Republic of Ireland. Maynooth: NIRSA. [Details]
2001 'GIS and Caring: A Common and Compatible Approach?'
Foley, R. (2001) 'GIS and Caring: A Common and Compatible Approach?' In: Breaking Down Barriers: reviewing partnership practice. University of Brighton/HSPRC. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2017 Exploring Health-enabling place: Swimming as an accretive practice
Ronan Foley (2017) Exploring Health-enabling place: Swimming as an accretive practice . In: Peter Mayer eds. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Landscape and Human Health: Forests, Parks and Green Care Wien, , pp.55-55 [Details]
2011 Paying Practices: An Analysis of Primary Care Funding in Ireland
Foley, R.Brunsdon, C. Charlton, M. (2011) Paying Practices: An Analysis of Primary Care Funding in Ireland Proceedings of the 16th European Colloquium on Theoretical and Quantitative Geography , pp.620-628 [Details]
2007 Modelling Changing Hospital Service Accessibility in Ireland
Foley, R. and Charlton, M. (2007) Modelling Changing Hospital Service Accessibility in Ireland E-Proceedings of 9th International Conference on Geocomputation [IR Link] [Details]
2007 Crossing Borders and Boundaries: Modelling All-Ireland Changing Hospital Accessibility
Foley, R. and Charlton, M. (2007) Crossing Borders and Boundaries: Modelling All-Ireland Changing Hospital Accessibility Proceedings of 15th European Colloquium on Theoretical and Quantative Geography , pp.101-104 [Details]
2007 Developing and Applying a User-friendly Web-based GIS for Participative Environmental Assessment
Gonzalez, A., Gilmer, A., Foley, R., Sweeney, J. and Fry, J. (2007) Developing and Applying a User-friendly Web-based GIS for Participative Environmental Assessment Proceedings of the GIS Research UK Conference 2007 , pp.23-27 [IR Link] [Details]
2007 Spatial Trends of unpaid caregiving in Ireland
Kalogirou, S, and Foley, R. (2007) Spatial Trends of unpaid caregiving in Ireland Proceedings of the GIS Research UK Conference 2007 , pp.435-440 [IR Link] [Details]
2007 Modelling Commuting Catchments in Ireland: A Hierarchical Approach using GIS
Meredith, D., Charlton, M., Foley, R. and Walsh, J. (2007) Modelling Commuting Catchments in Ireland: A Hierarchical Approach using GIS Proceedings of the GIS Research UK Conference 2007 , pp.277-280 [IR Link] [Details]
2005 Modelling Accessibility to General Hospitals in Ireland
Kalogirou, S, and Foley, R. (2005) Modelling Accessibility to General Hospitals in Ireland Proceedings of the GIS Research UK Conference 2005 , pp.21-26 [Details]
2002 A Good Place to Talk: Mapping Mental Health Advocacy Services in London using a GIS
Foley R. and Platzer H. (2002) A Good Place to Talk: Mapping Mental Health Advocacy Services in London using a GIS Proceedings of the 2nd Geohealth Conference 2002 , pp.55-59 [Details]
2002 Placing the Practice: GP Service Location Planning using GIS in Brighton and Hove
Foley R. and Darby N. (2002) Placing the Practice: GP Service Location Planning using GIS in Brighton and Hove Proceedings of the 2nd Geohealth Conference 2002 , pp.125-129 [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2017 Being bobby, being blobby: Transforming swimming bodies in blue space.
Ronan Foley (2017) Being bobby, being blobby: Transforming swimming bodies in blue space. [Oral Presentation], Royal Geographical Society- Institute of British Geographers Conference 2017, London [Details]
2017 Groundwater heritage: the holy wells of Ireland.
Misstear, B., Gill, L., McKenna, C. and Foley, R. (2017) Groundwater heritage: the holy wells of Ireland. [Oral Presentation], 44th Annual Congress of the International Association of Hydrogeologists, Dubrovnik, Croatia [Details]
2017 The Holy Wells of North Leinster: A Medical Geography.
Ronan Foley (2017) The Holy Wells of North Leinster: A Medical Geography. [Oral Presentation], An Tobar: An International Workshop on Holy Wells & Sacred Springs,, Waterford [Details]
2017 Green and Blue Infrastructure: A Health led approach.
Oludunsin Arodudu, Ronan Foley, Michael Brennan, Gerald Mills, Tine Ningal, Malachy Bradley (2017) Green and Blue Infrastructure: A Health led approach. [Oral Presentation], Conference of Irish Geographers, Cork, Ireland [Details]
2017 Green and Blue Infrastructure: A Health led approach.
Oludunsin Arodudu, Ronan Foley, Michael Brennan, Gerald Mills, Tine Ningal, Malachy Bradley (2017) Green and Blue Infrastructure: A Health led approach. [Oral Presentation], 17th International Medical Geography Symposium, Angers, France [Details]
2017 Small area imputed rent: a spatial analysis.
Kilgariff, P, O’Donoghue, C., Charlton, M. and Foley, R (2017) Small area imputed rent: a spatial analysis. [Oral Presentation], , Irish Economic Association Annual Conference 2017, Dublin [Details]
2017 Wellness and Blue Space: Oral Histories of Irish Coastal Swimming.
Ronan Foley (2017) Wellness and Blue Space: Oral Histories of Irish Coastal Swimming. [Oral Presentation], Sea, Land and Spirit: Coastal Environment Ireland Conference, Dingle [Details]
2017 New Geographies of Health: Blue Spaces and Happy Camp(us)ers.
Ronan Foley (2017) New Geographies of Health: Blue Spaces and Happy Camp(us)ers. [Oral Presentation], Mindscape: Nature based solutions for Campus & Community Well-Being, University of Limerick [Details]
2017 Spaces and places that enable health (Therapeutic Landscapes 3.0: Discussing Future Directions Session).
Ronan Foley (2017) Spaces and places that enable health (Therapeutic Landscapes 3.0: Discussing Future Directions Session). [Oral Presentation], 17th International Symposium in Medical/Health Geography, Angers, France [Details]
2016 Conference of Irish Geographers 2015.
Foley, R. (2016) Conference of Irish Geographers 2015. [Oral Presentation], Geographies of Care and Carelessness, Dublin [Details]
2016 The Anglo-Irish and the war effort from the pages of Irish Life Magazine, 1912−26.
Ronan Foley (2016) The Anglo-Irish and the war effort from the pages of Irish Life Magazine, 1912−26. [Oral Presentation], Agricultural History Society of Ireland Annual Symposium 2016, Dublin [Details]
2016 Geographical Perspectives on Ageing, Health & Place.
Jan Rigby and Ronan Foley (2016) Geographical Perspectives on Ageing, Health & Place. [Oral Presentation], TILDA Research Seminar Series, Trinity College Dublin [Details]
2015 Geographies of Care in Ireland, 2002-2011.
Ronan Foley (2015) Geographies of Care in Ireland, 2002-2011. [Oral Presentation], 20 Years of Family Carer Research in Ireland, Dublin [Details]
2016 24th Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland.
Foley, R. (2016) 24th Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Spa towns and sweat houses: healthy environments in 19th century Ireland, Southampton [Details]
2015 Nordic Geographers Meeting.
(2015) Nordic Geographers Meeting. [Oral Presentation], Therapeutic Blue Space: An Oral History Approach, Tallinn University [Details]
2015 Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference 2015.
Foley, R. (2015) Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference 2015. [Oral Presentation], Swimming as Healthy Blue Space Practice, Exeter, UK [Details]
2015 Conference of Irish Geographers 2015.
(2015) Conference of Irish Geographers 2015. [Oral Presentation], Swimming as Display: Evidence from Blue Space, Queens University Belfast [Details]
2015 Borrowed Hospitals: Actors and Networks of Temporary Medical Care in World War I.
Ronan Foley (2015) Borrowed Hospitals: Actors and Networks of Temporary Medical Care in World War I. [Invited Lecture], Massey University Geography Seminar Series, Palmerston North, New Zealand [Details]
2015 School of Environment Research Seminar Series.
(2015) School of Environment Research Seminar Series. [Oral Presentation], Liquid Immersions: Swimming as Healthy Blue Space Practice, University of Auckland [Details]
2015 Geospatial Research and Innovation Seminar Series.
(2015) Geospatial Research and Innovation Seminar Series. [Oral Presentation], An Irish Stew: GeoSpatial Health Research in Ireland, University of Canterbury [Details]
2015 Victoria University of Wellington.
(2015) Victoria University of Wellington. [Oral Presentation], Geography and Imagination: A conversation between two poets and two geographers, Stout Centre for New Zealand Studies [Details]
2015 XVIth International Symposium in Medical/Health Geographies Conference.
(2015) XVIth International Symposium in Medical/Health Geographies Conference. [Oral Presentation], Rhythm and Outdoor Swimming: Narratives of Health and Wellbeing, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver [Details]
2014 4th Global Blue Mind Symposium.
(2014) 4th Global Blue Mind Symposium. [Oral Presentation], Swimming Lifeworlds, Cornwall [Details]
2014 1st Ómós Áite: Space/Place Research Network International Conference.
(2014) 1st Ómós Áite: Space/Place Research Network International Conference. [Oral Presentation], Living Water: Swimming Spots as Third Places, NUI Galway [Details]
2013 2013 Conference of Irish Geographers.
(2013) 2013 Conference of Irish Geographers. [Oral Presentation], Towards a Geography of Health Inequalities in Ireland, NUI Galway [Details]
2013 21st Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland.
(2013) 21st Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Bloody Knees, Bloody Heads: Faction Fighting at Holy Well Patterns, Newcastle [Details]
2013 Between Bodies, Bodies Between Conference,.
(2013) Between Bodies, Bodies Between Conference,. [Oral Presentation], Literature, Liminality and Health: Swift, Carleton and the Irish Spa, NUI Maynooth [Details]
2013 15th International Symposium in Health and Medical Geography.
(2013) 15th International Symposium in Health and Medical Geography. [Oral Presentation], Ephemeral Spaces of Care: Auxiliary War Hospitals as Contingent Spaces of Recovery, Michigan State University, East Lansing [Details]
2013 2013 Conference of Irish Geographers.
(2013) 2013 Conference of Irish Geographers. [Oral Presentation], Developing the Kavanagh-Foley Index of Wellbeing: Mapping General Health in Ireland from the 2011 Ce, NUI Galway [Details]
2013 15th International Symposium in Health and Medical Geography, Michigan State University.
(2013) 15th International Symposium in Health and Medical Geography, Michigan State University. [Oral Presentation], Snámh: Affective Body-Water Engagements in Blue Space, East Lansing, MI [Details]
2012 2012 Sino-European Symposium on Environment and Health.
(2012) 2012 Sino-European Symposium on Environment and Health. [Oral Presentation], Curative Minerals, Curative Wells, NUI Galway [Details]
2012 Association for Medical Humanities Conference 2012.
(2012) Association for Medical Humanities Conference 2012. [Oral Presentation], St. Ann’s Hydro as a ‘Deep Mapping’ Template for Medical Humanities Research, Cork [Details]
2012 Association of American Geographers Annual Conference 2012.
(2012) Association of American Geographers Annual Conference 2012. [Oral Presentation], A Reservoir to Boot... Body-Water engagements, swimming & well-being, New York [Details]
2012 Health and Welfare in the Archives.
(2012) Health and Welfare in the Archives. [Oral Presentation], Source Streams: Research on Healing Waters, Belfast [Details]
2012 2012 Conference of Irish Geographers.
(2012) 2012 Conference of Irish Geographers. [Oral Presentation], Borrowed Hospitals: Requisitioned Spaces of Recovery and Care, Dublin [Details]
2012 EUROGEO Conference 2102.
(2012) EUROGEO Conference 2102. [Oral Presentation], Place, Health and the Spa: Contested Identities and Practices, Drumcondra [Details]
2012 Wellcome Centre for the History Of Medicine in Ireland Seminar on Medicine, Health and Irish Experie.
(2012) Wellcome Centre for the History Of Medicine in Ireland Seminar on Medicine, Health and Irish Experie. [Oral Presentation], From Front to Home and Back Again: Relational Geographies of Medical Treatment in World War I, UCD Dublin [Details]
2012 Royal Geographical Society - Institute Of British Geographers Annual Conference 2012.
(2012) Royal Geographical Society - Institute Of British Geographers Annual Conference 2012. [Oral Presentation], Bute as a Healing Island: ‘Doon the Watter’ for Health and Well-being, University of Edinburgh [Details]
2011 2011 Conference of Irish Geographers.
(2011) 2011 Conference of Irish Geographers. [Oral Presentation], Sex and the Spa: Liminality at the Watering-Place, Mary Immaculate College of Education, Limerick [Details]
2011 Centre for Irish Studies Seminar Series.
(2011) Centre for Irish Studies Seminar Series. [Oral Presentation], Spaces of Indigenous Health Care: From Holy Wells to Seaweed Baths, NUI Galway [Details]
2011 In the Group Exhibition, SURFACE TENSION: The Future of Water.
(2011) In the Group Exhibition, SURFACE TENSION: The Future of Water. [Poster Presentation], Holy Wells: Healing Waters, Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin [Details]
2011 2011 Conference of Irish Geographers.
(2011) 2011 Conference of Irish Geographers. [Oral Presentation], Waterlog: Wild Bathing at the Seaside, Mary Immaculate College of Education, Limerick [Details]
2011 Ómós Áite/The Space & Place Research Collaborative: Mapping Spectral Traces IV.
(2011) Ómós Áite/The Space & Place Research Collaborative: Mapping Spectral Traces IV. [Oral Presentation], Carte Jondo: Representations of the Holy Well/Tobar Beannaithe, NUI Maynooth and Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin [Details]
2011 17th European Colloquium on Theoretical and Quantitative Geography.
(2011) 17th European Colloquium on Theoretical and Quantitative Geography. [Oral Presentation], Paying Practices’: Mapping Primary Care Funding in Ireland, Harokopio University Athens [Details]
2011 AHRC-ESRC Religion & Society Workshop: New Spiritualities.
(2011) AHRC-ESRC Religion & Society Workshop: New Spiritualities. [Oral Presentation], Deep Mappings of Spirituality: Energy, Reach and Place, University of Glasgow [Details]
2011 14th International Symposium in Medical Geography.
(2011) 14th International Symposium in Medical Geography. [Oral Presentation], Indigenous Narratives of Health: (Re)Placing Folk-Medicine within Irish Health Histories, University of Durham [Details]
2011 AHRC-ESRC Workshop: Spaces of Renewal.
Ronan Foley (2011) AHRC-ESRC Workshop: Spaces of Renewal. [Oral Presentation], Small Health Pilgrimages: Holy Well Practices & Performances, University of the West of England, Bristol [Details]
2011 2011 Conference of Irish Geographers.
(2011) 2011 Conference of Irish Geographers. [Oral Presentation], Paying the Practice: Geographies of GP Funding in Ireland, Mary Immaculate College of Education, Limerick. May [Details]
2010 Royal Geographical Society - Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference 2010.
(2010) Royal Geographical Society - Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference 2010. [Oral Presentation], A Place Apart: Affect and Therapeutic Encounters with Water, London [Details]
2010 2010 Conference of Irish Geographers.
(2010) 2010 Conference of Irish Geographers. [Oral Presentation], Telling and Selling Health in Place: The Role of the Geo-Narrative, Maynooth [Details]
2010 Becoming Visible: Older People as Active Participants in the Community and in Long-term Care Setting.
(2010) Becoming Visible: Older People as Active Participants in the Community and in Long-term Care Setting. [Oral Presentation], Mapping the Geographies of Caring, Disability and Volunteering, Dublin Castle [Details]
2010 Irish Social Science Platform Annual Conference 2010.
(2010) Irish Social Science Platform Annual Conference 2010. [Oral Presentation], Affect, Wellbeing and Embodiment in the Contemporary Watering-Place, University of Limerick [Details]
2010 Towards a Resource Allocation Model for Primary, Continuing and Community Care in the Health Service.
(2010) Towards a Resource Allocation Model for Primary, Continuing and Community Care in the Health Service. [Oral Presentation], Geography and Resource Allocation Models: Issues for the development of an Irish Model, Dublin [Details]
2010 2010 Conference of Irish Geographers.
(2010) 2010 Conference of Irish Geographers. [Oral Presentation], The Irish Beach: For Health and Leisure, Maynooth [Details]
2009 2009 Conference of Irish Geographers.
(2009) 2009 Conference of Irish Geographers. [Oral Presentation], Embodied Performance in Therapeutic Landscapes, Cork [Details]
2009 13th International Symposium in Medical Geography.
(2009) 13th International Symposium in Medical Geography. [Oral Presentation], Embodiment, Performance & Narrative at Holy Wells, McMaster University Hamilton [Details]
2009 Alternative spiritualities and New Religions.
(2009) Alternative spiritualities and New Religions. [Poster Presentation], Therapeutic landscapes and spiritual health, NUI Maynooth [Details]
2009 School of Geography Seminar Series.
(2009) School of Geography Seminar Series. [Oral Presentation], Sanitas per Aquam: The Geography of the Irish Spa, Victoria University of Wellington [Details]
2009 16th European Colloquium on Quantitative Geography.
(2009) 16th European Colloquium on Quantitative Geography. [Oral Presentation], Representing the 'Other': Critical Census Data, Maynooth [Details]
2009 Department of Geography Seminar Series.
(2009) Department of Geography Seminar Series. [Oral Presentation], Performances of Health at the Watering Place, NUI Galway [Details]
2009 School of Geography Seminar Series.
(2009) School of Geography Seminar Series. [Oral Presentation], Irish Therapeutic Landscapes: A Research Journey, University of Auckland [Details]
2009 2009 Conference of Irish Geographers.
(2009) 2009 Conference of Irish Geographers. [Oral Presentation], The Road to Welltown: Hydropathy in 19th and 20th, Cork [Details]
2008 Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS).
(2008) Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS). [Oral Presentation], Wells and Springs as Therapeutic Landscapes, Brighton [Details]
2008 Association of American Geographers Annual Conference 2008.
(2008) Association of American Geographers Annual Conference 2008. [Oral Presentation], To Heal or to Pamper? Reselling & Retelling Spas, Boston [Details]
2007 12th International Symposium in Medical Geography.
(2007) 12th International Symposium in Medical Geography. [Oral Presentation], Commodifying Healthy Places: The Spa Town, University of Bonn [Details]
2007 Association of American Geographers Annual Conference 2007.
(2007) Association of American Geographers Annual Conference 2007. [Oral Presentation], Equitable Access to Carer's Services: Mapping the Geographies of Informal Care in Ireland, San Francisco, CA [Details]
2006 Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference 2006.
(2006) Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference 2006. [Oral Presentation], Mapping Spatial Equity: Geographies of Informal Care in Ireland, London [Details]
2005 11th International Symposium in Medical Geography.
(2005) 11th International Symposium in Medical Geography. [Oral Presentation], Hospital reorganisation and the implications for geographical accessibility in Ireland, Fort Worth, TX [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2005 Final Report of the Small Areas Project II: Proofs of Concept. The Value and Potential of Small Area Spatial Data in Ireland in the 21st Century.
Foley, R., Brady, G. Fahey, D., Haase, T., McCormack, B., Morrin, P., Murphy, K. and O’Shea, C. (2005) Final Report of the Small Areas Project II: Proofs of Concept. The Value and Potential of Small Area Spatial Data in Ireland in the 21st Century. Information Society, Dublin. [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2011 Health and Aging in British Columns Vulnerability and resilience.
Foley, R (2011) Health and Aging in British Columns Vulnerability and resilience. SHEFFIELD: Book Review [Details]
2011 Towards Enabling Geographies: 'Disabled' Bodies and Minds in Society and Space.
Foley, R (2011) Towards Enabling Geographies: 'Disabled' Bodies and Minds in Society and Space. ABINGDON: Book Review [Details]
2008 Landscapes of voluntarism: New spaces of health, welfare and governance.
Foley, R (2008) Landscapes of voluntarism: New spaces of health, welfare and governance. ABINGDON: Book Review [DOI] [Details]
2005 The geography of health inequalities in the developed world: Views from Britain and North America.
Foley, R (2005) The geography of health inequalities in the developed world: Views from Britain and North America. SHEFFIELD: Book Review [Details]

Reviews

  Year Publication
2011 Performing health in place: The holy well as a therapeutic assemblage.
Foley, R (2011) Performing health in place: The holy well as a therapeutic assemblage. OXFORD: Reviews [DOI] [Details]

Technical Publication

  Year Publication
2007 Feasibility Study for a Local Poverty Index.
Haase, T. and Foley, R. (2007) Feasibility Study for a Local Poverty Index. Technical Publication [Details]
2005 The Value and Potential of Small Area Spatial Data in Ireland in the 21st Century.
Foley, R., Brady, G., Fahey, D., Haase, T., McCormack, B., Morrin, P., Murphy, K. and OShea, C. (2005) The Value and Potential of Small Area Spatial Data in Ireland in the 21st Century. Technical Publication [Details]

Working Paper

  Year Publication
2008 Calculating Population Density for MOLAND in the Dublin Urban Area.
Foley, R., Critchley, M. and Convery, S. (2008) Calculating Population Density for MOLAND in the Dublin Urban Area. Working Paper [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2015 Erskine Fellowship, University of Canterbury

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Editor, Irish Geography Geographical Society of Ireland 09-MAY-15 /

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2000 University of Brighton Ph.D.
1979 University College Cork BA (Hons.) History & Geography
1983 University College Cork MA Geography
1980 University College Cork PG Diploma in Computer Science
1985 University of Wales College of Librarianship PG Diploma in Librarianship

Languages

  Language Reading Writing Speaking
German Functional Functional Functional
Italian Functional Functional Functional

Teaching Interests

I am a health geographer at heart but also have quite a wide range of additional teaching interests both within and outside of geography. In my core health geography teaching, I have two main strands, one more technical and quantitative, the other more theoretical and qualitative. I teach GIS, both in its links to health geography (through mapping of health care services and environmental & public health modelling), but also in a range of general introductory courses at both  undergraduate and postgraduate level. The more qualitative work focuses on courses on health care systems and services and also the wider area of health and place, within which therapeutic landscapes and health green/blue space are core strands. I also teach occasional courses/sessions on cultural and historical geographies. 

Recent Postgraduates

  Graduation Student Name University Degree Thesis
2017 Irene Morris Cadogan Maynooth University PhD in Geography Governing energy efficiency in the built environment: the geography of residential energy policy outcomes in Ireland.
2015 Sandra Walsh Maynooth University PhD in Geography Salutogenesis 2.0: An examination of healthy ageing-in-place using a qualitative application of the Sense of Coherence
2015 Eoin O'Mahoney Maynooth University PhD in Geography Religious and secular places: understanding the changing geographies of religion in Ireland.
2015 Jackie McGloughlin Maynooth University PhD in Geography Climate change governance: enhancing local authorities' adaptive capacity.
2013 Julie King Maynooth University MLitt The Impacts of Health Care Reconfiguration on Patient Access to Services: A Case Study of Nenagh General Hospital.
2012 David Meredith Maynooth University PhD in Geography Labour and Geography in Ireland, 2006 Evaluating the National Spatial Strategy for Ireland 2002-2020: People, Places and Potential.
2011 Elizabeth Mathews Maynooth University PhD in Geography Mainstreaming of Deaf Education in the Republic of Ireland: Language, Power, Resistance.
2009 Xiaochen Liu Maynooth University PhD in Geography Modelling of Energy Demand in the Greater Dublin Region
2008 Ainhoa Gonzalez del Campo Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), IRL PhD The Application of Geographical Information Systems to Strategic Environmental Assessment.
2005 Andrew Power Maynooth University PhD in Geography Landscapes of Care: A geographical study of informal care and care support in Ireland using international comparisons.