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Dr. Karen Devine obtained a PhD in Political Science and Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics, from the University of Dublin, Trinity College. She obtained a Masters of Arts in European Integration from the University of Limerick, and a Bachelors of Arts in Politics and Spanish from University College Dublin. She was educated at Loreto Abbey, Dalkey from kindergarten to Leaving Certificate.

Work Experience

Dr. Karen Devine worked for a number of multinational companies in Dublin and London, including Bank of Ireland, Vodafone, Bank of Scotland (Ireland), Taylor Nelson Sofres and Research International.

Dr. Karen Devine - About Me

Academic Positions

Dr. Karen Devine is a lecturer in European Union policies and politics, Gender and Politics, Irish Foreign Policy, Gender and Security, and Research Methodologies, at Dublin City University.


She previously taught at DIT (now Technological University Dublin) Aungier Street, Trinity College, Dublin, and the University of Aberdeen.

Dr. Karen Devine, Independent Candidate, Seanad Éireann NUI Panel

Dr. Karen Devine ran as an Independent Candidate in the Seanad Éireann elections for the NUI constituency in 2020 and in 2016. She described her candidacy as follows:


"My campaign slogan “Equality within Ireland, Equality for Ireland” reflects my core beliefs in the areas of gender, education, and Ireland’s place in the European Union. My passion is the pursuit of positive change in these areas, specifically, to combat gender based violence through programmes at third level institutions, equality in access and progression in third-level education regardless of gender, race or class; and to ensure that the rights and quality of life of people in Ireland are secured and respected at the European Union level."

"I have given voice to these values through international academic positions as a Chevening Scholar (UK) and Fulbright Scholar (USA), as an advisor and speaker to political parties across the left-right ideological spectrum, in over 150 media contributions nationally and internationally, and through numerous invited presentations at the Houses of the Oireachtas."

"In my own experience as a student, researcher, and staff member in universities in Ireland, the UK, and the USA, including holding the Irish government to electoral account with Irish Citizens for Trustworthy E-Voting (ICTE), introducing sexual consent workshops in DCU, and supporting the work of numerous NGOs in the Irish Foreign Policy sector, I have seen the political, economic, and social consequences resulting from a lack of independent university representation in Seanad Éireann." 

"I am seeking your number one vote for a seat on the Seanad Éireann national university panel as an academic advocate, to push for innovative policies and legislative change in the Oireachtas to address important societal, university sector-specific, and national issues."

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Dr. Karen Devine


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