Dr Maeve Boland
- Geoscience Policy, Communications, and Public Affairs Specialist
Maeve works to strengthen the integration and impact of iCRAG's geoscience and social science research by identifying opportunities, aiding integration among partner RPOs and increasing active participation in Challenge 3 - Earth Science in Society. Maeve is responsible for leveraging connections with, and participation in, international organisations to raise iCRAG's public profile worldwide and examining existing and potential pathways to impact for iCRAG research across policy, economic, and social sectors. In doing so, Maeve helps to identify and help implement ways to incorporate impact factors into iCRAG's research design and reporting.
Maeve graduated in geology from Trinity College Dublin and had a varied career in mineral exploration, petroleum, the Industrial Minerals Section at Geological Survey Ireland, and in the U.S. non-profit sector before earning her PhD from Colorado School of Mines. She spent a year in the U.S. Senate as the 2009 AGU Congressional Science Fellow, followed by two years as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Geological Survey. She was Director of Geoscience Policy at the American Geosciences Institute (2013-18) before moving back to Ireland and joining the UCD School of Earth Sciences on a joint UCD-GSI contract. She serves on several UNESCO, GSA, and AGU committees and is fascinated by the complex intersections between geoscience and society.