Lecturer
Food Business & Development
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

T: +353-21-490-3000
E: CPower@ucc.ie

                     

Carol Power is a lecturer in the Department of Food Business and Development and a researcher with the Centre for Co-operative Studies.  She has a BA in Geography and Policy Studies, a PhD in Geography and a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.  Carol’s doctoral thesis focused on the role of voluntary business associations in stimulating industrial clusters and regional economic development. 

Carol is Academic Director of the Pathways suite of programmes in Credit Union Business, which is offered in partnership with the Irish League of Credit Unions.  She teaches on the MSc in Co-operative and Social Enterprise and also contributes to modules on the Postgraduate Diploma in Co-operative Organisation, Food Marketing and Rural Development.  Her current research interests focus on the credit union movement in Ireland, and also on co-operatives and social enterprises as a response to social and economic needs at local and regional levels.

Carol is a member of the Board of the UCC-based Institute for Social Sciences in the 21st Century (ISS21).  ISS21 is affiliated to the Irish Social Science Platform.  Carol is also convenor of the ISS21 Civil Society Research Cluster.

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2017)'The impact of a values-based supply chain (VBSC) on farm-level viability, sustainability and resilience: case study evidence'
Hooks, T., Macken-Walsh, A., McCarthy, O. & Power, C. (2017) 'The impact of a values-based supply chain (VBSC) on farm-level viability, sustainability and resilience: case study evidence'. Sustainability, 9 (2) Globe icon [DOI] [Details]
(2016)'Risk and Reward: The Development of Social Enterprise within the Criminal Justice Sector in Ireland - Some Policy Implications'
Cafferty, S., McCarthy, O. & Power, C. (2016) 'Risk and Reward: The Development of Social Enterprise within the Criminal Justice Sector in Ireland - Some Policy Implications'. Irish Probation Journal, 13 :22-39 [Details]
(2014)'Merging into the mainstream? An empirically based discussion of the potential erosion of competitive advantage in a restructured Irish credit union movement'
Power, C., O'Connor, R., McCarthy, O. & Ward M. (2014) 'Merging into the mainstream? An empirically based discussion of the potential erosion of competitive advantage in a restructured Irish credit union movement'. Journal of Co-operative Organization and Management, 2 (2):55-64 Globe icon [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'The Community Impact of Credit Unions in Ireland: Optimising the principle of social responsibility'
Power, C., O’Connor, R., McCarthy O. and Ward M. (2012) 'The Community Impact of Credit Unions in Ireland: Optimising the principle of social responsibility'. International Journal of Co-Operative Management, 6 (1):8-15 [Details]
(2007)'The role of industry associations in stimulating economic development: A Case Study of the information and communication technologies sector in Cork'
Power, C. and Brunt, B. (2007) 'The role of industry associations in stimulating economic development: A Case Study of the information and communication technologies sector in Cork'. Irish Geography, [Details]

Edited Books

YearPublication
(2011)The Origins, Ethos and Evolution of Co-operative Credit in Ireland: Celebrating the Centenary of the Birth of Nora Herlihy
Power, C., O'Connor, R., McCarthy, O. and Ward, M (Ed.). (2011) The Origins, Ethos and Evolution of Co-operative Credit in Ireland: Celebrating the Centenary of the Birth of Nora Herlihy The Origins, Ethos and Evolution of Co-operative Credit in Ireland: Celebrating the Centenary of the Birth of Nora Herlihy. Cork: Centre for Co-operative Studies, University College Cork. [Details]

Published Reports

YearPublication
(2010)The Potential Impact of Credit Unions on Members' Financial Capability.
Byrne N., Power C., McCarthy O. and Ward M.; (2010) The Potential Impact of Credit Unions on Members' Financial Capability. Combat Poverty Agency, Dublin. [Details]

Conference Publications

YearPublication
(2016)The Changing Landscape of Local and Community Development in Ireland: Policy and Practice
Edited by ISS21 Local and Community Development Working Group (2016) Co-editor of Conference Proceedings The Changing Landscape of Local and Community Development in Ireland: Policy and Practice [Details]
(2016)The Changing Landscape of Local and Community Development in Ireland: Policy and Practice
Hall, J., O'Connor, R., Power, C. and Brady, W. (2016) New Structures for Local Government in Ireland: Evaluating the Impact on Community Participation in the Local Planning Process . In: ISS21 Local and Community Development Working Group eds. The Changing Landscape of Local and Community Development in Ireland: Policy and Practice Cork, , pp.45-56 [Details]
(2016)The Changing Landscape of Local and Community Development in Ireland: Policy and Practice
Rylands, M., O'Connor, R. and Power, C. (2016) Local Government Reform in Ireland: Implications for Rural Development and Community Engagement . In: ISS21 Local and Community Development Working Group eds. The Changing Landscape of Local and Community Development in Ireland: Policy and Practice Cork, , pp.57-66 [Details]

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2011)'Credit unions in Irish society: retrospect and prospect'
Power, C. (2011) 'Credit unions in Irish society: retrospect and prospect' In: Power, C., O'Connor, R., McCarthy, O. and Ward, M (eds). The Origins, Ethos and Evolution of Co-operative Credit in Ireland: Celebrating the Centenary of the Birth of Nora Herlihy. Cork: Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC. [Details]
(2011)'Amalgamation and federated co-operative models: A place for both in the development of the Irish credit union movement'
Byrne N., Ward M., Prendergast K., Power C. (2011) 'Amalgamation and federated co-operative models: A place for both in the development of the Irish credit union movement' In: The origins, ethos and evolution of co-operative credit in Ireland: Celebrating the centenary of the birth of Nora Herlihy. Cork: Duhallow Women's Forum and Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC. [Details]
(2011)'The role of credit unions in financial capability'
Byrne, N., Power, C., McCarthy, O. and Ward, M.; (2011) 'The role of credit unions in financial capability' In: The origins, ethos and evolution of co-operative credit in Ireland: Celebrating the centenary of the birth of Nora Herlihy. Cork: Duhallow Women's Forum and Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC. [Details]
(2011)'Introduction'
Power, C. (2011) 'Introduction' In: Power, C., O'Connor, R., McCarthy, O. and Ward, M (eds). The Origins, Ethos and Evolution of Co-operative Credit in Ireland: Celebrating the Centenary of the Birth of Nora Herlihy. Cork: Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC. [Details]
(2011)'Credit unions and community wellbeing'
Power, C., O'Connor, R., McCarthy, O. and Ward, M.; (2011) 'Credit unions and community wellbeing' In: The origins, ethos and evolution of co-operative credit in Ireland: Celebrating the centenary of the birth of Nora Herlihy. Cork: Duhallow Women's Forum and Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC. [Details]
(2010)'Bounded Spaces and Cultural Places: The Reorganisation of the Farmed Landscape in Ireland'
O’Connor, R., Power C. and Rylands, M. (2010) 'Bounded Spaces and Cultural Places: The Reorganisation of the Farmed Landscape in Ireland' In: Walls, Fences, Borders and Boundaries: Essays on Social Exclusion, Inclusion and Integration. Iowa: Kendall Hunt Publishers, Iowa. [Details]
(2009)'Cill Rialig'
Power, C. and O’Connor, R. (2009) 'Cill Rialig' In: The Iveragh Peninsula: A Cultural Atlas of the Ring of Kerry. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2009)'Peat and Energy Production in Iveragh'
O’Connor, R. and Power, C. (2009) 'Peat and Energy Production in Iveragh' In: The Iveragh Peninsula: A Cultural Atlas of the Ring of Kerry. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2009)'Demographic Change on the Iveragh Peninsula 1926-2006'
Power, C. and O’Connor, R. (2009) 'Demographic Change on the Iveragh Peninsula 1926-2006' In: The Iveragh Peninsula: A Cultural Atlas of the Ring of Kerry. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2009)'Contemporary Economic Development in Iveragh'
Power, C. and O’Connor, R. (2009) 'Contemporary Economic Development in Iveragh' In: The Iveragh Peninsula: A Cultural Atlas of the Ring of Kerry. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2015)The Changing Landscape of Local and Community Development in Ireland:,
Rylands, M., O'Connor, R. and Power, C. (2015) Local Government Reform in Ireland: Implications for Rural Development. [Oral Presentation], The Changing Landscape of Local and Community Development in Ireland:, Cork , 21-OCT-15. [Details]
(2015)The Changing Landscape of Local and Community Development in Ireland:,
Hall, J., O’Connor, R., Power, C. and Brady, W. (2015) New structures for Local Government in Ireland: Evaluating the Impact on Community Participation in the Local Planning Process. [Oral Presentation], The Changing Landscape of Local and Community Development in Ireland:, Cork , 21-OCT-15. [Details]
(2015)The Changing Landscape of Local and Community Development in Ireland:,
Power, C. with members of the ISS21 Civil Society Cluster (2015) ISS21 Conference. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], The Changing Landscape of Local and Community Development in Ireland:, University College Cork , 21-OCT-15. [Details]
(2015)Political Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference,
Rylands, M., O'Connor, R. and Power, C. (2015) The Local Government Reform Act 2014: Policy, Practice and Political Disconnect. [Oral Presentation], Political Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Cork , 16-OCT-15 - 18-OCT-15. [Details]
(2015)Political Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference,
Hall, J., O'Connor, R., Power, C. and Brady, W. (2015) Assessing the Reform Agenda: Critical perspectives on new structures for local governance, planning and development in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Political Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Cork , 16-OCT-15 - 18-OCT-15. [Details]
(2014)International Conference of Producer Organisations,
Hooks,T., Macken-Walsh, A., Ward, M., McCarthy, O., and Power, C. (2014) Enhancing Farm Level Viability: The Potential of a Cooperative Model. [Oral Presentation], International Conference of Producer Organisations, Dublin , 25-OCT-14 - 26-OCT-14. [Details]
(2011)The Role of Rural Women in a Recession,
Power, C. (2011) The role of credit unions in tackling rural poverty. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], The Role of Rural Women in a Recession, Newmarket, Co. Cork . [Details]
(2010)Credit Union Summer School,
Byrne, N; Power, C; McCarthy and M. Ward; (2010) The Role of Credit Unions in Financial Capability of Members. [Invited Oral Presentation], Credit Union Summer School, UCC , 18-MAR-10 - 20-MAR-10. [Details]
(2009)Irish Rural Studies Symposium,
O'Connor R., Power C., McCarthy O. & Ward M. (2009) The community impact of credit unions in rural Ireland. [Peer Reviewed Abstract], Irish Rural Studies Symposium, Galway , 01-SEP-09 - 01-SEP-09. [Details]
(2009)Inaugural Irish Rural Studies Symposium,
O’Connor, R., Power, C., McCarthy, O. and Murtagh, A. (2009) The Community Impact of Credit Unions in Rural Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Inaugural Irish Rural Studies Symposium, Athenry, Galway . [Details]
(2008)Credit Union Studies Summer School,
O’Connor, R. and Power, C. (2008) Stories of accessing credit through credit unions. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Credit Union Studies Summer School, University College Cork . [Details]
(2008)Credit Union Summer School,
Power, C., and O’Connor, R. (2008) Credit Unions and the Community: Some notes towards a theoretical framework. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Credit Union Summer School, University College Cork . [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Board Member, Institute for Social Sciences in the 21st Century (1SS21) Representative of Civil Society Cluster2014 /
Faculty of Commerce Graduate Studies Committee Member2014 /
Pathways Steering Group Member2014 /

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2007University College Cork PHDGeography
1999University College Cork BA (Hons)Geography and Policy Studies
2013University College Cork Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Ed.Higher Education

Outreach Activities

 Description

Member of selection panel for Bantry Credit Union's 3rd Level Scholarship, September 2014


Academic adviser in relation to research commissioned by South & East Cork Area Development (SECAD) on supports for the development of social enterprise in the Cork area. The report, titled Social Enterprise in South and East Cork: Supports Required to Develop the Social Enterprise Sector in the SECAD Area, was researched and produced by Quality Matters, a Dublin-based social enterprise involved in research consultancy, and was published by SECAD in 2014.

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Journal Of Consumer Behaviour Referee01-JAN-14 -

Teaching Interests

Carol works on the development and co-ordination of modules on the Pathways suite of programmes in Credit Union Business.

Carol delivers two modules on the Master's Degree in Co-operative and Social Enterprise and is also involved in research supervision on this programme:

FE6701 Co-operative and Social Enterprise

FE6705 Innovation and Enterprise in Financial Co-operatives and Mutuals

FE6710 Research Dissertation (supervision).

Carol contributes to modules on the Postgraduate Diploma in Co-operative Organisation, Food Marketing and Rural Development, including:

FE6116 Local Food Marketing: Application and Practice.

She is also involved in mentoring BComm Work Placement students.