Mike Hynes

Dr. Mike Hynes is an Environmental Sociologist and Lecturer in the School of Political Science & Sociology at the National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway, with long-standing research and teaching interests in sustainability and issues related to transport, urban planning and liveability, and digital technology design, development, adoption and diffusion. He is co-chair of the Governance and Sustainable Development Research Cluster and secretary of the Social Sciences Research Centre (SSRC) at NUI, Galway. Mike has an honours Batchelor of Science Degree in Information Technology (IT) through Oscail/DCU and an honours Master’s Degree in IT obtained in 2009 from NUI Galway. His PhD research work for the ConsEnSus Project (2009 to 2013) was to explore the advantages and drawbacks of ‘virtual mobility’ options and their sustainability attributes. The connection between urban form and transportation systems is of crucial importance to creating well-designed and liveable urban environments, while improving the health of individuals and building urban and rural community resilience. Mike’s teaching and research interests continue to focus on efforts to improve urban and rural environments and developing and enhancing liveability, in addition to ICT and the societal changes stimulated by open social media platforms and policy design in relation to work and environmental decision-making.

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