Researchers at UCD


Arlene Crampsie

Teaching Fellow

School of Geography
H012, Newman

Tel: 01-7168343


Dr Arlene Crampsie is a teaching fellow in the School of Geography, UCD. She was awarded her PhD entitled 'Governmentality and Locality: An Historical Geography of Rural District Councils in Ireland, 1898 - 1925' from the Department of Geography, TCD in 2008. She went on to work as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the GAA Oral History Project at Boston College-Ireland from 2008 - 2012. Her research interests lie at the intersection of historical, social and cultural geographies with her main research to date focussing on the social, cultural and political landscapes of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in Ireland. She is chairperson of the Oral History Network of Ireland.


Honours and Awards

Year: 2006.
Title: Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship


Association: Oral History Network of Ireland, Function/Role: Chairperson (2016-), Director, Steering Committee Member
Association: Geographical Society of Ireland, Function/Role: Member
Association: Oral History Society, Function/Role: Member
Association: Irish Environmental History Network, Function/Role: Member
Association: Sport and Oral History Network, Function/Role: Member


Year 2008 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 2003 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: BA (Mod) Subject:



Crampsie, A (2013) A Decade of Change: Donegal and Ireland, 1912 - 1923, Document Study Pack. Lifford: Donegal County Council. [Details]
Cronin, M, Duncan, M, Rouse, P, Crampsie, A, Fitzpatrick, R, Shorten, B (2011) The GAA: County by County. Cork: The Collins Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

Crampsie, A (2018) 'Unfit for Human Habitation - Public Health, Housing and Environment in Early 20th Century Rural Ireland' In: Fleming, D, Ludlow, F & Stuijts, I (eds). Climate, environment, settlement and society: changing historic patterns in Ireland. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
Ludlow, F & Crampsie, A (2018) 'Environmental History of Ireland, 1550-1730' In: Ohlmeyer, Jane (eds). Cambridge History of Ireland, Vol II, 1550-1730. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. , pp.608-637 [Details]
Cherry, J & Crampsie, A (2017) 'Declaring loyalty to the Union: the women of Ulster's country houses and the organisation of Ulster Day' In: T. Dooley, M. O'Riordan, C. Ridgway (eds). Women and the Country House. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
Crampsie, A. (2017) 'Playing identity politics: the Gaelic Athletic Association in modern Ireland' In: Koch, N (eds). Critical Geographies of Sport. London: Routledge. [Details]
Crampsie, A. (2016) 'A political harvest? Farmers and nationalism in early twentieth century Ireland' In: Teagasc (eds). Farming and Country Life 1916. Carlow: Teagasc. [Details]
Crampsie, A (2015) 'A short-lived experiment in local democracy: the rural district councils of Meath, 1898 - 1925' In: Crampsie, A, Ludlow, F (eds). Meath: History and Society - Interdisciplinary Essays on the history of an Irish County. Dublin: Geography Publications. [Details]
Crampsie, A (2014) ''For the love of the jersey' - An Oral History of the GAA in Mayo, 1884- 2011' In: Moran, G., Nollaig Ó Muraíle, N. & Nolan, W (eds). Mayo: History and Society - Interdisciplinary Essays on the History of an Irish County. Dublin: Geography Publications. [Details]

Edited Books

Crampsie, A. & Ludlow, F (Ed.). (2015) Meath: History and Society - Interdisciplinary Essays on the History of an Irish County. Dublin: Geography Publications. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Crampsie, A (2017) 'Private spaces, public interest: state regulation of farm households in early twentieth century Ireland'. Irish Geography, 50 (2):137-156. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Rooney, J; Vajda, A; Heverin, M; Crampsie, A; Tobin, K; McLaughlin, R; Staines, A; Hardiman, O (2016) 'No associations between soil constituents and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis relative risk in Ireland'. Environmental Research, 147 :102-107. [DOI] [Details]
Rooney, J., Tobin, K., Crampsie, A., Vajda, A., Heverin, M., McLaughlin, R., Staines, A., Hardiman, O. (2015) 'Social deprivation and population density are not associated with small area risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis'. Environmental Research, 142 :141-147. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Rooney, J.; Vajda, A.; Heverin, M.; Elamin, M.; Crampsie, A.; McLaughlin, R.; Staines, A.; Hardiman, O. (2015) 'Spatial cluster analysis of population amyotrophic lateral sclerosis risk in Ireland'. Neurology, 84 :1537-1544. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Crampsie, A. (2014) 'A forgotten tier of local government - the impact of rural district councils on the landscape of early twentieth century Ireland'. Irish Geography, 47 (2):23-48. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Crampsie, A. (2014) 'Creating Citizens from Colonial Subjects: Reforming Local Government in Early Twentieth Century Ireland'. Historical Geography, 42 :208-228. Available Online [Details]
Rooney J, Heverin M, Vajda A, Crampsie A, Tobin K, Byrne S, Staines, A, Hardiman O (2014) 'An Exploratory Analysis of ALS Incidence in Ireland over 17.5 Years (1995 - July 2013)'. PLoS ONE, . [Details]
Crampsie, A. (2004) 'Impacts of the Workhouse Network and Poor Relief: a Donegal Case Study'. Geographical Viewpoint, 32 :42-50. [Details]

Other Journals

Crampsie, A (2005) 'Local Manifestation of National Conflict: the role of turf and gaming in landlord-tenant conflict in late nineteenth century Ireland' Atlas 10 :75-82. [Details]
Crampsie, A (2004) 'Relieving the Destitute Poor - A history of Milford Workhouse' Donegal Annual - Journal of the Donegal Historical Society 56 :68-87. [Details]

Conference Publications

Crampsie A & Fitzpatrick R (2014) Vigilance and Vigilantes: An Oral History of the Gaelic Athletic Association's Ban on Foreign Games International Oral History Association Conference, Barcelona [Details]

Website article

Cronin, M, Duncan, M, Rouse, P, Crampsie, A, Fitzpatrick, R, Shorten, B, Stapleton, M (2012) Our History, Your Story: The GAA Oral History Project. Website article Available Online [Details]
Crampsie, A (2011) Newry: Frontier Town or Border City?. Website article Available Online [Details]
Crampsie, A (2004) The Poor Law in Donegal. Website article Available Online [Details]

Newspaper Articles

Crampsie, A (2017) Broken crossbars not curse - what really sticks in Mayo memories. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Crampsie A. (2016) Level playing field still elusive in football and hurling. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Crampsie, A. (2015) Provincial contests at heart of GAA's enduring appeal. Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]

Book Reviews

Crampsie, A (2008) Review: Ní Bhroiméil, U, and Hooper, G (eds), Land and Landscape in Nineteenth Century Ireland (Dublin, 2008). Book Reviews [Details]


Research Interests

My research interests encompass a range of geographical disciplines lying at the intersection of historical, social and cultural geographies. These interests stem from the study of two diverse organisations which have helped shape the physical, political, social and cultural landscapes of Ireland over the last 150 years - rural local authorities and the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).

I maintain my interest in historical geography which arose from my PhD thesis entitled 'Governmentality and Locality: An Historical Geography of Rural District Councils in Ireland, 1898 - 1925'. I am particularly interested in combining empirical research on the local manifestation of state power with theoretical approaches to power and the role of the state - in particular governmentality, central-local relations and colonial and post-colonial theories.

Furthering this, I am currently undertaking research specifically related to the Decade of Commemorations, 1912 - 1923, collaborating with Dr Jonathan Cherry (St Patrick's College, Drumcondra) on an examination of the geography of the signing of the Ulster Covenant / Declaration, while I have also embarked on an analysis of the impact of the political events of this period on the social and cultural landscapes of Ulster. As part of this research I received Peace III funding to author and compile a curriculum based document study pack examining the 1912 - 1923 period in Donegal and the border areas.

My postdoctoral research on the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) Oral History Project developed my interest in social and cultural geographies. My research here comprises an examination of the contextual geographies of changing sporting and community landscapes within which the GAA has developed and which the GAA has itself created. I am also investigating the role of the GAA in identity formation at a range of scales in Ireland and in Irish communities abroad.

This research has led me to engage with a wide range of research methodologies in particular those of the digital humanities, through the creation of an accessible digital archive and database for the materials collected as part of the GAA Oral History Project, and oral history.


Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy focuses on the incorporation of research led teaching into the classroom and the development of opportunities for and techniques to encourage active and participatory learning in both small and large class group settings.

Modules Coordinated

201700   GEOG30300     Geography: Social/Population Geography
201700   GEOG30020     Geography: Historical Geog of Ireland
201700   GEOG20170     Geography: Historical Geography



External Collaborators

Dr Jonathan Cherry (St. Patrick's College)
Dr Laragh Larsen (Healthy Futures, TCD)
Dr Francis Ludlow (Yale University)
Dr Mark Hennessy (TCD)
Dr Susan Byrne (TCD)