Researchers at UCD


Lizbeth Goodman

School Of Education
Roebuck Castle
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716


Lizbeth is Professor of Inclusive Design for Education and Chair of Creative Technology Innovation at University College Dublin, where she is an Executive Board member of the Innovation Academy, and has recently been put forward to the EC as the Digital Champion for Research and Digital Inclusion for Ireland. Lizbeth founded the SMARTlab in its first iteration in 1993, and has developed the award winning practice-based PhD Programme through the institute, along with the associated MAGIC Multimedia and Games Innovation Centre and Gamelab, which Lizbeth designed with industry collaborators as a prime knowledge transfer space in the London docklands.Lizbeth and her teams specialise in developing ground-up technology solutions for people of all levels of cognitive and physical ability, from mainstream learners of all ages to 'special' and 'gifted' learners and lifelong learners in the developed and developing worlds. In all her work, she applies a universal design method to practice-based innovation to transform lives through providing unlimited access to education and tools for creative expression. 

Prior to joining UCD, Lizbeth was Director of Research for Futurelab Education, working with David Puttnam's team to establish innovative platforms for the future of education in a context of global change. She is known as an expert in Digital Inclusion, including learning models for communities at risk. She is an award-winning advocate of community-based ethical learning and teaching models using interactive tools and games to inspire and engage learners of all ages. She specialises in working with people who do not have physical voices (whether due to disability, injury, illiteracy, or other social/political factors), enabling the use of new creative technologies for expression vocally, in writing, and with movement and music.


Honours and Awards

Year: 2008.
Title: Blackberry Outstanding Woman in Technology Award, and Award for Best Woman in Academic and the Public Sector
Year: 2007.
Title: Times Higher Education Award
Year: 2008.
Title: Times Higher Education Award
Year: 2003.
Year: 2010.
Title: Beyond Current Horizons: Future Views and Policies Project
Year: 2005.
Title: WSA (World Summit Award) Showcase Production Award
Year: 2003.
Title: WSA (World Summit Award) Showcase R&D Award
Year: 2010.
Title: ITEC EC grant
Year: 2008.
Title: PANDORA EC grant
Year: 2009.
Title: NOKIA Research Innovative Connections Contract
Year: 2009.
Title: BAFTA Games for Learning Awards Grant
Year: 2005.
Title: HEFCE award for innovation
Year: 2006.
Title: NESTA Legacy Management Award
Year: 2006.
Title: BBC R&D Award for MINDtouch: Games for Thought project
Year: 2008.
Title: SMARTclubs research grant
Year: 2006.
Title: Microsoft Community Affairs: fellowship and research package for the ClubTEC Creative Technology Innovation Project
Year: 2006.
Title: European Commission Cogain Project partnership funds
Year: 2006.
Title: European Commission Festivals Project Production Grant
Year: 2006.
Title: British Council Distinguished Artist/Scientist visitor travel awards
Year: 2007.
Title: Microsoft Virtual Earth Development agreement
Year: 2006.
Title: Interfaces International Link Project to Dublin
Year: 2005.
Title: PALATINE award for best-practice web design for lifelong learning
Year: 1999.
Title: RADICAL: Research Agendas Developed in Creative Arts Labs, Framework VI IST Programme
Year: 2006.
Title: NESTA/Inclusive view program award for assistive technology: TRUST Project
Year: 2002.
Title: VIP: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Grant for Biosensor and Performance
Year: 2001.
Title: Grant for performance events in London, Budapest and San Francisco
Year: 1999.
Title: Southeast Arts grant for Code Zebra dramaturgical and technological R&D phase
Year: 2004.
Title: Staff Award for Team Building
Year: 2005.
Title: Grant to fund TRUST project development for onsite installation
Year: 2005.
Title: Award for Clubtech Expert Panel and project review
Year: 2002.
Title: R&D grant for the TRUST project
Year: 2003.
Title: Grant for the Felichean Project
Year: 2001.
Title: Culture 2003 Project
Year: 2000.
Title: Children's Health Fund Award


Association: Innovation Academy Executive (for the HEA), Function/Role: Board member
Association: Innovation Alliance Council, Function/Role: Board member
Association: IEEE Board - Virtual Systems & Multimedia, Function/Role: Steering committee member
Association: RITSEC International , Function/Role: Research Director (Middle East)
Association: Cambridge University Press , Function/Role: Editorial board member, National Theatre Quarterly (journal)
Association: Prime Minister's SHINE Panel (for non-standard excellence in schools), Function/Role: Steering committee member
Association: SMARTclubs outreach, Function/Role: Microsoft Senior Researcher
Association: Microsoft Unlimited Potential Educational Panel, Function/Role: Panel member
Association: UN advisory group on educational technologies, Function/Role: Group member
Association: ICT Qatar Advisory Panel on assistive technologies, Function/Role: Advisory panel member
Association: WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education) Advisory Panel, Function/Role: Advisory panel member
Association: MIT Press, Function/Role: Editorial Committee member for special issues: Leonardo Journal (Art/Science expertise)
Association: IEEE, Function/Role: Regular special issue editor for IEEE conferences
Association: The Centre for Innovation in Information Visualization and Data-Driven Design (CIV-DDD): a multi-million dollar research project led by York University in partnership with OCAD University and industry to develop the next generation of data discovery, design, and visualization techniques for new computational tools, representational strategies and interfaces., Function/Role: Advisory panel member
Association: One Size Fits One E-Accessibility High Level Panel, Toronto/International, Function/Role: Advisory Panel member
Association: IEEE/Unesco VSMM Conference (to be hosted by Unesco in Paris, September 2013), Function/Role: Co-Chair of 2013 Conference
Association: Serious Games Institute, University of Coventry , Function/Role: Honorary Visiting Professor
Association: Ontario College of Art & Design, Function/Role: Honorary Visiting Professor

Conference Contributions

Lizbeth Goodman (2012) Innovation in Education (sponsored by the HEA, Google, the Irish Times, et al & introduced by President Michael D Higgins). [Keynote Address], Undergraduate Award Summit 2012, Dublin , 09-NOV-12 - 09-NOV-12.
Lizbeth Goodman (2012) The IICE promotes collaborative excellence between academicians and professionals from Education. [Keynote Address], ireland International Conference on Education, Dublin , 16-APR-12 - 18-APR-12.
Lizbeth Goodman (2012) 'On Learning that Matters' - SCoTENS (with Sir Ken Robinson and The Duchess of Abercorn, Ruairi Quinn, TD, Minister for Education and Skills, et al). [Keynote Address], SCoTENS, Cavan , 11-OCT-12 - 12-OCT-12.
Lizbeth Goodman (2012) 'Batman vs Einstein: who can best save Education?' and mentor panels with international award winners. [Keynote Address], Campus Day UA Summit 2012, Dublin , 08-NOV-12 - 08-NOV-12.


Committee : The Innovation Alliance and Executive


Year 1986 Institution: University of Rochester, NY
Qualification: BA Subject: Major in English, Minor in Philosophy; specialism in Drama
Year 1987 Institution: Washington University, St Louis
Qualification: MA Subject: Major in English & Drama
Year 1992 Institution: Cambridge University (UK)
Qualification: MLitt Subject: Thesis on Contemporary Women's Theatre as a form of communication
Year 1999 Institution: Open University (UK)
Qualification: PhD Subject: Socio-political impact of contemporary theatre as a form of public discourse


Mit Press: Reviewer.
Routledge: Reviewer.

Other Activities

Regular special issue editor for IEEE conferences and journals in Creative Media, Animation and Sensory Design.

Regular reviewer/reader for Routledge, Polity Press, Intellect Books, MIT Press, Macmillan, et al.

Regular keynote speaker/major invited presentation speaker for JISC, HEFCE, the BBC, Edutech, Cisco, Microsoft, Blackberry Rim, the European Commission, Online Educa, the UN, the IEEE VSM, ISEA, Siggraph, et al.

(Please request full CV as all conference contributions are too numerous to mention here.)

Series editor: Emergenc(i)es: Emerging trends in New Media Arts and Culture. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, (commission agreement signed in 2006): First major series of books forthcoming 2012.

Founder of the Open University BBC Multimedia Research Group, which became the INMPR and then became SMARTlab.

Multiple Award winner.

Former chair of judges for the Wellcome Trust awards (Sciart and Science on Stage and Screen); regular judge and evaluator for the European Commission, the Canadian Innovation Fund, the HEA et al.

Regular evaluator of international education degrees and programmes.

World Summit Best Practice showcase winner (2003 + 2005).

Media personality and former researcher/writer/presenter of the Artworks education series and of numerous TV, radio and video productions for the BBC.



Goodman, L. with Kozel, S. et al.; (2012) Emergenc(i)es: practice-based research in media arts. Cambridge, MA USA: MIT Press. [Details]
Goodman, L. and Badshah, A.; (2012) Stealth Learning - Meaningful Games Bridging the Digital Divide. Cambridge, MA USA: MIT Press. [Details]
Goodman, L.; (2012) Presence: on being, where you are, when you are not. Cambridge, MA USA: MIT Press. [Details]
Goodman, L.; (1996) Literature & Gender. London and New York: Routledge. [Details]
Goodman, L.; (1993) Contemporary Feminist Theatres: To Each Her Own. London and New York: Routledge. [Details]

Book Chapters

Goodman, L. et al.; (2008) ''The Butterfly Effect: Dancing with Real and Virtual Expressive Character'' In: Aylett, R. and Cañamero, L (eds). Animating Expressive Characters for Social Interactions. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Press. [Details]
Goodman, L.; (2006) ''Digital Inclusion in the Home'' In: Sadiqi, F (eds). Femmes Méditerranéennes et Leurs Droits. Morocco: Fedala Press with Caritas Press (France). [Details]
Goodman, L.; (2003) ''SPIRITLEVEL: Making & Using 'SMART' tools integrating intelligent systems & performance technologies to connect and empower creative spirits in shared and distant spaces'' In: Craddock, G. et al (eds). Assistive Technology: Shaping the Future. Amsterdam: IOS Press. [Details]
Goodman, L.; (1997) ''Overlapping Dialogue in Overlapping Media: Behind the Scenes of Caryl Churchill's Top Girls'' In: Rabillard, S (eds). Contemporary Re-Visions. Winnipeg: Blizzard Press. [Details]
Goodman, L.; (1996) ''Representing Gender/Representing Self: a Reflection on Role Playing in Performance Theory and Practice'' In: Boireau, N (eds). Drama on Drama. Basingstoke: Macmillan. [Details]
Goodman, L.; (1996) ''Performance Language as Art Form and Communicative Gesture'' In: Maybin, J. and Mercer, N (eds). Using English: from Conversation to Canon. London and New York: Routledge. [Details]
Goodman, L.; (1996) ''AIDS and Live Arts'' In: Campbell, P (eds). Analysing Performance. Manchester: University Press. [Details]
Goodman, L.; (1996) ''Feminist Performance: Canon Fodder and Cultural Change'' In: Campbell, P. ed (eds). Analysing Performance. Manchester: University Press. [Details]
Goodman, L.; (1994) 'Introduction to the volume, and 'Masterpieces'' In: Berney, K. and Templeton, N (eds). Contemporary Women Dramatists. London: St James Press. [Details]
Goodman, L.; (1994) ''Neaptide: a critical essay on the play'' In: Templeton, N.G (eds). Contemporary British Dramatists. London: St James Press. [Details]
Goodman, L.; (1994) ''La Figura della Donna in Shakespeare (The Figure of Woman in Shakespeare)'' In: Lanati, B (eds). Divina Vicende Di Vita e Di Teatro (Divina: Facts of Life in Theatre) Vol. 2. Torino: Tirrenia Stampatoris. [Details]
Goodman, L.; (1993) ''Women's Alternative Shakespeares and Women's Alternatives to Shakespeare in contemporary British Theatre'' In: Novy, M (eds). Cross-Cultural Performances. Chicago: University of Illinois Press. [Details]
Goodman, L.; (1993) ''Comic Subversions: Comedy as Strategy in Feminist Theatre'' In: Giddens, A (eds). The Polity Reader in Cultural Theory. Cambridge: Polity Press. [Details]

Edited Books

Goodman, L. and Milton, K (Ed.). (2005) A Guide to Good Practice in Collaborative Working Methods and New Media Tools Creation. London: King's College London, Office for Humanities Communications Publications. [Details]
Goodman, L (Ed.). (1999) Gender, Politics and Performance in South African Theatre Today, Volume 2. London and New York: Harwood Academic Press. [Details]
Goodman, L (Ed.). (1999) Gender, Politics and Performance in South African Theatre Today, Volume 3. London and New York: Harwood Academic Press. [Details]
Goodman, L (Ed.). (1999) Gender, Politics and Performance in South African Theatre Today, Volume 1. London and New York: Harwood Academic Press. [Details]
Goodman, L (Ed.). (1999) Mythic Women/Real Women: Plays and Performance Pieces by Women. London: Faber and Faber. [Details]
Goodman, L (Ed.). (1998) The Routledge Reader in Gender and Performance. London and New York: Routledge. [Details]
Owens, W.R. and Goodman, L (Ed.). (1996) Shakespeare, Aphra Behn & the Canon. London and New York: Routledge. [Details]
Goodman, L (Ed.). (1996) Feminist Stages: Interviews with Women in Contemporary British Theatre. London and New York: Harwood Academic Publishers. [Details]
Booner, F. et al (Ed.). (1992) Imagining Women: Gender and Representation. Cambridge: Polity Press. [Details]
Goodman, L. and de Gay, J (Ed.). (2001) Languages of Theatre Shaped by Women. Exeter: Intellect Books. [Details]
Goodman, L. and de Gay, J (Ed.). (2000) The Routledge Reader in Politics and Performance. London and New York: Routledge. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Goodman, L.; (2007) 'Performing in the Wishing Tense: SMARTlab's evolution on Stage, Online and in Sand'. New Theatre Quarterly, XXXI (4):352-375. [Details]
Goodman, L. with Duffy, B. et al ; (2007) 'TRUST: robotics and haptics for extreme interaction and universal design'. Leonardo, . [Details]
Goodman, L.; (2007) 'Performing Self Beyond the Body: Replay Culture Replayed'. The International Journal of Performance & Digital Media, 3 (2 & 3):101-122. [Details]
Goodman, L. with Donegan, M. et al ; (2007) 'InterFACES: Affective Interactive Virtual Learning Environments for People with Cognitive & Physical Disabilities'. Leonardo, . [Details]
Goodman, L. and Kueppers, S.; (2001) 'Audience Architectures, Extended Bodies and Virtual Interactive Puppetry (VIP): Towards a Portable Software for Empowering Performance Interactions'. Leonardo, 9 (4). [Details]
Goodman, L. with Regan, S.; (1998) 'Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky: Emily Carr's Double Approach to First Nations Landscapes and Images in her Painting and Writing'. Journal of Gender Studies, 7 (2):157-179. [Details]
Goodman, L. with Coe, T.; (1998) 'The Multimedia Bard: Plugged and unplugged'. New Theatre Quarterly, xiv (53):20-42. [Details]
Goodman, L.; (1997) 'Creative Imagination and Media-Assisted Learning'. Literary and Linguistic Computing, . [Details]
Goodman, L.; (1996) 'Who's Looking at Who(m): Reviewing Medusa'. Modern Drama, 39 (1 (spring)):190-210. [Details]
Goodman, L.; (1994) 'Stages Between Theory and Practice: Teaching Feminist Theatre'. South African Theatre Journal, 8 (1):3-23. [Details]
Goodman, L.; (1994) 'Sexuality and Autobiography in Performance (Art)'. Women: A Cultural Review, 5 (2):123-136. [Details]
Goodman, L.; (1994) 'Bodies and Stages: an Interview with Tim Miller'. Critical Quarterly, :63-72. [Details]
Goodman, L.; (1993) 'Rabble-Rousing with That Uppity Theatre, an interview with Joan Lipkin'. New Theatre Quarterly, ix (36):367-378. [Details]
Goodman, L.; (1993) 'Death and Dancing in the Live Arts: Performance, Politics and Sexuality in the Age of AIDS'. Critical Quarterly, :99-116. [Details]
Goodman, L. with Hall, S. and Gilroy, P.; (1993) 'Race and the Cinema: Malcolm X'. Critical Sociology, :107-120. [Details]
Goodman, L.; (1993) 'Theatres of Choice'. New Theatre Quarterly, ix (36):357-366. [Details]
Goodman, L.; (1993) 'Harriet Walter'. New Theatre Quarterly, ix (34). [Details]
Goodman, L.; (1993) 'Review Article on Right Brain Vacation Photos: New Plays and Performance Pieces'. New Theatre Quarterly, ix (33):102-103. [Details]
Goodman, L.; (1993) 'Feminist Theatre in Britain: A Survey and a Prospect'. New Theatre Quarterly, ix (33):66-84. [Details]

Conference Publications

Goodman, L., Duffy, B.R., Sudol, J., Brosnan, J., Riedel, J.; (2006) PLAYBOX: A Flexible Framework for All VR and Motor Disorders, 8th International Conference on Virtual Reality Laval, France, , 27-APR-06 - 27-APR-06 [Details]
Goodman, L., Duffy, B.R., Price, M., Eaton, S., Riedel, J., Sudol, J. and O'Hare, G.M.P.; (2005) The TRUST Project: Immersive Play for Children in Hospitals and Rehabilitation 4th IEEE Chapter Conference on Applied Cybernetics City University, London, United Kingdom, , 07-SEP-05 - 08-SEP-05 [Details]

Published Reports

Goodman, L.; (2002) Creativity and Innovation: Ways forward for the European Union in Cross-Sector and Interdisciplinary International Partnerships. European Communities, Brussels. [Details]


Research Interests

Originally trained in Literature, Drama and Philosophy, and active for many years as a professional performer (dancer, live artist and broadcaster) and TV-radio-convergent media researcher/presenter with BBC Interactive Media/Education and the Open University, Lizbeth has published widely in the areas of Digital Inclusion, performance technologies, e-learning, connected learning, embodied learning, social networking for community engagement, social entrepreneurship models in ICT, and games for learning. In this regard, she co-developed several ground-breaking teaching and learning tools and games with significant take up worldwide, which have led to the foundation of several successful charities for women and children at risk.  

Keywords: Innovation, Creativity, Learning for All, Inclusive Design, SMARTart, SMARTed, SMARTdesign, SMARThealth

Research Projects

Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : EID: InDes
Start Date / End Date : 22-DEC-11 / 11-JAN-12
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : SMARTshell
Start Date / End Date : 22-MAR-12 / 19-APR-12
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : BEDROCK: Regions of Knowledge
Start Date / End Date : 22-DEC-11 / 26-AUG-12

Recent Postgraduates

Current Postgraduate Students

Anna Kelly, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Lynne Heller, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor


Internal Collaborators

  • For UCD: member of the Innovation Alliance and Executive, the Higher Research Strategy Committee, the Images of Research Competition, the NCAD Collaboration Committee, the Interdisciplinary Research Programme Board + member of Academic Board
  • Clarity + NCAD + TRIL + the Innovation Academy - close collaboration internally with SMARTlab
  • A new SMARTlab Thematic PhD is being developed as an internal collaboration with NCAD, Computer Science, Life Sciences, Architecture, Engineering and English Literature

External Collaborators

  • WELCOME Trust Cy-Art panel - chair of judges (2006-2009)
  • Member of EC judging panels and reviewer panels in safer internet use and digital culture and future emerging technologies (2003 - present)
  • Member of Canadian Innovation Fund review committee (2008-present)
  • Representing UCD on the DOCTRID initiative for Dermot Desmond: A new all-Ireland Research Centre by and for People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Representing UCD on the Odyssey Project for Dermot Desmond: author and lead of the curriculum development team for an all-Ireland Performance and Creative Arts course to engage international students in the Irish creative industries
  • SMARTLifeLab: a set of linked technology and science teaching labs between the SMARTlab and the children's hospitals of Ireland
  • research to further develop the TRIL Project (UCD and TCD with Intel and GE) to include interfaces by and for people with severe physical disabilities