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The Centre for Safety and Health at Work provides a focus for research initiatives carried out either entirely at UCD or jointly with other organisations. Current research is carried out by Assistant Professor Conor Buggy and Assistant Professor Penpatra Sripaiboonkij.

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Dr. Conor Buggy Director of the UCD Centre for Safety and Health at Work / Associate Professor in Occupational and Environmental Studies UCD Centre for Safety and Health at Work.


Dr. Conor Buggy is a scientist and engineer with over a decade of academic experience at UCD. He is the Director of the UCD Centre for Safety and Health at Work where as Associate Professor in Occupational and Environmental Studies leads the academic team delivering the Centre’s three academic programmes. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer (Climate Change Science, Development and Justice) for the Masters in Development Practice at Trinity College Dublin. Conor has a number of college and university teaching awards and has a keen interest in teaching innovation. Prior to academia Conor worked in civil engineering project management with a significant focus on environmental impact assessment and construction management. Conor’s recent research at UCD focuses on the impact COVID-19 is having on OSH professionals and their workloads, this research is funded by Science Foundation Ireland. Conor’s primary OSH research interest lies in the impact innovative education has on organisations to promote positive behavioural change and safety culture. His environmental research focuses on environmental sustainability and how people learn about it. Additional public health research focuses on the health and wellbeing of marginalised communities and healthcare accessibility / management during emergency scenarios. Conor has also been heavily involved in initiatives supporting equality, diversity and inclusion in UCD as well as for the National LGBT Federation (NXF).

Read Conor's full research profile here.

Penpatra Sripaiboonkij is Assistant Professor in Occupational Safety and Health in the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science. Penpatra is Programme Coordinator for the Higher Diploma in Safety, Health and Wellbeing at Work.
Her current research interests focus on the health effects from air pollution especially in identifying susceptible population groups and planning and implementing appropriate prevention and protection measures to mitigate the expected adverse health effects of occupational respiratory health hazards. Her special interest is focused on work physiology, occupational respiratory health, epidemiology in occupational health and safety. Penpatra has been working with the UCD Centre for Safety and Health since 2016.
Read Penpatra's full research profile here.

If you have any queries about research, feel free to contact us by telephone or email:
Phone:      01 716 34 20
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UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science

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T: +353 1 716 3420 | E: cshw@ucd.ie