Dr. Mary O’Shaughnessy is a Senior Lecturer at Cork University Business School (CUBS), University College Cork (UCC). She has developed a research portfolio in communitarian rural social entrepreneurship/social enterprise and sustainable rural development. She contributes to national rural and social enterprise policy development, is a member of prestigious national and international consortia and articulates her research findings in a variety of fora. She teaches rural development and social entrepreneurship/social economy at undergraduate and postgraduate level at UCC. She is currently supervising 3 Phd candidates on the topics of rural social entrepreneurship, rural social inclusion and food poverty.