Dr Marisa Ronan is Co-founder and manager of Cultúr Lab and collaborates with SMARTlab on the supervision of graduate students. Marisa has over a decade of university programme delivery experience, lecturing at both graduate and postgraduate level with a proven track record in teaching, research, and innovation in senior, change-making roles. She has demonstrated an ability to leverage and develop an extensive network of contacts in the university, cultural and creative industries, private sector and with government agencies and other bodies.
Marisa’s key competencies include the strategic development of pioneering academic and cultural models, the design and management of programmes to champion Ireland’s cultural and creative capital; and expertise in the development of university collaborations and strategies to enhance these activities. She has an established track record in creative academic innovation, successfully developing two university cultural programmes, Dublintellectual in Trinity College and Cultúr Lab in University College Dublin. Dublintellectual as an innovative Arts and Humanities project which sought to connect the university and the city, promoting the concept of a porous university and explored the possibilities for creative entrepreneurialism.
In co-founding Cultúr Lab she developed a strategic alignment between University College Dublin and Dublin City Council and established new platforms for intellectual and cultural exchange. She has worked to develop pathways to making arts practice and humanities scholarship more meaningful to others outside the University and discipline with a core focus on innovation and impact.