Dr. Kathleen Farrell


Dr. Kathleen Farrell works as a lecturer in food entrepreneurship and management at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology, DIT. A group of her enterprise students won the Bolton Trust Enterprise Competition.  She has served as programme chair of the BA in Culinary Arts for three years and contributes to curriculum development at undergraduate level and to the MSc in Culinary Innovation and Food Product Development. She has supervised many undergraduate and Masters’ thesei and at the moment is in the process of supervising a PhD student.

Her work experience includes working in the hospitality industry for some years, hospitality training, teaching and lecturing. She obtained a Masters in Business Studies (MBS) specialising in tourism in 1999 and  a PhD in 2007, both from the Smurfit Business School, University College Dublin. She contributes to both national and international conferences. Her research interests include work-life harmony, entrepreneurship education and artisan entrepreneurship.

Human resource issues in the hospitality industry

Work-life balance


Current Research Projects

 Working on two journal articles related to work flexibility and work-life balance for a human resource journal and a hospitality management journal







Farrell, Kathleen (2016) Examining Best Practice for a Post-graduate Module on Food Entrepreneurship, www.level3.dit.ie, issue 14, June

Farrell, Kathleen (2016) Examining Best Practice for a Post-graduate Module on Food Entrepreneurship,  ECSB 3E Conference, University of Leeds, 10-13 May

Farrell, Kathleen (2015) Work-life balance Practices among Irish Hotel Employees and Implications for HRM, www.level3.dit.ie , issue 13, June

Farrell, K (2014) Work-family Balance Practices Among Irish Hotel Employees in a Human Resource Management Context, ICSB World Entrepreneurship Conference, Dublin June 11-14

Farrell, Kathleen (2012) Work-home balance: A Management perspective, Hospitality and Society, Vol. 2, No. 3, Sept 1st, pp. 273-291 (19)

Farrell, Kathleen; Cooney Thomas M; Benson, Christy; and Palin, Gary (2012)   Experiential Learning Theory and Business Ethics, IFSAM conference , University of Limerick, June 26-29th 

Cooney, Thomas; Farrell, Kathleen; and  Hannon, Paul (2011) Returning to Ulysses: The Need for Ireland’s Higher Education Institutions to Re-Imagine the Provision of Entrepreneurship Education, RENT conference, Bodo, Norway,  November