Rachel O'Dwyer



I am a media and communications Research Fellow in CONNECT, Trinity College Dublin. My research focuses on emerging markets at the intersection of data, mobile networks and payments. 

I am the leader of the Dublin Art and Technology Association (DATA) and the curator of the festival and conference Openhere.


Previously I was a Government of Ireland Research Fellow in the Sociology Department of Maynooth University. I was founding editor-in-chief of the journal Interference 2009-2017.




Advisory Group for DECODE EU Flagship project on data sovereignty for citizens across Europe and beyond; Irish Blockchain Expert Group; ADAPT Privacy and Ethics Working Group; Future of Money Research Collaborative; P2P Foundation; Internet of Things (IoT) Council; Orthogonal Research Methods Group, Trinity College Dublin; NESTA Steering Group on Decentralised Citizen-Owned Data Ecosystems.


MAY 9th: I will be giving a talk at the Mapping Festival in Geneva on Transactional dataveillance and the need for cash.

MAY 11th: I will be giving a talk at a workshop in Manchester on Trust in FinTech called Is Amazon a bank? This largely focuses on the development of methods for FinTech research - something I've been thinking about recently. 

June 28th: I will be giving a talk at the Symposium Just Speculating: Economics and the Future  in Edinburgh called  Data Markets: Was Money Always Data? And Was Data Always Money? I'm hoping to respond to the ways in which data cultures invite new perspectives on the nature of money and liquidity.