OECD Local Development Forum: Better strategies for stronger communities


Maggie Cusack

Munster Technological University, Ireland



Maggie Cusack did her BSc degree in Cell Biology at the University of Glasgow and her PhD in Protein Biochemistry at the University of Liverpool. Continuing protein research, Maggie began multidisciplinary work, moving to Geosciences at the University of Glasgow. She was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship where she established a research group in biominerals. Since then her research has focussed on biominerals and includes using a range of e-beam techniques such as electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) to understand biological control of mineral formation and environmental impact on marine biominerals. As well as research and teaching commitments, she was Associate Dean for the Faculty of Physical Sciences Graduate School, International Lead for the College of Science & Engineering and Head of School of Geographical & Earth Sciences. In 2017 Maggie joined the University of Stirling as Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences. In 2018, she completed the Senior Executive Programme of the London Business School. Maggie was awarded the Saltire Society’s Scottish Science Award in 2008, elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2011 and, in 2017, she was awarded the Schlumberger Medal by the Mineralogical Society. On 1st January 2021, Maggie took up the role of Inaugural President of MTU.

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