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Áine Madden

Operations and Communications Manager

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DRI Role: Operations and Communications Manager

Qualifications: PhD in English Literature; MPhil in Popular Literature; BA (Hons) in English and French; Certificate in Training Delivery & Evaluation (QQ1 Level 6); Digital Preservation Skills Certificate; Diploma in Digital Marketing (FETAC Level 5)

Research Interests: Reader Response and Reception Studies; Digital Archives; Digital Cultural Memory; Fanfiction; Digital Storytelling; Popular Literature; Popular Culture; Cultural Studies



Áine Madden is the operations and communications manager at the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI). She is a member of the senior management team and is responsible for project managing DRI’s core activities and research projects. She is also responsible for managing external communications, including managing the DRI website, social media, and other communications platforms.

Prior to this appointment, Áine had responsibility for the external presentation and communications of DRI and managing DRI public engagement events in her role as communications and engagement coordinator. She also held the position of acting education and outreach manager (maternity leave cover) at the DRI where she was responsible for leading the outreach and training programme. She previously held the position of programme manager (maternity leave cover) at the DRI where she worked with the DRI Director in the day-to-day running, project planning, scheduling, and administration of the DRI and DRI partner projects.

Áine has a background in project management, communications, event management, administration, and teaching. She has worked in the academic publishing sector (Deanta Publishing Services), arts and cultural organisations (Firkin Crane Dance Theatre, Dublin Book Festival, Big Smoke Writing Factory), media organisations (MediaHQ), and in higher education administration (Trinity College Dublin Disability Service). Áine also has also worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools (language support teacher at Clonburris National School in Dublin, English language teacher at Avalon English Academy in South Korea), and has taught English Literature modules at third-level (teaching assistant in Victorian Literature and Popular Literature in Trinity College Dublin). 

Áine holds a PhD in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin. Her research interests include fanfiction archives, digital cultural memory, and community-based approaches to archiving.

Networks and Committees 

  • Irish Museums Association (2022)
  • Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) Workforce Development Sub-Committee (2021– to present)
  • LIR Committee for Higher Education Institution Libraries (2021– 2023)
  • Europeana Communicators Community (2021– to present)
  • Intersections, Feminism, Technology & Digital Humanities (IFTe) network (2020– to present)

Event Organising Committees

  • National Open Research Forum (NORF) Annual NORFest Conference (2023)
  • Organising Committee, LIR Annual Seminar and Annual General Meeting (2022)
  • Programme Committee, LIR Committee’s Oral History Plenary (2022)
  • Programme Committee, IFTe Network’s ‘Transforming Archives: Intersectional Feminist Approaches to the Practice and Reading of Archives’ Series (2021)
  • Organising Committee, DRI and National Archives Ireland (NAI), Digital Preservation Public Lecture Series (2020)
  • Programme Committee, International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) (2020)

DRI is funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS) via the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and the Irish Research Council (IRC).

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