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Liz Kennedy

Development Unit Manager 


Liz Kennedy has been appointed as the new Manager for LIT’s Development Unit. Liz, who will be based on our Thurles Campus, has 25 years’ experience of working in the education and training sectors in Ireland at Higher and Further Education level. 

She currently manages the growing team within the LIT Development Unit which focuses primarily on issues related to sustainable development at a local, regional, national and international level.

Prior to setting up her own business, Liz was Manager of TU Dublin’s Tourism Research Centre. The Centre won and completed many Regional, National and EU projects under her direction, positioning the TRC as a recognised R&D Institute in Europe in the field of tourism. 

Liz’s main research interests lie in tourism, rural development, festivals/events, education and training, and enterprise development. Education and training are a particular interest, including extensive involvement in various Skillnets, skills need analysis and progression paths, along with the development of a work placement model for third level. Liz’s particular expertise is in project management, facilitation and applied research. 

Liz was co-creator of Sustainable Tourism Indicators model on EPA/Fáilte Ireland funded project on Sustainable Tourism at TU Dublin. This resulted in the development and implementation of the internationally recognised DIT-ACHIEV Model for Sustainable Tourism Management and a Manual for local tourism management for use by tourism planners & communities. She also managed the Gathering and Ireland Reaching Out Initiatives at County level as well as having previously lectured in TU Dublin and IT Carlow in Management, Marketing, Community Learning, Research Methods and Tourism Policy and in UL in Public Administration.

Areas of expertise

  • Tourism
  • Rural Development
  • Education, Training & Skills Development
  • Festival Research

Publications / research

  • Kennedy-Burke, E (2013) The Gathering 2013: Lessons to be learnt from previous Irish Government led Initiatives, An Tóstal. Abstract for Tourism & Travel Research Association (TTRA), European Tourism Conference, Dublin, April 2013.  
  • Kevin Griffin, Sheila Flanagan, Elizabeth Kennedy Burke, Jane Fitzgerald, Maeve Morrissey, Spring (2012). Toolkit Guide to the DIT-ACHIEV Model for Sustainable Tourism Planning.  Development of the DIT-ACHIEV Model has been endorsed by the EPA and Fáilte Ireland 
  • Jane Fitzgerald, Sheila Flanagan, Kevin Griffin, Maeve Morrissey, Elizabeth Kennedy-Burke, (2012),’DIT-ACHIEV Model for Sustainable Tourism Management: Lessons Learned from Implementing a Holistic Model of Sustainable Tourism Indicators’, Kenneth F. Hyde, Chris Ryan, Arch G. Woodside, in (ed.) Field Guide to Case Study Research in Tourism, Hospitality & Leisure (Advances in Culture, Tourism & Hospitality Research, Volume 6), Emerald Group Publishing Ltd, pp. 387 – 408. 
  • Kennedy, Elizabeth (2012) Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, Eures Conference, Co. Louth. Presentation entitled: What Makes an Effective Manager: Training Solutions for the Hospitality Sector. 
  • Kennedy, Elizabeth (2010): DIT Corporate Partnership Breakfast Seminar, Dublin: Partnerships with Industry: The Dublin Institute of Technology Placement Experience Partnership Framework. 
  • Kennedy, Elizabeth (2010) IHI National Human Resource Conference, Dublin. Presentation: Training Needs Analysis: Identifying Innovative Solutions for Hospitality Management Skillnets Training  
  • Kennedy, Elizabeth (2010) REAP National Seminar, Cork: Presentation entitled.  Introducing the Dublin Institute of Technology Placement Experience Partnership (DIT-PEP) Framework. 
  • Kennedy-Burke E., Griffin K., Bourke, S. and Flanagan, S. (2010) The Dublin Institute of Technology Placement Experience Partnership Framework. Dublin: DIT. 
  • Kennedy, Elizabeth (2005) AOIFE National Conference, Waterford Presentation entitled: Audience/Visitor Feedback Evaluation: a core necessity or a luxury? 
  • Kennedy, Elizabeth (2004) DIT Show Case on Work-based Learning, Dublin. Presentation: On-board a sailing ‘hotel’lessons learnt from EU INTERREG IIA Celtic Knots Training Programme on Irish Ferries.  
  • Kennedy, Elizabeth (2001) EU Cross Border INTERREG Conference, Lucerne, Switzerland: 2004: Ireland/Wales Partnership - Lessons learnt from Celtic Knots Ferrying Towards Excellence - Training Programme on Irish Ferries. 
  • Kennedy, Elizabeth (2001) Achievement & Challenge Rio+10 and Ireland Conference, 13th Sept 2001, University Industry Centre, UCD. Seasonal distribution of Irish tourism & implications for sustainability.  
  • Kennedy, Elizabeth (2001) ‘Achievement and Challenge:  Rio +10 in Ireland. Dublin, Sept 2000.  Paper: ‘Seasonal distribution of Irish tourism & implications for sustainability’. (Conf Proceedings) 
  • Kennedy E. and Deegan J. (2001) ‘Seasonality in Irish Tourism 1973-1995’.  Edited by Baum T. and Lundtorp, in Seasonality in Tourism. (Chapter in Book)  
  • Kennedy E. & Deegan J. (1998) ‘Seasonality in Irish Tourism 1973-95’. Tourism Economics, (Journal)  
  • Kennedy, Elizabeth (2000) Glasgow National Tourism Conference, Glasgow, Scotland: Presentation entitled: Co-opertition: A Case Study of Co-operative Competition in the Irish Tourism Industry.  Kennedy, Elizabeth (1999) Young IHI Natio

Contact details

Phone: (+353) 87 638 1675

LinkedIn: Liz Kennedy


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