Anne Graham
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Anne Graham Cagney is a Senior Lecturer in Education and Leadership, and Programme Lead for the MA in Management in Education (MAME) in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at Waterford Institute of Technology.  She is a Fulbright Scholar, Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Fellow and adjunct faculty at Henley Business School, University of Reading. Anne is President of the Irish Fulbright Alumni Association (IFAA), and has 25+ years of teaching, training experience and extensive international experience in Leader Development and Strategic Human Resource Development roles.

Anne serves WIT as Fulbright Ambassador, and is a member of WIT’s Academic Council, the WIT Ethics Committee and Research, Innovation and Enterprise Committee (RIEC).  She sits on the Joint School of Humanities/School of Education & Lifelong Learning PG Research Board and her School’s Ethics and Research Boards. She has previously served WIT on the HRS4R Committee (nominated member 2015-2019), the WIT Working Group on Research Integrity (sub-group of the HRS4R Committee), and the WIT Working Group on the Structured Research PhD Programmes (sub-Committee of Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee). 

Anne’s post-doctoral teaching and research focus is on [transformative learning spaces] professional learning and development in adult, further and higher education.  Her particular focus is on multi-disciplinary collaborations, professional identity and social networks. She is currently exploring the links between useable knowledge and faculty development that support educational, business and organisational success.

Her Fulbright Scholar research focused on transformative learning spaces in the professional development of Adult and Further Education teachers, and she received Irish Research Council funding for her work on the professional development of faculty in higher education with respect to developing international scholarly partnerships and research collaborations (SPaRC).  She has successfully competed for smaller research grant funding from The Teaching Council for FE teacher professional development; and two research grants from SCoTENS for cross-border studies on FE teacher professional development and outward facing assessment in teacher training programmes. Anne has also been awarded five WIT-funded PhD Scholarships. 

                During her career she has held management and executive education positions in Copenhagen Business School and the Open University Business School in addition to her research and teaching. Outside her academic career, she has led senior teams in the public and private sector; and facilitated other top management teams in achieving significant organisation change and development. Anne enjoys reading, walking and relaxing with family who remain the priority of her busy and active life.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

External positions

President, Irish Fulbright Alumni Association

May 2016 → …


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