Sarah Bowman

Sarah Bowman is Director of Strategic Engagement & Impact for the Office of the Dean of Research at Trinity College Dublin. In 2017, Sarah was selected as Director of the Health Research Board-Irish Research Council IGNITE Programme, which advances public and patient involvement in health research. Sarah has twenty years of experience as a public engagement specialist, guiding teams and ensuring programme work plans and products advance initiatives. Sarah is co-author of the Engaged Research Report: Society & Higher Education Working Together to Address Grand Societal Challenges and co-creator of the Engaged Research Framework and Planning for Impact Framework with Campus Engage. Working with more than 1,200 communities, Sarah has managed a wide range of community engagement projects ranging from single-day workshops to multi-year planning and design efforts, in addition to developing educational tools and resources for the European Institute of Technology, FutureLearn, the Marine and Renewable Energy Institute (MaREI), University College Cork, U.S. Department of Transportation, AARP, Federal Highway Administration Transportation Research Board, Quebec Ministry of Health, Honolulu Department of Transportation Services, Blue Zones, and others. In 2009, Sarah co-founded the 501c3 non-profit organisation, Walkable and Livable Communities Institute with Dan Burden, facilitating public engagement activities in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United Arab Emirates. Prior to this, Sarah led community engagement activities at the University of Notre Dame, working with land owners during campus expansion of facilities and ensuring proactive environmental stewardship to protect sensitive areas through citizen science programmes.