Dr Grainne's primary research interests are in learning and teaching with a special focus on teaching innovations to enhance the student experience and learning outcomes. She recently developed 'Quitch' a content neutral gamified mobile learning platform to enhance the first year student experience. The platform has now been trialled in more than 110 Universities across the world. Student feedback has been very positive. Grainne also publishes on topics relating decision-making in local government, including how the quality of councillors impact on performance, both environmental performance and also on the quality of accounting earnings of local governments. Grainne has earned more than $175,000 in research funding. Grainne is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Contemporary Issues in Business and Government (JCIBG). Prior to joining academia Grainne had a successful 13 year career in the pharmaceutical industry working for CSL.