Anne O' Brien is a lecturer with the Department of Media Studies at Maynooth University, Ireland. She has published on women workers in creative industries, representations of women in radio and television, and the history of women's participation in Irish media for journals such as Television and New Media, Feminist Media Studies and Media Culture and Society. Her book, The Politics of Tourism Development (2011), explored the Irish state's engagement with the development of tourism. She has undertaken funded research on the social benefits of community media for the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and on mental health and media production for the national media monitoring agency Headline. She has produced a number of documentaries for RTE and TG4. She is a member of Women in Film and Television Ireland and a former appointee to the Contracts Award Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.