Dr Camilla Fitzsimons

Adult and Community Education

Lecturer

Maynooth University School of Education
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(01) 708 3951

Biography

Hello, my name is Camilla. I've been working in Adult Education since the 1990s. The best way to describe myself is probably as an academic-activist and I have a particular interest in education within social movements and community spaces. I used to be a nurse but left the wards behind in the 1990s to set up a women's community education group in North Dublin. I stayed in community education for around 15 years aside from taking some time out to care for my children when they were young. My PhD (and subsequent book) - Community Education and Neoliberalism (2017), the largest national study of community education in Ireland, focused on the co-option of much consciousness-raising education by neoliberal forces. Because of this co-option, I switched much of my focus to non-funded voluntary groups and continue to work with feminist-led civil society spaces that seek to advance equal rights for women and girls. In these spaces, I have a particular interest in the role of 'feminist critical pedagogy' and have led out on a number of education initiatives.   
I have a strong record in collaborative, engaged, action research across feminist-groups, community education, and other spaces where equality and social justice agendas need to be urgently advances. With the support of hundreds of activists, I did significant research on the Irish Repeal Movement which has been published in the book Repealed: Ireland's Unfinished Fight for Reproductive Rights (2021). In recent years, I have collaborated with others on anti-racism work within adult and community education (mostly focusing on my own whiteness). I have also looked inwards at the precarious nature of much employment that students and some colleagues continue to endure across Adult, Further and Community Education spaces.  
As well as my research work, I am the co-coordinator of the Higher Diploma in Further Education - A Teaching Council accredited programme that enables successful graduates to register to teach in a range of adult education spaces including Further Education Colleges, community education, Youthreach centres, prisons and many more spaces that offer QQI awards. I also work across our Masters and Doctoral Programmes.  
Please feel free to contact me if I can be of assistance in any way. 
You can also find out more about my work at my website www.camillafitzsimons.com   

Research Interests


Consciousness-raising Education.  
Feminism, Gender Equality and Women's Rights.  
Critical Pedagogy. 
Groupwork and Facilitation. 
The impact of Neoliberalism on our world. 
Another world is possible - Education can play a part in making that a reality. 

I am currently working on a self-directed project on Gender-Based Violence from an Irish Perspective. You will find more information at this link https://www.camillafitzsimons.com/gender-based-violence




Research Projects

  Project Role Funding Body / Program Description Start Date End Date Award (€)
Gender-Based Violence: A feminist Analysis Principal Investigator / 01-JAN-22 01-JAN-23
Research and Develop a Strategy for Adult Community Education Provision in North East Inner City Dublin PI Dublin Adult Learning Centre / Tender submitting a tender for the research brief attached. 01-JUN-21 31-DEC-21 19450.22
SMILE -Social Meaning Impact through LLL Universities in Europe PI European Union / EU / Erasmus+ -- KA3 Support for Policy Reform General objective: • Disseminating and/or scaling up good practices on inclusive learning initiated in particular at local level. In the context of the present call, scaling up means replicating good practice on a wider scale/transferring it to a different context or implementing it at a higher/systemic level Specific objective: • Promoting inclusive education and training and fostering the education of disadvantaged learners, including through supporting educational staff 01-DEC-20 30-NOV-23 54207
Lilian Nwanze “The invisible b urden: The emotional dimensions of racialization on the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Learner in the Irish Further Education System.” PI Irish Research Council (IRC) / Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship LILIAN NGOZI NWANZE IRC GOI PG 2020 Scholarship. Camilla Fitzsimons is the supervisor for the PhD. 01-OCT-20 30-SEP-23 81624.78
Muslim women’s experience of pre and post natal care in Ireland; “A Mother is Born Too” PI Amal Women Association (The Islamic Foundation of Ireland) / Tender Aim of the research: To explore Muslim women’s experience of maternity care in Ireland from a human rights perspective and to identify barriers to access so as to make informed recommendations that might improve outcomes for mothers, babies and their families. Objectives: - Outline a human rights perspective in the context of accessing maternity services including pre and post natal care. - Explore European and international best practice. - Uncover the experiences of Muslim women in Ireland. - Make recommendations that inform maternity services. Research methodology: The research will be mixed-methods in nature and will be underpinned by a feminist research approach. What this means to us is that the people at the centre of the experience are the experts. Our role as researchers is to create conditions where these experiences can be shared in a way that is safe for participants to do so, and that enhances our understanding of the phenomenon. We are allies not experts who bring particular expertise and skills. 01-JUN-20 31-DEC-20 6504
Closure of community education projects PI AONTAS / Tender This short desk research assesses the closures of community education projects in Ireland since 2008. 09-NOV-18 31-DEC-18 8320.62
FinALE - funding community education in ireland Principal Investigator AONTAS / Government State Bodies 03-APR-18 28-NOV-18
precarious professionality co-researcher / 01-DEC-17 31-JUL-18
A Community Education response to anti-Muslim Racism (Islamophobia) in Ireland Coordinator and Researcher / Government State Bodies 01-NOV-15 03-SEP-17
Integrating cultural diversity into Higher Education (HE4u2) Researcher / Government State Bodies 07-JUN-15 01-JUL-17
Unlocking Freedom through Adult and Community Education Researcher / Government State Bodies 01-JUN-15 02-JUN-18

Books

  Year Publication
2021 Repealed: Ireland's Unfinished Fight for Reproductive Rights.
Camilla Fitzsimons (2021) Repealed: Ireland's Unfinished Fight for Reproductive Rights. London: Pluto Press. [Details]
2017 Community education and neoliberalism: Philosophies, practices and policies in Ireland.
Fitzsimons C. (2017) Community education and neoliberalism: Philosophies, practices and policies in Ireland. Switzerland: Palgrave/MacMillan. [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2020 'Nothing about us without us Nigerian and Irish women working together'
Akinborewa, V., Fitzsimons, C. and Obasi, P (2020) 'Nothing about us without us Nigerian and Irish women working together' In: I am a man of peace, writings inspired by the Maynooth University Ken Saro-Wiwa Collective. Canada: Daraja Press. [Details]
2018 'Difference and Inclusion in Higher Education: Integrating cultural diversity in lifelong learning'
FINN, Josephine; FITZSIMONS, Camilla; GRUMMELL, Bernie and NOONE, Maggie (2018) 'Difference and Inclusion in Higher Education: Integrating cultural diversity in lifelong learning' In: Katharina Resch, Elke Gornik and Nino Tomaschek (eds). Die Lifelong Learning Universität der Zukunft. Institutionelle Standpunkte aus der wissenschaftlichen Weiterbildung. Munster/ New York: Waxmann. [Details]
2014 'Worlds Apart? The disunity of FET policy directives and Community-based Education for social change'
Camilla Fitzsimons (2014) 'Worlds Apart? The disunity of FET policy directives and Community-based Education for social change' In: Murray, M., Grummell, B. and Ryan, A (eds). Further Education and Training, history politics and practice. Kildare, Ireland: MACE publications. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2022 'Critical Education in the Irish Repeal Movement'
Fitzsimons, Camilla (2022) 'Critical Education in the Irish Repeal Movement'. Studies in the Education of Adults, Special Edition 2022 [Details]
2022 'How do we create anti-racist Adult Learning Environments?'
Fitzsimons, Camilla and Nwanze, Lilian (2022) 'How do we create anti-racist Adult Learning Environments?'. The Adult Learner, [Details]
2020 'Precarious professionality: graduate outcomes and experiences from an Initial Teacher (Further) Education programme in Ireland'
O’Neill J.;Fitzsimons C. (2020) 'Precarious professionality: graduate outcomes and experiences from an Initial Teacher (Further) Education programme in Ireland'. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 25 (1):1-22 [DOI] [Details]
2019 'Funding community education in Ireland: Making the case for a needs-based approach'
Magrath C.J.;Fitzsimons C. (2019) 'Funding community education in Ireland: Making the case for a needs-based approach'. Journal of Social Science Education, 18 (4):38-50 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2019 'Working as a white adult educator, using our own life stories to explore asymmetries of power and privilege'
Fitzsimons C. (2019) 'Working as a white adult educator, using our own life stories to explore asymmetries of power and privilege'. Studies in the Education of Adults, [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2017 'Rhetoric and reality: The Irish experience of Quality Assurance'
Fitzsmons, C. (2017) 'Rhetoric and reality: The Irish experience of Quality Assurance'. The Adult Learner, [Details]
2017 'Adult education responses to the ‘othering’ of Muslim identity: Perspectives from Ireland'
Fitzsimons, C. (2017) 'Adult education responses to the ‘othering’ of Muslim identity: Perspectives from Ireland'. Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, 23 (2):263-280 [DOI] [Details]
2013 'Swimming in the Swamp, inquiry into accreditation, community development, and social change'
Fitzsimons, C. and Dorman, P. (2013) 'Swimming in the Swamp, inquiry into accreditation, community development, and social change'. The Adult Learner, [full-text] [Details]
2012 'Social Change and Community Education – Where are we now?’'
Camilla Fitzsimons (2012) 'Social Change and Community Education – Where are we now?’'. The Irish Review of Community Economic Development Law and Policy, Volume 1 (4) [full-text] [Details]
2010 'Professionalism in Community Work and its implications for Radical Community Education’'
Camilla Fitzsimons (2010) 'Professionalism in Community Work and its implications for Radical Community Education’'. The Adult Learner, :53-71 [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2021 'Abortion Access and Reproductive Rights'
Fitzsimons, Camilla (2021) 'Abortion Access and Reproductive Rights' Irish Marxist Review, (30) :21-27. [Details]
2018 'Tools to promote Cultural Diversity in Higher Education – The HE4u2 project'
HE4u2 consortium (in alphabetical order): José Pedro AMORIM, Amandine BERNAL, Sofia CASTANHEIRA PAIS, Françoise DE VIRON, Josephine FINN, Camilla FITZSIMONS, Bernie GRUMMELL, Timo HALTTUNEN, Beate HÖRR, Amelia LOPES, Kia LUNDQVIST, Isabel MENEZES, Tiago NEVES, Agnes RASCHAUER, Katharina RESCH, Carme ROYO, Alfredo SOEIRO, Iris THIMM, Francesca URAS, Leena VANHAKYLA, Georgios ZARIFIS (2018) 'Tools to promote Cultural Diversity in Higher Education – The HE4u2 project' eucen Studies: eJournal of University Lifelong Learning, 2 (1) . [full-text] [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2021 Let's talk about structural exclusion and racism in Adult Education
Fitzsimons, Camilla and Lilian Nwanze (2021) Let's talk about structural exclusion and racism in Adult Education . In: Eva Baloch-Kaloianov eds. Diversity [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2021 Annual conference of the Sociology Association of Ireland.
Fitzsimons, Camilla (2021) Annual conference of the Sociology Association of Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Engaged Research - The Irish Repeal Movement, Trinity College [Details]
2021 EPALE annual seminar.
Camilla Fitzsimons (2021) EPALE annual seminar. [Oral Presentation], Representation Matters, Online , 01-JUL-21 [Details]
2021 Event to celebrate the impact of Paulo Freire on my practice as an adult educator.
camilla fitzsimons (2021) Event to celebrate the impact of Paulo Freire on my practice as an adult educator. [Oral Presentation], Centenary of Paulo Freire, Instituto Paulo Freire, Portugal , 01-NOV-21 [Details]
2021 Webinar Series.
Fitzsimons, Camilla and Shaw, Mae (2021) Webinar Series. [Oral Presentation], Reasserting the Politics of Community Education, EPALE Community Education Webinar Series , 01-APR-21 - 01-SEP-21 [Details]
2019 Adult education and curriculum tensions.
Fitzsimons, C. & O'Neill, J. (2019) Adult education and curriculum tensions. [Oral Presentation], EuroACS 2019 conference: curriculum origins, trajectories and practices, Maynooth University [Details]
2017 A Community Education response to anti-Muslim Racism (Islamophobia) in Ireland.
Fitzsimons, C and Psych, Z. (2017) A Community Education response to anti-Muslim Racism (Islamophobia) in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], International Popular Education Network Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland [Details]
2019 Being an adult educator in our contemporary world.
Fitzsimons, C and O'Neill, J. (2019) Being an adult educator in our contemporary world. [Oral Presentation], Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research on the Education of Adults, Nottingham, UK [Details]
2016 ESREA 8th Triennial European Research Conference.
Fitzsimons, C. & O'Neill, J. (2016) ESREA 8th Triennial European Research Conference. [Other], Creative explorations of adult educators’ values, challenges and hope, Maynooth University [Details]
2018 ESREA network on Interrogating Transformative Processes in Learning and Education Conference on “Contemporary Dilemmas and Learning for Transformation”.
Camilla Fitzsimons (2018) ESREA network on Interrogating Transformative Processes in Learning and Education Conference on “Contemporary Dilemmas and Learning for Transformation”. [Oral Presentation], Adult Education and White Privilege - Untangling Dilemma of Power and Privilege, Milan, Italy, University of Milano-Bicocca [Details]
2016 This workshop supported adult educators to explore the values and principles important to their work and to contextalise these within the challenges of neoliberal policy.
Camilla Fitzsimons and Jerry O'Neill (2016) This workshop supported adult educators to explore the values and principles important to their work and to contextalise these within the challenges of neoliberal policy. [Oral Presentation], Values Challenges and Hope for Adult Educators, ESREA 8th Triennial European Research Conference, Imagining Diverse Futures for Adult Education [Details]
2016 Introductory analysis of the challenges of cross-European research to determine the experiences of migrants within Higher Education.
Fitzsimons, C, Grummell, B and Finn, J. (2016) Introductory analysis of the challenges of cross-European research to determine the experiences of migrants within Higher Education. [Oral Presentation], The Challenges of Researching Inclusive Learning in Higher Education across Europe: HE4u2 project, ESREA 8th Triennial European Research Conference, Imagining Diverse Futures for Adult Education [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2021 Researching the Needs of Muslim Women in Irish Maternity Settings: A mother is born too.
Fitzsimons, C., Hassan, B., Nwanze, L, & Obasi, P. (2021) Researching the Needs of Muslim Women in Irish Maternity Settings: A mother is born too. Amal Women's Association, Online. [Details]
2021 Precarity and the Pandemican inquiry into the impact of Covid19 on the working lives of non-permanent educators in, and across, higher and further education in Ireland:.
Fitzsimons, C., Henry, S. & O'Neill, J. (2021) Precarity and the Pandemican inquiry into the impact of Covid19 on the working lives of non-permanent educators in, and across, higher and further education in Ireland:. eprints Maynooth University, Online. [Details]
2018 Precarious professionality: A review of the experiences and employment status of graduates of the Higher Diploma in Further Education at Maynooth University’s Department of Adult and Community Education (2013-2017).
O'Neill, J. and Fitzsimons, C. (2018) Precarious professionality: A review of the experiences and employment status of graduates of the Higher Diploma in Further Education at Maynooth University’s Department of Adult and Community Education (2013-2017). Executive Briefing. Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland, http://eprints.maynoothuniversity.ie/10205/. [full-text] [Details]
2017 Review of Maynooth University's Return to Learning Certificate 1992-2016.
Magrath, C and Fitzsimons, C (2017) Review of Maynooth University's Return to Learning Certificate 1992-2016. Maynooth University, Maynooth Eprints. [Details]
2017 The Foundation Certificates: a summary review of Maynooth University’s Foundation Certificate Programme from 2002-2014.
Fitzsimons, C. & O'Neill, J. (2017) The Foundation Certificates: a summary review of Maynooth University’s Foundation Certificate Programme from 2002-2014. Maynooth Access Programme, Maynooth University. [Details]
2017 HE4u2 survey findings – Integrating cultural diversity in higher education.
Fitzsimons, C., Grummell, B. and Noone, M. (2017) HE4u2 survey findings – Integrating cultural diversity in higher education. EUCEN, http:/he4u2.eucen. eu/outputs. [full-text] [Details]
2010 Supporting the Recreational Needs of Young Travellers in Bray and Surrounding Areas.
Camilla Fitzsimons and Sarah Connors (2010) Supporting the Recreational Needs of Young Travellers in Bray and Surrounding Areas. Bray Traveller Action Group, Wicklow, Ireland. [Details]
2008 Assessing the need for a Network of Educators in Ballymun and Surrounding Areas.
Camilla Fitzsimons (2008) Assessing the need for a Network of Educators in Ballymun and Surrounding Areas. Ballymun Partnership, Dublin, Ireland. [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
2022 Five reasons why I am not staying quiet about trans rights.
Camilla Fitzsimons (2022) Five reasons why I am not staying quiet about trans rights. online: Blog [Details]
2021 Community Education: So Much More than a Course.
Camilla Fitzsimons (2021) Community Education: So Much More than a Course. Online: Blog [Details]
2021 Book Launch: Dr Camilla Fitzsimons – Repealed: Ireland’s Unfinished Fight for Reproductive Rights.
Camilla Fitzsimons (2021) Book Launch: Dr Camilla Fitzsimons – Repealed: Ireland’s Unfinished Fight for Reproductive Rights. Blog [Details]
2021 The Fight for Repeal, An Activist's Story.
camilla fitzsimons (2021) The Fight for Repeal, An Activist's Story. Blog [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2020 Book review Community Work and Adult Education in Staveley.
Fitzsimons, C (2020) Book review Community Work and Adult Education in Staveley. Book Review [Details]
2019 Mapping out the research field of adult education and learning.
Camilla Fitzsimons (2019) Mapping out the research field of adult education and learning. UK: Book Review [DOI] [full-text] [Details]

Editorial

  Year Publication
2019 Participation in non-formal education and community education implications for civic and political capital.
Caramelo J.;Fitzsimons C.;Menezes I. (2019) Participation in non-formal education and community education implications for civic and political capital. Editorial [DOI] [Details]

Podcast

  Year Publication
2022 Repealed; Ireland's Unfinished Fight for Reproductive Rights.
Camilla Fitzsimons and Sinead Kennedy (2022) Repealed; Ireland's Unfinished Fight for Reproductive Rights. Podcast [Details]
2021 The Tortoise Shack - Repealed.
Camilla Fitzsimons and Sinead Kennedy (2021) The Tortoise Shack - Repealed. Podcast [Details]
2021 Radicals in Conversation: Repealed, Ireland's Unfinished Fight for Reproductive Rights.
Camilla Fitzsimons, Sinead Kennedy and Ruth Coppinger (2021) Radicals in Conversation: Repealed, Ireland's Unfinished Fight for Reproductive Rights. Podcast [Details]
2020 Education Outside the System (Part 1) : Dr. Camilla Fitzsimons on Community Education.
Camilla Fitzsimons (2020) Education Outside the System (Part 1) : Dr. Camilla Fitzsimons on Community Education. Podcast [Details]

Curriculum design / Support materials

  Year Publication
2022 Reproduction and Rights a curriculum for Activists.
Camilla Fitzsimons (2022) Reproduction and Rights a curriculum for Activists. Curriculum design / Support materials [Details]
2017 Creating Intercultural Environments: Guidelines for Staff within Higher Education Institutions.
Fitzsimons, C, Grummell, B. and Finn, J. (2017) Creating Intercultural Environments: Guidelines for Staff within Higher Education Institutions. Curriculum design / Support materials [Details]
2015 The Irish Debt Crisis, what happened? Workshop template for Community Education Settings.
Crowley, S., Fitzsimons, C. and O'Brien, T. (2015) The Irish Debt Crisis, what happened? Workshop template for Community Education Settings. Curriculum design / Support materials [Details]
2015 Women's Reproduction and Rights.
Fitzsimons, C and Connolly, B. (2015) Women's Reproduction and Rights. Curriculum design / Support materials [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2015 PhD Adult and Community Education Maynooth University
2022 MPhil Gender and Women's Studies Trinity College Dublin
2021 Irish Research Council Ally Prize The Irish Research Council

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) Trade Union Committee Member /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Faculty of Social Science Research Ethics Committee Reviewer /
Maynooth University Sanctuary Committee member /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
Maynooth University Lecturer /
Various Nursing Positions General Nurse (RGN) 10-OCT-91 / 10-OCT-98
Respond Housing Association Community Education Lead 01-MAR-08 / 01-AUG-15
The Community and Family Training Agency Co-Ordinator (CEO) 01-AUG-01 / 01-DEC-05
The Star Project Co-Ordinator (CEO) 01-MAR-98 / 01-JAN-01

Consultancy

  Client Description
Longford-Westmeath Education and Training Board
Continuous professional development workshop for Community Education tutors working across Longford and Westmeath

Outreach Activities

  Description

The Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC) is the largest pro-choice campaign group in Ireland with a strong international reputation. I am a member of the Policy and Advocacy sub-committee. I also take a lead role in education initiatives within ARC Link

Partners Training for Transformation is a civil society organisation interested in Freirean, critical pedagogy. I am a member of their Board of Directors. Partners is a community education. Our approach to education is participatory, experiential and hands-on. Link

Dublin 7/Dublin 15 is a local activist group was established in 2019 with the express intention of putting gender-based violence on the political agenda. We have organised a range of local initiatives, information evenings and campaigns Link

Reviews

  Journal Role
Studies In The Education Of Adults Member of the Editorial Board
Policy And Practice - A Development Education Review Reviewer
European Journal Of Social Sciences Guest Editor

Teaching Interests

 I co-coordinate the Higher Diploma in Further Education.  This is a professional post-graduate programme that enables successful graduates to register via route 3 with The Teaching Council of Ireland. 
I also coordinate education programmes within campaign groups and community organisations. 
My teaching interests gender and feminism, critical pedagogy, group work, philosophies and practice of adult education.  

Recent Postgraduates

  Graduation Student Name University Degree Thesis
2020 Dr Gina Noonan ‘Restor(y)ing their position in the spotlight, please welcome back on stage… Postgraduate Students who teach… or Graduate Teaching Assistants... or Teaching Postgrads… or…’
2020 Chanel Watson Maynooth University Prescription for Care: An exploration of the experiences of nurse and midwife prescribers in the maternity setting

External Collaborators

  Name Role / Description Country
Three Pillars collective sharing expertise, influencing policy direction. IRELAND
Journal of Social Science Education Guest Editor on special edition PORTUGAL
Partners, Training for Transformation civil society partnership IRELAND
Social and Health Project (SHEP) civil society partnership IRELAND