Dr Hilary Tierney

Applied Social Studies, ALL Institute

Associate Professor

Laraghbryan House
4.3
(01) 708 6489

Biography

I joined the Department of Applied Social Studies in MU after many years as a community work and youth work practitioner in a variety of roles and contexts. I contribute across the Department’s programmes in the areas of youth work theory, policy and practice, supervision, professional skills development and research theory and practice.

My practice and research interests converge in a specific interest in reflective practice, professional supervision, informal education, ethics and values in professional practice and the professional formation of gender conscious practitioners.

I am particularly interested in the potential of informal social education to develop young people's critical capacities as local and global citizens who are committed to equality, social justice and human rights.

The Department's  mission to 'promote human rights, social justice and equality, nationally and internationally, through excellence and innovation in education, research and public engagement that contribute to the development of the social professions and applied social sciences' is both a 'guiding principle' and a 'call to action' in all aspects of my work within the university and my wider engagement with the field of community work and youth work, nationally and internationally.






Research Interests

My approach to research is rooted in the values, principles and practice of community work and youth work. I draw on narrative and feminist approaches that seek to engage in research with and alongside participants as co-producers of knowledge.  I am committed to research that is engaged, collaborative, participatory and social justice focused that contributes to real world impacts in the field of  youth work and community work. I am co-Director of the Centre for Youth Research and Development [CYRD] at the Department of Applied Social Studies and a member of the Advisory Group for the Pool of European Youth Researchers {PEYR]. My research interests include, though are are not limited to:

Professional Practice
Youth Work
Young People
Global Youth Work
Community Work
Global Youth Work
Human Rights in Practice
Sustainable Development

Research Projects

  Project Role Funding Body / Program Description Start Date End Date Award (€)
Action Research Project – reflective practice in youth work with Kildare Youth Services (Co-PI) 2010 Co-PI / Non Commercial 20000
Young People and Youth Workers Attitudes to Global Justice Issues (Co-PI) 2009-10 Co-PI National Youth Council of Ireland / Non Commercial 10000
Volunteer Led Youth Work - Research team member on Collaborative study with UCC. IRC funded & supported by DCYA. 2012 Research Team Member Irish Research Council (IRC) / Government State Bodies 36000
International Youth Work [Léargas, NYCI and CYRD] Co-PI National Youth Council of Ireland / Non Commercial 20-NOV-19 30-JUN-21
Youth Work eLearning Partnership [YWeLP] PI European Union / EU / Non Commercial 01-FEB-17 31-AUG-19 206330

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2021 'Ethical Challenges in Educational Research during the Pandemic Implications for interviewing in the online environment'
Dempsey, M., & Tierney, H. (2021) 'Ethical Challenges in Educational Research during the Pandemic Implications for interviewing in the online environment' In: Brian Mooney (eds). Education Matters - Ireland's Education Yearbook 2020. Dublin: Education Matters. [Details]
2020 'Digital Technologies and Youth Work: Opportunities and Challenges for Models and Theory'
Trudi Cooper (ECU), Miriam Rose Brooker (ECU), Hilary Tierney (MU) and John Sutcliffe (ECU) (2020) 'Digital Technologies and Youth Work: Opportunities and Challenges for Models and Theory' In: Youth Work in a Digital Society. Penn, USA: IGI Global. [Details]
2019 'STEAMING AHEAD: TOWARDS EMBEDDING STEAM IN IRISH YOUTH WORK'
Janice Feighery, Barbara Nea and Hilary Tierney (2019) 'STEAMING AHEAD: TOWARDS EMBEDDING STEAM IN IRISH YOUTH WORK' In: Juha Kiviniemi (eds). Maker Activities in Youth Work. Helsinki, Finland: Verke. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2011 'Mapping Fieldwork and SupervisionPractice in the Social Professions (Part 1)'
Hilary Tierney (2011) 'Mapping Fieldwork and SupervisionPractice in the Social Professions (Part 1)'. YOUTH STUDIES IRELAND, 6 (1):18-33 [Details]
2011 'Mapping Fieldwork and Supervision Practice in the Social Professions (Part 2)'
Hilary Tierney (2011) 'Mapping Fieldwork and Supervision Practice in the Social Professions (Part 2)'. YOUTH STUDIES IRELAND, 6 (2):21-35 [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2013 'The Evidence Conversation [Working Group on Evidence in Youth Work]'
Mary Robb, Caroline Jones and Hilary Tierney (2013) 'The Evidence Conversation [Working Group on Evidence in Youth Work]' Irish Youth Work Scene, (77) :10-11. [Details]
2000 'Youthcert: Promoting Certification and Accreditation of Community-based Youth Work Training'
M. Devlin and H. Tierney (2000) 'Youthcert: Promoting Certification and Accreditation of Community-based Youth Work Training' Irish Youthwork Scene, 29 . [full-text] [Details]
1997 'Community Employment & Youth Work: Some consequences & Issues'
Hilary Tierney (1997) 'Community Employment & Youth Work: Some consequences & Issues' Irish Youth Work Scene, (18) :3-4. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2011 Talking the Walk
Hilary Tierney (2011) Talking the Walk . In: Gail Neil eds. How do we know it is working? Outcomes in Youth Work , pp.12-13 [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2020 3rd European Youth Work Convention.
Hilary Tierney (2020) 3rd European Youth Work Convention. [Invited Oral Presentation], Competence frameworks for education and training of youth workers: Context and Considerations, Bonn, Germany [Details]
2019 Critical Conversations: Practicing and Supervising Reflectively and Ethically in the Social Professions.
Hilary Tierney (2019) Critical Conversations: Practicing and Supervising Reflectively and Ethically in the Social Professions. [Oral Presentation], The Art of Supervising for Effective Practice, UCC, Cork [Details]
2018 4th International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference Narrating Neo-Liberalism in an Irish Context.
Hilary Tierney (2018) 4th International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference Narrating Neo-Liberalism in an Irish Context. [Oral Presentation], ‘Hope is the better story: learning to “question everything” and “pick the battles you can win” in community work and youth worker’s practice narratives’, Sligo IT [Details]
2018 Systems for formal and non-formal education and validation of youth work education and training – the case of Ireland.
Hilary Tierney (2018) Systems for formal and non-formal education and validation of youth work education and training – the case of Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], Expert Working grouo on Youth Work Education, Brussels [Details]
2018 Crosscurrents: Steering a course for youth work as a growth profession in the Commonwealth and in Europe . 3rd Commonwealth Conference on Youth Work.
Tim Corney and Hilary Tierney (2018) Crosscurrents: Steering a course for youth work as a growth profession in the Commonwealth and in Europe . 3rd Commonwealth Conference on Youth Work. [Oral Presentation], Ethics and Young People's Welfare, Malta [Details]
2017 Estonian Youth Workers Association 25th Anniversary Conference.
Hilary Tierney (2017) Estonian Youth Workers Association 25th Anniversary Conference. [Invited Lecture], Long and Winding Road: Professionalisation and Irish Youth Work, Tallinn University, Estonia [Details]
2017 Expert Seminar Youth Work - Time to Show Off! SALTO Training & Cooperation Resource Centre.
Hilary Tierney (2017) Expert Seminar Youth Work - Time to Show Off! SALTO Training & Cooperation Resource Centre. [Oral Presentation], Designing learning and reflection for youth workers -TED-talk, De Glind, Netherlands [Details]
2016 Mobility and its benefits - https://soundcloud.com/l-argas-communications/hilary-tierney-speech-mobility-and-its-benefits-time-to-move-2016.
Hilary Tierney (2016) Mobility and its benefits - https://soundcloud.com/l-argas-communications/hilary-tierney-speech-mobility-and-its-benefits-time-to-move-2016. [Oral Presentation], Time to Move - Youth Mobility, Dublin Castle [Details]
2016 Devolved, Diverse and Interdependent: Making Professional Connections [TAG-PALCYW].
Hilary Tierney and Brian Melaugh (2016) Devolved, Diverse and Interdependent: Making Professional Connections [TAG-PALCYW]. [Oral Presentation], Hanging out in the gap – exercising professional judgement in an era of ‘organisational professionalism', University of Ulster [Details]
2016 A century and more of youth work.
Hilary Tierney (2016) A century and more of youth work. [Invited Lecture], British Irish Symposium on Youth Affairs, Dublin [Details]
2016 RPL Practitioners Network [QQI].
Hilary Tierney (2016) RPL Practitioners Network [QQI]. [Oral Presentation], RPL in the Community and Youth Sector: Challenges & Opportunities, Limerick [Details]
2015 A Field in the Making. For the second Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference (INIC) we draw on the 'field' as metaphor for text/context.
Grace O’Grady (Education) Angela Rickard, (Education) Therese Hegarty (Froebel) Hilary Tierney (Applied Social Studies)David McCormack (Adult Education) Eva Lindroos (English) (2015) A Field in the Making. For the second Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference (INIC) we draw on the 'field' as metaphor for text/context. [Conference Organising Committee Member], A Field in the Making. The Second Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference, Maynooth University [Details]
2015 In what ways, and to what extent, is transformation or “movement” evident in the individual and collective lives of young people, in services, policies and professional practices for/with youth, or even in the concept of youth and its relation to other generations? What is changing within the field of youth studies itself?.
Maurice Devlin and Hilary Tierney (2015) In what ways, and to what extent, is transformation or “movement” evident in the individual and collective lives of young people, in services, policies and professional practices for/with youth, or even in the concept of youth and its relation to other generations? What is changing within the field of youth studies itself?. [Conferences hosted], Youth on the Move? - 3rd Maynooth International Youth Studies Conference, Maynooth University [Details]
2014 The 30th anniversary of the Costello report coincides with the new National Policy Framework for Children and Young People, Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures, launched recently.
Maurice Devlin (2014) The 30th anniversary of the Costello report coincides with the new National Policy Framework for Children and Young People, Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures, launched recently. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Marking 30 years of youth policy, Maynooth University [Details]
2014 1st Irish Conference on Narrative Inquiry Researching and Writing Irish Storyscapes.
Hilary Tierney (2014) 1st Irish Conference on Narrative Inquiry Researching and Writing Irish Storyscapes. [Oral Presentation], Testing Times and Illuminating Journeys. Crystallising Narratives and Conceptualising Metaphors in Narrative Inquiry, Sligo Education Centre, Institute of Technology, 10 April 2014 [Details]
2014 Improving the Effectiveness of Youth Work through High-Quality Youth Work Education.
Hilary Tierney and Cathryn Carpenter (2014) Improving the Effectiveness of Youth Work through High-Quality Youth Work Education. [Oral Presentation], Models of Practice in Youth Work Education, Tallinn University, Estonia [Details]
2014 QQI Peer Learning Activity: EU Commission EQF Advisory Group.
Hilary Tierney (2014) QQI Peer Learning Activity: EU Commission EQF Advisory Group. [Oral Presentation], Case Study 3: the Development of Competence Standards for the validation of practice in Youth Work, Limerick, ireland [Details]
2013 First International Youth Work Educators' Forum. 25th‐27th June 2013.
Hilary Tierney and Maurice Devln [Organisers and Convenors] (2013) First International Youth Work Educators' Forum. 25th‐27th June 2013. [Conferences hosted], Professional Education and Training for Youth Work - An International Forum, Maynooth University [Details]
2013 ‘All in this Together? Connecting cultures, communities and young people’ The annual conference of the Professional Association of Lecturers in Community and Youth Work.
Hilary Tierney [Organiser and Convenor] (2013) ‘All in this Together? Connecting cultures, communities and young people’ The annual conference of the Professional Association of Lecturers in Community and Youth Work. [Conferences hosted], TAG-PACYW Annual Conference 2013, Maynooth University [Details]
2013 ‘All in this Together? Connecting cultures, communities and young people’ The annual conference of the Professional Association of Lecturers in Community and Youth Work.
Hilary Tierney (2013) ‘All in this Together? Connecting cultures, communities and young people’ The annual conference of the Professional Association of Lecturers in Community and Youth Work. [Oral Presentation], ‘Testing times and illuminating journeys' FieldworkSupervisors Practice Narratives, Maynooth University [Details]
2012 Youth Affairs Council of Victoria [YACVIC] CONNECT FOR youth conferenceConference June 2012.
Hilary Tierney (2012) Youth Affairs Council of Victoria [YACVIC] CONNECT FOR youth conferenceConference June 2012. [Oral Presentation], What’s 17,000km between friends? Youth Work In ireland and Australia, Melbourne, Australia [Details]
2019 Peer learning event on support to youth work development in Eastern Europe.
Hilary Tierney (2019) Peer learning event on support to youth work development in Eastern Europe. [Keynote Address], Strengthening the potential of youth work in Eastern Europe, Tbilisi, Georgia [Details]
2019 XIV International Tool Fair - Youth Work 'Know-How' https://educationaltoolsportal.eu/en/articles/international_tool_fair_xiv.
Hilary Tierney (2019) XIV International Tool Fair - Youth Work 'Know-How' https://educationaltoolsportal.eu/en/articles/international_tool_fair_xiv. [Invited Oral Presentation], Bridges and ladders: stories from the ‘coalface’ to the ‘ivory tower’ and back, Rovaniemi, Finland [Details]
2019 Better Together Higher Education and NFE in partnership in youth work education in Ireland.
Hilary Tierney and Anne Molloy (2019) Better Together Higher Education and NFE in partnership in youth work education in Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], European Academy of Youth Work, Slovenia [Details]
2016 3RD ISA FORUM 'THE FUTURES WE WANT:GLOBAL SOCIOLOGY AND THE STRUGGLES FOR A BETTER WORLD' 10-14 JULY 2016.
Maurice Devlin and Hilary Tierney (2016) 3RD ISA FORUM 'THE FUTURES WE WANT:GLOBAL SOCIOLOGY AND THE STRUGGLES FOR A BETTER WORLD' 10-14 JULY 2016. [Oral Presentation], Youth Work and Inequality: Discourse and Practice, Vienna, Austria [Details]
2016 'Stories 'r Us' ‘Knowing Well and Knowing Responsibly’ – Navigating Unreliability in Narrative Inquiry.
Hilary Tierney, Ciara Bradley (2016) 'Stories 'r Us' ‘Knowing Well and Knowing Responsibly’ – Navigating Unreliability in Narrative Inquiry. [Oral Presentation], 3rd Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference 10-11 March 2016, NUI Galway [Details]
2015 A Field in the MakingThe Second Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference.
Hilary Tierney (2015) A Field in the MakingThe Second Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference. [Oral Presentation], Rebels with a Cause, Maynooth University [Details]
2014 Troubling Narratives: Identity Matters. The Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences, University of Huddersfield 19-20 June 2014.
Hilary Tierney (2014) Troubling Narratives: Identity Matters. The Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences, University of Huddersfield 19-20 June 2014. [Oral Presentation], Times Times and Illuminating Journeys Crystallising Narratives and Conceptualising Metaphors in Narrative Inquiry, University of Huddersfield [Details]
2014 Revisiting ‘Standpoints’: Attitudes to Global Justice Among Young People and Youth Workers in Ireland https://www.youth.ie/articles/roundtable-on-development-education-global-youth-work-youth/.
Hilary Tierney (2014) Revisiting ‘Standpoints’: Attitudes to Global Justice Among Young People and Youth Workers in Ireland https://www.youth.ie/articles/roundtable-on-development-education-global-youth-work-youth/. [Oral Presentation], Round Table on Development Education and Global Youth Work NYCI, Dublin Castle [Details]
2014 XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology. Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for Sociology.
Hilary Tierney (2014) XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology. Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for Sociology. [Oral Presentation], ‘Standpoints’: Attitudes to Global Justice Among Young People and Youth Workers in Ireland, Yokohama, Japan [Details]
2013 Commonwealth Conference on Education and Training of Youth Workers (CCETYW).
Hilary Tierney (2013) Commonwealth Conference on Education and Training of Youth Workers (CCETYW). [Oral Presentation], Practising Practice - Reflections on Fieldwork Supervisors Practice Narratives, Pretoria, South Africa [Details]
2013 Global Justice through Global Citizenship European Conference.
Hilary Tierney (2013) Global Justice through Global Citizenship European Conference. [Oral Presentation], ‘Oh yeah that’s awful, that’s terrible. Somebody should do something about it , Brussels, Belgium [Details]
2011 ‘Talking the Walk’ articulating youth work’s purpose.
Hilary Tierney (2011) ‘Talking the Walk’ articulating youth work’s purpose. [Oral Presentation], National Youth Council Conference, November, 2011, DKIT, Dundalk [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2010 Standpoints: Attitudes of young people & youth workers to development & global justice issues.
Maurice Devlin and Hilary Tierney (2010) Standpoints: Attitudes of young people & youth workers to development & global justice issues. NYCI, Dublin, Ireland. [Details]
2004 Community Development Consultancy Course (CDCC): Evaluation Report.
Hilary Tierney (2004) Community Development Consultancy Course (CDCC): Evaluation Report. Aontas, Dublin. [Details]

Consultancy

  Year Publication
2004 Exploring the potential to create all island linkages among community work education and training interests.
Hilary Tierney (2004) Exploring the potential to create all island linkages among community work education and training interests. Consultancy [Details]

Electronic Publication

  Year Publication
2021 International Youth Work Units 1, 2, and 3 [forthcoming April 2021].
Cleary, M.; Cullen, JM; Furlong, N.; Janning, P. and Tierney, H. (2021) (2021) International Youth Work Units 1, 2, and 3 [forthcoming April 2021]. Electronic Publication [Details]
2019 Communicating Youth Work Unit 1 - Uniqueness, Benefits and Outcomes.
Tierney, Hilary, Devlin, Maurice and Reynolds, Saoirse (2019) Communicating Youth Work Unit 1 - Uniqueness, Benefits and Outcomes. Electronic Publication [Details]
2019 Communicating Youth Work Unit 2 - Beyond Activities, What Youth Workers Do.
Tierney, Hilary, Devlin, Maurice and Reynolds, Saoirse (2019) Communicating Youth Work Unit 2 - Beyond Activities, What Youth Workers Do. Electronic Publication [Details]
2019 Communicating Youth Work Unit 3 - Getting the word out.
Tierney, Hilary, Devlin, Maurice and Reynolds, Saoirse (2019) Communicating Youth Work Unit 3 - Getting the word out. Electronic Publication [Details]

Guest Lectures

  Year Publication
2019 The long and winding road - youth work and professionalisation in Ireland. ECU Perth, WA.
Hilary Tierney (2019) The long and winding road - youth work and professionalisation in Ireland. ECU Perth, WA. Guest Lectures [Details]

Invited Lectures

  Year Publication
2019 Professional Youth Work Education and Training in MU: Intercultural Competence.
Hilary Tierney (2019) Professional Youth Work Education and Training in MU: Intercultural Competence. Invited Lectures [Details]

Video recording / TV

  Year Publication
2018 A quick tour of Irish Youth Work.
Hilary Tierney (2018) A quick tour of Irish Youth Work. Helsinki, Finland: Video recording / TV [Details]

Workshops

  Year Publication
2014 Promoting and Sharing Your Youth Work Practice: A workshop to support youth work practitioner writing.
Hilary Tierney and Alison Farrell (2014) Promoting and Sharing Your Youth Work Practice: A workshop to support youth work practitioner writing. Workshops [Details]

Conference Hosted

  Year Publication
2015 Campus Engage 'Participate Programme' CBL & CBR Professional Development Programme.
Hilary Tierney (MU), Jackie Daly (RCSI), Claire McDonnell (DIT) and Kate Morris (Campus Engage) (2015) Campus Engage 'Participate Programme' CBL & CBR Professional Development Programme. Conference Hosted [Details]

Podcast

  Year Publication
2020 Youth workers: values and ethics. EU-CoE youth partnership MOOC Essentials of Youth Work.
Hilary Tierney, Antti Korhonen and Ekaterina Sherer (2020) Youth workers: values and ethics. EU-CoE youth partnership MOOC Essentials of Youth Work. Podcast [Details]

Webinar

  Year Publication
2020 How can the youth sector activate its power to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) NYCI One world week 2020.
Jessica Dunne, Alice Mary Higgins, Adam Lambe, Grace McManus, Dermot O'Brien, Cate O'Connor, Hilary Tierney (2020) How can the youth sector activate its power to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) NYCI One world week 2020. Webinar [Details]
2020 Current debates and the future of youth work. EU-CoE youth partnership MOOC Essentials of Youth Work.
Axel Stammberger, Yuliya Stankevich ahd Hilary Tierney (2020) Current debates and the future of youth work. EU-CoE youth partnership MOOC Essentials of Youth Work. Webinar [Details]
2020 Léargas Webinar Wednesdays: What Do You Need to Know about Non-formal Education in Erasmus+ Projects?.
HIlary Tierney and Noral Furlong (2020) Léargas Webinar Wednesdays: What Do You Need to Know about Non-formal Education in Erasmus+ Projects?. Webinar [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2013 CTL Fellowship - Research for Practice (with Ciara Bradley) Maynooth University
2010 CTL Fellowship - Learning Outcomes Project Handbook Maynooth University

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Sociological Association of Ireland [Member of Pedagogy of Sociology Study Group] Member /
TAG-PALCYW Professional Association Lecturers in CYW Member /
International Sciological Association RC34 sub-committee Sociology of Youth member /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
MU Social Research Ethics Sub-Committee Chair 2017 /
MU Teaching and Learning Committee [2014-17] Member /
Pool of European Youth Researcers [PEYR] -Expert Advisory Group Member Expert Advisory Group Member /
European Academy on Youth Work Advisory Board Member Member /
Europe Goes Local Working Group [Léargas] Member /
Academic Council Member 2019 /
Youth 2030 Consortium Partnership [NYCI, Trocaire, Concern, CYRD at MU]. Funded by Irish Aid. Consortium Partner [2018-21] /
3rd European Youth Work Convention - Irish Delegation Member Irish Delegation Member 2020 / 2020
QQI Inaugural external QA reviews ETBs - Indepenent Review Team Member Member Indepenent Review Team /
’Time to show off’ Youth Work Ed & Training Expert Group [Transnational Co-operation Activity] Member of Expert Group [2019-21] /
County Kildare Leader Partnernership [CKLP] Board Member & Member Social Inclusion sub-committee 2014-17 Board Member 2013-17 /
FSS Teaching and Learning Committee (Chair 2014-17) Chair /
Expert Group in Education and Training for European Youth Work [Léargas] Member /
STEAM in Youth Work Expert Advisory Group [NYCI] Member /
QQI Consultative Forum [2016-17] Member representing NSETS and AIEB /

Consultancy

  Client Description
EU-CoE Youth Partnerhsip [2019-
Essentials of Youth Work MOOC. Curriculum development and delivery team member. The MOOC Essentials of youth work sets out to: 1. Make youth work known to a wide audience and draw attention to its social value 2. Provide an overview of youth work practices and policies across Europe 3. Present current developments in this field, including at European level.
Youth Work Ireland Tipperary [YWIT]
Collaborating with Camara Ireland to offer NUI Certificate in Digital Creativity in Youth Settings to support the development of YWIT as a 'digitally enhanced youth service'. 2020-2022
County Kildare LEADER Partnership [CKLP]
Provision of certified Youth Work Education programme in Co. Kildare
JUGEND für Europa/SALTO T&C RC [2019-]
EU programme ‘Erasmus+’, Time to show off! • to contribute with expertise and ideas to the further shaping of the modules • to critically review and give feedback to the proposal developed by the writers group
EU-CoE youth partnership, SALTO Training and Cooperation and Léargas [2020-21]
In the framework of the follow-up of the Council Conclusions on education and training of youth workers and the European Youth Work Agenda, a consortium of National Agencies and National Authorities, in cooperation with the EU-CoE youth partnership and SALTO Training and Cooperation, have decided to organise a Peer Learning Activity (PLA) on the topic of Education and Training of Youth Workers.

Teaching Interests

As an educator of professional community workers and youth workers, I am committed to engaging students in experiential learning that integrates theory and practice in a process of reflective inquiry across the following themes:

Youth Work Theory and Practice
- Global Youth Work 
- Digital Youth Work
 - Informal and Non-formal Learning

Professional Practice
- Professionalism and Professionalisation
- Values and Ethics
- Professional Identity
- Reflective Practice
- Supervision

Research Skills
 -Narrative and Participatory Approaches
- Reflexivity
- Writing Skills
- Relational Ethics

I have co-ordinated and taught across the BSocSc and MSocSc Community and Youth Work programmes over the years.  I teach youth work, professional development and research at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

In 2020-21 co-ordinate the DSocSc programme and act as Academic Director on the NUI Certificates in Youth Work Studies, Digital Creativity in Youth Settings and Global Youth Work and Development Education which are offered in collaboration with sectoral partners CKLP, Camara Ireland and NYCI respectively.

External Collaborators

  Name Role / Description Country
Techspace Programme at Camara Ireland Collaborating on the `NUI Certificate in Digital Creativity in Youth Settings IRELAND
NYCI's Arts and STEAM in Youth Work Programmes Collaborating on developing a STEAM dimension to NUI Youth Arts Certificate IRELAND
Trudi Cooper, Edith Cowan University, Perth, WA Writing Projects, Youth Work Education, Policy Networking AUSTRALIA
Ilona Evelyn Rannala, Tallinn University Collaborated on the Erasmus+ KA2 funded Youth Work eLearning Partnership [YWeLP] ESTONIA
Valerie Duffy and Sally Daly [NYCI] Collaborating on the development and delivery of the NUI Certificate in Global Youth Work and Development Education. Currently working on the development of open source interactive eLearning resources for youthworkandyou.org IRELAND
Jane Hickey, Victoria University, Melbourne Collaborated on the Erasmus+ KA2 funded Youth Work eLearning Partnership [YWeLP] AUSTRALIA
Sari Höylä, Humak University Collaborated on the Erasmus+ KA2 funded Youth Work eLearning Partnership [YWeLP] FINLAND
Anne Molloy and Lorraine Gilligan, Léargas Collaborating on the development and delivery of the NUI Certificate in European Youth Mobility Projects IRELAND
Jean-Marie Cullen [NYCI] and Pia Janning [Léargas] Collaborating on the development of open source interactive e-learning resources in International Youth Work IRELAND
Breda Friel, Ulster University Collaborated on the Erasmus+ KA2 funded Youth Work eLearning Partnership [YWeLP] NORTHERN IRELAND