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Welcome to UCD School of Applied Social Science – centre of excellence for research, teaching and professional training in social policy and social work. We offer diverse programmes including BSocSc, H.Dips, certificate and diploma courses in drugs/alcohol work, CPD modules, MSocSc and PhDs in social work and social policy (e.g. housing, family, child welfare, health care, and migration). Download UCD Social Science Booklet


Our colleague, Dr Mary Allen passed away on the 25th June, 2013. She will be sorely missed.


Dr O'Brien speaks at the IFCO 2014 conference in Waterford

The International Foster Care Organisation (IFCO) 2014 conference will be held at Waterford Institute of Technology between 26 and 29 August. Dr Valerie O'Brien will give a presentation entitled "Formal & Informal Kinship care: Its Location within the Alternative Care & Family Support Systems?"

Dr Ní Raghallaigh speaks at the conference ‘Refugees and Migrants: Unaccompanied Children in Britain 1914-2014’.

The conference is held at the University of Southampton, UK (17-18 July). It is organised by the University of Southampton’s Parkes Institute and the Centre for German-Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex.

Dr Rush presents at ISA World Congress of Sociology in Yokohama, Japan

XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology will be held in Yokohama, Japan (13-19 July 2014). Dr Michael Rush will give a paper entitled 'Fathers, welfare and gender', co-authored by Dr Rudy Ray Seward (Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of North Texas) on Wednesday 16th July.

Workshop: Building Societal Support for Restorative Justice

Dr Marie Keenan (School of Applied Social Science University College Dublin) is convening a workshop on the theme of Building Societal Support for Restorative Justice in the area of Sexual Violence. The workshop will take place in the Newman Building (NT1 and NT2) on the 3rd and 4th of July, 2014. Participation in the workshop is by invitation only.

European Network for Housing Researchers’ Conference in Edinburgh

Dr Nessa Winston co-ordinates a Workshop at the European Network for Housing Researchers’ Conference in Edinburgh. The Workshop is on Housing and Urban Sustainability (July 1st-5th 2014). Dr Winston also presents at the conference. The paper is entitled ‘Sustainable urban housing? Quality of life and housing density in the EU’.

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