Researchers at UCD


Susan Donnelly

Postdoctoral Researcher Level Ii

School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems



Honours and Awards

Year: 2017.
Title: Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF)
Year: 2010.
Title: ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) Summer School Scholarship
Year: 2008.
Title: Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship


Year 2007 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: MSocSc Subject: Sociology
Year 2006 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: HDip Subject: Sociology and Social Research
Year 2004 Institution: Griffith College Dublin, IRL
Qualification: BA Subject:
Year 2012 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:



Book Chapters

Donnelly, S (2017) 'The Learning Curve of Clerical Child Sex Abuse: Lessons from Ireland' In: Anna Strhan, Stephen G. Parker, Susan Ridgely (eds). The Bloomsbury Reader in Religion and Childhood. London: Bloomsbury. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Donnelly, S. (2015) 'Sins of the Father: Unravelling Moral Authority in the Irish Catholic Church'. Irish Journal of Sociology, . [DOI] [Details]
Donnelly, S. (2011) 'Local and National Belonging in a Globalised World: The case of contemporary Ireland'. Irish Journal of Sociology, 19 (2):126-142. [DOI] [Details]
Donnelly, Susie & Inglis, Tom; (2010) 'The Media and the Catholic Church in Ireland: Reporting Clerical Child Sex Abuse'. Journal of Contemporary Religion, . [Details]

Conference Publications

Donnelly, S. and Inglis, T.; (2008) The Media and Secularisation in Ireland: Reporting Clerical Child Sexual Abuse Sociology Association Ireland (SAI) 35th Annual Conference [Details]
Donnelly, Susie; (2008) Media Representations of Clerical Child Sex Researching in the Church in Ireland NUI Maynooth, [Details]
Angelica Thumala Olave; Susie Donnelly (2015) With or without Bourdieu? The Uses of His Approach for the Study of Religious and Cultural Change British Sociological Association, Annual Conference [Details]
Donnelly, Susie; Reginatto, Brenda; Kearns, Oisin (2017) Capturing the Lived Experience of Tinnitus Patients: Using Photo Voice to develop Patient Personas for industry 7th International Action Research Colloquium [Details]

Published Reports

Donnelly, S., Sexton, E. and Meaney, P. (2009) Youth Café Survey 2007. Office of the Minister for Children, Dublin. [Details]


Research Interests

I am interested in the application of cultural sociology to the problems of health inequalities and marginalised groups. My research has spanned many areas including, religion, media, power, sexual abuse, health and technology.  I use mixed methods research and am particularly interested in developing and applying participatory action research and photo voice. 

I am currently PI on a UCD Wellcome Trust project, "Patient Voice: participatory action research to support the self management of rheumatoid arthritis".  


Internal Collaborators

Professor Tom Inglis, School of Sociology
Professor Thilo Kroll, School of Nursing Midwifery and Health Systems
Assoc Prof Hasheem Mannan, School of Nursing Midwifery and Health Systems
Professor Gerry Wilson, School of Medicine