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Nessa Winston

Associate Professor

School Of Soc Pol, Soc Wrk & Soc Justice
Sheehy-Skeffington Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168261
Email: nessa.winston@ucd.ie

Biography

Dr. Nessa Winston is Associate Professor in Social Policy in the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice. She previously worked in the Centre for European Economic and Public Affairs and the Social Science Research Centre in UCD and in the Departments of Sociology, at the University of Toronto and NUI, Maynooth.  She is a graduate of Social Science in UCD, and has a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Toronto.

 Her main research interests relate to housing and community issues. For example, she has conducted research on sustainable housing policies and practices in both urban (sustainable urban regeneration) and rural contexts (second and vacant homes; eco-villages). She is also interested in the specific needs of older people and members of different minority ethnic groups. In 2007 she was awarded a Government of Ireland Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences for research on urban regeneration. She has also been a Visiting Fellow at the Policy Institute at Trinity College Dublin.  She directed the Irish strand of an international project on migrants and cultural pluralism, funded by the European Cultural Foundation. She was a member of an EU FP7 research project on inequality (the GINI project) where she focused on housing and the impacts of growing inequalities.

 

She is an active member of the European Network for Housing Researchers, and a co-ordinator of its Working Group on Housing and Urban Sustainability. In addition, she is the co-founder and member of the Irish Social Policy Association.

 

Dr. Winston has considerable experience of PhD supervision and welcomes applications for Masters and PhDs in Social Policy, particularly those on the following topics: 

* Poverty and social inclusion, including food, fuel/energy and transport poverty
* Social Policy and the environment
* Sustainable communities, housing and resilience
* Alternative approaches to housing provision (e.g. housing co-operatives, co-housing etc)
* Housing, ageing and older people
* Food programmes (food banks, school meals programmes etc)
* Quality of life and well-being.

Dr Winston particularly welcomes applications from students from Black and Ethnic Minority (BEM) backgrounds.






Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2007.
Title: Visiting Research Fellow, the Policy Institute, Trinity College Dublin
Year: 2007.
Title: Government of Ireland Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Year: 2002.
Title: Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government funding for a review of housing policy. 2002-2004.
Year: 2001.
Title: Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs funding for project on needs of and issues facing returning older migrants. 2001-2002.
Year: 1999.
Title: European Science Foundation Young Scientist Grant
Year: 1998.
Title: Excellence in Teaching Award
Year: 1996.
Title: European Cultural Foundation Research Grant funding for project on the Irish in Britain 1996-2000.
Year: 1994.
Title: Ontario Graduate Scholarship
Year: 1993.
Title: University of Toronto Open Scholarship
Year: 1993.
Title: Associates of University of Toronto Travel Award
Year: 1993.
Title: Sir Val Duncan Travel Fellowship
Year: 1990.
Title: Connaught Scholarship
Year: 1992.
Title: Distinction on Doctoral programme comprehensive examination in ethnicity and race, University of Toronto
Year: 1992.
Title: Office and Research Grant. Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto. 1992-1993.
Year: 1991.
Title: Connaught Scholarship
Year: 1992.
Title: Connaught Scholarship

Associations

Association: Co-founder and Member, Irish Social Policy Association., Function/Role: *
Association: Member of European Network of Housing Researchers, Function/Role: *
Association: Irish Evaluation Network, Function/Role: Member
     

Conference Contributions

Winston, N. (2013) Learning from the ¿leaders¿? Lessons for the creation or regeneration of more sustainable housing and communities in the EU. [Oral Presentation], Overcoming the crisis: integrating the urban environment, Tarragona, Spain , 19-JUN-13 - 22-JUN-13.
Winston, N. (2013) Co-ordinator and chair of workshop on housing and urban sustainability. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Overcoming the crisis: integrating the urban environment, Tarragona, Spain , 19-JUN-13 - 22-JUN-13.
Winston, N. (2012) Sustainable communities? A comparative perspective on urban housing in the European context. [Oral Presentation], Housing: Local Welfare and Local Markets in a Globalised World, Lillehammer , 24-JUN-12 - 27-JUN-12.
Winston, N.; (2010) Workshop on Housing, Leisure and Sustainable Development. [Chaired Session], Urban dynamics and housing change, Istanbul , 05-JUL-10 - 05-JUL-10.
Norris, M. and Winston, N. ; (2010) Home ownership, housing regimes and income inequalities in W. Europe. [Oral Presentation], Urban Dynamics and Housing Change, Istanbul , 04-JUL-10 - 07-JUL-10.
Norris, M. and Winston, N.; (2009) Housing wealth, debt and stress before, during and after the Celtic Tiger. [Invited Lecture], Housing markets and the global financial crisis, Hong Kong , 09-DEC-09 - 11-DEC-09.
Nessa Winston and Michelle Norris; (2009) Second home owners in the Republic of Ireland: compensating, investing or retiring?. [International Refereed Conference], Changing housing markets: integration and segmentation, Prague , 28-JUN-09 - 01-JUL-09.
Norris, M. and Winston, N.; (2008) Rising Second Home Numbers in Rural Ireland: Distribution, Drivers and Implications. [Invited Lecture], Sustainability, Space and Social Justice: UK Ireland Planning Research Conference, Queens University, Belfast , 18-MAR-08 - 20-MAR-08.
Winston, N.; (2006) On indicators of sustainable housing in the European Urban Context. [Refereed Abstracts], European Network for Housing Research Conference on Housing in an Expanding Europe, Ljubljana, Slovenia , 02-JUL-06 - 05-JUL-06.
Winston, N. and Norris, M.; (2007) Second homes in scenic areas of the Republic of Ireland. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], European Network for Housing Researchers conference, Rotterdam , 27-JUN-07 - 30-JUN-07.
Winston, N.; (2007) Second homes: evaluating policy and practice. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], ESF workshop on 'Changing housing and leisure time cultures: a threat to sustainable development', Menorca , 21-MAR-07 - 23-MAR-07.
Winston, N.; (2005) Sustainable housing in Ireland: explaining the deficit. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], European Network for Housing Researchers, Reykjavik , 27-JUN-05 - 30-JUN-05.
Norris, M. and Winston, N. ; (2004) 'Housing and accommodation of Irish Travellers: From assimilationism to multiculturalism and back again. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], European Network for Housing Researchers, Cambridge, England , 27-JUN-04 - 30-JUN-04.
Winston, N.; (2003) The return of older Irish migrants: an assessment of needs and issues. [Oral Presentation], Irish Council for Social Housing Biennial Conference, Tralee , 01-JAN-03.
Winston, N.; (2002) The needs of older Irish people in Britain. [Oral Presentation], Taskforce on Emigration. (2002),, * , 01-JAN-02.
*; (2001) Irish emigrants in Britain - issues for policy. [Oral Presentation], Irish Social Policy Association, January. (2001), * , 01-JAN-01.
Winston, N.; (2000) Playing it up or down: ethnic identity manipulation, health and the Irish in Britain. [Oral Presentation], British Association of Irish Studies/Irish Studies Centre, University of North London Conference on the Irish Diaspora, London , 04-NOV-00.
Winston, N.; (1999) The Irish in Britain: integration and identity issues. [Oral Presentation], European Science Foundation/EURESCO Conference, European Societies or European Society? Migration and Inter-Ethnic Relations in Europe, Strasbourg, France. (1999), * , 01-JAN-99.
Winston, N.; (1997) Experiencing the System: Social integration in the European Union. [Oral Presentation], European Community Studies Association Conference, Seattle, Washington , 01-JAN-97.
Winston, N. & Sinnott, R.; (1996) Regions and European Regional policy. [Oral Presentation], European Consortium for Political Research Conference, Oslo , 01-JAN-96.

Committees

Committee : Focus Ireland
Committee : Focus Ireland Research Committee
Committee : Life Sciences Research Ethics Committee
Committee : First Year Committee, UCD
Committee : Board member, Safe-Home Project
Committee : Canadian Studies Committee, UCD
Committee : Undergraduate Committee, School of Applied Social Science.
Committee : Teaching and Learning Committee, School of Applied Social Science, UCD.
Committee : Research and Innovation Committee, College of Human Sciences, UCD.
Committee : First Year B.Soc.Sc. Degree.

Employment

Employer: University College Dublin
Position: College Lecturer
Employer: University College Dublin
Position: Teaching Experience
Employer: University of Toronto, Canada
Position: Teaching Experience
Employer: University of Toronto, Canada
Position: Teaching experience
Employer: St. Patrick's College, Maynooth
Position: Teaching Experience
Employer: University College Dublin
Position: Teaching Experience

Education

Year 1988 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: BSocSc Subject:
Year 1996 Institution: University of Toronto, ON
Qualification: PhD Subject:
       

Other Activities

Regular Reviewer, Sustainable Development (Wiley peer reviewed international journal).

Reviewer, International Journal of Housing Policy

Visiting Fellow, Policy Institute, Trinity College, Dublin. 2008-2009.

Reviewer, European Journal of Planning Studies. February 2008 to date

Reviewer, European Journal of Housing Policy. From 01/03/2006
Advisor, Application to European Science Foundation for Exploratory Workshop on 'Changing Housing and leisure time consumption cultures'. 01/04/2006 - 25/03/2007
Leader, Research group on Housing and sustainable urban regeneration: Dublin, Barcelona and Lille. From 01/01/2006
External examiner, University of Ulster, School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies: M.Sc. Professional Development in Social Work. From 01/01/2006

Publications

Books

Winston, N.; (2000) Between Two Places- Emigrant Integration and Identity: A Case Study of Irish-born People Living in England. Dublin: European Cultural Foundation. Link to full text [Details]

Book Chapters

Nessa Winston (2016) 'The Republic of Ireland' In: Montserrat Pareja Eastaway and Nessa Winston (eds). Sustainable Communities and Urban Housing: A Comparative European Perspective. London: Routledge. [Details]
Nessa Winston and Montserrat Pareja Eastaway (2016) 'Conclusions' In: Montserrat Pareja Eastaway and Nessa Winston (eds). Sustainable Communities and Urban Housing: A Comparative European Perspective. London: Routledge. [Details]
Nessa Winston and Montserrat Pareja Eastaway (2016) 'Introduction' In: Montserrat Pareja Eastaway and Nessa Winston (eds). Sustainable Communities and Urban Housing. London: Routledge. [Details]
Nolan, B., Whelan, C., Calvert, E., Fahey, T., Healy, D., Mulcahy, A., Maitre, B., Norris, M., O'Donnell, I., and Winston, N. (2014) 'Ireland: Inequality and impacts in boom and bust' In: Nolan, B., Salverda, W., Checci, D., Marx, I., McKnight, A., Toth, I., van der Werfhorst, H (eds). Changing Inequalities & Social Impacts in Rich Countries. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
Winston, N. (2012) 'Sustainable housing: A case study of the Cloughjordan Eco-village' In: Winston, N (eds). Enterprising Communities: Grassroots Sustainability Innovations. Bingley, UK: Emerald. Link to full text [Details]
Norris, M. and Winston, N. (2012) 'Young People's Trajectories through Irish Housing Booms and Busts: headship, housing and labour market access among the under 30s since the late 1960s' In: Forrest, R. and Ngai-Ming, Y (eds). Housing Young People: Transitions, Trajectories and Generational Fractures. London: Taylor and Francis/Routledge. , pp.199-217 Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Norris, M. and Winston, N. ; (2011) 'Housing wealth, debt and stress before, during and after the Celtic Tiger' In: R. Forrest (eds). Housing Markets and the Global Financial Crisis. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. , pp.74-93 Link to full text [Details]
Norris, M. and Winston, N. ; (2010) 'Second and vacant homes in high amenity rural areas' In: Scott, M (eds). Sustainable Rural Development: Managing Housing in the Countryside. Dublin: Final STRIVE Report. , pp.23-25 Available Online [Details]
Norris, M and Winston, N; (2009) 'Social, Economic and Environmental Impacts of Second Homes in Ireland' In: Tsenkova. S (eds). Planning Sustainable Communities: doversity of approaches and implementational challenges. Calgary: University of Clagary Press. , pp.149-169 [Details]
Norris, M and Winston, N; (2008) 'Housing and Accommodation for Older People' In: Kennedy, P and Quin, S (eds). Aging and Social Policy in Ireland. Dublin: UCD Press. , pp.49-64 [Details]
Fitzgerald, E. and Winston, N. (2007) 'Housing, equality and inequality' In: Springer Netherlands. , pp.224-244 [DOI] [Details]
Winston, N.; (2006) 'Social policy and the Irish diaspora' In: Fanning, B. and Rush, M (eds). Social Policy in Focus. Dublin: UCD Press. [Details]
O'Connell, M., Winston, N.; (2006) 'Changing atitudes towards minorities in Ireland' In: O'Connell, M., Winston, N.; (eds). Irish Social and Political Attitudes. Liverpool: University of Liverpool. [Details]
Fitzgerald, E. and Winston, N.; (2006) 'Housing, equality and inequality' In: Fitzgerald, E. and Winston, N.; (eds). Housing Contemporary Ireland: policy, society and shelter. Dublin: Institute of Public Administration. , pp.224-245 [Details]
Winston, N. ; (1999) 'Social policy evaluation' In: Kiely, G., O'Donnell A., Kennedy, P., and Quin, S (eds). Irish Social Policy in Context. Dublin: University College Dublin Press. [Details]

Edited Books

Monserrat Pareja and Nessa Winston (Ed.). (2016) Sustainable Communities and Urban Housing: A comparative European perspective. London: Routledge. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Winston, Nessa (2017) 'Multifamily Housing and Resident Life Satisfaction in Europe: An exploratory analysis'. Housing Studies, . [Details]
Winston, N. (2014) 'Sustainable Communities? A comparative perspective on urban housing in the EU'. European Planning Studies, 22 (7):1384-1406. [Details]
Norris, M,Winston, N (2012) 'Home-ownership, housing regimes and income inequalities in Western Europe'. International Journal of Social Welfare, 21 :127-138. [DOI] [Details]
Norris, M. and Winston, N.; (2012) 'Home ownership, housing regimes and income inequalities in Western Europe'. International Journal of Social Welfare, 21 (2):127-138. [DOI] [Details]
Nolan, B,Winston, N (2011) 'Dimensions of Housing Deprivation for Older People in Ireland'. Social Indicators Research, 104 :369-385. [DOI] [Details]
Nolan, B. and Winston, N.; (2011) 'Dimensions of housing deprivation for older people in Ireland'. Social Indicators Research, 104 (3):369-385. [Details]
Norris, M. and Winston, N. ; (2011) ''Transforming Irish Home Ownership Through Credit Deregulation, Boom and Crunch''. International Journal of Housing Policy, 11 (1):1-21. [DOI] [Details]
Norris, M,Paris, C,Winston, N; (2010) 'Second homes within Irish housing booms and busts: North-South comparisons, contrasts, and debates'. Plan, 28 :666-680. [Details]
Winston, N; (2010) 'Regeneration for Sustainable Communities? Barriers to Implementing Sustainable Housing in Urban Areas'. Sustainable Development, 18 :319-330. [DOI] [Details]
Norris, M,Winston, N; (2010) 'Second-Home Owners: Escaping, Investing or Retiring?'. Tourism Geographies, 12 :546-567. [DOI] [Details]
Norris, M, Paris, C and Winston, N; (2010) 'Second Homes within Irish Housing Booms and Busts: North-South comparisons, contrasts and debates'. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 28 (4):666-680. [Details]
Nolan, B. and Winston, N.; (2010) 'Dimensions of housing deprivation for older people in Ireland'. Social Indicators Research, On-line first :1-17. [DOI] [Details]
Norris, M. and Winston, N.; (2010) ''Second home owners: escaping, investing, retiring?''. Tourism Geographies, 12 (4):546-567. [DOI] [Details]
Norris, M and Winston, N; (2009) 'Rising Second Home Numbers in Rural Ireland: distribution, drivers and implications '. European Planning Studies, 17 (9):1303-1322. [Details]
Norris, M,Winston, N; (2009) 'Rising Second Home Numbers in Rural Ireland: Distribution, Drivers and Implications'. Plan, 17 :1303-1322. [DOI] [Details]
Winston, N; (2009) 'Urban regeneration and housing: challenges for the sustainable development of Dublin'. Sustainable Development, . Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Winston, N.; (2009) 'Urban regeneration for sustainable development: the role of housing'. European Planning Studies, 17 (12):1781-1796. [Details]
Winston, N.; (2007) 'From boom to bust? An assessment of the impact of sustainable development policies on housing in the Republic of Ireland'. Local Environment, 12 (1):57-71. [Details]
Winston, N,Eastaway, MP; (2008) 'Sustainable housing in the urban context: International sustainable development indicator sets and housing'. SOC INDIC RES, 87 :211-221. [DOI] [Details]
With R. Sinnott; (2000) 'Neo-functionalism and the legitimacy of integration: the case of the CAP and support for European integration among farmers, 1962-98'. Journal of European Integration, 4 (XXII). [Details]
Norris, M. and Winston, N.; (2005) 'Housing and Accommodation of Irish Travellers: From Assimilationism to Multi Culturalism and Back Again''. Social Policy and Administration, 39 (7):802-821. [Details]
 

Conference Publications

Winston, Nessa (2015) Sustainable communties and housing in the Republic of Ireland: Holistic approaches to urban renewal? Housing and Cities in a Time of Change Lisbon, [Details]
Winston, Nessa (2014) Sustainable urban housing? Quality of life and housing density in the EU Beyond Globalisation: Remaking Housing Policy in a Complex World [Details]
Winston, N. (2013) Learning from the 'leaders'? Lessons for the creation or regeneration of more sustainable housing and communities in the European Union Overcoming the crisis: integrating the urban environment: European Network for Housing Reseachers Conference, Tarragona Link to full text [Details]
Winston, N. (2012) Sustainable communities? A comparative perspective on urban housing in the European context Housing: Local Welfare and Local Markets in a Globalised World. European Network for Housing Researchers Annual Conference Link to full text [Details]
Nolan, B., Norris, M., Winston, N. (2011) The Changing Fortunes of Older versus Younger Age Cohorts During Ireland¿s Boom & Bust Ageing Globally, Ageing Locally Dublin, , 02-NOV-12 - 03-NOV-12 [Details]
Norris, M and Winston, N; (2011) Young People¿s Trajectories Through Irish Housing Booms and Busts: headship, housing and labour market access among the under 30s since the late 1960s New Generational Fractures? Shifting Demographics, Economic Change and the Housing Trajectories of Young People¿ Department of Public and Social Administration, City University of Hong Kong, , 18-MAY-11 - 20-MAY-11 [Details]
Norris. M and Winston, N; (2011) Home Ownership and Income Ineqalities in Western Europe Growing Inequalities' Impacts', University of Milan, Italy [Details]
Norris, M and Winston, N; (2010) Home Ownership, Housing Regimes and Income Inequalities in Western Europe European Network for Housing Research Conference, Istanbul, Turkey [Details]
Norris, M and Winston, N; (2009) Housing Wealth, Debt and Stress Before, During and After the Celtic Tiger . In: Ray Forrest eds. Housing Markets and the Global Financial Crisis-The Uneven Impact on Households University of Hong Kong, , 08-DEC-09 - 10-DEC-09 [Details]
Norris, M. and Winston, N.; (2009) Second home owners in Ireland: compensating, investing or retiring? European Network for Housing Research conference: Changing housing markets: integration and segmentation Prague, [Details]
Norris, M and Winston, N; (2008) Rising Second Home Numbers in Rural Ireland: Distribution, Drivers and Implications UK/ Ireland Planning Research Conference, Queens' University of Belfast [Details]
Winston, N.; (2008) Sustainable urban regeneration and housing: The case of Dublin European Network for Housing Researchers Conference 'Shrinking Cities, Sprawling Suburbs, Changing Countrysides' [Details]
Norris, M, Paris, C and Winston, N ; (2008) Second homes within Irish Housing Booms and Busts: North-South Comparisons, Contrasts and Debates European Network for Housing Research, Comparative Housing Policy Working Group Istanbul, [Details]
Norris, M. and Winston, N.; (2008) Rising Second Home Numbers in Rural Ireland: Distribution, Drivers and Implications Sustainability, Space and Social Justice: UK Ireland Planning Research Conference [Details]
Winston, N and Norris M; (2007) Second Homes in Scenic Rural Areas of Ireland: Preliminary Results from a Study of Social, Economic and Environmental Impacts¿ European Network for Housing Research Conference, Rotterdam, 25-28th of June [Details]
Winston, N; (2006) On indicators of sustainable housing in the European urban context European Network for Housing Research Conference Ljubljana, [Details]
Winston, N; (2005) Sustainable housing in Ireland: explaining the deficit European Network for Housing Research Conference Reykjavik, , 29-JUN-05 - 04-JUL-05 [Details]
Norris, M and Winston, N; (2004) Housing and Accommodation of Irish Travellers: from assimilationism to multi-culturalism and back again European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) conference 'Housing: Growth and Regeneration Robinson College Cambridge, , 02-JUL-04 - 06-JUL-04 [Details]
Winston, N.; (2000) Playing it up or down: ethnic identity manipulation, health and the Irish in Britain British Association of Irish Studies/Irish Studies Centre [Details]

Published Reports

Norris, M and Winston, N ; (2004) Housing Policy Review, 1990-2002. Stationery Office, Dublin. Link to full text [Details]
Brereton, F, Brophy, V, Bullock, C, Clinch JP, Foley, K, Gilbert, D, Gkartzios, M, Kinsella, J, Norris, M, O'Connor, D, O'Daly, G, Redemond, D, Russell, P Scott, M and Winston, Nark Scott and Nessa Winston; (2010) Sustainable Rural Development: Managing Housing in the Countryside: Final STRIVE Report (2005-SD-MS-41-M)). EPA, Dublin, Ireland. [Details]
Winston, N.; (2002) The Return of Older Irish Migrants: an Assessment of Needs and Issues. Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs and Irish Episcopal Commission for Emigrants, Dublin. [Details]
                             

Reports

Winston, N.; (1996) Access to Higher Education: Telecommunications, Connectivity and Rural Development: A proposal for the Establishment of a Third Level Campus in Skibbereen. Reports [Details]
Winston, N.; (1995) Skibbereen Third Level Campus Development: A Proposal. Reports [Details]
Mac Greil, M. and Winston, N.; (1990) Educational Participation in Ireland. Maynooth: SRU. . Reports [Details]
Mac Greil, M. and Winston, N.; (1990) The State and Status of Irish. Maynooth: Reports [Details]
Richardson, V. and Winston, N.; (1989) Unmarried Mothers Delivering in the National Maternity Hospital 1987. Reports [Details]
                         

Working Paper

Winston, Nessa (2015) Multi-family housing and resident life satsifaction: evidence from the European Social Survey. Working Paper [Details]
Winston, Nessa (2014) Dwelling type and quality of life in urban areas. Working Paper Link to full text [Details]
Sinnott, R. and Winston, N.; (1997) The Common Agricultural Policy, Farmers and Support for European Integration. Working Paper [Details]
         

Monographs:- Non Peer Reviewed

Winston, N. (2008) Urban Regeneration for a Sustainable City: The role of housing. Monographs:- Non Peer Reviewed Link to full text [Details]
                         

Articles

Winston, N.; (1998) Migrants and Cultural Pluralism: the Case of the Irish in Britain. Articles [Details]
                                 

Research

Research Interests

Social Policy and the environment; sustainable housing and communities; Housing, aging and older people; alternative approaches to housing provision (co-housing, housing co-operatives); food programmes (food banks, school meals programmes); the role of co-operatives in social provision; poverty, inequality and social exclusion (including energy poverty, transport poverty and food poverty).

Research Projects

Sponsor : Citizens Information Board (CIB)
Title : Social Policy Analysis for Citizens' Information
Start Date / End Date : 08-SEP-17 / 31-AUG-19
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : OBRSS Research Support Scheme
Start Date / End Date : 01-NOV-17 / 31-OCT-20
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Promoting more Sustainable Urban Communities in Europe
Start Date / End Date : 01-FEB-17 / 31-DEC-18
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : European Network for Housing Researchers' (ENHR) Conference: Specialist Workshop on Sustainable Urban Renewal
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-15 / 30-SEP-16
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : The UCD College of Human Sciences Research Funding Scheme
Start Date / End Date : 19-MAY-15 / 30-JUN-16
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Urban regeneration and sustainable development
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-06 / 31-DEC-06
Sponsor : European Cultural Foundation
Title : Migrants and Cultural Pluralism: The Case of the Irish in Britain
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-97 / 31-DEC-98
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Sustainable Development and the Millennium Development Goals: how to go from International Frameworks to Regional Policies
Start Date / End Date : 03-JUL-06 / 04-JUL-06
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Sustainable Housing in urban contexts: indicators of sustainable housing
Start Date / End Date : 28-AUG-06 / 27-AUG-07
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : European Network for Housing Researchers Specialist Workshop on Leisure, Housing Cultures and Sustainable Development.
Start Date / End Date : 03-AUG-09 / 31-JAN-11
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : European Network for Housing Researchers (ENHR) Conference: Specialist Workshop on Urban Sustainability
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-13 / 31-OCT-14

Recent Postgraduates

Current PhD students:

Michael Drew - Food security.

Past PhD students:

Yan Zhang - Poverty and older people in rural China (2017)

Aideen Hayden PhD - Tenant purchase policy in Ireland (2013)

Anne O'Loughlin PhD - Witnessing Elder Mistreatment in Nursing Homes (2013)

Niamh Flanagan PhD - Information behaviour of social workers (2013)

Kevin Murphy PhD - Social Policy and Sustainable Development (2010)

Karen Smyth PhD - Children and citizenship (2009)

Ann Nolan M.Soc.Sc. (major research) - Graduate mobility and the single market (2000)

In addition, I have supervised the dissertations of numerous students on the M.Soc.Sc. (Social Policy) and M.Soc.Sw. (Social Work).

Current Postgraduate Students

Anne O Loughlin, Undeclared   -   Thesis Supervisor
Michael Drew, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

My philosophy is to engage and motivate students as well as facilitate their understanding. I believe that successful teaching and learning requires understanding and meeting the needs of different categories of student. This requires varied teaching inputs and assessments, the extensive use of examples and a significant emphasis on problem-based-learning.
 

Enhancement of Teaching

Feedback on my teaching has been very useful for understanding student learning needs and styles. As soon as I receive feedback, I compile a list of ideas for the following year, implementing as many of them as I can immediately. Feedback has encouraged me to improve course documentation to highlight the link between segments of the curriculum and assessment, as well as providing additional material on the criteria used in assessment. I have learned the importance of communicating module requirements at intervals to reinforce key messages. Feedback has also triggered me to reduce the theoretical content and increase the amount of time spent on evidence from practice. For example, feedback from my early modules on research methods and policy evaluation encouraged me to employ additional examples of both good and bad studies to more adequately explain and illustrate the theoretical components. I experimented with studies on various topics to identify accessible (i.e. not too complex) examples which most engaged students. I have found that examples of bad practice are particularly useful learning tools as students find them relatively easy to critique while examples of high quality research and evaluation are essential for demonstration purposes. Attendance at T & L courses has also been extremely useful for identifying techniques to enhance my teaching, learning and assessment strategies (see T4 for more on this). Experimentation with some of these techniques (e.g. in-class problem-based-learning) has proved effective, even in large lectures, and has helped to increase the participation and more active engagement of students.

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

The BSS was introduced to enable the professional development of housing practitioners. In developing and implementing its curriculum, key challenges in working with the partner organization were to achieve a) an appropriate balance in academic and professional inputs and b) a range of assessment types. The External Examiner provided considerable support for this work. The Higher Diploma enables access to Masters' programmes for those with insufficient credits in Social Policy. Students take modules from the BSocSc and significant changes in that curriculum had considerable implications for the HDip curriculum. Also, additional modules also had to be identified to enable UCD graduate applicants with some Social Policy to meet the credit requirements of the programme. As Director of First Year Social Policy, I was responsible for pilot modularization. This involved (re)designing, implementing, evaluating and revising the pilot curriculum as well as making recommendations for the modularization of later stages in the programme. The relatively low maths scores of Social Science students presents particular challenges in developing their quantitative research skills, a problem which was particularly evident when I taught data analysis at postgraduate level. I have played a lead role in designing and implementing strategies to address this problem in Social Policy (See T4), including: significantly increasing the time dedicated to quantitative methods post modularization; requiring students to use these skills in my stage 2/3 modules; Excel workshops (SPOL10030); skills workshops where students analyzed Irish data from the EU Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SPOL30250). My module on Social policy and the Environment represents a particularly significant contribution to the curriculum given the high level of concern at policy level for these issues. Its development is in keeping with the current University Strategy and my own research trajectory.

Developing as a Teacher

An increased understanding of different learning styles and approaches to learning (Marton and Saljo, 1997; Ryan et al, 2004) has encouraged me to employ a greater variety of formats for presentation and assessment. My class materials now include more visual learning aids (graphs & diagrams), relevant popular culture (e.g. a 5 minute clip from a West Wing episode where staff debate how to measure the approval rating of the fictional president); and web-based material such as the Eurostat website. I have also varied the type of assessments I use, appropriate to the level of learning for stage in the programme (Anderson et al, 2001). For example, I now include MCQ examinations, 1 page assignments, posters, and community profiles. Following the work of Halpern (2004) and O'Neill et al (2011), and my attendance at a number of courses on the topic, I have implemented a strong element of problem-based-learning in my semester 1, stage 1 module. In order to facilitate learning, where possible I use both formative and summative assessments in stage 1 modules with prompt feedback available to students.

Innovation & Leadership

I pioneered two new modules in Irish social policy, introduced a significant element of problem based learning to one of my other BSocSc modules and have had a number of significant achievements in teaching and learning on the analysis of quantitative data among social policy undergraduate students.

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Growing Inequalities' Impacts (GINI project)

EU funded project. Feb 2010-Feb 2013.

Prof. Brian Nolan, Dr. Michelle Norris, Dr. Aogan Mulcahy

External Collaborators

Growing Inequalities' Impacts (GINI): EU funded project. Feb 2010-Feb 2013

The GINI team consists of approx. 80 highly experienced researchers comprised of

  • six Core Teams in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Budapest, Dublin, London and Milan, who organise the work, cover the main analytical topics, report on their own six countries and supervise 23 other country teams;
  • up to 25 individual Associates who will add valuable expertise on specific issues for developing the main approach and contribute studies focusing on special subjects that complement the work done by the core partners.;
  • another 20 Country Teams that extend the main approach to 23 more countries;
  • Advisory Board comprising Tony Atkinson (Nuffield), Gøsta Esping-Andersen (Pompeu Fabra), John Hills (LSE), Suzanne Mettler (Cornell), Marco Mira d¿Ercole (OECD), Haya Stier (Tel Aviv), Jane Waldfogel (Columbia and LSE) and Richard Wilkinson (Nottingham). They will provide expert advice to the project team for the many areas to be addressed by the project.