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Aileen O'Gorman

Post Doctoral Researcher

School Of Applied Social Science
Sheehy-Skeffington Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168194
Email: aileen.ogorman@ucd.ie

Biography

Aileen O'Gorman is a post-doctoral research fellow in the School of Applied Social Science. She holds a BA in  European Studies from the University of Limerick; a MSc in Politics and Sociology from Birkbeck College, University of London; and a PhD from the School of Health and Social Sciences, Middlesex University for a multi-site ethnographic and qualitative study - Drug Use and Social Exclusion: the development of heroin careers in risk environments.

Her research interests include drug use, drug markets and drugs policy; inequality and spatialised social exclusion; community development and community activism; the interplay between soical, crime, drug and urban policies; area-based initiatives and regeneration; research methodologies and community/participatory research.

She has worked as a researcher in variety of university, government, media and community settings including the National Advisory Committee on Drugs (NACD), Ireland; the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR); Goldsmiths College, University of London; the Drug Indicators Project, Birkbeck College, University of London; the Daily Telegraph, London; and Fatima Mansions, Dublin.

She is author of a number of commissioned research studies, has published in international journals, and presented her work at national and international conferences. She is a member of the European Society for Social Drugs Research (ESSD); has provided drugs research training programmes in Ireland and Europe; has participated in a number of expert working groups for the EU Drugs Agency, the EMCDDA; and is a member of the editorial board of the international journal Drugs, Education, Prevention and Policy.

Professional

 

Associations

Association: European Society for Social Drugs Research, Function/Role: Member
Association: Journal - Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy , Function/Role: Member of Editorial Board and Book Review Editor
Association: EMCDDA expert group on qualitative drugs research, Function/Role: Member of Expert Group
     

Conference Contributions

O'Gorman, A.; (2006) Drug Careers in risk environment. [Invited Lecture], Drug and Alcohol Research Seminar, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine , 14-MAR-06.
O'Gorman, A.; (2006) Drug Use and Social Exclusion: The implicatons for Policy. [Plenary Lecture], Drug Problems and Poverty: The poor relations (Scottish Drugs Forum), Glasgow , 22-JUN-06 - 22-JUN-06.
O'Gorman, A.; (2006) Drugs Careers in risk environments: implications for policy. [Invited Lecture], Drug and Alcohol Research Seminar, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London , 06-JAN-06 - 06-JAN-06.
O'Gorman, A. ; (2005) Identifying new drug trends in Ireland; The methodological challenges of operating a drug trend monitoring systems. [International Refereed Conference], Annual Conference for European Society for Social Drugs Research, Manchester , 01-SEP-05.
O'Gorman, A.; (2005) Drug careers in risk environments. [International Refereed Conference], International Conference on Harm Reduction, Belfast, Northern Ireland , 24-MAR-05.
O'Gorman, A.; (2004) Drug use in a risk environment: a study of heroin use in Dublin. [Invited Lecture], Conference on The Health and Risk Behaviour of the Irish at home and away, Middlesex University , 17-JUN-04.
O'Gorman, A.; (2002) Overview of Research into Homelessness and Drug Misuse in Ireland. [Plenary Lecture], International Conference on Homelessness and Drug Misuse, Merchants Quay Ireland , 16-OCT-02.
O'Gorman, A.; (1999) Drug demand reduction policies and programmes in Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Conference on Qualitative Research in Drug Demand Reduction, Lisbon , 16-JUL-99.
O'Gorman, A.; (1998) Drugs Research Training Seminar. [Invited Lecture], Council of Europe/Pompidou Group Drugs Research Training Seminar, Bucharest , 16-SEP-98.
O'Gorman, A.; (1997) Coping with 'the sickness': drug rationing and help seeking among heroin users. [Invited Lecture], EMCDDA conference on Qualitative Drugs Research: methodology, practice and policy, Bologna , 10-JUN-97.
O'Gorman, A.; (1996) Problematic Drug Use and Socio-Economic Disadvantage: Research Methodologies. [Invited Oral Presentation], Qualitative Research Seminar Day, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin , 21-NOV-96.

Committees

Committee : Rialto Community Centre, St Andrews
Committee : National Advisory Committee on Drugs
Committee : Rialto Community Drug Team
Committee : HSE Working Group on Residential Treatment/Rehabilitation (in the context of addiction)

Employment

Employer: Centre for Urban and Community Research and Department of Social Policy & Politics Goldsmiths College, University of London
Position: Research Associate/Lecturer
Employer: National Advisory Committee on Drugs (NACD)
Position: Research Officer (Assistant Principal Officer)
Employer: University of Limerick - Public Policy Research Unit
Position: Research Assistant and Tutor
Employer: The Daily Telegraph, London
Position: Researcher
Employer: Birkbeck College, London - Dept. of Politics & Sociology
Position: Research Assistant and Seminar Tutor
Employer: University of East London - Business School
Position: Researcher/Tutor (p-t)
Employer: Middlesex University ¿ Dept. of Sociology & Social Policy
Position: Research Associate /Lecturer (p-t)
Employer: Drug Misuse Research Division, Health Research Board, Dublin
Position: Research Associate
Employer: Research Consultant
Position: Social Research Consultant
Employer: Fatima Mansions - FGU/Rialto Community Network
Position: Co-ordinator - Fatima Mansions Community Regeneration Project
Employer: School of Applied Social Science, University College Dublin
Position: College Lecturer (.5 post)

Education

Year 1991 Institution: University of London
Qualification: MSc Subject:
Year 1986 Institution: University of Limerick
Qualification: BA Subject:
Year 2005 Institution: Middlesex University
Qualification: PhD Subject:

Languages

French:

Consultancy

Client: Rialto Community Drug Team
Client: Health Services Executive
Client: Midlands Regional Drugs task Force
Client: National Advisory Committee on Drugs
   

Other Activities

Member of the Editorial Board of the UK quarterly academic Journal Drugs, Prevention and Policy. 03/01/2005 -
EXPERT GROUP PARTICIPATION

(2005) Expert working group to develop drugs research in the EU, European Society for Social Drugs Research, Amsterdam.

(2002 to date) Member of expert working group on All Ireland Population Study of Drug Use, Dublin and Belfast.

(2002) Member of expert working group on to develop the use of the semantic differential as a means of tracking changes in drug use trends. European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drugs Addiction (EMCDDA), Lisbon.

(2000) Member of expert working group on qualitative drugs research, European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drugs Addiction (EMCDDA), Lisbon.

(1998) Member of EMCDDA Expert Working Group on New Trends in Drug Use, participated in specialist workshops in Amsterdam; Venice and Lisbon.

(1996) Guest participant at EMCDDA Expert Seminar on Synthetic Drugs, Lisbon.

Publications

 

Book Chapters

O'Gorman, A. en Vander Laenen, F.; (2010) 'Ethische aspecten van het kwalitatief onderzoek' In: Decorte, T. en Zaitch, D (eds). Kwalitatieve methoden en technieken in de criminologie (2nd ed.). Leuven, Belgium: Acco. [Details]
O'Gorman, A.; (2009) 'Ethische aspecten van het kwalitatief onderzoek' In: DeCorte, T. en Zaitch, D (eds). Kwalitatieve Methoden en Technieken in de Criminologie. Leuven/Den Haag: ACCO. [Details]
O'Gorman, A.,; (2000) 'Researching the social exclusion - problematic drug use nexus' In: Fountain J (eds). Understanding and responding to drug use: the role of qualitative research. European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) Monograph. Luxembourg: EC Official: *. [Details]
O'Gorman, A.,; (1997) 'Illicit Drug use in Dublin' In: D. Korf and H. Riper (eds). Illicit Drugs in Europe. Amsterdam: SISSY. [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

O'Gorman, A.,; (2001) 'From Research Design to Execution: Maintaining consistency and validity while responding to contingencies in the field'. Addiction Research & Theory, 9 (6):575-585. [Details]
O'Gorman, A.,; (1998) 'Illicit drug use in Ireland: an overview of the problems and the policies'. International Journal of Drug Issues, 28 (1):155-166. [Details]

Other Journals

O'Gorman, A.; (2001) 'The miracle of Fatima: developing a community regeneration brief for Fatima Mansions' Housing Ireland 2 (1) . [Details]

Conference Publications

O'Gorman, Aileen; (2010) From Boom to Dust: the rise and fall of the cocaine market in the Celtic Tiger era European Society for Social Drugs Research (ESSD), 21st Anual Conference Dubrovnik, Croatia, , 30-OCT-10 - 02-OCT-10 [Details]
O'Gorman, Aileen; (2010) Drugs, Inequality and Risk Environments Inequality and Social Justice - British Sociology Association Annual Conference Glasgow, Scotland, , 07-APR-10 - 09-APR-10 [Details]
O'Gorman, A.; (2006) Drug Use and Social Exclusion: the implications for Policy Scotish Drugs Forum: Drug Problems and Poverty: the poor relations? Glasgow, , 22-JUN-06 [Details]
O'Gorman, A.; (2006) Epidemiological indicators of drug use: time for a rethink? Reflections from a non-positivist perspective European Society for Social Drugs Research - 17th Annual Conference Lisbon, Portugal, , 21-SEP-06 - 23-SEP-06 [Details]
O'Gorman, A., Doyle, M., & Crean, D.; (2005) Identifying new drug trends in Ireland: the methodological challenges of operating a drug trend monitoring system 16th Annual Conference of European Society for Social Drugs Research Manchester, , 27-OCT-05 - 29-OCT-05 [Details]
O'Gorman, A.; (2004) Conceptualising risk environments for localised drug problems European Society for Social Drugs Research, Annual Conference Munich, Germany, [Details]
O'Gorman, A.; (2001) Social and structural processes in the development of localised heroin scenes European Society for Social Drugs Researchers, Annual Conference Venice, [Details]
O'Gorman, A.; (2001) A tale of two cities: community participation in the regeneration of Deptford and Fatima Mansions Joint Irish and British Social Policy Association Conference University College Dublin, [Details]
O'Gorman, A.; (2001) Drugs, Class and Social Exclusion Annual Conference Sociological Association of Ireland Clonmel, [Details]
O'Gorman, A.; (1996) Illicit drug use in Dublin European Society for Social Drugs Research, Annual Conference Amsterdam, Netherlands, [Details]
O'Gorman, A., with Guzman-Flores, E. and Superville, P. ; (1995) Unequal Partnerships: local involvement in urban regeneration British Sociological Association, Annual Conference Durham, [Details]

Published Reports

O'Gorman, A., with Corrigan, D.; (2007) Final Report from the HSE Working Group on Residential Treatment & Rehabilitation (Substance Users). HSE, Dublin. [Details]
O'Gorman, A., Doyle, M., & Crean, D.; (2005) National Drug Trend Monitoring System: Results from a feasibility study. National Advisory Committee on Drugs, Dublin. [Details]
O'Gorman, A.,; (2002) Overview of Research into Homelessness and Drug Misuse in Ireland. NACD, Dublin. [Details]
O'Gorman, A.,; (2000) Eleven Acres: Ten Steps: a regeneration brief from the community of Fatima Mansions. Public Communications Company/Fatima Groups United, Dublin. [Details]
O'Gorman, A.,; (1999) Feasibility Study for a Drugs Prevention and Rehabilitation Programme. North Inner City Drugs Task Force, Dublin. [Details]
O'Gorman, A.,; (1999) No Room for Complacency: Families, Communities and HIV. Cairde, Dublin. [Details]
O'Gorman, A.,; (1999) Tackling Homelessness in Tallaght. Tallaght Homeless Advice Unit, Dublin. [Details]
O'Gorman, A. et al ; (1995) Community Drugs Prevention in a South London Borough. Middlesex University, London. [Details]
O'Gorman, A.; (1995) Community Empowerment II - Deptford City Challenge Evaluation Project. Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths University, London. [Details]
O'Gorman, A.; (1994) Community Empowerment - Deptford City Challenge Evaluation Project. Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths University, London. [Details]
MacGregor, S., O'Gorman, A. et al ; (1993) Vulnerable Services for Vulnerable People: The impact of the transition to Community Care on the Drugs and Alcohol residential sector in England. SCODA/Alcohol Concern, London. [Details]
MacGregor, S., O'Gorman, A. et al ; (1993) Who Cares Now? The impact of Community Care on independent sector providers of residential services for Alcohol and Drugs Misusers in England. Goldsmiths University, London. [Details]
MacGregor, S., O'Gorman, A. and Randall, E.; (1993) Drugs and Alcohol Services in England and the impact of the Specific Grant. Goldsmiths University, London. [Details]
       

Dissertations/Theses

O'Gorman, A.,; (2005) Drug use and social exclusion: the development of heroin careers in risk environments. School of Health and Social Sciences, Middlesex University, UK: Dissertations/Theses [Details]
 

Reports

Hartnoll, R. L., Perera, J. and O'Gorman, A. ; (1992) 'London Report' in Pompidou Group, Multi-city Study of Drug Misuse, 1991 update of data. Strasbourg: Council of Europe, Pompidou Group: Reports [Details]
                                                                         

Research

Research Interests

My research interests include drug use, drug markets and drugs and alcohol policies; inequality, spatialised social exclusion and neighbourhood effects; urban policy and regeneration; crime and social disorder; community development and community activism; research methodologies and community/participatory research;

Current research projects include:

1)
Patterns of (licit and illicit) drug use in the Finglas and Cabra areas of Dublin - Principal Investigator for this project funded by the Finglas-Cabra Local Drugs Task Force.

2) Study of
Drug Policy Advocacy Organisations in Europe - Principal Investigator of European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) funded research. 

3) AAA-prevent - Effective Environmental Strategies for the Prevention of Alcohol Abuse among Adolescents in Europe. An EU 7th Framework Programme for Research study

4)
From Boom to Dust - a drug trend study of cocaine use and cocaine markets during the Celtic Tiger era.

5)
Changing Cities: Precarious urbanisms at the edge of the city/Villes en mutation: L'urbanisme précaire au bord de la VilleAn inter-institutional and inter-disciplinary European collaboration with the School of Architecture in Nantes (ENSAN) examining the dynamic interface between people, power and space in urban environments.

6)
Drugs, inequality and risk environments an analysis of the situated meaning of drug use in social, economic and community contexts.

7)
Progress and Problems in Social Housing Estates: A ten-year follow-up study. Mixed methods study of seven social housing estates in Ireland describing and analysing social change in the estates over the ten year period 1998-2008.