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Dr Zoe O Reilly, UCD Postdoc

Postdoctoral Researcher: Dr Zoe O'Reilly


Dr Zoë O’Reilly is a researcher and visual ethnographer currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice at UCD, as part of the Scottish Irish Migration Initiative (SIMI). She completed her PhD at Maynooth University in 2013 on the subject of the ‘Direct Provision’ system in Ireland. Her research interests include ethnographies of displacement, migration, asylum and cultural diversity. She also has a particular interest in visual, sense-based and participatory methodologies. Alongside Dr. Muireann Ní Raghallaigh and Dr. Karen Smith, she is currently working on a research project funded by the Irish Research Council’s ‘New Foundations Award’, looking at experiences of people of a refugee background based in Ireland and Scotland of taking part in research.



The In-Between Spaces of Migration and Asylum: a participatory visual approach  Palgrave 2020.

Journal articles

‘Living Liminality: everyday experiences of asylum seekers in the Direct Provision system in Ireland’. Gender, Place and Culture, May 2018

 ‘Discursive Representations of Asylum Seekers and Illegal Immigrants in Ireland’, Ars and Humanitas, Vol.2(2), 2013 (with Dr. Elaine Burroughs)

‘Imaging Experience: working with asylum seekers in Ireland through participatory photography’, Irish Journal of Anthropology, Vol. 16(3), 2013 


New Bridges: experiences of seeking asylum in Ireland. Self-published booklet in collaboration with participants from ‘New Bridges’ project, 2012

If you would like to contact Zoe, please email (opens in a new window)zoe.oreilly@ucd.ie

Contact the UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice

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