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UCD Dr Marie Keenan, Associate Professor,  calls for victim initiated restorative justice services in the case of sexual crime.

EVENT: UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Webinar - Just Transition: From Policy to Practice? with Dr Jeanne Moore (National Economic and Social Council), Thursday 28th January, 1-2 pm

Dr Orla Kelly will lead a new Interdisciplinary Research Group with funding from the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Research Development Fund (RDF) 2020. This project is entitled Education in a Warming World: A Collaborative Research Network on Education and Climate Change

Prof Karen Anderson appointed Chair of the Council of European Studies

Dr Marie Keenan appointed to the Global Advisory Council for Restorative Justice International

Owen Kinsella and Marie Keenan win College of Social Sciences and Law awards.

SERP Research Webiinnar report the subject of an editorial in "The Irish Times"

EVENT: Sexual Exploitation Research Webinar on "Shifting the burden of criminality: An analysis of the Irish sex trade in the context of prostitution law reform", Thursday 19th November, 11 am-12 pm

UCD Gender Studies completes first stage of exciting EU Erasmus+ Project - XENIA 

Success at Teaching & Learning and Staff Recognition Awards Nominations 2019/2020

Social work placements: Online Q and A and call for practice teachers for January 2021

EVENT: Prof Ursula Barry gives Keynote address on Ireland: A Care Economy to "The Economics of Care Work in a Capitalist Economy webinar 29th September 2020, 7.30 pm

Call for Practice teachers for 2021 Professional Masters in Social Work Practice Placements

Dr Marie Keenan gives keynote address on restorative justice to RJWorld e-conference

Covid-19 policies and procedures Autumn 2020

UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice is looking for Practice Placement Tutors

Dr Sarah Morton is the joint recipient of the Central European University 2020 European Award for Excellence in Teaching

Listen to Dr Marie Keenan's podcasts on the subject of restorative justice

MA Gender Studies applications open now

UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Photo Competition

Angela Palmer, final year PhD student in the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, contributed to the Open Policy Debate on the Potential Introduction of Open or Semi-Open Adoption in Ireland held by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs on May 13, 2019, which was chaired by Dr. Valerie O'Brien, UCD

EVENT: Public Seminar with Prof Janine Leschke (University of Copenhagen): Youth labor in transition: Inequalities, mobility and policies in Europe. 4th December, 4 pm, Goldsmith House, Pearse Street Dublin

EVENT: UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, in association with SPACE International and SERP (The Sexual Exploitation Research Project)  present a Seminar featuring Mickey Meji, a South African Survivor of the Sex trade and a leading women's Rights Activist and Advocate. Location: UCD Humanities Institute Ireland, Building no 30, Seminar Room (H.204) 2nd Floor, Belfield, Dublin 4

EVENT: Public Seminar with Prof. Louise Ryan (Professor of Sociology, University of Sheffield, UK): Highly Skilled Migrants in the City of London - Applying the Concept of Differentiated Embedding to understand responses to Brexit, 8th November, 2 pm, Geary Institute Seminar Room

EVENT: Centre for Gender, Feminisms and Sexualities Centre Seminar with Prof Alanna Cattapan (University of Waterloo, Canada): Childbearing Age and the Expanding Discourse of Fetal Rights, 23rd October, Humanities Institute, 4-6  pm

EVENT: Equality Studies Centre Seminar with Dr Samuel King (University of Melborne): "How the Rich Countries Rule and why the Third World can never catch up, 17th October, Geary Institute Seminar Room, 1-2 pm.

EVENT: Seminar by Prof Simo Hayrynen, (Turku University, Eastern Finland): Human/Nature- relations, Social Divisions and Inequality, Thursday 26th September, Aardmore Annexe Room AA2, 1-2 pm

Dr Micheal Collins and Dr Aideen Quilty speak at the 2018/19 College of Social Sciences and Law Graduation Celebrations

Valerie O'Brien's Research Report for the Adoption Authority of Ireland launched.

EVENT - Booklaunch: Prof Bryan Fanning and Dr Lucy Michael (University of Ulster): Immigrants as Outsiders in the Two Irelands - UCD Campus Bookshop, 6pm, Wednesday 25 September

EVENT - JSPS/UCD Public Seminar on Technology-supported Community Care in Japan and Ireland, Friday 6th September, 11 am - 3 pm, Geary Institute, UCD

George Mitchell scholars will be joinig the MSc Equality Studies and the MA Gender Studies in September

EVENT - Seminar by Prof. Jenny Phillimore (University of Birmingham), discussant: Prof Brian Fanning on "Migrant healthcareseeking: some conceptual, methodological and empirical insights from superdiverse Europe", 4th June 2019, 4 pm, A201, Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington Building

Call for Applications for Ad Astra Fellowships in Social Work

The School is very sad to announce the passing of our friend and colleague, Dr Mick Rush on the 30th March 2019

EVENT - Annual Social Policy Public Lecture "Poverty and Social Exclusion in the EU" with Prof. Bea Cantillon (University of Antwerp), discussant: Dr Karen Anderson, Chaired by Dr John McKeon, Secretary General of the Department of Employment affairs and Social Protection, 4pm, Lecture Room, Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin.

Film of "The Meeting on Restorative Justice after Sexual Violence, with Dr Marie Keenan, shown in the Dail to TDs and Senators

EVENT - Masters in Public Policy seminar: "Unlimited Growth? A Comparative Analysis of Policy Accumulation" by Prof. Cristoph Knill (LMU, Germany) on Thursday 2nd May, 4-5 pmin the Geary Insitute for Public Policy Seminar Room 

EVENT - Launch of "Counselling Skills for Social Work" by Dr Hilda Loughran, Wednesday 3rd April, 6 p, Hodges Figgis, Dawson Street, Dublin

EVENT - Prof Ursula Barry will be chairing the UCD Sustainable Development Goals Seminar on the subject of Gender Equality, Thursday 28th March, 1-2 pm, Moot Lecture Hall, UCD Sutherland School of Law. Seminar speakers: Dr Monica O'Connor (UCD), Prof Emeritus Pat O'Connor (University of Limerick) and Niamh Kingston (UCD)

EVENT - Public Lecture/Seminar by Dr Stefan Wiklund of the University of Stockholm on "Child Welfare in Sweden, Contemporary Trends", Tuesday 19th March, 1-2 pm, A201, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington Building

EVENT - Dr Stephan Koppe will be a discussant in the Sustainable Development Goals UCD Seminar Series, Seminar 4 on the topic of "Quality Education", Tuesday 12th March, 1-2 pm, William Fry Lecture Theatre, Sutherland School of Law

EVENT - Seminar by Dr Maddy Coy (London Metropolitan University), Prostitution, Harm and Gender Inequality, Thursday 7th March, 4-6 pm in the Humanities Institute Ireland

Angela Palmer and Dr Valerie O'Brien (School of Medicine, UCD) publish article on "The Changing Landscape of Irish Adoption" in the journal "Childcare in Practice"

EVENT- Public Lecture by Dr Sophie Garnier (University of Nantes): Labor law and prevention. A new paradigm to workplace risks in France. Wed 12th December, 1-2 pm, A201, Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington Building

EVENT - Public Lecture by Prof Ellen Immergut (EUI): Solidarity in Europe, Tue 4 Dec, 4-5.30 pm, Geary Seminar Room, Geary Institute

EVENT - UCD Centre for Gender, Feminisms and Sexualities visiting seminar by Dr Alexander Kondakov, Research Fellow at the University of Helsinki on "Sexual Counter-Revolutions, the Case of Russia", 26th November, 6 pm in the Humanities Institute

EVENT - Public Lecture by Dr Shari McDaid, Director of Mental Health Reform, on "Campaigning for Mental Health Rights: A View from the Field", 15th November, 6.30 pm to 8 pm

EVENT - Public Lecture by Dr Pavlos Roufos, Researcher in German Economic Policy at the University of Kassell, Germany on "Changing Austerity in Post-Crisis Greece", 8th November, 6.30-7.30 pm, Geary Seminar Room, Geary Institute

EVENT - Public Lecture by Professor Fred Powell, Professor Emeritus of Social Policy at UCC on: "The Political Economy of the Irish Welfare State", 4th October 4-5.30 pm, Carmichael Community Centre, Aungier Street, Dublin.

Prof Michelle Norris and Dr Aideen Hayden release report on the Future of Council Housing in Ireland

EVENT - Research Grant Capture Masterclass with Professor Jenny Phillimore, 14th June, 3-4.30 pm

EVENT - Annual Lecture on "Neo-liberalism and the New Welfare State: UK public attitudes in comparative context", by Prof. Peter Taylor-Gooby of the Univesity of Kent, 26th April 2018, 4-5.30 pm

EVENT - Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development, 4th to 7th July 2018, RDS, Dublin

EVENT - Book launch of "Autonomy", edited by Kathy D'Arcy presented by the Centre for Gender, Feminisms and Sexualities, 26th April 5.30-6.30 pm

EVENT - Equality Cafe in conjunction with the University College Dublin Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Events and Communications Group

EVENT - Public lecture on The Politics of Tax Exemptions for Household Services in France by Dr Clemence Ledoux of the University of Nantes, France

EVENT - Launch of "Migration and the Making of Ireland" by Prof. Bryan Fanning on 7th March 2018

EVENT - Dr Michael Byrne speaks at the TASC Seminar on "The Housing Crisis and Precarious workers" on 8th March 2018

BCL Law with Social Justice student Amy Crean wins Grand Final of the 2018 Irish Times Debate

EVENT - Public Lecture on "Drug Safety Testing, How do we measure Success?" by Professor Fiona Measham, University of Durham on 5th March 2018

EVENT - Public Lecture on "Trans*: A quick and quirky account of gender variability by Professor Jack Halberstam, Columbia University, New York on 20th February 2018

EVENT - Public Lecture on "Co-production? Children and young people’s involvement in collective decision making" by Prof. Kay Tisdall of the University of Edinburgh

EVENT 1st Annual Conference of the Centre for Gender, Feminisms and Sexualities, "Thinking Gender Justice", 22nd to 24th May

Public Lecture by Dr Karen Wells of Birkbeck, University of London

Lunch and book token presentation to the BSocSc Peer Mentor team

Michelle Norris wins UCD's inaugural research impact case study competition

Report on the World Refugee Day Conference on "The needs of Refugee Children and Young People"

Corina Sheerin, graduate of the Professional Certificate in Social Justice and Prof. Margaret Linehan of CIT achieve best paper award from British Academy of Management

Booklaunch and Seminar on "Sustainable Communities and Urban Housing: A comparative European perspective", authors: Dr Nessa Winston, Dr Jesper Ole Jensen, Dr Montserrat Pareja-Eastaway, Prof Glen Bramley and Dr Ivan Tosics.

VOICES MaJam Research Report Launch

Dr Michael Collins speaks to the Citizen's Assembly about income for older people in Ireland.

Mature Student BSocSc Open Day 9th June 2017

Megan Curran and Mary Kelleher attend the Postgraduate Research Symposium in the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Naonori Kodate's book Empowering Women in STEM: Past, Present and Future has been launched in Japanese translation.

EVENT - Centre for Gender, Feminisms and Sexualities Advanced Seminar, Friday 28th April, 11 am to 1 pm, Mason Hayes Theatre, Sutherland School of Law. 

EVENT - Public Launch of the Centre for Gender, Feminisms and Sexualities, Thursday 27th April, 6-8 pm, Fitzgerald Chamber, UCD Student Centre, with Public Lecture by Lisa Duggan, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, CUNY.

EVENT - World Refugee Day Conference "Responding to the Needs of Refugee Children hosted by UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice and the Irish Refugee Council. 20th June 2017 9.30 am - 1.30 pm

Sarah Donnelly talks about multiprofessional decision-making meetings with older people at the University of Ulster's Decision Making and Risk Seminar Series on the 9th March

EVENT -Launch of Discussion Paper on "Foster Care: Envisioning the Future - Social Workers in Foster Care" by Dr Valerie O'Brien and Cahal McHale on 2nd March, 11am

Dr Marie Keenan's book "Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church: Gender, Power and Organizational Culture" published in Hungarian

Dr Marie Keenan's research on Restorative Justice was featured in the 2017 UCD College of Social Sciences and Law research showcase.

Dr Marie Moran participated in a panel discussion on "Raising Feminists" for the first "Motherhub" event on the 15th February

Jim Campbell, Professor of Social Work, visited the Departments of Social Work at: Vorhees College, Tamil Nadoo; Sacred Heart College, Tirupattur and The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Gujarat, India. He gave a keynote address at a conference in Sacred Heart College and was a visiting fellow at the University of Baroda.

UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice is proud to host this year's All-Ireland Social Work Education and Research forum on the 19th and 20th January 2017.



Dr Sarah Donnelly recently acted as co-editor along with Dr Caramel Halton, UCC of 'The Irish Social Worker- Practitioner Research Edition.

Dr Marie Keenan addresses the AGM of the Association of Catholic Priests in Athlone.

Dr Aideen Hayden, PhD Graduate of the school, Senator and Chair of Threshold, the National Housing Charity receives the 2016 UCD Alumni award for Social Science

EVENT - The Role of Fitness, Education and Mentoring in Treatment, Rehabilitation and Recovery: Short Film Launch and Discussion Panel on 8th December 1030am - 12.30pm, Axis Centre, Ballymun, involving the UCD Community Drugs Outreach programme

EVENT - 'The Aging Care Crisis in Japan: Is there a role for robotics-based solutions?' Public Seminar, Chiba University, Japan in association with University College Dubin. Dr Naonori Kodate will be giving the closing remarks. 17th November from 1-4 pm in Q115, Quinn School of Business

Professor Nira Yuval-Davis of the University of East London will be giving a Public Lecture as part of the joint UCD/TCD series on "Contextualizing Feminism: Gender, Belonging and Citizenship" on Friday 21st October at 11 am.

Dr Valerie O'Brien and Ms Angela Palmer presented a paper entitled 'From Foster Care to Adoption in Ireland  : An Examination of the Critical Issues' at the Irish Foster Care Association Annual Conference 'Strengthening Relationships Strengthening Care' on 14th -16th Oct 2016

Dr Sarah Donnelly gave a presentation on 'Enabling Older People To Access Their Expressed Preference For Care and Support: A Social Work Perspective' at the 64th Irish Gerontological Society Conference in Killarney.

Dr Marie Keenan gave a presentation to the Annual Conference of the International Association of Women Police in Barcelona on Restorative Responses to Sexual Violence – Challenging Perceptions

Professor Robert Chaskin will be giving a talk, with Dr Michelle Norris as discussant on Integrating the Inner City? Public Housing Reform and Neighborhood Revitalization in Chicago’s Plan for Transformation on Thursday 10th November at 4pm in UCD (exact venue TBA)

Dr Marie Keenan is to appear in the upcoming RTE 1 documentary "Beyond Redemption: A 'Would You Believe?' Special"

Congratulations to Dr Sarah Craig, the first student to graduate from the Doctorate in Governance, a professional doctoral programme offered jointly by the IPA and UCD. Dr Nanori Kodate (School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice) was Sarah's lead supervisor

EVENT - Workshop 'Austrian social housing finance: providing affordable housing and stabilising the housing market' funded by IRC and held in association with Cluid Housing by Drs Michelle Norris and Michael Byrne of the Social Policy team on 23rd September 2016

EVENT - Public Lecture "Africans are Not Black: The case for conceptual liberation" by Kwesi Tsri, followed by booklaunch of Dr Tsri's new book of the same title by Professor John Baker on Thursday 29th September. Public lecture between 6 and 7, booklaunch at 7.30 pm

Dr Martina Byrne interviewed by Sarah Carey on Newstalk Radio's "The Sunday Show" on the 7th August on 'How prevalent is racism amongst the Irish middle class?'

Dr Sarah Donnelly interviewed by the Sunday Times for an article on homecare for older people citing her recent research report.

GenderSTE COST action in School

EVENT - Launch by David Stanton TD of new report  Transition: from Direct Provision to life in the community - the experiences of those who have been granted refugee status, subsidiary protection or leave to remain in Ireland.  The reports authors are Dr. Muireann Ní Raghallaigh (UCD), Maeve Foreman (TCD) and Maggie Feeley, with assistance from Siphathisiwe Moyo, Gabriel Wenyi Mendes and Clíodhna Bairéad. 20th July 2016 at the Royal Irish Academy. Launch is chaired by Dr. Eucharia Meehan, Director of the Irish Research Council. 

Dr Martina Byrne interviewed for BBC Radio 4's "Thinking Allowed" on her research into the Irish professional class' response to immigration.

Visit from colleagues in the Department of Social Work in the Chinese University of Hong Kong to UCD

Dr Nessa Winston presents at international housing conference

Dr Michelle Norris awarded Cluid Ireland Grant for a new research project on Housing stigmatisation in Ireland.

Lecturers in the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice to present papers to the Irish Social Policy Association Conference on the 1st July. Head of School, Dr Michelle Norris, to give keynote address

Read Dr Michael Rush's Father's Day article on Companies in the USA lagging behind on Paternal Leave for The Denton Record Chronicle - Texas USA

EVENT - Screening of powerful documentary Mothers Against the Odds as part of the UCD Festival, Saturday 18th June at 2pm. Introduction by Ursula Barry, Question and answer session afterwards with filmmaker Anne Daly.

Dr Thomas Murray's new book "Contesting Economic and Social Rights in Ireland" published by Cambridge University Press

UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice hosts San Diego State University Summer School in Alcohol and Drugs issues for the 5th year.

EVENT - Launch of research report '"I'd Prefer to Stay at Home but I don't have a choice:" Meeting Older People's Preference for Care: Policy, but what about practice?'  by Peter Tyndall, Ombudsman and Information Commissioner for Ireland

UCD social work academics contribute to a new book on social work in the Republic of Ireland

EVENT - Japanese Women in Leadership in Science and Society, Wednesday 15th June 2-4.30 pm

Dr Nao Kodate to give talk to the Tokyo Nursing Association

EVENT - Public Lecture: ‘Interrogating Institutionalisation: the Irish case, 1939-1991’ by Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley, Lecturer in History, National University of Ireland Galway, on the 12th May 2016 at 1 pm

Launch of Debt and Development Ireland report on "From Puerto Rico to the Dublin Docklands: Vulture Funds and debt in Ireland and the Global South." authored by Dr Michael Byrne, Tony Romano and David Hall on 4th May.

Professor Jim Campbell has recently co-edited (with Dr Anne-Marie Sawyer, Latrobe University and Dr Sonya Stanford, University of Tasmania) a special issue of Australian Social Work (69.2)  ‘Mental Health Social Work: Perspectives on Risk, Regulation, and Therapeutic Interventions’ 

Congratulations to Dr Nao Kodate on his major research award from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

EVENT - Workshop "Are Women's Lives (Fully) Grieveable? Gendered Framing and the Normalization of Sexual Violence with Professor Dianna Taylor (Dept. of Philosophy, John Carroll University, Ohio)

EVENT - Launch of "Irish Adventures in Nation Building" by Dr Bryan Fanning, 20th April 2016

BSocSc students selected to represent UCD at the U21 Undergraduate Reseach Conference in Mexico

UCD Innovation Academy PhD modules running Summer 2016

Megan Curran has article entitled "Child Poverty: The United Kingdom Experience", co-authored with Jane Mansour, published in the Journal of Academic Paediatrics

Social Policy at UCD in top 100 QS World University rankings by subject for the new cateogory of "Social Policy and Administration"

Drs Sarah Donnelly and Valerie O'Brien helping to host Joint UCD/TCD IASW World Social Work Day Celebrations on 15th March 2016

Dr Nao Kodate will be giving a talk in St. Anthony's College, Oxford on the 18th March as part of the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies/Suntory Foundation "Re-examining Japan in Global Context" Joint Seminar

Congratulations to Louise O'Reilly TD, former student of the School's MSc in Equality Studies programme and now a TD for Dublin Fingal, on her election to the 32nd Dail Eireann 

EVENT - Drs Naonori Kodate (UCD) and Kashiko Kodate (Japan Women's University) new book "Japanese Women in Science and Engineering: History and Policy Change" being launched on the 10th March

Dr Stephan Koppe performs based on his research at the Bright Club, Dublin on the 8th March

Professor Rie Yamanoi (Department of Social Work, Meisei University, Tokyo) is currently visiting the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice

Dr Elaine Wilson presents her research on "Cancer Survivorship and Liminality" to the British Psychosocial Oncology Society Conference

Megan Curran contributes to report for Wexford Rape Crisis

Dr Nao Kodate will be giving a keynote address at the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies on the 18th February

EVENT - Dr Claudia Bernard will be giving an evening Seminar in the Hanna Sheehy Skeffington Building on the 18th February entitled "Social Work with Black and Ethnic Minority Families: Messages from Research

Dr Sarah Donnelly speaks on "A rights based approach to social work advocacy for older people" at the IASW Special Interest Group on Aging National Conference

Dr Hilda Loughran chairs the Alcohol Forum Conference to launch The Community Action on Alcohol Project Pilot 2015

Professor Jim Campbell awarded one of two distinguished scholarships at the Chinese university of Hong Kong

Congratulations to Dr Nao Kodate for his Distinguished Research Achievement Award from the Hodogaya Foundation (Yokohama, Japan)

Dr Valerie O'Brien presents papers at the International Conference on Adoption Research in Aukland, New Zealand

Congratulations to MA Women, Gender and Society Student Rachel Moore for her Social Entrepreneurship Ireland Elevator Winners Award. Her award-winning project is entitled Express YOUR Gender - Supporting Gender diversity through professional services

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