Research Officer
College of Acsss
1.26
O'Rahilly Building
UCC

T: +353 21 490 2438
E: allen.white@ucc.ie

My track record as a lecturer and researcher to-date incorporates:

  • 14 years experience lecturing and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in Ireland and the UK
  • 20 peer-reviewed publications [including 10 articles, 3 co-authored/edited books, 3 co-edited special issues and 4 book chapters] that will fall under the RQR review period 2008-14
  • The generation of €385,000 in research funds since 2008 and the capacity to submit future bids (including to HORIZON 2020)
  • Significant experience in administration, research management and leadership in the University sector
I have worked in UCC since 2006  on successive externally funded research projects (Migrant Children Project and the Transnational Childraising Arrangements between Africa and Europe [or TCRAf-Eu project]) and as research co-ordinator for ISS21. I am currently Research Officer for the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences.
 


My research interests lie in exclusion of specific transnational groups (including migrant children and youth) in Irish towns and cities and the changing social and political geographies of identity and citizenship within a globalised Ireland.

I have worked as postdoctoral researcher and national co-ordinator of the TCRAf-Eu Transnational Childcare project. The TCRAf-Eu project is an international research project involving researchers in the Netherlands (P.I. Valentina Mazzucato), Portugal, Norway, Ireland, Nigeria and Angola funded by a 1.5 million euro grant (360,000 euro to UCC) from NORFACE Transnational Programme on Migration. I played a central role developing and co-ordinating the Irish input into this funding bid.

I have taught undergraduate and postgraduate classes in UCC and have 10 years full time lecturing experience in universities in the UK. 
 


I have authored or co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications. I have co-authored a book Childhood and Migration in Europe: portraits from contemporary Ireland  and co-edited another 2 books M

igrations: Ireland in a Global World and Childrens roles in Transnational Migration.

I have presented at international and national conferences and been invited to present research seminars in Cork, Worcester, London, Dublin and Galway.

Prior to coming to Cork I worked as a full-time member of lecturing staff in Nottingham Trent University (2001-2006) and the University of Wales in Lampeter (1998-2001). I am married to Letitia and have three sons Max, Ben and Joe. My  proudest acheivment to date has been constructing a tree house for my sons.

Research Interests

Transnational Migration, Children, Asylum, Refugees, Racism,

Social and Political geography, Ireland

Books

YearPublication
(2011)Childhood and Migration in Europe: portraits of mobility, identity and belonging in contemporary Ireland.
Ni Laoire, C., Carpena-Mendez, F., Tyrrell, N. and White, A.; (2011) Childhood and Migration in Europe: portraits of mobility, identity and belonging in contemporary Ireland. UK: Ashgate. Globe icon [Details]

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2017)'Migrant children, global consumer culture and multiple belongings: children's experiences of migrating to Ireland'
White, A., Tyrrell, N., Carpena-Mendez, F., Ni Laoire, C. (2017) 'Migrant children, global consumer culture and multiple belongings: children's experiences of migrating to Ireland' In: Ni Laoire, C., White, A. and Skelton, T (eds). Movement, Mobilities and Journeys (Geographies of Children and Young People 6). Singapore: Springer Major Reference Work. [Details]
(2016)'Migrant Children, Global Consumer Culture, and Multiple Belongings: Children’s Experiences of Migrating to Ireland'
White, A., Tyrrell, N., Carpena-Méndez, F. and Ní Laoire, C. (2016) 'Migrant Children, Global Consumer Culture, and Multiple Belongings: Children’s Experiences of Migrating to Ireland' In: Ni Laoire, C., White, A., Skelton, T (eds). Geographies of Children and Young People Vol. 6: Movement, Mobilities and Journeys. Singapore: Springer. [Details]
(2016)'Introduction to Movement, Mobilities, and Journeys in Geographies of Children and Young People'
White, A. and Ni Laoire, C. (2016) 'Introduction to Movement, Mobilities, and Journeys in Geographies of Children and Young People' In: Ni Laoire, C., White, A., Skelton, T (eds). Geographies of Children and Young People Vol. 6: Movement, Mobilities and Journeys. Signapore: Springer. [Details]
(2015)'Research with Children Seeking Asylum in Ireland: Reflecting on Silences and Hushed Voices'
White, A. and Tyrrell, N. (2015) 'Research with Children Seeking Asylum in Ireland: Reflecting on Silences and Hushed Voices' In: Ruth Evans, Louise Holt and Tracey Skeleton (eds). Geographies of Children and Young People Vol. 2: Methodological Approaches. Singapore: Springer. [Details]
(2013)'Children’s words, children’s worlds: exploring the experiences of migrant children in Ireland'
White, A., Carpena-Mendez, F., Ni Laoire, C., Tyrrell, N. (2013) 'Children’s words, children’s worlds: exploring the experiences of migrant children in Ireland' In: Ireland in a Global World: Migrations. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
(2013)'Children's Roles in Transnational Migration'
White, A.; Ni Laoire, C.; Tyrrell, N; and Carpena-Mendez, F. (2013) 'Children's Roles in Transnational Migration' In: Transnational Migration and Childhood. Abingdon: Routledge. [Details]
(2013)'Conclusion: Future Directions in Research on Transnational Migration and Childhood'
Tyrrell, N.; White, A.; Ni Laoire, C.; and Carpena-Mendez, f. (2013) 'Conclusion: Future Directions in Research on Transnational Migration and Childhood' In: Transnational Migration and Childhood. Abingdon: Routledge. [Details]
(2012)'Using visual methodologies to explore contemporary Irish childhoods'
White, A., Bushin, N., Carpena-Méndez, F. and Ní Laoire, C. (2012) 'Using visual methodologies to explore contemporary Irish childhoods' In: Sage Visual Methods Handbook. London: Sage. [Details]
(2012)'‘Children’s words, children’s worlds: exploring the experiences of migrant children in Ireland'
White, A., Carpena-Méndez, F., Ní Laoire, C., Tyrrell, N. (2012) '‘Children’s words, children’s worlds: exploring the experiences of migrant children in Ireland' In: Ireland in a Global World: Migrations. Manchester: Manchest University Press. [Details]
(2013)'‘Refugee Children and Families’'
White, A. (2013) '‘Refugee Children and Families’' In: Encyclopdeia of Global Human Migration. New York: Wiley and Sons. [Details]

Edited Books

YearPublication
(2016)Geographies of Children and Young People: Vol 6, Movements, Mobilities and Journeys
Ni Laoire, C., White, A., Skelton, T (Ed.). (2016) Geographies of Children and Young People: Vol 6, Movements, Mobilities and Journeys Singapore: Springer Major Reference Work. [Details]
(2012)Transnational Migration and Childhood
Tyrrell, N., White, A., Ni Laoire, C. and Carpena-Mendez, F (Ed.). (2012) Transnational Migration and Childhood Transnational Migration and Childhood. London: Routledge. [DOI] [Details]
(2013)Migrations: Ireland in a Global World
Gilmartin, M. and White, A (Ed.). (2013) Migrations: Ireland in a Global World Migrations: Ireland in a Global World. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]

Other Journals

YearPublication
(2007)'From Airforce to Asylum: Mobility and the proposals for an Asylum Accommodation Centre in Nottinghamshire'
White, A.; (2007) 'From Airforce to Asylum: Mobility and the proposals for an Asylum Accommodation Centre in Nottinghamshire' Chimera UCC Geographical Journal, 22 :70-90. [Details]
(1998)'Refugees, asylum seekers and human geography: some theoretical perspectives'
White, A; (1998) 'Refugees, asylum seekers and human geography: some theoretical perspectives' Popfest on-line: The Internet Journal of Research in Population Studies and Demography, http://come.to/popfest/, 2 :*-*. [Details]
(1998)'Safe Places and Unsafe Places: Geography and the 1996 Asylum and Immigration Act in the United Kingdom'
White, A.; (1998) 'Safe Places and Unsafe Places: Geography and the 1996 Asylum and Immigration Act in the United Kingdom' Refuge: Canada's Periodical on Refugees, 17 :5-12. [Details]
(1996)'Critical geography, refugees and asylum-seekers'
White, A; (1996) 'Critical geography, refugees and asylum-seekers' Praxis - the Journal of the Postgraduate Forum, 32 . [Details]
(1996)'Space and politics in Ireland: a bibliography'
White, A.; (1996) 'Space and politics in Ireland: a bibliography' EuroPoliS: The Newsletter/La Lettre, . [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2014)'International Parental Migration and the Psychological Well-being of Children in Ghana, Nigeria, and Angola'
Mazzucato, V., Cebotari, V., Veale, A, White, A., Grassi, M, Vivet, J. (2014) 'International Parental Migration and the Psychological Well-being of Children in Ghana, Nigeria, and Angola'. Social Science and Medicine, Globe icon [DOI] [Details]
(2011)'Interrogating Medical Tourism: Ireland, Abortion, and Mobility Rights'
Gilmartin, M;White, A (2011) 'Interrogating Medical Tourism: Ireland, Abortion, and Mobility Rights'. Signs, 36 :275-280 [Details]
(2011)'Children's Roles in Transnational Migration'
White, A;Laoire, CN;Tyrrell, N;Carpena-Mendez, F (2011) 'Children's Roles in Transnational Migration'. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 37 :1159-1170 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'Every Wednesday I Am Happy': Childhoods in an Irish Asylum Centre'
White, A (2012) 'Every Wednesday I Am Happy': Childhoods in an Irish Asylum Centre'. Population Space and Place, 18 :314-326 [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2012)'Children and young people on the move: geographies of child and youth migration'
Laoire, CN,White, A,Tyrrell, N,Carpena-Mendez, F (2012) 'Children and young people on the move: geographies of child and youth migration'. Geography, 97 :129-134 [Details]
(2011)'Children's Roles in Transnational Migration'
White, A,Laoire, CN,Tyrrell, N,Carpena-Mendez, F (2011) 'Children's Roles in Transnational Migration'. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 37 :1159-1170 [DOI] [Details]
(2011)'Interrogating Medical Tourism: Ireland, Abortion, and Mobility Rights'
Gilmartin, M. and White, A.; (2011) 'Interrogating Medical Tourism: Ireland, Abortion, and Mobility Rights'. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 36 (2) [CORA Link] [Details]
(2011)'More than Methods: Learning from Research with Children Seeking Asylum in Ireland'
White, A,Bushin, N (2011) 'More than Methods: Learning from Research with Children Seeking Asylum in Ireland'. Population Space and Place, 17 :326-337 [DOI] [Details]
(2010)'Introduction: Childhood and migration ¿ mobilities, homes and belongings'
Ní Laoire, C; Carpena-Méndez, F; Tyrrell, N; White, A; (2010) 'Introduction: Childhood and migration ¿ mobilities, homes and belongings'. Childhood: Global Journal of Child Research, 17 (2):155-162 Globe icon [DOI] [Details]
(2010)'Using visual methodologies to explore contemporary Irish childhoods'
White, A; Ní Laoire, C; Bushin, N; Carpena-Méndez, F; (2010) 'Using visual methodologies to explore contemporary Irish childhoods'. Qualitative Research, 10 (2):143-158 Globe icon [DOI] [Details]
(2010)'Migration politics in Ireland: exploring the impacts on young people's geographies'
Bushin, N,White, A; (2010) 'Migration politics in Ireland: exploring the impacts on young people's geographies'. Area, 42 :170-180 [DOI] [Details]
(2008)'Revisiting contemporary Irish migration: new geographies of mobility and belonging'
GilmartinM, White, A.; (2008) 'Revisiting contemporary Irish migration: new geographies of mobility and belonging'. Irish Geography, 41 (2):143-149 Globe icon [DOI] [Details]
(2008)'Immigration into the Republic of Ireland : a bibliography of recent research'
Mac Éinrí, P. and White, A; (2008) 'Immigration into the Republic of Ireland : a bibliography of recent research'. Irish Geography, 41 (2):151-179 Globe icon [DOI] [Details]
(2008)'Critical geographies of belonging and citizenship in Ireland'
White, A. and Gilmartin, M. ; (2008) 'Critical geographies of belonging and citizenship in Ireland'. Womens Studies International Forum, 31 (5):390-399 [DOI] [Details]
(2004)'Reading the News: Representations of Asylum Seekers in British Newspapers'
White, A.; (2004) 'Reading the News: Representations of Asylum Seekers in British Newspapers'. Journal of Geography In Higher Education, 89 (*):150-165 [CORA Link] [Details]
(2002)'Organic functionalism, 'community' and place: Refugee studies and the geographical constitution of refugee identities'
White, A; (2002) 'Organic functionalism, 'community' and place: Refugee studies and the geographical constitution of refugee identities'. Geoforum, 33 (1):73-83 [DOI] [Details]
(2002)'Geographies of asylum: legal knowledge and legal practices'
White, A.; (2002) 'Geographies of asylum: legal knowledge and legal practices'. Political Geography, 21 (*):1055-1073 [CORA Link] [Details]

Published Reports

YearPublication
(2010)Blarney Community Assets and Needs Survey.
Linehan, Denis; White, Allen; Crowley, Caroline; (2010) Blarney Community Assets and Needs Survey. Avondhu Development Group, Cork. Globe icon [Details]
(2009)Tell Me About Yourself: Migrant Children's Experiences of Moving to and Living in Ireland.
Ní Laoire, C. Bushin, N., Carpena-Méndez, F. and White, A.; (2009) Tell Me About Yourself: Migrant Children's Experiences of Moving to and Living in Ireland. UCC, Cork. [Details]
(2006)Childcare provision for immigrant families in Cork City.
White, A and Bushin, N. ; (2006) Childcare provision for immigrant families in Cork City. NASC the Immigrant Resource Centre and Cork City Childcare, Cork. [Details]
(2002)Key Issues Related to Selected National Action Plans Against Racism.
White, A. and Garner S.; (2002) Key Issues Related to Selected National Action Plans Against Racism. Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Dublin. [Details]
(2001)Review of Existing Research of Attitudes and Opinions on Racism and Minority Groups.
White, A. and Garner S. ; (2001) Review of Existing Research of Attitudes and Opinions on Racism and Minority Groups. Equality Authority, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Dublin. [Details]

Book Reviews

YearPublication
(2011)The Awkward Spaces of Fathering.
White, A (2011) The Awkward Spaces of Fathering. Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]

Electronic Article

YearPublication
(2008)Irish Whiteness and Space - UCC Public Geographies Working Papers Series.
Allen White; (2008) Irish Whiteness and Space - UCC Public Geographies Working Papers Series. Electronic Article [Details]

Journal Volume Edited

YearPublication
(2011)Children’s Roles in Transnational Migration, Special Issue of Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 37(8).
White, A., Ni Laoire, C., Tyrrell, N. and Carpena-Mendez, F. (2011) Children’s Roles in Transnational Migration, Special Issue of Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 37(8). Journal Volume Edited [Details]
(2010)Introduction: Childhood and migration - mobilities, homes and belongings.
Laoire, CN,Carpena-Mendez, F,Tyrrell, N,White, A; (2010) Introduction: Childhood and migration - mobilities, homes and belongings. Journal Volume Edited [DOI] [Details]
(2010)Children and migration – mobilities, homes and belongings; Special Issue of Childhood: journal of global childhood research 17(2).
Ni Laoire, C., Carpena-Mendez, F., Tyrrell, N. and White, A. (2010) Children and migration – mobilities, homes and belongings; Special Issue of Childhood: journal of global childhood research 17(2). Journal Volume Edited [Details]

Other

YearPublication
(2008)Negotiating belonging: migrant children and youth in Ireland.
Ní Laoire, C., Bushin, N., Carpena-Méndez, J. and White, A; (2008) Negotiating belonging: migrant children and youth in Ireland. Marie Curie Migrant Children Project Working Paper: Other Globe icon [Details]

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Irish Humanities Alliance To promote/lobby for the role and funding of humanities scholarship and research on an all-island basis.31-JAN-14 /

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2013)IUSSP International Population Conference,
Mazzucato, V., Cebotari, V., Veale, A., White, A., Grazzi, M, Vivet, J. (2013) Parental migration & the wellbeing of children in Ghana, Nigeria & Angola. [Oral Presentation], IUSSP International Population Conference, Busan, Republic of Korea , 26-APR-13 - 31-AUG-13. [Details]
(2013)Global Childhoods Seminar,
Ni Laoire, C., White, A., Tyrrell, N. and Carpena-Mendez, F. (2013) Fitting in? Dynamics of inclusion and exclusion in migrant children’s friendships and peer relations. [Oral Presentation], Global Childhoods Seminar, University College Cork . [Details]
(2011)Lost Generations or Transnational Sojourners?,
Linda Connolly, Caitriona Ni Laoire, Piaras MacEinri, Allen White (2011) Workshop on Emigration. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Lost Generations or Transnational Sojourners?, ISS21, UCC , 20-JUN-11 - 20-JUN-11. [Details]
(2011)Norface Transnational Migration Conference,
White, A. and Ni Laoire, C. (2011) Paradoxes of belonging: citizenship regimes and the socio-spatial worlds of African/Irish and returning-Irish migrant children in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Norface Transnational Migration Conference, London , 11-APR-11 - 05-APR-11. [Details]
(2009)All Change for Young People? Mobility, Markets, Media, Models of Practice,,
Allen White (2009) ‘…if someone asked me what I am I would say I’m African, you can't abandon your roots you know’: Experiences and understandings of young migrants in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], All Change for Young People? Mobility, Markets, Media, Models of Practice,, NUIM . [Details]
(2008)Children and Migration: mobilities, homes and belongings,
Ni Laoire, C., Bushin, N., White, A., Carpena-Mendez, F.; (2008) International conference on children and migration. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Children and Migration: mobilities, homes and belongings, University College Cork , 09-APR-08 - 11-APR-08. [Details]
(2009)RGS/IBG Annual Conference,
Allen White and Naomi Bushin (2009) Mobility, Translocality and Belonging: Migrant Teenagers' Negotiations of Urban Spaces. [Oral Presentation], RGS/IBG Annual Conference, Manchester . [Details]
(2009)Re-making Migration Theory,
White, A., Ni Laoire, C., Tyrrell, N., Carpena-Mendez, F. (2009) Children and migration: challenging the adult-centrism of migration studies. [Oral Presentation], Re-making Migration Theory, Brighton , 05-MAY-09 - 05-MAY-09. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
CACSSS Research and Innovation Committee College Research Officer2012 /

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences College Research Officer01-SEP-12 /

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
Equality Authority

Report for Equality Authority - Review of research on racism in Ireland with Dr S. Garner Dept of Applied Social Studies UCC

Equality Authority

Review of anti-racist initiatives in selected countries, with Dr S. Garner Dept of Applied Social Studies, UCC, June 2002.

Teaching Interests

I

am an experienced Lecturer, Module and Year Co-ordinator with over 10 years’

lecturing and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in different universities in Ireland and the UK. 

I have taught broadly across a range of sub-disciplinary areas in Human Geography, research methods, supervised undergraduate and postgraduate research in a range of fields and organised and lead residential or single-day urban field trips. I have also taught specialist final modules on Legal Geographies in Ireland and the UK.

In 2011/2 I have taught Social and Political Geographies and An Introduction to Globalisation, Economies and Societies. I continue to teach on the MA in Contemp. Migration and Diaspora Studies 

I have a PGC in Higher Education and have pursued excellence in my teaching throughout my career by adopting innovative teaching practices and the principles of research-led teaching.

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Prof Valentina Mazzucato Maastricht University, MaastrichtHOLLAND
Dr Mary Gilmartin NUIMIRELAND