Research Profile

Eluska Fernández

Biography

I am originally from San Sebastian, in the Basque Country. I studied Political Science and Sociology in the University of the Basque Country (Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea) and Kingston University, in the UK, where I was a Erasmus student for a year. I did a MSc in Politics in the Department of Government, University College Cork. The title of my thesis was 'The Political Impact of Uncertainty and Conflict: Public Policy in the Risk Society'. I completed my doctoral research 'A Critical Governmentality Study of the Smoking Ban in Ireland'  also in University College Cork, in the School of Applied Social Studies. My doctoral research focused on the introduction of the smoking ban in Ireland. The key purpose of the research was to explore how power was exercised by exploring the identities that were promoted in order to stimulate behaviour change and achieve a successful exercise in the ‘conduct of conduct’.
I am a lecturer in the School of Applied Social Studies since 2004. I teach research methodology and social policy related courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students across colleges. I am also the Course Director of the M.Soc.Sc. (Social Policy) programme. I have a particular interested in science and society related issues and have been involved in related research projects for over a decade. Some of the EU projects I have been part of include ENSIPP (European Network of Scientific Input into Public Policy) and PUBLIN (Innovation in the Public Sector). I have been a member of the CARL (Community - Academic Research Links) committee in UCC from its very beginnings in 2006, an initiative which is based on the ‘Science Shop’ model and the first of its type to be established in the Republic of Ireland. I have also recently been working on an EU FP7 research project PERARES (Public Engagement in Research and Research Engagement with Society). This project includes 15 countries and gathers all the major science shops in Europe. Its main objective is to map the activities of science shops in Europe, develop a transnational network of science shops and create debate on science and society.
My research interests are wide and increasingly, I have become interested in the politics of public health and health promotion. I am interested in the social processes that have resulted in ‘health’ becoming a key value in contemporary society, and exploring health as a symbolic category informing perceptions of normality and well-being. In particular, I am interested in the body as a site at which power struggles are enacted and reflected, and exploring how power is exercised by producing and ‘making up’ citizens. My research, therefore, seeks to explore how public health interventions contribute to the constitution of the contemporary human body.
I am a member of the School Online Journal Editorial Committee. Its goal is to encourage research and to provide our first class students with a platform to present at our annual conference and to publish in our online journal. 

Research Interests

My research interests are wide, and I have worked in a number of EU projects over the years. Increasingly, I have become interested in the politics of public health and health promotion. I am interested in the social processes that have resulted in ‘health' becoming a key value in contemporary society, and exploring health as a symbolic category informing perceptions of normality and well-being. In particular, I am interested in the body as a site at which power struggles are enacted and reflected, and exploring how power is exercised by producing and ‘making up' citizens. My research, therefore, seeks to explore how public health interventions contribute to the constitution of the contemporary human body.
My doctoral research focused on the introduction of the smoking ban in Ireland. The key purpose of the research was to explore how power was exercised by exploring the identities that were promoted in order to stimulate behaviour change and achieve a successful exercise in the `conduct of conduct'. I was also interested in the regulative and ideological dimensions of the discourses deployed in this context.
 
Research for the community:
I am also actively involved in promoting student research in the community and I have been actively involved in establishing a Science Shop in U.C.C. Our goal is to facilitate academic research within the broader community through project work via students and staff and to provide community and voluntary groups with access to knowledge and expertise within University. In our effort to establish a Science Shop in UCC, we have been successful in obtaining funding as part of a wider cross-national research project funded by the EU 7th framework, PERARES. This is a four year research project which aims to collect a profile of Science Shops in Europe, conduct a comparative analysis, as well as establish an online cross-national Science shop forum.
Encouraging research among students:
I am a member of the School Online Journal Editorial Committee. Its goal is to encourage research and to provide our first class students with a platform to present at our annual conference and to publish in our online journal. I have also edited a number of printed and online volumes of Crititcal Social Thinking: Policy and Practice, publicatioons that comprise research completed by students with an academic background in the Social Sciences.

Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2016)Reframing health and health policy in Ireland: a governmental analysis.
Fernandez, E. and Edwards, C. (2016) Reframing health and health policy in Ireland: a governmental analysis. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2016)'Health policy analysis and the governmentality turn: an introduction'
Fernandez, E. and Edwards, C. (2016) 'Health policy analysis and the governmentality turn: an introduction' In: Reframing health and health policy in Ireland: a governmental analysis. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
(2016)'The story of the smoking ban in Ireland: a governmental analysis'
Fernandez, E. (2016) 'The story of the smoking ban in Ireland: a governmental analysis' In: Fernandez, E. and Edwards, C (eds). Reframing health and health policy in Ireland: a governmental analysis. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
(2016)'Conclusion: Governmentality, health policy and the place of critical politics'
Fernandez, E. and Edwards, C. (2016) 'Conclusion: Governmentality, health policy and the place of critical politics' In: Fernandez, E. and Edwards, C (eds). Reframing health and health policy in Ireland: a governmental analysis. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
(2009)'Smoking Discourses: A Critical Analysis of Health Promotion Policy in Ireland'
Fernandez, E.; (2009) 'Smoking Discourses: A Critical Analysis of Health Promotion Policy in Ireland' In: Social Professional Activity: the search for a minimum common denominator in difference. New York: Nova Publications. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2016)'No smoke without fire: public health and morality in the civilizing process’'
Fernandez, E. (2016) 'No smoke without fire: public health and morality in the civilizing process’'. Irish Journal of Sociology, [Details]
(2015)'Exploring the story of the smoking ban in Ireland as a neo-liberal project'
Fernandez, E. (2015) 'Exploring the story of the smoking ban in Ireland as a neo-liberal project'. Journal of European Journal of Social Theory, [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2004)'New Product Innovation to Widen Access to Supplementary Pension in Ireland'
Eluska Fernandez and Mairead Considine; (2004) 'New Product Innovation to Widen Access to Supplementary Pension in Ireland' Publin Post, 4 . [Details]
(2003)''The Politics of Environmental Risk - A Discussion on the Authority of Science''
Quinlivan, Aodh, Fernandez, Eluska and Schon, Emmanuelle; (2003) ''The Politics of Environmental Risk - A Discussion on the Authority of Science'' Politics Working Paper Series (Department of Government, UCC), * :*-*. [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2011)Critical Social Thinking: Policy and Practice
Fernandez, E., Hogan, E. and O'Riordan, J. (2011) Conference Proceedings Critical Social Thinking: Policy and Practice [Details]
(2010)Critical Social Thinking
Fernandez, Eluska; (2010) The 'story' of the smoking ban in Ireland: key actors, evens and debates . In: Hogan, Eileen; Fernandez, Eluska; O'Riordan, Jacqui eds. Critical Social Thinking , pp.276-324 [Details]
(2010)Critical Social Thinking: Policy and Practice
Fernandez, E., Hogan, E. and O'Riordan, J. (eds) (2010) Conference Proceedings Critical Social Thinking: Policy and Practice [Details]

Published Reports

 YearPublication
(2002)The Controversy over the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine in Ireland.
Fernández, E. ; (2002) The Controversy over the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine in Ireland. Ireland. [Details]

Professional Activities

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2014)The social pathologies of contemporary cvilisation,
Fernandez, E. (2014) Smoking restricitons and the civilizing process. [Oral Presentation], The social pathologies of contemporary cvilisation, Rotterdam University , 30-OCT-14 - 31-OCT-14. [Details]
(2011)Sociological Association of Ireland Conference,
Fernandez, E. (2011) Tobacco control and the civilized self. [Oral Presentation], Sociological Association of Ireland Conference, University College Cork , 06-MAY-11 - 07-MAY-11. [Details]
(2011)The social pathologies of contemporary cvilisation,
Fernandez, E. (2011) No smoke without fire: public health and morality in the civilizing process. [Oral Presentation], The social pathologies of contemporary cvilisation, University College Cork , 15-SEP-11 - 16-SEP-11. [Details]
(2011)Exploring the smoking ban as a neo-liberal project: from social solidarity to social distance?,
Fernandez, E. (2011) Social Policy Annual Conference 'Bigger Societies, Smaller Governments'. [Oral Presentation], Exploring the smoking ban as a neo-liberal project: from social solidarity to social distance?, University of Lincoln , 02-JUL-12 - 06-JUL-12. [Details]
(2011)Critical Social Thinking II,
Eluska Fernandez, Eileen Hogan, Jacqui O'Riordan, Eleanor Bantry-White, Claire Dorrity, Peter Herrmann, Feilim O'hAdhmaill; (2011) Student conference. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Critical Social Thinking II, University College Cork , 28-JAN-11 - 28-JAN-11. [Details]
(2010)Critical Social Thinking Conference I,
Eluska Fernandez, Eileen Hogan, Jacqui O'Riordan, Eleanor Bantry-White, Cynthia Martin; (2010) Student Conference. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Critical Social Thinking Conference I, University College Cork , 29-JAN-10 - 29-JAN-10. [Details]
(2009)Postgraduate Conference College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies,
Eluska Fernandez; (2009) Public health and the rational self. [Oral Presentation], Postgraduate Conference College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies, University College Cork , 14-NOV-09 - 14-NOV-09. [Details]
(2009)Sociology of Ireland Association Conference,
Eluska Fernandez; (2009) The smoking ban, power and subjectivity. [Oral Presentation], Sociology of Ireland Association Conference, Waterford Institute of Technology , 08-MAY-09 - 10-MAY-09. [Details]
(2008),
Fernandez, E.; (2008) A Post-structural Analysis of The Smoking Ban in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], , University College Cork , 06-NOV-08 - 06-NOV-08. [Details]
(2007),
Fernandez, E; (2007) The Role of Theory in the Analysis of Smoking Discourses in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], , University College Cork , 02-SEP-07 - 02-SEP-07. [Details]
(2006),
Fernandez E.; (2006) Health and Smoking: A Critical Analysis of Official Discourses. [Oral Presentation], , University College Cork , 10-APR-06 - 10-APR-06. [Details]
(2005),
Fernandez E.; (2005) Constructing Smokers: The Introduction of the Smoking Ban in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], , University of York , 16-SEP-05 - 16-SEP-05. [Details]
(2005),
Fernandez E.; (2005) The Smoking Ban in Ireland: Exploring the Relationships between Policy, the Individual and Society. [Invited Oral Presentation], , University College Dublin , 08-JUL-05 - 08-JUL-05. [Details]
(2004)PUBLIN (Innovation in the Public Sector),
Fernandez E.; (2004) Researcher/Project Coordinator. Organization of Conference. [Conference Organising Committee Member], PUBLIN (Innovation in the Public Sector), RDS Dublin , 22-MAR-04 - 22-MAR-04. [Details]
(2002),
Fernandez E.; (2002) The Controversy over the Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccine in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], , Rome , 03-JUN-02 - 03-JUN-02. [Details]
(2001)ENSIPP (European Network of Scientific Input into Public Policy),
Fernanadez E.; (2001) Researcher /Project Coordinator. Organization of Conference. [Conference Organising Committee Member], ENSIPP (European Network of Scientific Input into Public Policy), University College Cork , 14-NOV-01 - 15-NOV-01. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
CARL Community-Academic Research Link Member/
School Executive Committee Member/
Critical Social Thinking Editorial Committee Editor/

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork College Lecturer01-SEP-04 /
University College Cork Research assistant/Tutor01-JAN-00 / 01-SEP-01
University College Cork Researcher/Lecturer01-DEC-02 / 01-SEP-04
University College Cork Researcher01-OCT-01 / 01-NOV-02

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1999Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea/Universidad del País Vasco (University of the Basque Country) DEGREEPolitical Science and Sociology
2001University College Cork MScGovernment
2003University College Cork PhD

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
Euskera FunctionalFunctionalFunctional
Spanish FunctionalFunctionalFunctional
French FluentBasicBasic

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Critical Social Thinking: Theory And Practice Referee01-SEP-08 -

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

I contribute to a number of modules that are taught both within the School of Applied Social Studies, as well as outside the School, such as nursing and public health. My main interests in teaching include modules that explore critical perspectives in health policy and discuss the politics of health. I am also involved in teaching research methods at postgraduate level. I am particulary interested in the role of theory in social research.

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2016Critical Social Policy SS6310Critical Social Policy
2016Social Policy Analysis SS6312Social Policy Analysis
2017Social Research: Methodology and Ethics SS6307Social Research: Methodology and Ethics
2016Contemporary Social Policy Issues SS6306Contemporary Social Policy Issues
2017Dissertation in Social Policy SS6305Dissertation in Social Policy
2016Critical Perspectives on Irish Health Policy SS2021Critical Perspectives on Irish Health Policy

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