Research Profile

Joseph Whelan

Biography

Joe completed the Bachelor of Social Work Degree in University College Cork and was awarded the title of Quercus College Scholar for the years 2014 and 2015 respectively. He was also awarded the title of College Scholar for 2016. 

Joe previously worked as an Assistant Lecturer at the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and as a self-employed plastering contractor during which time he trained three apprentices to qualification and delivered modules to many more apprentices over the course of his time at CIT. 

Joe has previously volunteered as an information provider and advocate for the Citizens Information Service and has undertaken a range of training opportunities offered by them and specifically related to various aspects of welfare provision. 

Joe has recently been selected to take part the Disciplines Inquiring into Societal Challenges (DISCs) project which is an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit initiative at University College Cork with a focus on teaching for social justice.  

Joe is currently undertaking research as a PhD candidate at the School of Applied Social Studies in UCC where he is supervised by Dr Fiona Dukelow and Mr Pat Leahy. The overall aim of the research project is to gain an insight into and understanding of the lives of working age welfare recipients in Ireland. This research project is specifically interested in the concept of stigma and how and where this may be experienced by welfare recipients in their day to day lives. As well as experiences, this research aims to uncover some of the factors that may underlie and contribute to the experiences that working age welfare recipients have. Joe is looking forward to being examined on his research with his Viva Voce currently scheduled to take place in December 2019. 

Joe has worked in the school of Applied Social Studies since 2016. Joe recently moved into a new role in the School of Applied Social Studies as year 1 coordinator on the Bachelor of Social Work program. Joe also delivers lectures and tutorials and supervises final year undergraduate students who are undertaking research dissertations as part of their course requirements.

Recently, Joe has been involved in the founding of a new network, the Critical Welfare State Studies Network. This network aims to bring together scholars from a broad range of disciplines who are interested or engaged in work relating to the Irish welfare state. The network successfully held it's first annual conference in UCC in September 2019 under the theme 'Critical Perspectives on Stigma, Shame and the Irish Welfare Imaginary'. More information on the conference and on the network in general can be found at: www.cwssnetwork.com

Some of Joe's previous activities include membership of the Executive Committee for the Social Policy Education: Enhancing Digital Skills (SPEEDS) project where he contributes by providing a postgraduate researcher perspective. He was also the representative for PhD students in the School of Applied Social Studies at college level as part of the Graduate Students Forum in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. 

Joe is also very interested in public scholarship and believes passionately in communicating about the broad social sciences and in particular Social Policy, Sociology and Philosophy, to general audiences. To meet this objective Joe has recently begun contributing written work to RTE, the Irish national broadcaster, under the Brainstorm project. Joe has also contributed to regional and national radio programs such as the Pat Kenny show on NewsTalk FM. Joe also communicates publicly through Twitter @JoeWhelan82.  

Joe recently completed a small scale research project, overseen by Dr Fiona Dukelow, that aimed to comprehensively record the key social policy reforms in Ireland from 1900-present day. 

Research Interests

Areas of particular research interest include:

Concepts of welfare;
Ideologies of welfare;
The welfare state;
Stigma and social welfare;
Poverty and Social exclusion;
Universal Basic Income;
Critical realism and philosophies of knowledge;
Capitalism, Marxism and Political economy;
Social research, theory and practice;
Social work values theories and skills.


Joe's PhD research is near completion and is focused on the concept of stigma in the context of social welfare.
The overall aim of the project is to gain an insight into and understanding of the lives of working age welfare recipients in Ireland. The research project is specifically interested in the concept of stigma and how and where this may be experienced by welfare recipients in their day to day lives. Using a critical realist research paradigm, the research aims to uncover some of the factors that underlie and contribute to experiences of stigma in the context of welfare recipiency. Joe is looking forward to his thesis examination, currently due to take place in December 2019. 

Joe recently completed a small scale research project, overseen by Dr Fiona Dukelow, that aimed to record the key social policy reforms in Ireland from 1900-present day in the areas of state pensions; work injury payments; health and sickness payments and unemployment benefits. 

Publications

Articles

 YearPublication
(2020)The Roles of Values and Advocacy Approaches in Irish Social Work Practice: Findings from an attitudinal survey of practising social workers.
Joe Whelan (2020) The Roles of Values and Advocacy Approaches in Irish Social Work Practice: Findings from an attitudinal survey of practising social workers. United States: Articles   [Details]
(2019)Does full employment mean good employment?.
Joe Whelan (2019) Does full employment mean good employment?. Ireland: Articles [Details]
(2019)The positive effects of a basic income.
Joe Whelan (2019) The positive effects of a basic income. Dublin: Articles   [Details]
(2019)Where do our ideas about what people deserve to get come from?.
Joe Whelan (2019) Where do our ideas about what people deserve to get come from?. Ireland: Articles   [Details]
(2019)How Ireland has failed 760,000 people living in poverty.
Joe Whelan (2019) How Ireland has failed 760,000 people living in poverty. Ireland: Articles   [Details]
(2019)How Ireland's spending on welfare compares to the rest of Europe.
Joe Whelan (2019) How Ireland's spending on welfare compares to the rest of Europe. Ireland: Articles   [Details]
(2019)The Welfare State We're in: Is it time to reclaim welfare and the welfare state?.
Joe Whelan (2019) The Welfare State We're in: Is it time to reclaim welfare and the welfare state?. Ireland: Articles   [Details]
(2019)All you need to know about basic income.
Joe Whelan (2019) All you need to know about basic income. Ireland: Articles   [Details]
(2019)How does Critical Realism relate to Critical Theory?.
Joe Whelan (2019) How does Critical Realism relate to Critical Theory?. Articles   [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2017)'Values and Ethics Discourses in Irish Social Work: Which values do practitioners view as realistic and implementable in day to day practice?'
Joe Whelan (2017) 'Values and Ethics Discourses in Irish Social Work: Which values do practitioners view as realistic and implementable in day to day practice?' The Irish Social Worker, .   [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2018)School of Applied Social Studies Postgraduate Symposium 2018
Joe Whelan (2018) Solidarity or Stigma? An exploration of the lived experiences of working age welfare recipients in Ireland: A brief discussion of preliminary findings School of Applied Social Studies Postgraduate Symposium 2018 Cork, , 04-MAY-18 - 04-MAY-18 [Details]
(2018)Irish Social Policy Association Biennial Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Conference 2018
Joe Whelan (2018) Solidarity or Stigma?: Experiences of Exclusion: An exploration of the lived experiences of working age welfare recipients in Ireland: A brief discussion of some preliminary findings Irish Social Policy Association Biennial Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Conference 2018 Dublin, , 27-JUL-18 - 27-JUL-18   [Details]
(2018)British Sociological Association Work, Employment and Society Conference 2018
Joe Whelan (2018) Solidarity or Stigma?An exploration of the lived experiences of working age welfare recipients in Ireland: Examining the potential for stigma and the effects of living with a 'welfare identity' British Sociological Association Work, Employment and Society Conference 2018 Belfast, , 12-SEP-18 - 14-SEP-18   [Details]

Book Reviews

 YearPublication
(2018)Troublemakers: the construction of ‘troubled families’ as a social problem [Book Review].
Joe Whelan (2018) Troublemakers: the construction of ‘troubled families’ as a social problem [Book Review]. Oxford: Book Reviews   [DOI] [Details]
(2018)Delivering Social Welfare: Governance and Service Provision in the UK By Derek Birrell and Ann Marie Gray Bristol, Policy Press [Book Review].
Joe Whelan (2018) Delivering Social Welfare: Governance and Service Provision in the UK By Derek Birrell and Ann Marie Gray Bristol, Policy Press [Book Review]. United Kingdom: Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2017)Chronic illness, vulnerability and social work: autoimmunity and the contemporary disease experience: Book Review.
Joe Whelan (2017) Chronic illness, vulnerability and social work: autoimmunity and the contemporary disease experience: Book Review. United Kingdom: Book Reviews   [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2016College Scholar College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
2015Quercus College Scholar in Social Work College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
2014Quercus College Scholar in Social Work College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Irish Association of Social Workers Professional Association/
Irish Social Policy Association Professional Association/

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2019)Cork Talks,
Joe Whelan (2019) A Cork Discovers event. [Invited Oral Presentation], Cork Talks, University College Cork . [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Critical Welfare State Studies Network Organising Committee Founder; Organiser/
PhD Student Forum, College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences.(CACSSS) Student Rep for the School of Applied Social Studies/
Social Policy Educators Enhancing Digital Skills (SPEEDS) Executive Commitee Member/

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Lecturer/

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2016University College Cork Bachelor of Social WorkSocial work and the social sciences
2012University College Cork BSW(Hons)

Outreach Activities

 Description

Joe was recently involved in a consultation on decent work which was conducted by the Economic and Social Research Institute on behalf of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

Joe has completed both the 'SafeTalk' and the 'Asist' suicide intervention skills training programs.

Joe recently gave a public talk on Universal Basic Income as part of the the Cork Discovers, Cork Talks 2019 event. This can be seen here: Time stamp from 16:12 to 27:50 mins approx: https://youtu.be/3uOnjGzGLHE.

Joe has previously volunteered as an information provider and advocate for the Citizens Information Service where he undertook information provision and small scale advocacy work.

Joe currently holds certificates in Children First, child protection and safeguarding training; Nvivo: Intermediate Level in Computer Aided Qualitative Data Analysis; GDPR Compliance in the Republic of Ireland Workplace Fundamentals; Restorative practices certificate

Joe currently holds a digital badge in postgraduate research supervision. Joe has also earned a Bronze Digital badge as part of the speeds project.

Joe engages in public scholarship through activities such as contributing to RTE Brainstorm, an online platform where suitably qualified academics engage in journalism for a general audience and by contributing to regional and national radio.

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Joe is currently teaching, instructing and assessing in the areas of politics and social policy and social work and contributes to or has contributed to a variety of programmes at both undergraduate and post-graduate level including:

Core teaching:


  • SS1202: Introduction to Social Work Theory, Methods and Skills
  • SS3206: Placement I
  • SS3207: Placement Portfolio
  • SS4212: Contemporary Issues in Social Work
  • SS4214: Action Research Study
  • SS1017: Politics and Social Policy (Part 1)
  • SS1018: Politics and Social Policy (Part 2)
  • SS4208: Placement II
    SS4209: Placement Portfolio
Other
  • SS2024: Fieldwork Placement
  • SS3030: Fieldwork Placement
  • SS3031: Social Research Report
  • SS6313: Contemporary Social Policy Issues
  • SS3008: Poverty and Social Exclusion
  • SS1015 & SS1016 Social Policy and Society I & II 

Joe is also the Year Coordinator for BSW1.

Joe has previously supervised final year research students for Module SS3031 Social research Report.

Areas of particular teaching interest include:

Concepts of welfare;
Ideologies of welfare;
The welfare state;
Stigma and social welfare;
Poverty and Social exclusion;
Universal Basic Income;
Critical realism and philosophies of knowledge;
Capitalism, Marxism and Political economy;
Social research, theory and practice;
Social work values, theories and skills. 

In respect to continuing professional development, Joe is currently in the process of completing a certificate course in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. 

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2020Contemporary Issues in Social Work SS4212Contemporary Issues in Social Work

Research Information

Internal Collaborators

 NameInstituteCountry
Pat Leahy University College CorkIRELAND
Dr Fiona Dukelow University College CorkIRELAND
Dr Fiona Dukelow University College CorkIRELAND

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