Research Profile

Margaret Buckley

Biography

Margaret Buckley is a Lecturer in Social Policy and First Year Co-ordinator of the Bachelor of Social Science degree. 

She teaches a diverse range of topics which include Irish social policy, politics, education, early intervention, and social research methods.

Her doctoral research examined life expectancy and mortality rates in relation to changing social policy measures, in particular the Old Age Pension. She has an interest in the areas of: the development of social policy; Politics; Demographics and population; Education and Poverty.

Her research includes; ‘Going the Distance’, an evaluation of Cloyne Diocesan Youth Services Mobile Garda Youth Diversion ProjectSystems Accelerant? an evaluation of Simon Communities, Local Authorities and HSE Social Inclusion in ensuring that those experiencing homelessness were kept safe during the Covid-19 crisis; an examination of intergenerational service use with Good Shepherd Cork and Agency and Ageing in Place, which examined the views of older people living in rural areas in Ireland about ageing in place.

Her current research, funded by the Housing Agency, is with Childhood Matters and is titled  Pathways towards Stable Housing for Parents and Children Exiting Residential Services. It documents the current housing policy position, at a local and national level, for parents and infants exiting residential services for families. It also hopes to identify a viable and practical model for successful transition from residential services to living in the community.

Research Interests

My main research interests lie in the changing political and social landscape of Ireland and tracing the routes through which change occurs. This interest stems from my research as part of my PhD which was based on information gleaned from in-depth quantitative analysis examining life expectancy, and then progressed to an exploration of the emerging welfare state and social policy initiatives, with the evolving recognition of old age and older people as a welfare category providing the contextual framing. It specifically examines the impact of the Old Age Pension (1908) on the lives of older people.
Outside of this, my research interests include: housing and homelessness; education; pension policy; equality; and the shifting nature of politics and popular thought.
I am, and will continue to be, very interested in the use of both quantitative and qualitative data and methods to produce evidence-based conclusions on social issues and evaluations of programmes and initiatives.

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Housing Agency Research Support Programme: Pathways towards Stable Housing for Parents & Children Exiting Residential ServicesIrish Funded Research13-DEC-2128-FEB-23€42,850.00

Publications

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2020)'Human rights-based approaches to social policy development'
Buckley, M. & Dukelow, F. (2020) 'Human rights-based approaches to social policy development' In: International Human Rights, Social Policy and Global Development. Bristol, UK: Policy Press. [Details]

Published Reports

 YearPublication
(2022)Agency and Ageing in Place in Rural Ireland.
O’Sullivan, S., Buckley, M., Desmond, E., Bantry-White, E., Cassarino, M. (2022) Agency and Ageing in Place in Rural Ireland. University College Cork and Age Action, Cork. [Details]
(2021)‘Sustaining the Accelerant?: The Responses of Simon Communities to Four Waves of Covid-19’.
Finnerty, J., Cullinane, M. & Buckley, M. (2021) ‘Sustaining the Accelerant?: The Responses of Simon Communities to Four Waves of Covid-19’. Simon Communities of Ireland, Dublin. [Details]
(2021)‘Systems Accelerant?: The Responses of Simon Communities to ‘First Wave’ Covid-19’.
Finnerty, J. & Buckley, M. (2021) ‘Systems Accelerant?: The Responses of Simon Communities to ‘First Wave’ Covid-19’. Simon Communities of Ireland, Dublin. [Details]
(2021)‘The Experiences of Simon Community Service Users During the Covid-19 Pandemic’.
Finnerty, J., Cullinane, M. & Buckley, M. (2021) ‘The Experiences of Simon Community Service Users During the Covid-19 Pandemic’. Simon Communities of Ireland, Dublin. [Details]
(2020)‘Going the Distance’: An Evaluation of Cloyne Diocesan Youth Services Mobile Garda Youth Diversion Project.
Leahy, P. & Buckley, M. (2020) ‘Going the Distance’: An Evaluation of Cloyne Diocesan Youth Services Mobile Garda Youth Diversion Project. Cloyne Diocesan Youth Services, Ltd, Cork. [Full Text] [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2020Teaching Hero Award National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning and the Union of Students in Ireland

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2022)Sociological Association of Ireland Annual Conference,
Buckley, M. (2022) Pathways towards Stable Housing for Parents and Children Exiting Residential Services. [Oral Presentation], Sociological Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Technological University of the Shannon , 13-MAY-22 - 14-MAY-22. [Details]
(2021)Not Just a Number!,
Finnerty, J. & Buckley, M. (2021) ‘Systems Accelerant?’, Homeless Services across Europe's reaction to Covid 19. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Not Just a Number!, Public Health Scotland . [Details]
(2021)Involving Older People in Community Research,
O’Sullivan, S., Buckley, M., Desmond, E., Lang, A.C., Burke, T., and Clarke, C. (2021) UCC Community Week. [Oral Presentation], Involving Older People in Community Research, UCC (online) . [Details]
(2021)Research network event: What is participatory research in the context of older people?,
O'Sullivan, S. and Buckley, M. (2021) Rural Ageing in Place. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Research network event: What is participatory research in the context of older people?, Oxford Brookes University, UK , 04-FEB-21. [Details]
(2021)The 3rd Annual Public Housing Conference,
Finnerty, J. & Buckley, M. (2021) ‘Systems Accelerant?’. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], The 3rd Annual Public Housing Conference, National University of Ireland Maynooth . [Details]
(2021)The views of older people living in rural areas in Ireland about ageing in place,
O'Sullivan, S., Clarke, C., Buckley, M. and Desmond, E. (2021) 15th Global Conference on Ageing. [Oral Presentation], The views of older people living in rural areas in Ireland about ageing in place, Toronto, Canada (online) . [Details]
(2021)ISS21 Poverties, Social Justice & Inequalities Research Cluster,
Finnerty, J., Cullinane, M. & Buckley, M. (2021) Researching and Responding to Homelessness. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], ISS21 Poverties, Social Justice & Inequalities Research Cluster, University College Cork . [Details]
(2017)The History of Science, Technology and Medicine Network of Ireland,
Buckley, M. (2017) ‘The Old Age Pension and Mortality’. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], The History of Science, Technology and Medicine Network of Ireland, Royal Dublin Society . [Details]
(2017)International Network for the History of Hospitals Conference – Beauty and the Hospital in History,
Buckley, M. (2017) ‘Environments of Care and Social Status’. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], International Network for the History of Hospitals Conference – Beauty and the Hospital in History, University of Malta . [Details]
(2016)The History of Science, Technology and Medicine Network of Ireland,
Buckley, M. (2016) ‘Childhood Epidemics in Limerick City, 1880 – 1890’. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], The History of Science, Technology and Medicine Network of Ireland, Dublin City University . [Details]

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Assistant Lecturer01-SEP-16 / 01-SEP-19
University College Cork Lecturer01-SEP-19 /

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2020University College Cork Ph.D.Social Policy
2016University College Cork Postgraduate CertificateThird Level Teaching and Learning
2013University College Cork B.Soc.Sc.Social Science

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