Research Profile

Siobhan O'Sullivan

Biography

I am a lecturer in the School of Applied Social Studies, UCC and coordinator of the PhD Social Sciences doctoral programme.  I am advisor to the Learning Neighbourhoods Programme as part of the Cork UNESCO Learning City Award, in the UCC Centre for Adult Continuing Education (ACE). I am a research associate of the Institute for Social Science in the 21st century (ISS21) at UCC and hold a doctorate in Sociology from University College Cork (UCC) and a Masters from the University of Essex, UK.  For the past sixteen years, I have worked on projects for the public service, local authorities, the Irish Research Council, community groups and charities, and international research for the European Union.

Research Interests

My main interests and expertise are in community based-research, qualitative and quantitative methodologies, evaluation, and policy analysis. My thematic areas of specialisation include public participation and democracy, regeneration and social housing, social justice, development and land reform.

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Cork City Council 2014-2016 ‘A Socio-Economic and Environmental Impact Study of Cork City Northwest Regeneration’01-JAN-1431-DEC-16€165,471.29
Cork City Council 2017-2020 ‘A Socio-Economic and Environmental Impact Study of Cork City Northwest Regeneration’01-MAY-1730-APR-20€75,000.00
IRC Project 2013 ‘Children Voices in Estate Regeneration’, co-funded by Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government01-JAN-1301-DEC-13€28,189.00

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2018)'The symbolic representation of community in social isolation and loneliness among older people: Insights for intervention from a rural Irish case study'
Bantry White, Eleanor; O'Sullivan, Siobhán; Kenny, Lorna; O'Connell, Cathal (2018) 'The symbolic representation of community in social isolation and loneliness among older people: Insights for intervention from a rural Irish case study'. Health & Social Care In The Community, [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2017)'Universities as key responders to education inequality'
O’Sullivan, S., S. Ó Tuama and L. Kenny (2017) 'Universities as key responders to education inequality'. Global Discourse, [Details]
(2017)'Hearing children’s voices in housing estate regeneration'
O’Sullivan, S., O’Connell, C. and L. Byrne (2017) 'Hearing children’s voices in housing estate regeneration'. Children, Youth and Environments, 13 (1):1-15 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'‘Political Legitimacy in Ireland during Economic Crisis: Insights from the European Social Survey’'
O'Sullivan, S., Healy, A, and Breen, M. (2014) '‘Political Legitimacy in Ireland during Economic Crisis: Insights from the European Social Survey’'. Irish Political Studies,   [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'‘Book review: Social Injustice: Essays in Political Philosophy’'
O'Sullivan, S. (2012) '‘Book review: Social Injustice: Essays in Political Philosophy’'. Irish Journal of Public Policy, 3 (3)   [Details]
(2011)'Towards Democratic Justice? Land Reform in South Africa'
O'Sullivan, S. (2011) 'Towards Democratic Justice? Land Reform in South Africa'. Irish Journal of Public Policy, 3 (2)   [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2016)'The changing regime of social housing policy and provision'
Finnerty, J., O’Connell, C. and O’Sullivan,S. (2016) 'The changing regime of social housing policy and provision' In: Mary Murphy and Fiona Dukelow (eds). The Irish Welfare State in the Twenty First Century. London: Palgrave MacMillan. [Details]
(2006)'‘Procedure and participation: A social theoretical assessment of GM licensing procedures in Ireland and the UK’'
O'Mahony, P. and O'Sullivan, S. (2006) '‘Procedure and participation: A social theoretical assessment of GM licensing procedures in Ireland and the UK’' In: Bora, A. & Hausendorf, H (eds). Analysing Citizenship Talk; Social positioning in political and legal decision-making processes. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2016)HELLIN (Higher Education Lifelong Learning Ireland Network) Conference proceedings from the second EUCEN conference 'Reimagining Lifelong Learning'
O'Sullivan, S., O'Tuama, S, and Denayer, W (2016) 'Breaking the Barriers': A Reflexive Approach to Adult Education and Lifelong Learning’ HELLIN (Higher Education Lifelong Learning Ireland Network) Conference proceedings from the second EUCEN conference 'Reimagining Lifelong Learning'   [Details]
(2015)CIAE (Commission on International Adult Education) Pre-Conference at AAACE Conference, Oklahoma City, USA
O'Tuama, S. and O'Sullivan, S. (2015) 'Designing and Implementing Learning Neighbourhoods in Cork's UNESCO Learning City Project' CIAE (Commission on International Adult Education) Pre-Conference at AAACE Conference, Oklahoma City, USA [DOI] [Details]

Published Reports

 YearPublication
(2017)Cork Learning Neighbourhoods.
O’Sullivan, S. and Kenny, L. (2017) Cork Learning Neighbourhoods. Centre for Adult Continuing Education, University College Cork. [Details]
(2016)Learning Neighbourhoods pilot programme.
O’Sullivan, S. and Kenny, L. (2016) Learning Neighbourhoods pilot programme. Centre for Adult Continuing Education, University College Cork.   [Details]
(2015)Children's Voices in Housing Estate Regeneration.
O'Connell, C., O'Sullivan, S, and Byrne, L. (2015) Children's Voices in Housing Estate Regeneration. IRC, DCYA, DECLG, Ireland. [Details]
(2007)Participation and the Dynamics of Social Positioning.
O'Mahony, P., Skillinton, T. and O'Sullivan, S. (2007) Participation and the Dynamics of Social Positioning. Directorate-General for Research, Brussels.   [DOI] [Details]

Blog

 YearPublication
(2015)Political Legitimacy in Ireland During Economic Crisis: Insights from the European Social Survey.
O'Sullivan, S., Healy, A, and Breen, M. (2015) Political Legitimacy in Ireland During Economic Crisis: Insights from the European Social Survey. Blog   [Details]

Journal Review

 YearPublication
(2006)‘Who buys fairtrade products and why? Characteristics of consumers of fairtrade in Colchester, UK’.
O'Sullivan, S. (2006) ‘Who buys fairtrade products and why? Characteristics of consumers of fairtrade in Colchester, UK’. Journal Review   [Details]

Newspaper Articles

 YearPublication
(2014)Enough talk, act now on education inequality.
O'Sullivan, S. (2014) Enough talk, act now on education inequality. Newspaper Articles [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2006Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences
2006William J. Leen Postgraduate Scholarship University College Cork

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2018)BASPCAN 10th International Congress. Thinking Outside the Box: innovative perspectives on protecting children and young people,
Burns, K., Christie, A. and O'Sullivan, S. (2018) Why they stay: What can we learn from social workers with 10-30+ years' experience in child protection practice?. [Oral Presentation], BASPCAN 10th International Congress. Thinking Outside the Box: innovative perspectives on protecting children and young people, University of Warwick, United Kingdom , 08-APR-18 - 11-APR-18. [Details]
(2017)Participatory Research: Working and Communicating with Communities,
O’Sullivan, S. and O’Tuama, S. (2017) Responding to educational precarity. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Participatory Research: Working and Communicating with Communities, Newcastle, UK . [Details]
(2017)The British Society of Gerontology 46th Annual Conf,
Bantry White, E., O'Sullivan, S., Kenny, L. and O'Connell, C. (2017) Rural Community Responses to Concerns for the Social Isolation of Older People. [Oral Presentation], The British Society of Gerontology 46th Annual Conf, UK . [Details]
(2017)6th National Child Protection and Welfare Social Work Conference,
Burns, K., Christie, A. and O'Sullivan, S. (2017) Why they stay: What can we learn about retention from social workers with 10-30+ years’ experience in child protection practice?. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 6th National Child Protection and Welfare Social Work Conference, University College Cork , 27-OCT-17 - 27-OCT-17. [Details]
(2016)13th Pascal International Conference: Learning Cities 2040,
O'Sullivan, S., O'Tuama, S., Kenny, L., Barrett, D., Mcauliffe, W. (2016) Designing and implementing learning neighbourhoods in Cork’s UNESCO Learning City project. [Oral Presentation], 13th Pascal International Conference: Learning Cities 2040, Glasgow, Scotland , 03-JUN-16 - 05-JUN-16. [Details]
(2015)Re-imagining Lifelong Learning, Institute for Lifecourse and Society, NUI Galway,
O'Tuama, S., O'Sullivan, S., Denayer, W. (2015) Reconsidering ‘flexicurity’ towards a lifelong and lifewide reflexive model. [Oral Presentation], Re-imagining Lifelong Learning, Institute for Lifecourse and Society, NUI Galway, NUI Galway . [Details]
(2014)ACE/EUCEN Lifelong Learning in Ireland: Mission, Vision and Practice,
O'Connell, C. and O'Sullivan, S. (2014) Tackling Educational Inequality in Regeneration Areas: Policy, Practice and Research. [Oral Presentation], ACE/EUCEN Lifelong Learning in Ireland: Mission, Vision and Practice, UCC , 01-DEC-14. [Details]
(2014)The Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth 5th International Conference “Researching children’s everyday lives: socio-cultural contexts”,
O'Sullivan, S. and O'Connell, C. (2014) Having Our Say: Children’s Voices in Housing Estate Regeneration. [Oral Presentation], The Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth 5th International Conference “Researching children’s everyday lives: socio-cultural contexts”, University of Sheffield, Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth , 02-JUL-14. [Details]
(2014)The Irish Welfare State in and after crisis,
O'Connell, C. and O'Sullivan, S. (2014) Regeneration and Austerity: A Case Study of Policy Contradictions. [Oral Presentation], The Irish Welfare State in and after crisis, School of Applied Social Studies, UCC , 28-MAR-14. [Details]
(2013)Conference of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA),
O’Sullivan, S., Healy, A, & Breen, M. (2013) Political legitimacy in Ireland, Portugal and Spain during economic crisis: A comparative analysis using European Social Survey data. [Oral Presentation], Conference of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA), Lljubjana, Slovenia , 16-JUL-13. [Details]
(2012)European Social Survey (ESS) International Conference,
O’Sullivan, S., Healy, A, & Breen, M. (2012) Political legitimacy in Ireland during economic crisis: Insights from the European Social Survey, Rounds 2-5. [Oral Presentation], European Social Survey (ESS) International Conference, Cyprus , 23-NOV-12. [Details]
(2012)Beyond the Law: Critical Reflections on International Human Rights Law and Policy,
O’Sullivan, S. & McMurry, N. (2012) The Right to Participation: A Conversation between Human-Rights Law and Democratic Theory. [Oral Presentation], Beyond the Law: Critical Reflections on International Human Rights Law and Policy, Griffith College, Cork , 07-JUN-12. [Details]
(2012)Joint seminar with Dr Vittorio Bufacchi, School of Sociology and Philosophy, UCC,
O’Sullivan, S. (2012) Social injustice – what it is and how to tackle it. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Joint seminar with Dr Vittorio Bufacchi, School of Sociology and Philosophy, UCC, Mary Immaculate College, UL , 15-FEB-12. [Details]
(2011)The International Social Theory Consortium (ISTC),
O’Sullivan, S. (2011) The Methodology of Critical Theory: Justice and Democracy in an Unequal World. [Oral Presentation], The International Social Theory Consortium (ISTC), UCC , 16-JUN-11. [Details]
(2009)Theory for a Global Age: Postcolonial and Cosmopolitan Perspectives Summer School, Institute of Advanced Study, Social Theory Centre & Department of Sociology,
O’Sullivan, S. (2009) Considering Reparative Justice. [Oral Presentation], Theory for a Global Age: Postcolonial and Cosmopolitan Perspectives Summer School, Institute of Advanced Study, Social Theory Centre & Department of Sociology, University of Warwick, UK , 10-JUL-09. [Details]
(2002)PARADYS Workshop,
O’Sullivan, S. (2002) Regulation and Participation in the Irish Case of GMOs. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], PARADYS Workshop, University of Bielefeld, Germany . [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Respond! Support Board Member2016 / 2017
European Social Survey National Steering Group Member2016 / 2016
Learning Cities Steering Group Member2016 / 2016
Children and Young People's Services Committee (CYPSE) Information and Research Subgroup Member2015 / 2016
Young Knocknaheeny Evaluation Subgroup Member2014 / 2016
Inter-agency Cork City Profile Steering Committee Member2013 / 2014

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2017UCC PG CertificateTeaching and Learning
2011University College Cork PHDSociology
2004University of Essex MASTER OF ARTSSociology of Development
2001University College Cork BACHELOR OF ARTSPhilosophy and Sociology

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
School of Applied Social Studies Post-Doctoral Researcher01-JAN-14 / 31-DEC-16
Adult Continuing Education Learning Neighbourhoods Coordinator01-SEP-15 / 30-SEP-16
School of Applied Social Studies PhD Social Sciences Coordinator01-SEP-12 / 31-AUG-16
Department of Sociology PhD Social Sciences Coordinator and Lecturer01-OCT-14 / 11-APR-16
School of Applied Social Studies Researcher01-JAN-13 / 30-NOV-13
Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick IRCHSS Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, European Social Survey01-AUG-11 / 31-JUL-12
University of Essex Community Volunteer Coordinator01-SEP-04 / 31-JUL-05
Department of Sociology, UCC Research Assistant01-JUN-01 / 30-SEP-03

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
Shared Insight
I am a partner in the consultancy Shared Insight, which provides research, advocacy and training services to groups in the voluntary, community, public and private sectors.

Outreach Activities

 Description

I coordinate the Learning Neighbourhoods Programme, supported by Adult Continuing Education in UCC, the Cork Education and Training Board and Cork City Council. This aims to promote and develop active local lifelong learning across Cork City’s neighbourhoods.  The programme is being piloted in Ballyphehane and Knocknaheeny during 2015-2016. For more see: http://www.ucc.ie/en/learningneighbourhoods/

My colleagues Prof Cathal O'Connell, Lorna Kenny and I collaborated with Respond! Housing Association in 2015 on an Irish Research Council / The Wheel New Foundations Research Scheme focusing on loneliness and social isolation among older people.  We organised a joint conference at the end of the project, which took place in Respond!’s new conference facility in John’s College, Waterford on 26th November 2015.  See more at: http://www.respond.ie/events/respond-and-ucc-joint-conference-in-november/


Since 2014, I sit on the Young Knocknaheeny Evaluation subgroup, which provides research advice to the Young Knocknaheeny consortium regarding outcome and process evaluation of the Prevention and Early Intervention Programmes they are developing. See http://www.youngknocknaheeny.ie/

I was a member of the Inter-Agency Cork City Profile Steering Committee (2013-14), which oversaw the development of a profile of the city based on the 2011 Census. The Committee included staff from Cork Healthy Cities, Cork City Council, the HSE, Cork City Partnership, the Gardai, Cork ETB, community representatives, UCC, and others. The report is available on http://corkhealthycities.com/cork-city-profile-2014/  

In 2014, I produced two research reports in association with Shared Insight Research Consultancy, for Respond! Housing Association on the provision of adult and community education in Cork and Dublin. The Cork report was launched by then Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Catherine Clancy at the St Francis Gardens Housing Complex in Blackpool, Cork in March 2014. Also present was Ms Kathleen Lynch T.D., Minister of State for Primary Care, Mental Health and Disability who responded to the report. The Dublin Report was launched by the well-known social justice campaigner Fr. Peter McVerry at the Marino Institute in Drumcondra, Dublin in September 2014. Also among the speakers at the launch was Fr. Sean Healy of Social Justice Ireland. Both reports highlighted current levels of provision on the northside of Cork city and in neighbourhoods on the northside of Dublin city including Finglas, Ballymun, Whitehall, Beaumont and Drumcondra. Dr Cathal O'Connell, Senior Lecturer in Applied Social Studies, provided research oversight on both projects. The reports are available on http://www.respond.ie/eventsmedia/publications/  

I was part of the organising group for a workshop in Blackpool (May 2014) 'Community Voices for a Renewed Ireland', led by Dr Kieran Keohane, School of Sociology and Philosophy. This brought together academic researchers and community organisers to discuss social and environmental justice. See: http://www.president.ie/uncategorized/president-announces-nationwide-ethics-initiative/  

In 2013, Dr Cathal O'Connell and I researched and wrote a report for the Northside Youth Forum on a pro bono basis. This is a group of 11 youth and family support organisations, and we documented the impact of cutbacks to their services in the northwest of Cork City.

I was invited to be a speaker at the EcCoWell Conference, Open Networking Session (September 2013) focusing on regeneration and children's perspectives. EcCoWell aims to integrate 'Ecology & Economy; Community & Culture; Well-being & Lifelong Learning' to enhance opportunities for all citizens and the sustainability of the city.

Other Activities

 Description

I convene the ISS21 Quantitative Methods Working Group with my colleague Dr Eleanor Bantry White, School of Applied Social Studies. We established the group in 2013 in order to provide a forum for learning, mutual support and feedback on papers and projects for people using quantitative methods in social research. Members are drawn from a range of disciplines across University College Cork including Applied Social Studies, Applied Psychology, Clinical Therapies, Epidemiology and Public Health, Food Business and Development, and Geography.

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

I teach social research methods and social theory at undergraduate and postgraduate levels including to the PhD Social Sciences, DSocSc, PhD Social Work, BSocSc, and 3rd year Sociology students.

In 2018/19 I teach and contribute to the following modules SS3006 (Education and Welfare), SS3049/SS3050 (Politics and Social Policy IV), SS1006 (Social Analysis and Child Care Policy 1) , SS5107 (Education and Welfare) and SS6017 (Critical Public Health). 

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2020Education and Welfare SS3006Education and Welfare
2020Education and Welfare SS5020Education and Welfare
2020Education and Welfare (online) SS5107Education and Welfare (online)

Research Information

Internal Collaborators

 NameInstituteCountry
Prof Cathal O'Connell School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork (UCC)IRELAND
Dr Seamus O'Tuama Adult Continuing Education, UCCIRELAND
Lorna Kenny Adult Continuing EducationIRELAND
Dr Patrick O'Mahony School of Sociology and Philosophy, UCCIRELAND
Joe Finnerty School of Applied Social Studies, UCCIRELAND
Dr Eleanor Bantry-White School of Applied Social Studies, UCCIRELAND

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Prof Michael Breen Mary Immaculate College, University of LimerickIRELAND
Dr Amy Healy NUI MaynoothIRELAND

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