Current Research Projects

The School of Applied Social Studies is a research active department which has a strong commitment to both applied and more theoretical research. The School has a wide research profile which focuses on research on specific groups and issues and the education/training of social professions.  The large number of publications provides some indication of both the quality and quantity of research undertaken, as well as the ability of academic staff to disseminate research findings.  We have successfully obtained research funding from a variety of sources including Combat Poverty, ISPCC, Royal Irish Academy, Department of the Taoiseach, the Higher Education Authority, HSE, the British Council, DJ Justice (EU), Department of Justice (Ireland), Tusla, Child and Family Agency, and IRC (Irish Research Council).

Ongoing research studies & collaborations

CareVisions: Envisioning a Care-Centred Society Within and Beyond COVID19

Education First? Lone parents’ lived experience of the challenges and benefits of participating in higher education (IRC funded)

GreenInCities (EU Horizon funded)
Housing and Sustaining Communities on the West Cork Island (IRC funded)
Operation of the In Camera Rule (2024) (Department of Justice funded)
PG6025 yearly engaged research study with a community group and PhD candidates (@UCCsocialwork, CIRTL & CARL)

Sensors for Monitoring Isolation and Loneliness among Older People: New Pathways for Early Identification and Support (IRC funded)

Social Media Use and Social Work (2022-present) (partly funded by Tusla)

Socioeconomic Impact of Cork NortWest Regeneration Programme (Cork City Council and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government)

TARA Project: Trauma, Action, Resilience into Action (Dublin South Central and Tusla funded)


Completed studies and collaborations
Child Care Proceedings in the District Court 
Child Migration and Social Policy Research Group
EnRRICH (EU Horizon 2020 funded)
Health Activism Research
Hidden Young Carers in Cork Research Project
Housing Studies Research
IMMERSE - Integration Mapping of Refugee and Migrant Children in Schools and other Experiential Environments in Europe
Peer Group Supervision Research
Public Engagement with Research and Research Engagement with Society - PERARES (European Commission Framework Programme 7) 
Reflective Teaching and Learning Research 
Retaining Social Workers in Child Protection and Welfare Research (longitudinal study, phase 2 partly funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs)
UP2YOUTH Research Project
Voluntary Care in Ireland Study (2018-2021) (Department of Children and Youth Affairs funded)
Women's Oral History Project 


School of Applied Social Studies

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