Children and Youth

Children and Young People Cluster

The CYP cluster is an evolving network of academics, graduate students, researchers and practitioners within UCC, who aim to collaborate, promote awareness and disseminate research with and for children and young people. The network values diversity and debate within this forum.

The ISS21 Children and Young People research cluster brings together researchers with an interest in research with children and young people, from a wide range of disciplines, including Applied Psychology, Applied Social Studies, Computer Science, Education, Geography, History, Law, Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Occupational Science, Occupational Therapy, Paediatrics and Child Health, Pharmacy and Sociology.



About the Children and Young People Cluster

The CYP cluster is an evolving network of academics, graduate students, researchers and practitioners within UCC, who aim to collaborate, promote awareness and disseminate research with and for children and young people. The network values diversity and debate within this forum.

Characteristics of the network:

  • Commitment to research that recognises the diversity of childhood, that values a whole-child perspective, that is concerned with agency and well-being
  • Encompasses issues affecting children and young people from a ‘whole-child’ perspective, at all stages of life from  infancy and early childhood to young adulthood;
  • Employs a wide range of research methods, but places particular emphasis on methods that promote the active participation of children and young people;
  • Is underpinned by a commitment to the principles in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child;
  • Seeks to influence academic debates, professional practice and policy-making locally, nationally and internationally.


Aims and Objectives

  • To support research being conducted in UCC on / with children and young people and particularly research which facilitates children and young people as collaborators / active participants
  • To promote and develop a research environment conducive to interdisciplinary research on / with children and young people
  • To create intellectual collaborative spaces where cluster members can disseminate research findings, share research methodologies and discuss / debate issues pertaining to children and young people’ s lives
  • To share research findings with relevant state agencies, child and youth representative organisations, relevant civil society groups and other stakeholders as appropriate
  • To build local, national and international research, policy and practice collaborations and partnerships conducive to improving the lives of children and young people.      




ISS21 Children and Young People Research Cluster Members

Aimie Brennan, Sociology

Ms. Aine Horgan, Nursing and Midwifery

Dr. Aisling Parkes, Law

Dr. Allen White, CACSSS

Dr. Angela Veale, Applied Psychology

Dr. Audrey Dunn Galvin, Paediatrics & Child Health

Dr. Caitriona Ni Laoire, Applied Social Studies

Dr. Cathal O’Connell, Applied Social Studies

Dr. Catherine Forde, Applied Social Studies

Dr. Ciara O’Toole, Hearing/Speech/Clinical Sciences

Ms. Cindy O’Shea, Applied Social Studies and Adult Education

Dr. Cliona O Gallchoir, English

Dr. Clodagh Harris, Government

Dr. Conor O’Mahony, Law

Dr. Deirdre Horgan, Applied Social Studies (Cluster Steering Committee)

Professor Eileen Savage, Nursing and Midwifery

Ms. Eithne Hunt, Occupational Therapy

Fiona Kelleher, Geography

Professor Fred Powell, Applied Social Studies

Dr. Gill Harold, Applied Social StudiesDr.

Dr. Helen Lynch, Occupational Therapy (Cluster Steering Committee)

Ms. Hilary Jenkinson, Applied Social Studies

Dr. Ian Pitt, Computer Science

Dr. Jacqui O’Riordan, Applied Social Studies

Dr. Karl Kitching, Education

Ms. Katharina Swirak, Applied Social Studies

Dr. Kenneth Burns, Applied Social Studies

Dr. Liz Kiely, Applied Social Studies (Cluster Leader)

Dr. Margaret Scanlon, Applied Social Studies

Maria Cassidy, Paediatrics & Child Health

Mr. Pat Leahy, Applied Social Studies

Dr. Patricia Leahy-Warren, Nursing and Midwifery

Dr. Paul Conway, Education

Peter Kearney, Medical School and Sociology

Philip Murphy, Government

Dr. Sarah-Anne Buckley, History

Dr. Shirley Martin, Applied Social Studies

Dr. Siobhan O’Sullivan, Social Sciences

Dr. Susan Crawford, Sports Studies

Dr. Suzanne McCarthy, Pharmacy

Professor Ursula Kilkelly, Law (Cluster Steering Committee)



Research Projects

Research projects linked to the ISS21 Children and Young People research cluster:

Making Communion 

Karl Kitching, PI, School of Education and ISS21

Researcher: Yafa Shanneik

IRCHSS Collaborative Project, October 2012 - September 2013.


Children and Housing Estate Regeneration 

Cathal O'Connell, PI, Applied Social Studies and ISS21

Researcher: Siobhan O’Sullivan

IRC RDI Award; Nov 2012 - Oct 2013


Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Children 

Elizabeth Kiely (PI), Máire Leane, Karl Kitching and Debbie Ging

UCC and DCU: Schools of Applied Social Studies, Education & Communications and ISS21

Researcher: Gill Harold

IRC RDI award: 1 November 2012 - October 2013.


Irish Child Abuse Inquiries in Social/Cultural Context 

Fred Powell (PI) and Margaret Scanlon (Postdoctoral Researcher), School of Applied Social Science and ISS21

IRCHSS Collaborative Project, October 2012 - September 2013.


Seen and Not Heard? 

Deirdre Horgan (PI), Shirley Martin, Catherine Forde (School of Applied Social Studies and ISS21); Aisling Parkes (Law and ISS21)

Researcher: Angela O’Connell

IRCHSS RDI Project, November 2012 - October 2013


Reimagining Initial Teaching Identity and Learning 

Paul Conway (PI, School of Education and ISS21)

Researchers: Vanessa Rutherford and Rosaleen Murphy

IRCHSS Collaborative project, 1 Oct 2012 to 30 Sept 2013


Volunteer-led Youth Work 

Fred Powell (PI), Margaret Scanlon, Pat Leahy (School of Applied Social Studies and ISS21); with partners Maurice Devlin (PI), Hilary Tierney, Kathryn McGarry (NUI Maynooth)

Researcher: Etaoine Howlett

IRCHSS RDI Project, November 2012 – October 2013


Transnational Childraising 

Project team: Angela Veale (PI), Allen White (National Coordinator), Caitríona Ní Laoire, Camilla Andres

School of Applied Psychology, School of Geography and Archaeology, ISS21

Norface TNP on Migration, 2010-2013



CYP Cluster Events

Recent Events Hosted by the CYP Cluster:

Solidarity and young people in Medellín (Colombia) Wednesday 2nd May 2018

Yicel Nayrobis Giraldo Giraldo (University of Medellín, Colombia)

Yicel Nayrobis Giraldo Giraldo spoke about her recently completed doctoral research on the ethical-political meanings of solidarity actions in young people from the city of Medellín (Colombia), especially involving young people living in areas affected by violence and poverty. Although Medellin is an incredibly transformed city now, the history of narcotic trafficking cartels and armed conflicts between groups and the government has created a special experience for people living here. In these circumstances, we identify the existence of solitary practices aimed at strengthening social ties.

Human Rights Education in Children's Spaces, 20th March 2018

Jonathan Todres (Professor of Law at Georgia State University, Atlanta and currently a Fulbright Scholar at the School of Law, UCC)

In this seminar Jonathan Todres presented some of the findings of his research on children’s rights. The U.N. Convention on the Right of the Child requires that states make children’s rights “widely known” to both adults and children. Educational initiatves for children often focus on bringing children to places of learning, rather than meeting children where they are. Starting with the world of children’s literature, this project explores opportunities to partner with children in dialogues about human rights – their own rights and their responsibility to respect the rights of others.


Previous Cluster Events

Cluster Postgraduate Student Event, November 2014 

Ethics, Consent and Participation in Research with Children and Young People, Symposium organised in collaboration with CRNINI, June 2013 

Cluster Exchange Initiative with Sheffield University, Anglia Ruskin University, Linkoping University and NTNU Norway (2013-14) 

Seminar series 2010-2011: Children’s Rights and Constitutional Reform

Children and Young People Research Workshop, 10th December 2010

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