Dr Elizabeth Kiely


Dr Elizabeth Kiely is a senior lecturer in social policy in the School of Applied Social Studies in University College Cork. Her research and teaching interests include social policy, particularly youth policy and practice, penal policy and feminist social policy. She also teaches modules in research methodology.  She was awarded a Government of Ireland Senior Research Scholarship in 2002 to complete her PhD.  With Dr. Máire Leane she has undertaken an oral history project on women's work in Munster in the 1940s and 1950s, which was funded by the HEA and which has generated am on-line multi-media oral archive housed in the Digital Repository of Ireland https://www.dri.ie/irish-women-work-oral-history-project-published-dri and aggregated to Europeana.  Co-authored and co-edited books include Youth and Community Work in Ireland: Critical Perspectives (2009, Blackhall) Irish Women at Work 1930-1960, An Oral History (2012, Irish Academic Press); Sexualities and Irish Society 2014, Orpen Press) and The Criminalisation of Social Policy in Neoliberal Societies (2021, Bristol University Press). 

She was Principal Investigator on an Irish Research Council funded project 'The Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Children in Ireland, An Exploratory Study' (published 2015) and on an NYCI funded project on Youth Health Inequalities, (published 2014).  More recent research projects include an IRC funded study of fathers’ views and experiences of supervised child parent contact and a study of single fathers’ perceptions of the facilitators and obstacles to shared parenting in the Irish context (for Treoir and funded by the Community Foundation for Ireland).   She is chair of her University's Ethics Committee (2019-2021) and the academic / research member of the Child and Family Agency /Tusla Research Ethics Committee. She is co-chair of the Board of Women's Studies in UCC and she serves on the steering group and Board of Directors of the Oral History Network of Ireland. For more information on her research and publications, see: UCC Research Profiles: Elizabeth Kiely, Applied Social Studies

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