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Publications - Strategies

Publications - Strategies


Edwards, A. & Downes, P. (2013). Alliances for Inclusion: Developing Cross-sector Synergies and Inter-Professional Collaboration in and around Education. Commissioned Research Report for EU Commission NESET (Network of Experts on Social Aspects of Education and Training). Foreword to report by Jan Truszczynski, Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture.

Downes, P. (2013). Invited Presentation, Developing multi-agency and cross-sector synergies in and around education, 5th meeting of the European Commission, Directorate-General for Education and Culture (EAC), Thematic Working Group on Early School Leaving, Brussels, 28-29 January 2013

Downes, P. (2011). Multi/Interdisciplinary teams for early school leaving prevention:Developing a European Strategy informed by international evidence and research. Network of Experts on the Social Aspects of Education and Training (NESET) Cardiff University



Downes. P (2006) QDOSS: An Agenda for Development. Dublin

QDOSS - Towards a National Strategy for Out of School Services. Submission to the Minister of Children and Youth Affairs, July 2013



Downes, P. (2014). Access to Education in Europe: A Framework and Agenda for System Change. Dordrecht, Springer Verlag. Foreword by Sue Waddington, President, European Adult Education Association (EAEA).

C. Maunsell, P. Downes & V. McLoughlin (2008) National Report on Lifelong Learning in Ireland. LLL2010: Sub-project 1: Towards a Lifelong Learning Society in Europe - the Contribution of the Education System. Educational Disadvantage Centre. Dublin.

See particularly the recommendations section

Downes, P. (2011). Community Based Lifelong Learning Centres: Developing a European Strategy Informed by International Evidence and Research. Research Paper for European Commission Network of Experts on the Social aspects of Education and Training (NESET) Cardiff University

Downes, P. (2011)- Invited expert speaker, European perspectives on systems change to promote access to education. Seminar, Promoting resilience in education: Increasing access to post-secondary and tertiary education in Malta. University of Malta, November 9, 2011



Keynote opening presentation, European Network of Education Councils (EUNEC) conference on Early School Leaving, in conjunction with the European Commission and the Lithuanian Government (Ministry of Education and Science) in the context of its EU Presidency. Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas), Vilnius, November 18, 2013. The title of Paul Downes' was A Holistic Approach to Early School Leaving Prevention in Europe: Key Strategic Priorities for System Level Development.

Paul Downes, invited speaker at the Belgian EU Presidency Conference, Breaking the cycle of disadvantage – Social inclusion in and through education which took place on September 28 and 29 2010 at the University of Ghent, Belgium. Dr Downes spoke at the workshop: Pupils at risk of social exclusion: overcoming school failure and reducing school drop out. His presentation entitled 'It's the heart stupid'. Emerging Priority Issues for Prevention of Early School Leaving: A Solution-Focused Approach'.

'Mental health strategy for deprived children missing from education plan' by Paul Downes. Combat Poverty's Summer 2008 Action on Poverty Today issue 21.

'Familiscope: An integrated approach' by Siobhán O'Reilly, coordinator of Familiscope, Ballyfermot. In Touch Magazine Jan/Feb 2008 issue.

'Educational Disadvantage: Next steps for new government?' by Paul Downes, Director Educational Disadvantage Centre. In Touch Magazine Jan/Feb 2008 issue

Present and Future: Psychological Support Services for Ballyfermot. Research report by Paul Downes 2004



Policy submission of the Educational Disadvantage Centre, A bullying prevention and intervention strategic focus as part of a mental health promotion and early school leaving prevention strategy across health and education, to the Irish Department of Education and Skills, National Forum on Bullying in Schools (June 2012).

Downes, P. (2009). Prevention of Bullying at a Systemic Level in Schools: Movement from Cognitive and Spatial Narratives of Diametric Opposition to Concentric Relation. In Shane R. Jimerson, Susan M. Swearer, and Dorothy L. Espelage (Eds.), Handbook of Bullying in Schools: An International Perspective, Section III., Research-Based Prevention and Intervention (pp.517-533). New York: Routledge.



Downes, P. (2013). Keynote presentation, Giving early school leavers fresh opportunities: Prevention and second chance measures, European Commission, European Social Fund (ESF) Conference, Tackling Youth Unemployment in Europe: Building a Better Future for Young People. The Conference was organised by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of the Lithuanian Republic, in conjunction with the European Commission’s Directorate General, Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, in the context of its EU Presidency. Vilnius, November 14, 2013.

Downes, P & Gilligan, A.L. eds. (2007) Some Conclusions in Beyond Educational Disadvantage. Dublin: IPA.

'Educational Disadvantage: Next steps for new government?' by Paul Downes, Director Educational Disadvantage Centre. In Touch Magazine Jan/Feb 2008 issue