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DCU Centre for Engaged Research Lecture Series 2022 'Co-Creation of Knowledge'


The Centre for Engaged Research is launching a new edition of its Lecture Series that was so well received last year. This new edition begins on April 6th and will be exploring the concept of Co-creation of Knowledge, central to the Engaged Research approach.

A common thread in academic knowledge is the need for robust social proofing of research findings and the search to develop a common methodology for the co-creation of knowledge from different perspectives that include experiential knowledge.

Within this context, a broader movement towards engaged research methodologies that imply collaborative engagement with the community stakeholders to address societal challenges in a responsive manner can be seen—exploring the potential for increased joint activities, participation and knowledge dissemination, facilitated through new technologies, shared governance structures and partnerships. The Engaged Research approach brings greater public ownership and connection with policymaking and responses to societal issues such as climate change, pandemics and social marginalisation.

As one of the priorities of CER, Co-creating with communities aims to solve social and technological issues jointly between the university and community stakeholders, through local partnerships to match community issues and research questions with DCU expertise.

Thus, the 2022 edition of the Lecture Series aims to showcase areas of DCU engaged research around central social issues. For those seminars we will bring together not only specialists and researchers, but also members of communities that are engaged with those pressing social issues to hold exchanges around them and to develop a process of co-creation of knowledge.

Lectures include:

  • 6th April 2022 Mathias Urban & Nora Milotay

Worlds apart? Engaging with the politics of policymaking from a critical research perspective

The video recording of the lecture can be found here

  • 27th April 2022 Trudy Corrigan and Mary Harkin & Ciaran McKinney (Age & Opportunity)

Addressing Ageism today

The video recording of the lecture can be found here

  •  11th May 2022 Liam MacGabhann & Emma Murphy

Dual Diagnosis: Mental Health and Substance use Challenges

The video recording of the lecture can be found here

  •  25th May 2022 Hazel Murphy, Siobhan Russell, Evelyn Gordon & Mary Farrelly

Building Relational Capacity in Parents and Children: Evaluation of Youngballymun Infant Mental Health (IMH) Programmes

The video recording of the lecture can be found here 

  • 08th June 2022 Veronica Crosbie, Lucky Khambule & Shepherd Machaya

Shining a light on Universities of Sanctuary and access to Higher Education in Ireland

Link to register here 

  • 22th June 2022 Prof. Paul Downes and Dr. Siobhan O'Reilly

Community outreach and systems change research for access to education for socio-economically marginalised groups in Ireland and Europe

Link to register here

All the seminars will be at 12.30 to 13.45 on Zoom and attendance is free.


Speaker biographies:

Mathias Urban, PhD, is Desmond Chair of Early Childhood Education, and Director of the Early Childhood Research Centre (ECRC) at Dublin City University, Ireland, Professor (II) of Pedagogy at the University of Stavanger, Norway, and Affiliate Professor and Fellow at EDPolicyFORWARD: The Centre for Educational Policy at George Mason University, USA. He works on questions of integrated early childhood systems, diversity and equality, social justice, and professionalism in diverse socio-cultural contexts. Mathias has over 20 years’ experience in designing and leading international collaborative research projects. He was awarded the ‘Marianne Bloch Distinguished Career Award’ by the international Reconceptualising Early Childhood Education network in 2018, and the DCU President’s Research Impact Award 2020.

Mathias is the lead author of the 2018 (Argentina), 2019 (Japan), 2020 (Saudi Arabia), 2021 (Italy) and 2022 (Indonesia) G20/T20 early childhood development, education and care policy briefs, and a member of the European Commission expert working group on Early Childhood Education and Care.

Nóra Milotay worked as a policy analyst at the Economic Policies Unit of the Members’ Research Service at the European Parliament on issues of European social policy. She joined the Research Service in November 2015 after having worked on several aspects of education policy in Hungary and then for many years at the European Commission. Her main areas of interest are issues of inequality, governance (including questions of systemic change) and social innovation. A historian by training, she holds a BA Hons. from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest,  an MA from the Central European University,  Budapest and an MPhil and a PhD  from the University of Cambridge.

Dr. Trudy Corrigan is a co-founder of DCU Age Friendly University. She is an assistant professor in the School of Policy and Practice. As a research fellow in the National-Anti Bullying Centre DCU and as a member of the Centre for Engaged Research DCU , her research work advocates for a new narrative on positive ageing. This is to address the societal impact of ageism and to combat the negative perceptions of ageing.

Mary Harkin is the Policy, Research and Evaluation Manager for Age & Opportunity. Her work in research and policy, aims to support and influence public policy development in relation to older people.

Ciaran McKinney is the Engage Programme Manager. Ciaran delivers training and facilitation to the public and private sectors and the community and voluntary sectors in age awareness, building resilience through life transitions and ageing with confidence group work.

Liam MacGabhann research interests predominantly lie in the areas of mental health practice and sociological inquiry, using methodologies aligned with Participatory Inquiry mostly. He is involved in understanding and transforming the various dialogues that underpin and are evolving in mental health communities, with a view to bringing about a positive change for people engaged with these communities. He has been exploring ‘Open Dialogue’ as an effective way for practitioners to communicate; for organisations to engage in collaborative changes; and for communities to have open conversations about contentious issues. Research projects include; a national study exploring the experience of stigma and discrimination by people with mental health problems; a national action research study examining the impact of a collaborative leadership programme and change management model on mental health services improvement; increasing the impact of experts by experience on mental health care in Ireland; and a community development project co-leading the establishment of the Mental Health Trialogue Network Ireland (www.trialogue.co). More recent projects include funding to increase capacity for service users and family members to be involved in the design, development and delivery of mental health services in Ireland; and co-funding to develop a Recovery College in Dublin North East. Since 2004 he has been actively  involved in  research and development in Ireland in the area of Dual Diagnosis (mental health and substance use). The changing paradigm in the mental health arena has taken his practice and research focus more into systemic trauma and rights based approaches in the community.

Emma Murphy is a community member and activist with lived experience in the area of recovery, trauma informed practice and dual diagnosis. She is passionate about Person Centred Care, and making sure service user voices are heard, and part of decision making processes regarding the provision of services. She is also passionate about developing robust trauma-informed services in all areas of life, with a vision of a trauma-informed society, which does not retraumatise or further traumatise already vulnerable individuals in need of support. She holds a diploma in Boundary Management and Person Centred Planning from Ballymun Youth Action Project, and has volunteered with UISCE, the national service for advocacy for people who use drugs, delivering overdose prevention workshops and naloxone training to service users in the local community. She has trained in Trauma Informed Care, and is currently doing an online course in Healing Trauma in the Community. She has been involved with Recovery College DCU since 2021, when she did Dual Diagnosis training, followed by a Train the Trainer workshop. She did an “Expert by Experience” guest lecture as part of the Trauma Informed Practice course run by Recovery College in December 2021. She hopes to continue to work with Recovery College in delivering educational training on Dual Diagnosis and Trauma Informed Care.

Siobhan Russell is Assistant Professor in Mental Health Nursing in the School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health at DCU. She initially trained as a mental health nurse and practised for 8 years in a variety of mental health care settings, including adult inpatient services, and then moving to community services working as a community mental health nurse. 

Siobhan research interests predominantly focus on mental health nurse education particularly the involvement of experts by experience in professional education and mental health nursing practice with a focus on recovery orientated practice, and trauma-informed practice. Her current project is Building Relational Capacity in Parents and Children in Ballymun-Evaluating YB Infant Mental Health Interventions.  Young Ballymun (YB) provides a range of interventions aiming to build the relationship between parents and children, enhancing their relational capacity and promoting resilience. This project will establish the experiences and perceptions of parents and professionals on the relevance and benefits (acceptability) of these interventions.

Dr Evelyn Gordon worked for many years in adult and adolescent mental health as an accredited psychotherapist and nurse. Provided clinical supervision to post-graduate psychotherapy students / trainees, pre-accredited therapists and accredited therapists working in a range of clinical settings. She chaired and delivered a range of psychotherapy and mental health nursing courses, provided research supervision to post-graduate students at M.Sc., Doctorate and PhD level.

Hazel Murphy has been working on Youngballymun’s Infant and Early Years Mental Health team since 2010.  Her current role involves delivering tailored interventions in Infant and Early Years Mental Health approaches to parents and carers, through individualised therapeutic home-visiting.  Supports are also offered to parents and carers through Circle of Security® Parenting™, an approach based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened.  Hazel supports capacity building of practitioners through delivering youngballymun’s two day Infant and Early Years Mental Health Master Class, mentoring practitioners in delivering Circle of Security and provides monthly reflective consultation to early years practitioners. 

Hazel is the current coordinator of the Ballymun Infant and Early Years Mental Health Network, a workforce capacity building initiative.  Hazel has worked in the area of community development for over 15 years and is currently training as a Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.  

Veronica Crosbie is Assistant Professor in Migration and Intercultural Studies in SALIS, Dublin City University. She is Chair of the MA Refugee Integration. Other roles and responsibilities include Chair of the Places of Sanctuary Ireland (PoSI) network. She was instrumental in establishing DCU as the first University of Sanctuary in Ireland in 2016, which entails creating a culture of welcome for asylum seekers and refugees. In 2017, she co-hosted the colloquium Asylum Narratives and co-edited a special issue related to the theme for the journal Studies in Arts and Humanities, which was published in January 2019. 

In the past three years, Veronica has conducted participatory action research on integration through the arts with social enterprise BlueFire. More recently, her focus has turned to applying capability approach theory to asylum and refugee contexts, most notably concerning Direct Provision in Ireland, again using participatory action research methodology. She is also currently investigating the University of Sanctuary model as a framework for supporting and developing socially just institutes of higher education.

Lucky Khambule is an organiser, campaigner, and activist for the rights of asylum seekers, migrants and refugee communities in Ireland and a passionate community worker. He is one of the founding members of MASI-Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland. Served in Cork City Council as PPN member on social inclusion in 2015 as well as Dublin and Clare currently. Ireland has been his home for the past 8 years and he has been active in multiple struggles for social justice, dignity, and equality. He lived in direct provision from 2013 to 2016. He continues to be the voice of those trapped within the confinements of direct provision in Ireland and advocates for free education and full access to employment for asylum seekers,  leading to campaigns to end direct provision, proper right to work and to stop deportations.

Lucky is currently working with MASI- on a voluntary basis as a coordinator of the group. He has been a member of the board of directors for Comhlamh in Ireland for the past four years. He is a driving force behind the right to work campaign. He also works full time for Standard Life insurance company in Dublin. In 2021 he was the winner of the HERO Awards on social inclusion. He was honoured to receive the Human Right Award from the Bar of Ireland in 2021 on behalf of MASI.

Shepherd Machaya is from Zimbabwe and is currently working as an IT Help Desk Agent at SAP Dublin. He is a part-time student at Dublin City University. His area of study is a Bachelor of Science in Management of Information Technology and Information Systems. 

He is one of the first 15 Asylum seekers to be awarded a Sanctuary Scholarship in Ireland by Dublin City University in 2017. In 2016 he studied QQI Level 5 computer science at Portlaoise College. Having completed the course with a certificate in software development. He wanted to continue with his studies, but didn’t have the money to pay the fees. He also was not eligible to take a loan or grant as an asylum seeker. 

In 2017, the year Shepherd graduated from Portlaoise College, DCU introduced the Sanctuary Scholarships for refugees and asylum seekers. He applied and was successful with his application. That was the beginning of the journey with DCU. He just completed the 5th year of his degree which will take 6 years to complete. He has successfully completed 12 out of 14 modules that he has to do to complete the course.

Paul Downes is Professor of Psychology of Education, and Director of the Educational Disadvantage Centre, Institute of Education, Dublin City University, Ireland and Affiliate Professor, University of Malta, Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health. With over 110 peer reviewed publications in areas of education, psychology, sociology, philosophy, law, anthropology and social policy, he has given keynote lectures and invited presentations in 30 countries. His contribution to international policy and practice includes invitations from 16 different countries’ official ministries and over 20 official EU Commission invitations to present his research on social inclusion in education, lifelong learning, social & emotional education and wellbeing. He has been involved in various expert advisory roles for the European Commission, including its School Policy Working Groups and was one of three experts specifically selected in an open call across Europe under the 'Inclusion and citizenship' heading for the European Education and Training Expert Panel to support the EU’s post-2020 Strategic Cooperation Framework for Education and Training (2018). A Foundation P&V Brussels, Laureat Award Winner for his article on Connecting You(th): Overcoming Divisions in Society (2021), he has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and University of Cambridge, Lauterpacht Centre, and a member of the Irish Senate and Parliament Expert Advisory Group on early school leaving. His recent books with Routledge (2020) are Reconstructing agency in developmental and educational psychology: Inclusive Systems as Concentric Space and Concentric Space as a Life Principle Beyond Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Ricoeur: Inclusion of the Other.

Dr. Siobhán O' Reilly is lecturing the Equality, Access and Inclusion module on the BSc in Education and Training and is a senior research associate of the Educational Disadvantage Centre.

She has over twenty-five years’ experience working at all levels of formal education and in developing and leading community-based services and organisations.  She began her career as a post-primary school teacher and worked also as a primary and post-primary teacher in a residential health setting for children and young people with EBD diagnoses.  She coordinated a youth Garda Diversion Programme as part of Tallaght Youth Service and worked as Education Coordinator of Ballyfermot Partnership, culminating in the establishment of an Education Task Force which prioritised local education strategic issues and apportioned the Partnership’s Education budgets accordingly.  In 2006, as Manager of Familiscope, she worked on the development of the URBAN 2 commissioned research Psychological Support Service for Ballyfermot: Present and Future.  Siobhán was a Board Director of Ballyfermot. She also worked as CEO of FamiliBase, developing a multi-disciplinary ‘one stop shop’ with the capacity to deliver both universal and targeted programmes and support to children, young people and families.