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School of Human Development


Primary Department
School of Human Development
Academic Staff
Phone number:
01 700
St Patrick's Campus
Room Number
SPC M 108

Academic biography

Andrew is lecturer in philosophy of education and human development. He teaches in both Humanities and Education, courses include: Philosophy of Education, Constructions of Childhood, Wellbeing and Human Development. His research involves understanding and navigating 'being and becoming' in times of crises. His research focuses primarily on questions of phenomenology and hermeneutics that bear on: childhood studies, citizenship, wellbeing, practical wisdom, ethics and new beginnings (natality). One of the first graduates of human development in Ireland, he has held the post of programme chair of the subject of human development, served on various boards to advance wellbeing, spoken regularly at international conferences, and collaborated in local and national art exhibitions. He is a member of a special interest group that examines the role of praxis in education. His current inquiry is exploring the factors that inhibit the knowledge that comes through lived experience.

Research interests

Natality and the Crisis in Education in Arendt's Political ThoughtPhenomenological and Existential Challenges for LearningOrienting Education in a Space of WellbeingHope in the PUCA - Possibilities for Critical PedagogyEthics in Education beyond Post-humanismGirardian Crises and Educational BeginningsChildhood: Discontents and Possibilities