School of Human Development

Dr
Irene
White

Primary Department
School of Human Development
Role
Academic Staff
Phone number:
01 700
9241
Campus
St Patrick's Campus
Room Number
SPC M 202

Academic biography

Irene White is Assistant Professor in English and Drama Education in the School of Human Development at the Institute of Education, Dublin City University. She is Programme Chair of the Professional Master of Education and teaches across a range of initial teacher education programmes. Irene taught English and Drama at post-primary level for twelve years, during which time she was a mentor for initial teacher education students and a State Exams Commission examiner for the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme.

Irene’s research straddles the arts and education sectors, with a particular focus on creative mindsets, creative learning environments and creative activity for health and wellbeing. Her PhD examined creativity in participatory arts initiatives and articulated a Participatory Arts for Creativity in Education (PACE) model, an applied participatory arts model aimed at fostering creativity in education. 

Irene is Chair of the Board of Directors for Upstate Theatre Project, a community engaged participatory arts organisation funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. Her work in the field of participatory arts includes her role as artist and director with Upstate Theatre Project on The Crossover Project, a cross-border, cross-community participative drama programme, and her work with students from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, New York University on the study abroad programme. Irene has also worked with Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company on the ‘Acting for the Future' programme using drama and theatre performance to promote positive mental health and the 'Acting for Change' programme using drama to explore cultural diversity and identity and promote anti-racism, anti-sectarianism and equality. 

Research interests

Creativity in Education

Creative Mindsets, Creative Learning Environments, Creative Health and Wellbeing

Participatory Arts

Collaborative Storytelling; Community-Engaged Theatre; Devising and Performance

Creative Pedagogies and Teacher EducationTeacher Creativity; Teacher Identitiy; English Pedagogy; Creative Writing Pedagogy; Drama in Education; Arts Education.