School of Human Development


Primary Department
School of Human Development
Academic Staff
Phone number:
01 700
St Patrick's Campus
Room Number
SPC M 310

Academic biography

Dr Maeve O'Brien BEd, MEd (Boston), MA in Ed (UCD), PhD (Equality Studies UCD) is Professor in Sociology and Human Development at the Institute of Education, St Patrick's Campus, DCU. With many years experience as a teacher and Home/School/Liaison Co ordinator in Dublin's Inner City, Maeve moved to full time research and then to teacher education and Human Development. She co ordinated the HD programme on the BA for several years. She teaches at undergraduate level on the BA in Human Development and the BEd programmes. Her post graduate teaching has spanned the MA, BEd and Ed D programmes focusing primarily on inequalities of class and gender in Education and their impact on care and relationships. 
She has published on issues of educational transitions and social class, gender and schooling support work, caring relationality and professional praxis, and the significance of care and wellbeing in educational contexts today.Her recent report developing a Human Development Conceptual  Framework for the 2nd level wellbeing curriculum (NCCA) with Dr A O Shea. Maeve is a former co editor of the international education journal Irish Educational Studies.