James O'Higgins Norman


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Prof. James O'Higgins Norman holds the UNESCO Chair on Tackling Bullying in Schools and Cyberspace and is Director of DCU National Anti-Bullying Centre.

He completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Psychology, Sociology, and Education in Ireland and the UK. He has led several significant funded research projects on school bullying and cyberbullying and is currently working on studies about migration and bullying, workplace bullying and online safety. 

He was a member of the NCCA sub-committee on intercultural education and is currently a member of the Government's Advisory Council for Online Safety. He is a former Chair of the World Anti-Bullying Forum and is Chair of UNESCO Scientific Committee on School Violence and Bullying including Cyberbullying. He is an editor of the Wiley-Blackwell Handbook on Bullying (2021) and founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Bullying Prevention (Springer Publications). James is Chair of the EU COST Action Project  on Transnational Collaboration on Bullying, Migration and Integration at School Level. 


Year Publication
2008 O'Higgins Norman, J. (2008) Homophobic Bullying in Irish Secondary Education. Palo Alto, California: Academica Press. [Link]
2006 O'Higgins Norman, J. Galvin, M. McNamara, G. (2006) Straight Talk: Researching Gay & Lesbian Issues in the School Curriculum. Dublin: The Centre for Educational Evaluation, DCU.
2003 O'Higgins Norman, J (2003) Ethos and Education in Ireland. New York: Peter Lang.

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2021 Mazzone, A. Kollerova, L., & O'Higgins Norman, J. (2021) 'Teachers’ attitudes towards bullying: What do we know and where do we go from here?' In: Handbook on Bullying. New Jersey, USA : Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
2019 White, I., Foody, M., & O’Higgins Norman, J. (2019) 'Storytelling as a Liminal Space: Using a narrative based participatory approach to tackle cyberbullying among adolescents' In: Narratives in Research and Interventions on Cyberbullying among Young People. Switzerland : Springer, Cham.
2018 O'Higgins Norman, J. and Foody, M. (2018) 'Homophobic and Sexual Minority Bullying: Research, Education and the Future' In: Youth: Global Perspectives, Challenges and Issues of the 21st Century. New York : Nova. [Link]
2017 McGuire L.;O'Higgins Norman J. (2017) 'Parents coping with cyberbullying: A bioecological analysis' In: Reducing Cyberbullying in Schools: International Evidence-Based Best Practices. [DOI]
2017 McGuire, L. and O'Higgins Norman, J. (2017) 'Parents Coping with Cyberbullying: A Bioecological Analysis' In: Reducing Cyberbullying in Schools. Amsterdam, The Netherlands : Elsevier.
2017 O'Higgins Norman, J. and Sullivan, K. (2017) 'Reducing school bullying: a whole-school approach' In: Bullying in Schools: Intervention and Prevention. Oxfordshire : Routledge.
2017 O'Higgins Norman, J. and Sullivan, K. (2017) 'Bullying' In: Oxford Bibliographies in Education. Oxford : Oxford University Press.
2014 O'Higgins Norman, James, Ging, Debbie (2014) 'Bullying and Harassment (cyber bullying and the new media)' In: Bernadette Flanagan Sharon Thornton(Eds.). The Bloomsbury Guide to Pastoral Care. London : Bloomsbury.
2013 O'Higgins Norman J.;Renehan C. (2013) 'The custody of spiritual education in Ireland' In: Global Perspectives on Spirituality and Education. [DOI]
2011 O'Higgins Norman, James (2011) 'Sociology of Education' In: Walsh, Brendan(Eds.). Education Studies in Ireland. Dublin : Gill and McMillan.
2009 O'Higgins Norman, James and Hall, Edward J. (2009) 'Violence and Conflict in Schools: Negotiating Pathways to Wellbeing' In: de Sousa, M., Francis, L.J., O'Higgins-Norman, J., Scott, D.G(Eds.). The International Handbook on Education for Spirituality, Care and Wellbeing. The Netherlands : Springer.
2007 King, Paul and O'Higgins Norman, James (2007) 'Evaluating The Impact Of A State Religious Education Syllabus' In: de Souza, M.; Engebretson, K.; Durka, G.; Jackson, R.; McGrady, A(Eds.). International Handbook of the Religious, Spiritual and Moral Dimensions in Education. New York : Springer.
2006 King, P., O'Higgins Norman, J. (2006) 'Evaluating The Impact of a State Religious Education Syllabus' In: International Handbook of the Religious, Spiritual and Moral Dimensions in Education: Volume 1 in the Series: International Handbooks of Religion and Education. Dordrecht, The Netherlands : Springer Academic Publishers.
2003 O'Higgins Norman, James (2003) 'Pastoral Care in Schools' In: Prendergast, N., Monahan, L(Eds.). Re-imagining The Catholic School. Veritas : Dublin.

Edited Book

Year Publication
2014 O'Higgins Norman, James (Ed.). (2014) Education Matters, Readings in Pastoral Care for School Chaplains, Guidance Counsellors and Teachers. Dublin: Veritas, [Link]
2009 de Sousa, M., Francis, L.J., O'Higgins Norman, J., Scott, D.G (Ed.). (2009) The International Handbook on Education for Spirituality, Care and Wellbeing. Netherlands: Springer, [Link] [DOI]
2004 O'Higgins Norman, James (Ed.). (2004) At the Heart of Education. Dublin: Veritas,

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2021 Sciacca, B. Mazzone, A., O'Higgins Norman, J. & Foody, M. (2021) 'Blame and Responsibility in the Context of Youth Produced Sexual Imagery: The Role of Teacher Empathy and Rape Myth Acceptance'. Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Teaching and Studies, .
2021 Wachs, S., Mazzone, A., Milosevic, T., Wright, M.F., Blaya, C., Gámez-Guadix, M. & O'Higgins Norman, J. (2021) 'Online correlates of cyberhate involvement among young people from ten European countries: An application of the Routine Activity and Problem Behaviour Theory'. Computers in Human Behavior, 123 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2021.106872
2021 Pichel, R., Foody, M., O’Higgins Norman, J., Feijóo, S., Varela, J., Rial, A. (2021) 'Bullying, Cyberbullying and the Overlap: What Does Age Have to Do with It?'. Sustainability (MDPI), 13 (15: 8527):1-11. [Link] https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158527
2021 Sandra S. Feijóo, James O’Higgins Norman, Mairéad Foody, Rafael Pichel, Teresa Braña, Jesús Varela, and Antonio Rial (2021) 'Sex Differences in Adolescent Bullying Behaviours'. Psychosocial Intervention, 30 (2):95-100. [Link] https://doi.org/10.5093/pi2021a1
2021 Foody, M., Mazzone, A., Laffan, DA., Loftsson, M., & O'Higgins Norman, J. (2021) '“It's not just sexy pics”: An investigation into sexting behaviour and behavioural problems in adolescents'. Computers in Human Behavior, . [Link] https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2020.106662
2021 Kuldas, S., Foody, M., & O'Higgins Norman, J. (2021) 'Does ethnicity of victims and bullies really matter? Suggestions for further research on intra-ethnic bullying/victimisation'. International Journal of Bullying Prevention, . [DOI]
2020 O'Higgins Norman, James (2020) 'Tackling Bullying from the Inside Out: Shifting Paradigms in Bullying Research and Interventions'. International Journal of Bullying Prevention, 2 (3):161-169. [Link] [DOI]
2019 Foody, M., McGuire, L., Kuldas, S. & O'Higgins Norman, J. (2019) 'Friendship Quality and Gender Differences in Association With Cyberbullying Involvement and Psychological Well-Being'. Frontiers in Psychology, 10:1723 . [Link] [DOI]
2019 Foody M.;Samara M.;O'Higgins Norman J. (2019) 'Bullying by siblings and peers: Poly-setting victimization and the association with problem behaviours and depression'. British Journal of Educational Psychology, . [DOI]
2019 Olga Gómez-Ortiz, Eva M. Romera, Rosario Ortega-Ruiz, Mauricio Herrera, James O´Higgins Norman (2019) 'Multidimensional Social Competence in research on bullying involvement: A cross-cultural study Europe-Latin America'. Behavioral Psychology (Psicología Conductual), . [Link]
2019 Sjursø Risanger, Ida, Fandrem, Hildegunn, O'Higgins Norman, James, Roland, Erling (2019) 'Teacher authority in long lasting cases of bullying: A Qualitative study from Norway and Ireland'. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, . [Link]
2018 White, I., Lorenzi, F. & O’Higgins Norman, J. (2018) 'Fighting words as revolutionary pedagogy: a Freirean reading of young people’s experiences of a socially-engaged creative writing centre'. Pastoral Care in Education, . [DOI]
2018 Challenor L.;Foody M.;O’Higgins Norman J. (2018) 'An observation and analysis of profiles among adolescents on the Yellow application'. Pastoral Care in Education, . [DOI]
2018 Mairéad Foody, Liam Challenor, Helena Murphy, James O'Higgins Norman (2018) 'The Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools in Ireland: What has been achieved and what needs to be done?'. Bildung und Erziehung, 1 (71). [Link]
2018 Foody, M., Downes, P., O’Higgins Norman, J. (2018) 'Anti-Bullying Procedures for Schools in Ireland: Principals Responses and Perceptions'. Pastoral Care in Education, .
2018 Helena Murphy, John Tubritt, James O'Higgins Norman (2018) 'The Role of Empathy in Preparing Teachers to Tackle Bullying'. Journal of New Approaches in Educational Research, 7 (1):17-23. [Link] https://doi.org/10.7821/naer.2018.1.261
2017 Foody, M., Samara, M. and O'Higgins Norman, J. (2017) 'Bullying and cyberbullying studies in the school-aged population on the island of Ireland: A Meta-Analysis'. British Journal of Educational Psychology, . [DOI]
2016 Farrelly G.;O’Higgins Norman J.;O’Leary M. (2016) 'Custodians of silences? School principal perspectives on the incidence and nature of homophobic bullying in primary schools in Ireland'. Irish Educational Studies, :1-17. [DOI]
2016 Ging D.;O’Higgins Norman J. (2016) 'Cyberbullying, conflict management or just messing? Teenage girls’ understandings and experiences of gender, friendship, and conflict on Facebook in an Irish second-level school'. Feminist Media Studies, :1-17. [DOI]
2016 O'Higgins Norman, James (2016) 'Bullying Among University Students (Book Review)'. International Journal of Emotional Education, 8 (1):124-132. [Link]
2012 O'Higgins Norman, James (2012) 'Editorial'. Pastoral Care in Education, 30 :83-85.
2012 O'Higgins Norman, J., Goldrick, M. (2012) 'Reducing Academic Isolation in Favour of Learning Relationships Through a Virtual Classroom '. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, 4 .
2011 O'Higgins Norman J.;Connolly J. (2011) 'Mimetic theory and scapegoating in the age of cyberbullying: The case of Phoebe Prince'. Pastoral Care in Education, 29 (4):287-300. [DOI]
2010 O'Higgins Norman, J. (2010) 'Conflicts of Ethos: Issues of Equality in Faith Based Schools'. Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 38 :534-546.
2009 O'Higgins-Norman, J. (2009) 'The Spirit of Generation Y: Young Peoples Spirituality in a Changing Australia'. Religious Education, :169-177. [DOI]
2009 O'Higgins-Norman J. (2009) 'Still catching up: Schools, sexual orientation and homophobia in Ireland'. Sexuality and Culture, 13 (1):1-16. [DOI]
2009 O’Higgins-Norman J. (2009) 'Straight talking: Explorations on homosexuality and homophobia in secondary schools in Ireland'. Sex Education, 9 (4):381-393. [DOI]
2009 O'Higgins-Norman, J.Goldrick, M.,Harrison, K. (2009) 'Pedagogy For Diversity: Mediating Between Tradition and Equality in Schools'. International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 14 :323-337. [DOI]
2008 O’higgins-Norman J. (2008) 'Equality in the provision of social, personal and health education in the Republic of Ireland: The case of homophobic bullying?'. Pastoral Care in Education, 26 (2):69-81. [DOI]
2006 O'Higgins-Norman, J (2006) 'Homophobia: A Final Frontier for Tolerance in Religious Education'. JOURNAL OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, 54 :43-48.
2005 O'Higgins Norman, J. (2005) 'Theorising Irish Social Policy (Book Review)'. Irish Journal of Sociology, 14 :183-183. [DOI]
2003 O'Higgins-Norman, J (2003) 'Teacher Professionalism: The Pastoral Dimension'. Oideas, 50 :66-78.
2002 O'Higgins-Norman, J (2002) 'Educational Underachievement: The Contribution of Pastoral Care'. Irish Educational Studies, 21:1 :33-45.
2000 O'Higgins-Norman, J (2000) 'Loss, Change & Grief: An Educational Perspective (Book Review)'. REACH - Journal of Inclusive Education in Ireland, :60-62. [DOI]
2000 O'Higgins-Norman, J (2000) 'Ethos and the Catholic School'. Oideas, 47 :66-79.

Other Journal

Year Publication
2010 O'Higgins-Norman, J. (2010) 'Homophobic Bullying in Irish Education' 28 :9-10.
2005 O'Higgins Norman, James (2005) 'Gay and Lesbian Pupils: The Final Frontier in Pastoral Care' .
2006 O'Higgins-Norman, J (2006) 'Developing A Pastoral Ethos in Schools' 14 :50-51.
2005 O'Higgins Norman, James (2005) 'Homophobic Bullying in Irish Second-Level Schools' :15-17.
2002 O'Higgins Norman, James (2002) 'Teaching the Children of Generation X' . [Link]
2002 O'Higgins Norman, James (2002) 'The School Around the Corner is Not Still the Same: The Need for Pastoral Care in Schools' 25 .
1999 O'Higgins Norman, James (1999) 'Discipline for Learning' 50 .

Conference Publication

Year Publication
2018 Challenor, L, Connolly, I, & O'Higgins Norman, J (2018) ESAI: Educational Studies Association of Ireland The Cyberbullying of Post-Primary Teachers in Ireland
2016 Challenor, L, Connolly, I, & O'Higgins Norman, J. (2016) Bullies, Bullied and Bystanders Conference Teacher perceptions of both; teacher/pupil bullying and pupil/teacher bullying in cyber and traditional bullying

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2021 Mazzone, A., Wachs, S., Milosevic, T., Wright, M., O'Higgins Norman, J. & Blaya, C. (2021) Virtual Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development Testing the Routine Activity and Problem-Behaviour Theories to Understand Young People’s Involvement in Cyberhate: A cross-National Study Virtual Conference, 07/04/2021-09/04/2021.
2019 Challenor, L, Connolly, I & O'Higgins Norman, J (2019) World Anti-Bullying Forum The Cyberbullying of Post-Primary Teachers in Ireland Dublin, .
2019 Mazzone, A., O'Moore, M., & O'Higgins Norman, J. (2019) 16th International Conference on Bullying Prevention (ICBP) Can defending behaviour be distressing? The association between defending and emotional symptoms Chicago, USA, .
2019 Mazzone, A., & O'Higgins Norman, J. (2019) 23rd Health Promotion Annual Conference, Galway, Ireland The negative side of defending behaviour: Examining the association between defending and psycho-social difficulties Galway, Ireland, .
2018 Murphy, H. and O'Higgins Norman, J. (2018) Education Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference Teacher empathy, School Culture and Bullying Dublin, 05/04/2018-07/04/2018.
2018 Challenor, L, Connolly, I, & O'Higgins Norman, J (2018) Psychological Society of Ireland Conference The Cyberbullying of Post-Primary Teachers in Ireland Wexford, .
2018 Challenor, L, Connolly, I, & O'Higgins Norman, J (2018) ESAI: Educational Studies Association of Ireland The Cyberbullying of Post-Primary Teachers in Ireland Dublin, .
2018 Challenor, L, Connolly, I, & O'Higgins Norman, J (2018) 23rd Workshop on Agression The Cyberbullying of Post-Primary Teachers in Ireland Berlin, .
2015 Challenor, L, Connolly, I, & O'Higgins Norman, J (2015) 17th European Conference on Developmental Psychology The Cyberbullying of Post-Primary Teachers in Ireland Braga, Portugal, .
2018 Ging, D., Savage, J.M. and O'Higgins Norman, J. (2018) Sociological Association of Ireland Annual Conference Taking the Temperature: Developing and Piloting an LGBT-Positive School Climate Evaluation Tool for Post-Primary Schools in Ireland Dublin, 18/05/2018-19/05/2018.
2015 O'Higgins Norman, J., Fandram, H. and Challenor, L. (2015) 17th European Conference on Developmental Psychology Cyberbullying in Ireland: An examination from execution to resolution University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, 08/09/2015-12/09/2015.
2014 Ging, D. O'Higgins Norman, J. (2014) European Communications Research and Education Association Communication for Empowerment: Citizens, Markets, Innovations Lisbon, Portugal, 12/11/2014-15/11/2014.
2013 O'Higgins Norman, James and Ging, Debbie (2013) Stalking, Cyber Space and Young People Teenage Girls Understanding and Experiences of Cyberbullying University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, 18/10/2013-18/10/2013.
2013 O'Higgins Norman, James (2013) Dealing with Cyberbullying Interventionist and Educational Approaches to Cyberbullying in Schools Dún Laoghaire, 23/03/2013-23/03/2013.
2013 O'Higgins Norman, James, and Flanagan, Bernadette (2013) Changing Boundaries: Mindfulness, Spirituality and Education Dublin City University, 04/06/2013-05/06/2013.
2013 O'Higgins Norman, James, and Ging, Debbie (2013) International Association for Media and Communication Research Annual Conference Social media crisis? Teenagers' understandings and experiences of cyberbullying in an Irish second-level school Dublin City University, 25/06/2013-29/06/2013.
2011 O'Higgins Norman, James (2011) Researching Sexualities Education From Resistance to Transformation: Researching Sex Education in Denominational Schools Prato, Italy, 14/07/2011-15/07/2011.
2010 O'Higgins Norman, J.Flanagan, B., Renehan, C., Williams, K. (2010) Changing Boundaries: Spirituality and Education Education Dublin City University, Ireland, 22/06/2010-23/06/2010.
2010 O'Higgins-Norman, J. Mulcahy, C. (2010) Leading Schools in an Intercultural Ireland Dublin City University, Ireland, 06/02/2010-06/02/2010.
2010 O'Higgins, J. Apodaca, C. (2010) International Studies Association Annual Convention The Real Cost of Recession: Human Rights and the Economic Downturn New Orleans, 16/02/2010-20/02/2010.
2010 O'Higgins Norman, J. (2010) Edumund Rice Schools Trust Learning for Connectedness Kilkenny, 14/10/2010-14/10/2010.
2009 O'Higgins-Norman, J. (2009) Schools, Society and Diversity: Developing an Equality Competent School Inter-disciplinary seminar series Humanities Institute of Ireland, UCD, 20/02/2009-20/02/2009.
2009 O'Higgins-Norman, J., de Souza, M. (2009) Make a World of Difference: Parliament of the World Religions Religion, Spirituality and Wellbeing: Implications for Living and Learning Melbourne, Australia, 03/12/2009-09/12/2009.
2008 O'Higgins-Norman (2008) The Role of Spirituality in Childrens' Education and Health Sexuality, Recognition and Wellbeing: How High Schools in Ireland are Measuring Up? Australian Catholic University, Ballarat, Australia, 20/01/2008-25/01/2008.
2008 O'Higgins-Norman, J. (2008) Equality and Diversity in Educational Leadership Leadership and Control, Ethos and Diversity in Faith Based Schools Aston University, Birmingham, UK, 04/07/2008-06/07/2008.
2007 O'Higgins-Norman, J. (2007) Symposium on Professional Research Ethics, Politics and Resistance to Research on Homophobic Bullying Institute of Education, University of London, 13/11/2007-13/11/2007.
2006 O'Higgins-Norman, J., O'Hara, J. (2006) DCU Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Conference You Can't Tell Me What To Do, I Know My Rights Student Behaviour in Second-Level Schools Dublin City University, 11/05/2006-12/05/2006.
2006 O'Higgins-Norman, J., McNamara, G. (2006) World Curriculum Studies Conference Evaluating Relationships and Sexuality Education in Ireland: The Case of Gay and Lesbian Issues Tampere, Finland, 21/05/2006-24/05/2006.
2006 O'Higgins-Norman, J., Mulcahy,C. (2006) Further Education: Reflections on the Past, Focus on the Present, Visions for the Future Evaluating Quality of Teaching and Learning in Further Education Waterford College of Further Education, 21/11/2006-22/11/2006.
2005 O'Higgins-Norman, J., Galvin, M. (2005) European Conference on Education Research Homophobia in Schools: Implications for the Role and Identity of the Teacher European Educational Research Association,Dublin, 08/09/2005-10/09/2005.
2005 O'Higgins Norman, J., McNamara, G. (2005) Association for Moral Education 31st Annual Conference Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway: Identifying The Need for Sexuality Education in Irish Second-Level Schools Harvard University Cambridge Massachusetts, 03/11/2005-05/11/2005.
2005 O'Higgins-Norman, J. (2005) AIDS Mobility EU Conference Identifying the Gaps in HIV/AIDS Education in Irish Second-Level Schools Dublin City University Dublin, 16/06/2005-18/06/2005.
2004 O'Higgins-Norman, J. (2004) Scottish Catholic Education Service Annual Conference The Place of Pastoral Care in Catholic Schools Gillis College,Edinburgh, 16/06/2004-16/06/2004.
2003 O'Higgins-Norman,J. (2003) National Healthcare Chaplains Association Annual Conference Developing a Professional Approach to Pastoral Care in Hospitals N.A.H.C. Dublin, 30/04/2003-30/04/2003.
2002 O'Higgins-Norman, J. (2002) Re-imagining the Catholic School Pastoral Care in Schools: Professional or Presumed? Marino Institute of Education, Dublin, 06/03/2002-06/03/2002.
2001 O'Higgins-Norman, J. (2001) Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference Promoting Educational Equality: The Contribution of Pastoral Care Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, 05/04/2001-06/04/2001.

Published Report

Year Publication
2017 Murphy, H., Downes, P., & O’Higgins-Norman, J. (2017) Anti-bullying procedures for primary and post-primary schools: A survey of implementation among school principals. DCU AntiBullying Centre, .
2016 O'Higgins Norman,J. & McGuire,L. (2016) Cyberbullying in Ireland - A Survey of Parents Internet Usage and Knowledge. Dublin City University, . [Link]
2015 James O'Higgins Norman, Geraldine Kiernan (2015) Bullying in the Workplace: An Analysis of Cases in the Employment Appeals Tribunal under the Unfair Dismissals Act (1977-2007). Dublin City University, . [Link]
2010 O'Higgins Norman, James (2010) Addressing Homophobic Bullying in Second-Level Schools. The Equality Authority, .
2010 O'Higgins-Norman J. (2010) Homophobic bullying in Irish education. .
2004 O'Higgins Norman, James (2004) A Survey of Teachers on Homophobic Bullying in Irish Second-Level Schools. Gender Equality Unit, Department of Education and Science/, .


Year Publication
2020 Keating, S., Mazzone, A., Milosevic, T. & O'Higgins Norman, J. (2020) School Bullying with specific reference to cyberbullying and internet security during Covid-19. CONS
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Professional Associations

Association Function From / To
Educational Studies Association of Ireland The Educational Studies Association of Ireland is a voluntary, non political body, dedicated to the advancement of educational research in Ireland. 01/05/1998 -
Royal Society of Arts (London) For over 250 years the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) has been a cradle of enlightenment thinking and a force for social progress. Their approach is multi-disciplinary, politically independent and combines cutting edge research and policy development with practical action. 01/06/2007 -
Sociological Association of Ireland The Sociological Association of Ireland (SAI) is the professional association for sociologists researching and studying Irish society as well as sociologists working in Ireland and abroad who have an interest in Irish society. 01/09/2003 -
International Sociological Assocation The ISA was founded in 1949 under the auspices of UNESCO. The goal of the ISA, is to represent sociologists everywhere, regardless of their school of thought, scientific approaches or ideological opinion, and to advance sociological knowledge throughout the world. Its members come from 109 countries. 02/06/2008 -

Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/01/2015 President's Lifetime Achievement Award for Voluntary Services to Education President of the United States of America
01/01/2017 President's Award for Engagement (nominated) President of DCU
01/01/2014 Peace Commissioner Minister for Justice
01/04/2011 Companion of the Order of Clans of Ireland - CIOM President of Ireland
01/06/2010 Member (MStJ) Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem HM Queen Elizabeth II
01/06/2007 Fellow (FRSA) Royal Society of Arts
01/10/2007 Honouray Ambassador for the University of London University of London


Committee Function From / To
University Quality Promotion Committee 19/09/2016 - 28/09/2018
University Honorary Degree Committee 30/09/2010 - 30/09/2016
Executive of Human Rights Section, International Studies Association 01/01/2008 - 31/12/2011
DCU Faculty Teaching and Learning Committee 01/09/2005 - 31/12/1999


Start date Institution Qualification Subject
Incorporated Law Society of Ireland Graduate Diploma (Law)
University of London Doctor of Education Sociology
National University of Ireland Maynooth Masters in Education Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy
University College Dublin Higher Diploma in Education Sociology, Psychology, Pedagogy, Philosophy
Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas Bachelor of Divinity Theology
Holy Cross College, Clonliffe National Diploma in Philosophy Sociology, Psychology and Philosophy

Outreach Activities

Year Engagement Type Organisation Description
Advisory Work Irish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children Member of Advisory Committee on Online SAfety
Advisory Work National Advisory Council on Online Safety Member of Committee

Research Interests

School Bullying
Diversity Issues and Bullying
Sexting and Online Safety

Contract Researchers

Researcher Name Project Funding Body
Darran Heaney MSc (Education & Training) FUSE: Anti-Bullying and Online Safety For Schools
Dr. Angela Mazzone E-Care: Promoting Empathy and Tackling Bullying in Healthcare
Derek Alan Laffan MSc (Cyberpsychology) National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre
Dr. Seffetullah Kuldas BreaThe: Exploring Roma Children's Experiences of School Bullying
Dr. Catherine Stapleton IHREC: Religion and Identity Based Bullying
Dr. Robert Slonje FUSE: Anti-Bullying and Online Safety For Schools
Geraldine Kiernan BSc National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre
Dr. Mairéad Foody SexEd: Sexting and Sextortion Among Adolescents in Ireland and Sweden
Aikaterini Sargioti MSc FUSE: Anti-Bullying and Online Safety For Schools
Murray Smith BL National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre
Lian McGuire MEd DisAbuse, Tackling Disablist Bullying

Current Postgraduate Students

Student Name Degree Supervision
Mc Guire ,Lian PhD-track Supervisor

Internal Collaborators

Type Name Company Role
Internal Dr. Paul Downes DCU Institute of Education Academic
Internal Dr. Debbie Ging School of Communications Academic
Internal Prof. Mona O'Moore DCU Institute of Eduction Academic

External Collaborators

Type Name Company Role
External Prof. Hildegunn Fandrem University of Stavanger Academic
External Prof. Sameer Hinduja Florida Atlantic University Academic

Modules Coordinated

Term Title Subject
2020 Schooling and Society ES544
2020 Prevention & Intervention of Bullying in Lear ES5970