Dr Lisa Moran

Biography

Dr Lisa Moran holds a BA (Hons.) in Sociological and Political Studies and English Literature from NUI Galway (2000-2003). As part of her MA in European Integration at the Centre for European Studies (CEUROS), UL she read History, Sociology, Law, Politics, External Relations, Economic Theory and Economic Policy. Her research dissertation on the implementation of the Surface Water Directive in Connemara received First Class Honours (supervisor Dr Patricia Conlan, School of Law, University of Limerick).

Her PhD on environmental policy implementation and rural knowledge in Connemara, completed at the School of Political Science and Sociology (2004-2010) received prestigious IRCHSS funding and she was also the recipient of a Postgraduate Scholarship from the Faculty of Arts NUI Galway in 2005. Since her PhD, Lisa has worked extensively in research; in policy and programme evaluation particularly in child and youth studies. She was the Lead Researcher on a flagship national study of youth cafes (funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Irish Research Council). She was also a Lead Researcher on the Baboro BEAST process studies and a researcher on the Evaluation of the Restorative Practice Programme of the Childhood Development Initiative, Tallaght.

Her first Postdoctoral research role was in the Rural Economy Development Programme (REDP) on the ICONMAP study, an interprofessional research study on the co-design of HACCP based tools for the control and prevention of Paratuberculosis in Ireland (funder: CoFord). As part of this study, Lisa developed research collaborations with the School of Veterinary Medicine University College Dublin and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. As part of her second postdoctoral role, she was the Lead Researcher on the Outcomes for Permanence and Stability for Children in Care study and the Evaluation of the Ballyhaunis Community Preschool and Greater Tomorrow Creche at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre NUI Galway.

Lisa has ample experience in teaching and postgraduate research supervision. She taught sociology and politics modules at the School of Political Science and Sociology since 2004. She was a Lecturer in Sociology and Social Research Methods at IT Sligo and a Lecturer and Course Co-ordinator at St Angela’s College Sligo. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice from the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and recently completed a Master of Academic Practice degree at CELT, NUI Galway.

She has completed advanced training in (among other courses) Participatory Action Research (Imperial College London 2013), Biographical Narrative Interpretive Method (BNIM) (London 2013), Postgraduate Research Supervision (Teagasc Moorepark and School of Graduate Studies UCC), Quantitative Research Methods (School of Education, and Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick) Enhanced Professional Effectiveness (Teagasc Ashtown Dublin 2014), Media Training (FH Consulting, NUIG 2016), leadership in Higher Education (Higher Education Leadership Foundation, UK and Aurora), constructivist grounded theory, Geographical Information Systems (GIS, Maynooth University) and external examining (Edge Hill University October 2017). She has presented at several international and national conferences on her PhD research, her work at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre and her work with Teagasc.

Lisa is leading a book project entitled ‘Narrating Childhood and Youth across Contexts’ which brings together an interdisciplinary team of scholars in the fields of sociology, anthropology, social care, social work, and geography, focusing on how children and young people narrate the meanings of different spaces and places (e.g. institutional spaces, online spaces) across different national and cultural settings. She is co-editing an e-book on children’s rights with colleagues from NUI Galway, UNICEF and Eurochild and has collaborative links with Heidelberg University, Germany and King’s College London. Through recent research work on the Baboró BEAST process study evaluations, she developed research and teaching links with Baboró, a community arts group in Galway City and the Arts Council of Ireland. In 2016, she completed outreach work with the Galway Traveller Movement, training members of the local Travelling community in Galway in Biographical Research and Oral Histories. She has also trained teams of experienced international researchers in BNIM as part of an international study of the economic and social costs of violence against women and girls.

Publications

Moran, L., McGregor, C., and Devaney, C. (2019 forthcoming) ‘Exploring the multi-dimensionality of permanence and stability: emotions, experiences and temporality in young people’s discourses about long-term foster care in Ireland’ Qualitative Social Work (DOI: 10.1177/1473325019871607)

Green, L., Moran, L. and Vania, N. (2019) ‘Medical and Social Constructionist Perspectives and their Relevance for Social Work: Contradictory Explanations for Ever Expanding Nations?’ British Journal of Social Work doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcz075

Moran, L. and Warren, S. (2018 forthcoming) ‘Biographies of Internationalisation’: Methodological reflections on using the Biographical Narrative Interpretive Method (BNIM) to capture international student’s discourses and policy narratives’ Journal of Research in International Education (in preparation)

Moran, L., Macken-Walsh, A, McAloon, C., Doherty, M. and Whyte, P. (2019, forthcoming) ‘HACCP-based tools for paratuberculosis control on Irish farms: a knowledge cultures perspective’ Journal of Rural Studies (in preparation)

Moran, L., Reilly, K., and Brady, B. (2019, forthcoming) (eds.) Narrating Childhood and Youth Across Contexts: Knowledge, Environment and Relationships London: Palgrave (final manuscript due for submission June 30th 2019).

Green, L., Warwick, L. and Moran, L. (2019, forthcoming) ‘Silence, touch and power in residential care; exploring the intersections’ British Journal of Social Work (in preparation)

Canavan, J. and Moran, L. (eds) (eds.) (2019, forthcoming) Realising Children’s Rights in Practice: International Perspectives Galway, Ireland: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway, Council of Europe and UNICEF Innocenti (in preparation)

McGregor, C., Devaney, C. and Moran, L. (2019) ‘A Critical Overview Of The Significance Of Power And Power Relations In Practice with Children In Foster Care’ Child care in practice (DOI: 10.108013575279.2018.155135)

Dalikeni, C., McGregor, C. Devaney, C., Moran, L. And Garrity, S. (2019) ‘Critical Practice Guidance for Cultural Competence in Working with Children and Families Who Are Refugees or Asylum Seekers: Learning from an early years study in Ireland’ Child Care in Practice DOI: (DOI: 10.1080/13575279.2018.1555137)

Devaney, C., Moran, L., and McGregor, C. (2018) ‘Outcomes for permanence and stability for children in care in Ireland: implications for practice’ British Journal of Social Work (DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcy078)

Fahy, G., and Moran, L. (2018) ‘Discourses of risk among psychiatric nurses in Ireland and the importance of social support’ Irish Journal of Sociology (DOI: 10.1177/0791603518792366)

Roarty, N., Leinster, J., McGregor, C., Devaney, C. and Moran, L. (2018) ‘Outcomes for Permanence and Stability for Children in Long Term Care in Ireland’ Foster 5: 52-62

Moran, L., Brady, B. and Forkan, C. (2018) ‘Individual but connected: an exploration of young people’s knowledge cultures and discourses about youth cafes in Ireland’ Journal of Youth Studies (https://doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2018.1441981)

Dalikeni, C., McGregor, C. Devaney, C., Moran, L. And Garrity, S. (2018) ‘”Critical Practice Guidance for Cultural Competence in Working with Children and Families Who Are Refugees or Asylum Seekers: Learning from an early years study in Ireland’ Child Care in Practice (DOI: 10.10801357529.20181555137)

Fahy, G., and Moran, L. (2018) ‘Discourses of risk among psychiatric nurses in Ireland and the importance of social support’ Irish Journal of Sociology 26(3): 244-266

Roarty, N., Leinster, J., McGregor, C., Devaney, C. and Moran, L. (2018) ‘Outcomes for Permanence and Stability for Children in Long Term Care in Ireland’ Foster 5: 52-62

Garrity, S., Moran, L., McGregor, C. and Devaney, C. (2017) ‘An informed pedagogy of community, care and respect for diversity: evidence from a qualitative evaluation of early years’ services in the West of Ireland’ Child care in practice 23(3) (DOI: 10.1080/13575279.2017.1329707)

Moran, L., McGregor, C. and Devaney, C. (2017) A mixed-method study of outcomes for permanence and stability for children in care Galway: NUI Galway, and Tusla, the Child and Family Agency

Moran, L. Garrity, S., McGregor, C. and Devaney, C. (2017) ‘Hoping for a better tomorrow’: a qualitative study of stressors, informal social support and parental coping in a Direct Provision centre in the West of Ireland’ Journal of Family Studies (DOI: 10.1080/13229400.2017.1279562)

Brady, B., Forkan, C. and Moran, L. (2017) ‘Spaces of connection and belonging’: young people’s perspectives on the role of youth cafes in their lives’ Child care in practice (acceptedhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13575279.2017.1299110).

McAloon, C., Macken-Walsh, A., Moran, L. Byrne, A., Doherty, M. and Whyte, P. (2017) ‘Johne’s Disease in the eyes of Irish farmers: a qualitative narrative research approach to understanding implications for disease management’ Preventive Veterinary Medicinehttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.prevetmed.2017.04.001

Moran, L. (2016) ‘Mapping cultural enablers and barriers to participation in Connemara: lay knowledge, sustainability discourses and environmental governance’ Irish Journal of Sociology (available via http://irj.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/10/03/0791603516669515.abstract, last accessed 07/11/2016).

Moran, L., McGregor, C. and Devaney, C. (2016) Scoping review of Irish and international literature on outcomes for permanence and stability for children in care Dublin: Tusla, the Child and Family Agency

Moran, L., McGregor, C. and Devaney, C. (2016) Practitioner’s Guide to the Irish and International Literature on outcomes for permanence and stability for children in care Dublin: Tusla, the Child and Family Agency

Moran, L., Garrity, S., McGregor, C. and Devaney, C. (2016) Hoping for a better tomorrow: a process study evaluation of the Greater Tomorrow crèche and Ballyhaunis Community Preschool, Ballyhaunis Co Mayo Dublin: Tusla

Moran, L., Garrity, S., McGregor, C. and Devaney, C. (2016) Hoping for a better tomorrow: a process study evaluation of the Greater Tomorrow crèche and Ballyhaunis Community Preschool Ballyhaunis Co Mayo, Summary Report Dublin: Tusla

Moran, L., Brady, B. and Forkan, C. (2018) ‘Building communities of youth: narratives of community and belonging among young people attending youth cafes in Ireland’ (pp. 279-292) in Phillips, R., Kenny, S. and McGrath, B. (2018) The Routledge Handbook of Community Development: Perspectives from around the globe London and Oxon: Routledge

Brady, B., Moran, L. and Forkan, C. (2016) ‘We are all like a family here’: qualitative insights on the roles of youth cafes in supporting the health and wellbeing of young people’ Children’s Research Digest 3(1): 58-60

Moran, L. and Rau, H. (2016) Mapping divergent concepts of sustainability: lay knowledge, local practices and environmental governance Local Environment 21(3): 344-360

O’Sullivan P, Moran, L. and Forkan, C. (2016) Co-creating the legacy: a process and outcomes study of Phase III of the Baboró BEAST! Galway: NUI Galway and Baboró

Forkan, C., Brady, B and Moran, L. (2015) An operational profile and exploration of the perceived benefits of the youth café model in Ireland Dublin: Department of Children and Youth Affairs

O’Sullivan P, Moran, L. and Forkan, C. (2013) Captivating Children through Cross­ Curricular Teaching of Science and Art’- A Process study report on Phase 2 of the Baboró BEAST! Project Galway: School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway

O’Sullivan, P., Moran, L. and Forkan C. (2012) Magic can happen: a process study evaluation of the Baboró BEAST! Galway: NUI Galway and Baboró

Fives, A., Keenaghan, C., Moran, L. and Coen, L. (2011) An evaluation of the restorative practice programme of the Tallaght Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) Dublin: CDI

Moran, L, (2008) ‘Local knowledge and conceptions of neighbourliness: evidence from Connemara’ In: Edmondson, R. and Rau, H. (eds.) Environmental argument and cultural difference: locations, fractures and deliberations Bern: Peter Lang, pp. 125–150.

Moran L. (2007) ‘Negotiating boundaries or drawing the line: transcending insider/outsider distinctions in Connemara’ Irish Journal of Sociology 16 (2): 136–159.

Selected conference and seminar presentations (2014-2018)

Green, L., Warwick, L. and Moran, L. (2019) ‘Exploring Connections between Touch, Silence and Residential Child Care: ambiguity, ambivalence and intersectional power dynamics’ Paper presented to the Sociological Association of Ireland (SAI) conference, School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway, May 10-11 2019

Moran, L. and Green (2019) ‘Boundary making, emotional labour and human/non-human relationships: a qualitative study of veterinary professionals and how they manage work-related emotions in professional and private contextsPaper accepted to the European Sociological Association (ESA) conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK, August 2019

Moran, L. and Green (2019) ‘Boundary making, emotional labour management and human/non-human relationships: an exploratory study of the work practices and emotions of veterinarians in Ireland and the UK’ Paper presented at the Sociological Association of Ireland conference, School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway, May 10-11 2019

Green, L. and Moran, L. (2019) ‘Exploring the complex relationships between touch, silence and residential child care: ambiguity, ambivalence and temporality’ Paper presented at the Department of Social Sciences Research Seminar, Creative Edge, Edge Hill University, February 6th 2019.

Moran, L., McGregor, C. and Devaney, C. (2017) ‘Factors affecting permanence and stability for children and youth in care: evidence from a biographical study in two Irish counties’ , paper presented at the International Sociological Association Conference, Metro Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada, July 2018

Moran, L. and Warren, S. (2018) ‘Biographies of Internationalisation: methodological reflections on the BNIM method to capture international students’ discourses and policy narratives’ Paper presented at the Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT) conference, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, UK, June 2018

Redmond, M. and Moran, L. (2018) ‘Exploring human-animal relationships and perceptions of science: a qualitative investigation into adult learners’ discourses about cadaver dissection and IPad apps in an animal care programme’ paper accepted to the British Sociological Association Conference, Northumbria University, UK, April 2018

Moran, L. (2017) ‘Negotiating contested terrains of researcher and researched: the case study of Maria – Theresa’ invited paper presented at the Tavistock Institute, London UK, December 16th 2017

Moran, L., McGregor, C. and Devaney, C. (2017) ‘Outcomes for permanence and stability for children in care in Ireland: a study of two counties’ paper presented at the Department of Social Sciences, Edge Hill University seminar series, December 8th 2017

Moran, L., McGregor, C. and Devaney, C. (2017) ‘Mapping the role of empathy in social work practice: evidence from a qualitative, biographical study of children in care in Counties Donegal and Galway’, paper presented at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre Biennial Conference, NUI Galway, June 2017

McGregor, C., Devaney, C., and Moran, L. (2017) ‘Factors affecting permanence and stability for children in care in Ireland: evidence from a participatory, qualitative study of children in care in Counties Galway and Donegal’, paper presented at the Irish Foster Care Association conference, Realising Potential in Foster Care, Tullow, Co Carlow, October 2017

Moran, L., McGregor, C. and Devaney, C. (2017) ‘Mapping outcomes for permanence and stability for children in care: evidence from a Biographical Narrative Interpretive Method (BNIM) study’, paper accepted to the European Sociological Association (ESA) Conference, Athens, Greece, August 2017.

Moran, L., Devaney, C., and McGregor C. (2017) ‘Mapping outcomes for permanence and stability for children in care: methodological reflections on a Biographical Narrative Interpretive Method (BNIM) study in Ireland’, paper presented at the 15th ISPCAN European Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, The Hague, Netherlands, October 2017.

Moran, L. and Warren, S. (2017) ‘Biographies of Internationalisation: Methodological reflections on using the Biographical Narrative Interpretive Method (BNIM) to capture international student’s discourses and policy narratives Speaking to Policy Speaking to Institutions’, paper presented at the Sociological Association of Ireland (SAI) annual conference, Ulster University, Belfast May 2017

Garrity, S., Moran, L., McGregor, C. and Devaney, C. (2016)Experiences of Exclusion among Asylum-Seeking Families in the West of Ireland’, paper presented at the Ethics and Social Welfare conference, London, England, September 2016

Garrity, S., Moran, L., McGregor, C. and Devaney, C. (2016) ‘Hoping for a better tomorrow: family support through community childcare provision in the west of Ireland’, paper presented at the European Early Childhood Education Research Association Conference (EECERA) Dublin, Ireland, August 2016

 Moran, L., Garrity, S, McGregor, C and Devaney, C. (2016) ‘Hoping for a better tomorrow: parental narratives of resilience and coping in Direct Provision in the West of Ireland, Paper presented at the Child Poverty in Times of Crisis conference, Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research, University of Salzburg, Austria, August 2016.

Moran, L., Warren, S., Coloma, R., Andreotti, V., Pashby, K., Stein, S., Haapakoski, J., Hellsten, M., Clarissa, J., and Khoo, SM (2016) ‘Inter and Transdisciplinary Methodologies for Researching Higher Education Internationalisations – Critical Challenges and Innovations’ Paper presented at the European Educational Research Association Conference, Dublin, August 2016

Moran, L. and Warren, S. (2016) ‘Discourses of internationalisation: methodological reflections on the BNIM method to capture international student narratives and experiences’, Paper presented at the European Educational Research Association Conference, Dublin, August 2016

Moran, L. (2016) ‘Negotiating terrains of otherness, localness and foreigner: A BNIM study of international postgraduate student discourses of internationalisation at NUI Galway’ paper presented at the Sociological Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, May 2016

Moran, L., Garrity, S, McGregor, C and Devaney, C. (2016) ‘Hoping for a better tomorrow: parental narratives of resilience and coping in Direct Provision in the West of Ireland paper presented at the Sociological Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, May 2016

Moran, L, Garrity, S, McGregor, C and Devaney, C. (2016) ‘Hoping for a better tomorrow’: narratives of coping, resilience, and family support arising from a study of early years services in the West of Ireland’ which path ahead? Perspectives on policy from Irish social science conference, Irish Social Sciences Platform (ISSP) and National Economic and Social Council (NESC) Department of Justice and Equality, Dublin, April 2016

Moran, L., Forkan, C., O’Sullivan, P. and O’hEocha, A. (2016) ‘Exploring the roles of scientists, artists and teachers in fostering and developing creativity among primary school children: a case study of the Baboró BEAST study Arts in Education Conference, Department of Education and Skills, Dublin, April 2016

Moran, L. and McGregor, C. (2016) ‘Mapping children’s experiences of permanence in Ireland: evidence from a mixed-method study of outcomes for permanence and stability for children in care’ Conference of the European Social Work Research Association (ESWRA), Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon, March 2016

Moran, L., Brady, B. and Forkan, C. (2016) ‘Individual and connected’: young people’s experiences and discourses about youth cafes in Ireland Conference of the British Sociological Association, Aston University Birmingham, UK, April 2016

Moran, L., Macken-Walsh, A., McAloon, C., Doherty, M., Byrne, A. and Whyte, P. (2016) ‘Harnessing farmer’s knowledge and narratives for the prevention and control of paratuberculosis on Irish dairy farms’ paper presented at the International Irish Narrative Studies Conference, March 2016

Moran, L., Brady, B and Forkan, C. (2016) ‘Individual and connected’: young people’s experiences and discourses about youth cafes in Ireland’ paper presented at the International Irish Narrative Studies Conference, Institute for Lifecourse and Society, NUI Galway March 2016

Brady, B., Forkan, C. and Moran, L. (2015) ‘It’s a safe place to come when you feel lost’: insights on the role of youth cafes in supporting the health and wellbeing of young people Dublin: The Children’s Research Network of Ireland and Northern Ireland, December 2015

Ross, K., and Moran, L. (2015) ‘National policy, local response: labour market activation in the Dublin Adult Learning Centre’ EUCEN/Hellin Reimagining Lifelong Learning conference, NUI Galway December 2015

Moran, L. (2015) ‘Participation and local ways of life: knowledge, sustainability and participation in rural Ireland and supranational governance forums’ Paper presented at the European Sociological Association Conference, Prague Technical University, Prague, August 2015

Moran, L. (2014)’Concept of Sustainability and Participation in the West of Ireland: An Exploration into Lay Public Knowledge and Contrasting Visions of Community Resilience in Connemara, Ireland Paper presented at the Royal Geographical Society Conference, Imperial College London, Kensington, London August 2014