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Professor Robert Gilligan

Professor (Social Studies)


Robbie Gilligan is Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin. He served as founding Head of the School of Social Work and Social Policy from August 2005 to July 2011. He is currently Associate Director of the Children's Research Centre at TCD. He is also a Research Fellow (2013 - 2016) at SFI - The Danish National Centre for Social Research and Extraordinary Professor at the Optentia Research Programme at North Western University, South Africa. Google Scholar: 2147 citations; h-index=23 (19.1.2016). Other Career Highlights: * Visiting Professor: Dept. of Social Work, Massey University, New Zealand, November, 2016; Dept. of Social Work, Charles University, Prague,October 2016 - September 2019, and October 2011; Department of Social Work, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania, May 2012 * Visiting Scholar: School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, October 2012 * Elected Member of Board (Governing Authority) of Trinity College Dublin (2010 - 14; 2015 - 18) * Co-founder of Trinity Immigration Initiative (2006) * Co-Director (with Dr Philip Curry) of Children,Migration and Diversity Research Programme (formerly Children, Youth and Community Relations Research Programme)(2006) * Elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin, 2004. * Co-Founder (with Dr Virpi Timonen) of Social Policy and Ageing Research Programme, TCD , 2004. * First Holder of Chair of Social Work and Social Policy at TCD, 2001. * Co-founder (with Dr Sheila Greene, Dept of Psychology) of Children's Research Centre,TCD, 1995. * Founder of multi-disciplinary post - graduate diploma in child protection and welfare, 1990, and subsequent companion MSc in Child Protection and Welfare,1995, TCD. * PhD Supervision. Six supervised to successful completion. Five currently under supervision. * MLitt Supervision. Four supervised to successful completion (intended award). * Has served as external examiner at many institutions including Anglia Ruskin University (PhD), Cardiff University (PhD), La Trobe University, Victoria (PhD), Queen's University, Belfast (PhD; Certificate in Child Protection Studies), RMIT University, Melbourne (PhD), Southern Cross University, New South Wales (PhD), University College Cork (PhD), University of Adelaide (PhD), University of Bedfordshire (PhD), University of Brighton (PhD), University of Bristol (EdD), University of Dundee (Certificate in Child Protection Studies), University of East Anglia, (PhD, and MA in International Child Welfare), University of Glasgow (PhD), University of Groningen (Cum Laude assessment for PhD), University of Guelph, Ontario (PhD), University of Melbourne (PhD), University of Oviedo (PhD), University of Queensland (PhD), University of Sheffield (PhD), University of Stirling (PhD; EdD), University of Ulster (MA [Advanced Social Work],and PhD), University of Warwick (PhD) * Former youth worker, social worker and foster carer. * Has been a board member of, and consultant to, various social service organisations.
  At-Risk Children/Youth   CARERS   Child Welfare   Child welfare, family support,children in care   children in state care   Children/Youth   CHILDREN'S EXPERIENCES   family support   Foster Care   Immigration   Inner-City   International children's research   Irish child welfare policy   MIGRATION   Minorities and Disadvantaged   NEEDS   PERMANENCY   programmes to combat social exclusion among young people   Refugee/Immigrant Services   Social Services Delivery   Social Work   SUPPORT
 Care to Work Pathways Study
 Youth and Poverty - International Development Perspectives
 Experiences of Young Adults Leaving State Care
 Resilience and Children in State Care
 Children in Long Term Foster Care

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President of Childwatch International Research Network, 2010-2013 2010-2013
Member of the International Advisory Board, Leuven Centre for Irish Studies, K.U. Leuven, 2011-
Vice President of Childwatch International Research Network 2005-10
Member of the International Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood for Young People Leaving Public Care 2005 -
Board Member of the European Scientific Association of Residential and Family Care 2004 -
Member of the Editorial Board of 'Child Abuse and Neglect' (Elsevier) 2013 -
Member of the Editorial Board of 'International Journal of Child and Family Welfare' (Garant, Antwerp) 2013 -
Member of the Editorial Board of Children and Society (Wiley) 2012
Member of the Editorial Board of 'Child Indicators Research' (Springer) 2007 -
Member of the Editorial Board of 'European Journal of Social Work' (Routledge) 2003 - 2014
Member of the Editorial Board of 'Child and Family Social Work' (Wiley) 1996 -
Member of Editorial Board for Social Work Forum (journal published by School of Social Work, Charles University, Prague) 2015-2018
Member of the Editorial Team of e-'Journal of Student Wellbeing' (University of South Australia) 2007 -
Member of the Advisory Board of the Journal 'Adoption and Fostering' (British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering) 1997 -
Member of the Advisory Board of the Journal 'Children and Society' (Wiley) 1996 - 2012
Director of Studies, Expert Study Group appointed by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to report on 'Youth at Physical and Moral Risk' [Report Published] 1988-89
Have served as occasional reviewer for the following publishers, journals and series: Allen and Unwin - Australia,'Australian Social Work','British Journal of Social Work', 'Child Abuse and Neglect', 'Childhood', 'Children and Youth Services Review', 'Economic and Social Review' - Ireland, Economic and Social Research Institute Publication Series - Ireland, 'Families in Society', 'Family Relations', 'International Journal of Child and Family Welfare', 'International Journal of Social Welfare', 'Irish Journal of Sociology', 'Journal of South Asian Development', 'Research in Social Work Practice', Macmillan, Open University Press, Oxford University Press - New York, Palgrave, 'Sociological Review', to date
Have served as occasional reviewer for British Academy, Economic and Social Research Council - UK, European Science Foundation European Collaborative Research Projects, Health Research Council of New Zealand, National Children's Office - Ireland, Nuffield Foundation, Quality Protects - UK, Research and Development Office - Northern Ireland Health and Social Services Central Services Agency, University of Leuven (K.U. Leuven) Research Council to date
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Medium Medium Medium
German Basic Basic Basic
Irish Medium Medium Medium
editor(s)E. Garcia Iriarte, R. McConkey and R. Gilligan, Disability and Human Rights: Global Perspectives, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, 344pp, Book, PUBLISHED  URL
'Children's Rights and Disability' in, editor(s)E. Garcia Iriarte, R. McConkey and R. Gilligan , Disability and Human Rights: Global Perspectives, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp115 - 132, [Robbie Gilligan], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Disability and Human Rights: Global Perspectives in, editor(s)E. Garcia Iriarte, R. McConkey and R. Gilligan , Disability and Human Rights: Global Perspectives, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp1 - 9, [E. Garcia Iriarte, R. McConkey and R. Gilligan  ], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Children In Care - Global Perspectives On The Challenges Of Securing Their Wellbeing And Rights in, editor(s)Anne Smith , Enhancing Children's Rights: Connecting Research, Policy and Practice , Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp127 - 139, [Robbie Gilligan], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL
Foreword in, editor(s)James Whittaker, Jorge del Valle, Lisa Holmes , Therapeutic Residential Care For Children and Youth - Developing Evidence-Based International Practice, London, Jessica Kingsley, 2015, pp11 - 20, [Robbie Gilligan], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL  URL
Laura Arnau Sabates, Robbie Gilligan, What helps young care leavers to enter the world of work? Possible lessons from an exploratory study in Ireland and Catalonia, Children and Youth Services Review, 53, (June), 2015, p185-191 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
'Foreword' in, editor(s)Caw, J. [with Sebba, J., [authors] , Team Parenting for Children in Foster Care: A Model for Integrated Therapeutic Care, London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2014, pp9 - 11, [Robbie Gilligan], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL
The "Public Child" and the Reluctant State? in, editor(s)Maria Luddy and James Smith , Children, childhood and Irish society, 1700 to the present, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2014, pp145 - 163, [Robbie Gillgian], Notes: [chapter previously published as paper in the journal Eire / Ireland], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL
Robbie Gilligan, Elizabeth P. De Castro, Stefan Vanistendael, Jane Warburton , Learning from Children Exposed to Sexual Abuse and Sexual Exploitation - Synthesis Report, Geneva, Oak Foundation, 2014, 44pp, Notes: [Summarises and draws implications from three country studies in Bulgaria, Ethiopia and Nepal of children's experience of child sexual abuse and exploitation. Examines how the children find support in their daily lives. ], Report, PUBLISHED  URL
Merike Darmody, Lean McMahon, Joanne Banks and Robbie Gilligan, Education of Children in Care in Ireland: An Exploratory Study Dublin: Office of the Ombudsman for Children, Dublin, Office of the Ombudsman for Children, 2013, 1 - 136pp, Book, PUBLISHED  URL

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Robbie Gilligan, Direct Provision: Failing the Test of Delivering on Children's Rights, 2014, -, Notes: [Blog], Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Robbie Gilligan, "Global Challenges of Youth and Poverty - A role for universities?"  , 2014, Notes: [Video of lecture available via URL], Working Paper, IN_PRESS
Robbie Gilligan, Food for Thought The Contexts of Care, Food For Thought Conference, November 19th, 2013, IRISS.FM, 2013, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Philip Curry and Robbie Gilligan, Submission to Dept of Education and Science Anti Bullying Forum, 2012, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Robbie Gilligan, Submission to Dept. of Foreign Affairs Consultation Process for White Paper on Development Aid Policy, 2012, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Robbie Gilligan, Taking a long term view in understanding life stories, Social Work Now - The Practice Journal of Child, Youth and Family (New Zealand), 44, 2009, p28 - 30, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Robbie Gilligan, Changing Children's Services - promoting and supporting informal care , Getting It Right for Every Child - GIRFEC: Childhood, Citizenship and Children's Services, Glasgow, 26th September 2008, 2008, Notes: [Podcast of presentation], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
E. Plunkett and R. Gilligan, A New Chance - An Evidence-Based Approach to the State Care of Young People with Challenging Behaviour, Derry, Cooperation and Working Together, 2006, 1 - 180pp, Book, PUBLISHED
R. Gilligan, Promoting Strengths and Resilience in Vulnerable Children and Families - Some Reflections on the Role of Social Workers and other Professionals, Childrenz Issues - Journal of the Children's Issues Centre (University of Otago, New Zealand) , 9, (1), 2005, p7 - 11, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
R. Gilligan, Review of Nurturing hidden resilience in troubled youth , by Michael Ungar , British Journal of Social Work, 35, (2), 2005, p296-298 , Review, PUBLISHED


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Extraordinary Professor, Optentia Research Programme, North West University, South Africa 2014 - 2017
Research Fellow SFI - The Danish National Centre for Social Research 2013-2016
Elected Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin 2004
Research interests revolve around children and young people: - Children and young people in challenging circumstances / with challenged status (public care, migration, ethnic diversity, disability, refugees etc) - Sources of resilience and support - Experiences of key transitions and turning points - Children and youth policy issues in international development