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Dr. Susan Flynn

Assistant Professor (Social Studies)


Dr Susan Flynn is a full-time University Lecturer (Asst. Professor) in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin. Prior to this, she lectured full-time in social sciences at the Institute of Technology, Sligo. Additionally, Susan has experience teaching at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Susan's PhD examined, through through a phenomenological and biographical narrative interpretative method, the impact of the economic recession on intellectually disabled young people and their families. Within this, an affirmative non-tragedy theoretical lens situated within an overarching critical disability studies perspective, was adopted. More broadly her work has, and continues to, focus upon child and family services. Within this, she has a particular focus on disability, child protection and welfare, and social work and social care. Susan was elected to the prestigious position of Fellow at Trinity in 2024 in recognition of achievement. Susan has over a decade of practice experience in a diverse range of applied social settings including child protection and welfare social work; intellectual disability; residential social care practice; acting managerial work; youth justice work; special education; counselling and advocacy; disability day activation work, and other roles. Susan also has experience as a social science researcher in the industry. Twitter: @susanflynn1912 Orchid ID:
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Social Work Employers Forum (One of several School Representatives) 2021 Present/on-going
Critical Disability Studies in, editor(s)Dr Gabriel Bennett and Dr Emma Goodall , The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Disability, 2024, pp1 - 4, [Flynn, S.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Flynn, S. and Whelan, J., A Sociological Reading of Statutory Social Work and Irish Corporate Governmentality: On the Death of Creativity, British Journal of Social Work, 54, (1), 2024, p95 - 104, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Flynn, S., Disability in Narrative Inquiry: A Case of Methodologically Unusable Data from a Participant with Intellectual Disability, Disability Studies Quarterly, 43, (2), 2024, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Flynn, S., Critical Disability Studies and the Affirmative Non-Tragedy Model: Presenting a Theoretical Frame for Disability and Child Protection, Disability and Society, 39, (2), 2024, p269 - 290, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Nematy, A., Flynn, S. and McCarthy-Jones, S., Youtube commentators discourse of paedophilia: A qualitative social media analysis, Sexuality & Culture, 28, 2024, p71 - 95, p , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Johnson, L.M., Flynn, S., Thomas, C. and Slayter, E., Attention to disability in child protection policies across four liberal welfare regimes., Journal of Public Child Welfare, 2024, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Flynn, S., Intersectionality, childhood disability and rurality: What does rural life mean for disabled children and their families?, Sociologia Ruralis, 2024, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Doolan Maher, R., Flynn, S. and Byrne, J., Shifting Mindsets; A Critical Commentary on Child Protection and Welfare, Disability, and Online Risk Through Critical Literature Review, Child Care in Practice, 2024, p , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Flynn, S.,Caffrey, L.,Antosik-Parsons, K.,Whiting, S., Byrne, J. and Conlon, C., New-Materialist Bricolage: Presenting an Ontological Position for Qualitative Internet-Based Research, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2024, Notes: [DOI: 10.1080/13645579.2024.2329430], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Flynn, S., Sundaresan Lakkshme, S., and Caffrey, L., Putting outcomes into practice: The implementation of a framework of outcomes measures within a child and family service., British Journal of Social Work, 2024, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text

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Flynn, S., Doing Research about Disability: Potential Methodological, Ethical and Practical Challenges, PhD Seminar Series, School of Social Work and Social Policy, 2024, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Conlon, C., Antosik-Parsons, K., Flynn, S., Caffrey, L., Byrne, J. and Whiting, S., Lessons from Pivoting to Online Interviewing: Ethical and Technical Considerations for Qualitative Researchers following the COVID-19 Pandemic, Social Sciences Research Network, 2023, Report, PUBLISHED
Flynn, S., Childhood Disability in the Context of Parental Alienation: Another Layer of Complexity?, Parental Alienation Awareness Newsletter, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Flynn, S. , Review of New Directions Implementation: Lifelong Learning 1 and Lifelong Learning 2, Lancaster, England, 2021, 1-62, Report, PUBLISHED
Flynn, S., Children with Disabilities and their Families during the Covid-19 Pandemic, 2020, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Flynn, S. , Adolescence Disrupted, Covid 19 and Protecting Teenagers , 2020, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Flynn, S. & Wengraf, T., Defended subjectivities: peer-audit as a means for quality control in social work research, All-Ireland Social Work Educators Research Forum, Ireland , 2020, Poster, PUBLISHED
O'Connor, E., Whiting, S., Gilligan, R.,Holt, S., Brady, E.,Eliffe, R., Feely,M., Flynn, S., Houston, S., McEvoy., P., Hybrid Placement Model: A Social Work Teaching and Learning Resource, TARA, 2020, Notes: [], Report, PUBLISHED
Flynn, S., A History and Sociology of Willowbrook State School., Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 64, (2), 2017, p227 - 229, Review Article, PUBLISHED
Flynn, S., Literature through an affirmative non-tragedy lens: the impact of the economic recession on children with intellectual disability, Theorising Normalcy and the Mundane Conference, 2016, 2016, Conference Paper, PRESENTED


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Award Date
The ESWRA Award for an Outstanding Publication in European Social Work Research: Nominee 2020
Nominee for a Trinity Excellence in Teaching Award in 2023-24 November 2023
Nominee for an Award for Excellence in Research Student Supervision 2024