Dr. Lisa Moran

B.A., M.A. , PhD., PGDip

Contact Details

Post Doctoral Researcher
UNESCO Child & Family
Research Centre
NUI Galway

T: Ext. 5743
E: lisa.moran@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

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. She is currently 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 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), Enhanced Professional Effectiveness (Teagasc Ashtown Dublin 2014) and Media Training (FH Consulting, NUIG 2016), among other courses. 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.

Research Interests

Environmental Sociology
Sociology of Knowledge (esp. Veterinary Knowledge)
Food Regulation
Sociology of Childhood
Participation
Governance
Higher Education
Policy Evaluation
Implementation Science
Children in Care
Asylum seekers in Ireland
Biographical Narrative Interpretive Method (BNIM)

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2016) 'Mapping divergent concepts of sustainability: lay knowledge, local practices and environmental governance'
Moran, L. and Rau, H. (2016) 'Mapping divergent concepts of sustainability: lay knowledge, local practices and environmental governance'. Local Environment: The International Journal Of Justice And Sustainability, [Details]
(2016) 'Mapping cultural enablers and barriers to participation in Connemara: lay knowledge, sustainability discourses and environmental governance'
Moran, L. (2016) 'Mapping cultural enablers and barriers to participation in Connemara: lay knowledge, sustainability discourses and environmental governance'. Social Studies-Irish Journal Of Sociology, [Details]
(2016) '‘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’'
Moran, L., Garrity, S., McGregor, C. and Devaney, C. (2016) (2016) '‘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 Issues, [Details]
(2016) 'Garrity, S., Moran, L., McGregor, C. and Devaney, C. (2016) ‘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 (submitted for publication July 2016)'
Garrity, S., Moran, L., McGregor, C. and Devaney, C. (2016) (2016) 'Garrity, S., Moran, L., McGregor, C. and Devaney, C. (2016) ‘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 (submitted for publication July 2016)'. Child Care In Practice, [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2016) '‘Building communities of youth: narratives of community and belonging among young people attending youth cafes in Ireland’'
Moran, L., Brady, B. and Forkan, C. (2016) '‘Building communities of youth: narratives of community and belonging among young people attending youth cafes in Ireland’' In: The Routledge Handbook of Community Development. London: Routledge. [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2016) ) Scoping review of Irish and international literature on outcomes for permanence and stability for children in care.
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. Tusla, Dublin. [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(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’'
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, . [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
Children's Research Network of Ireland and Northern Ireland (CRINI),
Brady, B., Forkan, C. and Moran, L. 'Its a safe place to come to when you feel lost': Insghts on the role of youth cafes in supporting the health and well-being of young people. [Oral Presentation], Children's Research Network of Ireland and Northern Ireland (CRINI), Dublin . [Details]
Galway School 2015 Children's Rights in Practice and Research,
McGregor, C. and Moran, L. Poster presented on outcomes for permanence and stability for children in care study at major conference on children's rights, co-organised by UCFRC, Eurochild and UNESCO. [Poster Presentation], Galway School 2015 Children's Rights in Practice and Research, Institute for Lifecourse and Society NUI Galway . [Details]
‘Hoping for a better Tomorrow’,
Garrity, S., Moran, L., Devaney, C. and McGregor, C. (2016) Abstract accepted to the Ethics and Social Welfare in Hard Times Conference. [Invited Oral Presentation], ‘Hoping for a better Tomorrow’, London, UK . [Details]
‘Hoping for a better Tomorrow’: Family Support through community childcare provision in Ballyhaunis Co. Mayo,
Garrity, S., Moran, L., Devaney, C. and McGregor, C. (2016) Community childcare in rural Ireland; family support principles and practice. [Invited Oral Presentation], ‘Hoping for a better Tomorrow’: Family Support through community childcare provision in Ballyhaunis Co. Mayo, European Early Childhood Education Research Association Annual Conference, Dublin, August 2016) . [Details]
Reimaging Adoption as a Viable Care Option in Ireland,
McGregor, C. and Moran, L. Poster presentation on Outcomes for Permanence and Stability for Children in Care project. [Poster Presentation (Refereed)], Reimaging Adoption as a Viable Care Option in Ireland, School of Applied Social Studies UCC . [Details]
Just enough education to perform? : national policy, local responses and labour market activation in the Dublin Adult Learning Centre (DALC),
Ross, K. and Moran, L. Qualitative findings with adult learners on the lived experiences of labour market activation measures in Dublin, Ireland. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Just enough education to perform? : national policy, local responses and labour market activation in the Dublin Adult Learning Centre (DALC), Reimagining Lifelong Learning Conference (organised by EUCEN, HELLIN and the Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development, NUI Galway) . [Details]
(2016) Mapping Children’s Narratives of Permanence and Stability in Ireland’ A Mixed Method Study of Outcomes for Children in Care 2008-2013,
Moran, L. and McGregor, C. (2016) This paper focuses on a mixed method study of outcomes for permanence and stability for children in care in Ireland (2008-2013) and assesses ontological tensions around evidence in policy and the input of narrative research into policies on vulnerable youth. [Oral Presentation], Mapping Children’s Narratives of Permanence and Stability in Ireland’ A Mixed Method Study of Outcomes for Children in Care 2008-2013, European Social Work Research Association (ESWRA) Conference Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon , 01-APR-16. [Details]
(2016) Hoping for a better tomorrow’: Narratives of Coping, Resilience and Family Support arising from a study of Early Years services and the experience of parents, including those resident in Direct Provis,
Garrity, S., Moran, L., Devaney, C. and McGregor, C. (2016) (2016) Irish Social Sciences Platform and the National Economic & Social Council, Dublin. [Oral Presentation], Hoping for a better tomorrow’: Narratives of Coping, Resilience and Family Support arising from a study of Early Years services and the experience of parents, including those resident in Direct Provis, Dublin , 08-JUN-16 - 08-JUN-16. [Details]
(2016) ‘Hoping for a better tomorrow’: A Qualitative Study of Perceptions and Experiences of Asylum Seekers about Direct Provision in Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo,
Moran, L., Garrity, S., Devaney, C. and C. McGregor (2016) (2016) This paper presents qualitative findings from an evaluation of the ‘Greater Tomorrow’ Crèche and Ballyhaunis Community Preschool facilities, which are accessed primarily by members of asylum seeking communities in Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo. [Oral Presentation], ‘Hoping for a better tomorrow’: A Qualitative Study of Perceptions and Experiences of Asylum Seekers about Direct Provision in Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo, University of Limerick , 14-MAY-16 - 14-APR-16. [Details]
(2016) ‘Mapping Children’s Narratives of Permanence and Stability: Evidence from a Mixed-Method Study of Children in Long-Term Care in Ireland’,
Moran, L., McGregor, C. and Devaney, C. (2016) (2016) This paper draws on BNIM, qualitative findings from a study of children in care in Ireland (2008-2013) and the importance of understanding children's voices and storylines about their lives in care. [Oral Presentation], ‘Mapping Children’s Narratives of Permanence and Stability: Evidence from a Mixed-Method Study of Children in Long-Term Care in Ireland’, ISPCAN Calgary Canada , 28-AUG-16. [Details]
(2016) Global Societies, Fragmenting and Connecting, British Sociological Association (BSA),
Moran, L., Brady, B. and Forkan, C. (2016) Individual and connected: young people's experiences and discourses about youth cafes in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Global Societies, Fragmenting and Connecting, British Sociological Association (BSA), Aston, Birmingham, UK , 05-APR-16 - 08-APR-16. [Details]
(2016) Abstract accepted to the Child Poverty in Times of Crisis Conference, Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research, University of Salzburg, August 25-26 2016,
Moran, L., Garrity, S., Devaney, C. and C. McGregor (2016) (2016) This paper focuses on narratives of resilience, identity and coping of parents from asylum seeking communities living in a Direct Provision centre in Ballyhaunis, a rural community in the West of Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Abstract accepted to the Child Poverty in Times of Crisis Conference, Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research, University of Salzburg, August 25-26 2016, Salzburg , 25-AUG-16 - 26-AUG-16. [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2005 NUI Galway Arts Faculty Fellowship Scheme NUI Galway
2005 Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme IRCHSS

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
European Sociological Association Ordinary Member 01-APR-15 / 01-APR-16
Sociological Association of Ireland Ordinary Member 04-APR-12 / 04-APR-13
Royal Geographical Society Ordinary Member 01-JAN-14 / 01-JAN-15
Sociological Association of Ireland Membership Secretary 02-MAY-12 / 09-APR-14
British Sociological Association Ordinary Member 01-JAN-15 / 01-JAN-16

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Sociological Association of Ireland Membership Secretary 04-APR-13 / 01-APR-15

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre NUI Galway Researcher 08-JAN-13 / 06-JAN-14
REDP Teagasc (and School of Veterinary Medicine, UCD) Postdoctoral Researcher 07-JAN-14 / 06-MAR-15
School of Political Science and Sociology NUI Galway Seminar Leader/Tutor 06-SEP-04 / 06-JAN-14
Department of Adult Learning and Professional Development NUI Galway Course Instructor and Module Writer 04-APR-11 / 06-JAN-14
IT Sligo Lecturer 02-JAN-12 / 03-SEP-12
St Angela's College Sligo Lecturer and Course Co-ordinator 04-SEP-12 / 07-JAN-13

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2011 NUI Galway Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching Higher Education Teaching and Practice
2014 NUI Galway Postgraduate Diploma Academic Practice
2010 NUI Galway PhD Sociology
2004 University of Limerick MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) European Integration
2003 NUI Galway Diploma in Arts Irish
2003 NUI Galway BACHELOR OF ARTS English; Political and Sociological Studies

Community Engagement

  Title Type From / To
Research (e.g. Community based research) Civic Engagement Representative UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre NUIG 01-JAN-16 /

Teaching Interests

Social Research Methods
Narrative and Biographical Research Methods
Research Supervision
Sociology of the Environment
Rural Sociology
Sociology of Food and Animals

Current Postgraduate Students (Taught)

  Name Degree Primary Supervisor
David Harrington MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) Y
Cadhia Costello MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9)

Recent Postgraduate Students

  Graduation Name Degree Primary Supervisor
2014 Kiera Ross MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) Y
2014 Seona Joyce MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) Y
2015 David Lawlor MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) Y
2012 Carol O'Donovan MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) Y
2013 Joanna McInerney MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) Y
2013 Tomas Geraghty MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) Y
2012 Emer Keenan MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) Y
2013 John Rochford MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) Y

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
2016/2017 Connecting Research Policy and Practices in Children's Services CSS 300