Dr Kathy Reilly

B.A.,H.Dip., Ph.D

Contact Details

Lecturer (Human Geography)
Geography
Room 105
Discipline of Geography
Arts/Science Concourse
National University of Ireland Galway

T: 00 353 (0)91 494105
E: kathy.reilly@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

                                           

Dr Reilly completed her BA degree at NUI Galway in Geography and English in 2003 and went on to complete a Higher Diploma in Education in 2004. As a secondary school teacher Dr Reilly spent some time working in Essex in the UK and returned to NUI Galway to complete her PhD in Geography in 2005. Funded by the Irish Research Council Dr Reilly's PhD explored geographies of educational opportunity across three case study sites (one in Ireland, the UK and France). In 2009 Dr Reilly was appointed as a postdoctoral researcher, working on a project with Dr Valerie Ledwith (funded by the Irish Research Council), exploring migrant educational experiences in Galway City and urban-fringe; this project focused specifically on issues of educational attainment, achievement and aspiration. In 2010 - 2011 Kathy was appointed as Teaching Fellow at St Patrick's College Drumcondra, where she developed her interest in critical geographies of children, young people and families. In 2012 Dr Reilly returned to NUI Galway as a University Fellow (Teaching and Research and in 2014 she was appointed as lecturer in geography (below-the-bar-) at NUI Galway, specialising in social and cultural geography.  

Research Interests

RESEARCH INTERESTS

I am an active researcher and lecturer in social and cultural geography. My expertise and central research interests straddle a number of arenas within critical geographic inquiry; these include: geographies of children, young people and families; geographies of education and social justice; and participative field-based research practice. To date my research has engaged communities in Ireland, France, UK, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Canada. All of my research practice is principally underpinned by participative field-based methodologies, allowing for work with various communities in Ireland and globally. In doing so, I acknowledge the need to work with research communities within and beyond the academic, connecting with community collaborators, activists and practitioners across various interdisciplinary fields. I am cognisant to the importance of listening to the communities within which I work and in allowing the development of a reciprocal dialogue, whereby research agendas and methodological design are informed by and through conversations with collaborative partners. I have also had success in securing funding and financial support for a number of on-going projects. My current research projects include:

Exploring Geographies of Opportunity among Young Migrants:

Working with Dr. Valerie Ledwith and a number of community partners this research explores the emergence of a two-tiered schooling system in Galway City and County. This mixed-method project examined young people’s experiences relating to educational issues; including: access, participation, aspiration and attainment. The project also examined a variety of family, school and neighbourhood effects, to examine the influence of each on overall student experiences. The educational experiences of young migrants were also explored. This work inherently built on my PhD research and informed the Transitions to University project rational. The project facilitated the development of a network between researchers at NUI Galway, community development practitioners across Galway City and County, and most importantly with migrant and new-comer communities.

Transitioning to University:

Working with, and informed by various community partners, this project examines the experience of young migrants living in Galway City and County who have successfully transitioned to university.  As part of this project the collected data has the potential to inform positive strategies to enhance educational opportunities of other young migrants living in communities across Ireland. More practically, the project also facilitates the emergence of a discussion forum where young people can critically engage with issues pertaining to integration, citizenship and belonging. Using a comparative approach I am currently extending this project to include a qualitative sample of students living and attending university in Toronto, Canada; a city heralded as a bastion of multiculturalism. The aim of this extension is to consider key aspects of student experience and their self-identified position within the university as a pedagogical and research space.

Critical and Participative Field-Based Learning Pedagogies: 

This research project is informed directly through staff and MA (ESD) student field experiences. Working with colleagues in geography at NUI Galway, the University of Northampton (UK), and a series of community partners (including UNDP Bosnia; EU Delegation to Bosnia; British Council, and a series of NGOs and CSO organisations), we consider the complexity of engaging critical field-based learning pedagogies in post-conflict Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The research highlights some of the key challenges to initiating and practicing field-based learning pedagogies in fluid, dynamic and unsystematic research contexts. I reflect on the complexities involved in seeking to facilitate and practice critical participatory knowledges that comprise academic, student and civic engagement values.

The Places and Spaces of Childhood Project:

This project is a participatory learning project that aims to transcend classroom learning through the development of field-based research skills. The project is built on the participation of three elements: university staff, final year geography students and children aged 8 - 10. As part of this experience final year geography students were required to complete a mental-mapping methodology with children; facilitating the production of a mental map, a recording of the child’s explanation of that map and a student reflective journal. In addition to constructing a picture of childhood in Ireland, this participatory project evaluates student performance in field-based contexts, reviewing students’ effectiveness in co-creating geographic knowledge. By extension the project explores the relationship between theory and practice, whereby classroom learning becomes practiced in a field-based (and real world) context.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2015) 'Participative Critical Enquiry in Graduate Field-Based Learning'
Reilly, K., Clavin, A. and Morrissey. J. (2015) 'Participative Critical Enquiry in Graduate Field-Based Learning'. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, Latest Articles, DOI:10.1080/03098265.2015.1086980 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Fringe Benefits? Educational experiences of migrant and non-migrant youth in the urban-rural fringe of GalwayCity, Ireland'
Ledwith, V; Reilly, K (2014) 'Fringe Benefits? Educational experiences of migrant and non-migrant youth in the urban-rural fringe of GalwayCity, Ireland'. Journal Of Rural Studies, 36 :219-225 [Details]
(2013) 'Field-Based Learning: The Challenge of Practising Participatory Knowledge'
Morrissey, J., Clavin, A. and Reilly, K. (2013) 'Field-Based Learning: The Challenge of Practising Participatory Knowledge'. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 37 (4):619-627 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'Accommodating all applicants? School choice and the regulation of enrolment in Ireland'
Ledwith, V,Reilly, K (2013) 'Accommodating all applicants? School choice and the regulation of enrolment in Ireland'. Canadian Geographer-Geographe Canadien, 57 :318-326 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'Two Tiers Emerging? School Choice and Educational Achievement Disparities among Young Migrants and Non-migrants in Galway City and Urban Fringe'
Ledwith, V,Reilly, K (2013) 'Two Tiers Emerging? School Choice and Educational Achievement Disparities among Young Migrants and Non-migrants in Galway City and Urban Fringe'. Population Space And Place, 19 :46-59 [DOI] [Details]
(2006) 'Cultural Theory and Educational Practice: A Focus on Bourdieu’s Habitus, Bernstein’s Discourse and the Canvey Island Region, Chimera'
Reilly, K. (2006) 'Cultural Theory and Educational Practice: A Focus on Bourdieu’s Habitus, Bernstein’s Discourse and the Canvey Island Region, Chimera'. 21 [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2015) 'Moving to Inequality? Considering Young Migrants Educational Achievement in Galway City, Ireland'
Ledwith, V; Reilly, K (2015) 'Moving to Inequality? Considering Young Migrants Educational Achievement in Galway City, Ireland' In: Movement, Im/Mobilities and Journeys. London: Springer. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2014) Conference of Irish Geographers (2014), University College Dublin, Ireland
Farrell, E.J., Lynch, K., Corbett, J., Logan, J., Miller, A., Murphy, M., Fahy, F., Morley, T., and Reilly, K. (2014) I Like Beaches: A University community knowledge initiative (CKI) to promote civic engagement Conference of Irish Geographers (2014), University College Dublin, Ireland [Details]

Conference Paper

  Year Publication
(2012) Field-Based Learning: Enhancing Student Learning through Community Engagement in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. RGS-IBG Annual Conference, Edinburgh.
Reilly, K., Clavin, A. and Morrissey, J. (2012) Field-Based Learning: Enhancing Student Learning through Community Engagement in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. RGS-IBG Annual Conference, Edinburgh. Conference Paper [Details]
(2006) ’Bourdieu’s Opportunity: Social Perspectives on Educational Trends’  . Challenging the Boundaries in the Social Sciences, 7th Inter-University Graduate Conference, CRASSH, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Reilly, K. (2006) ’Bourdieu’s Opportunity: Social Perspectives on Educational Trends’  . Challenging the Boundaries in the Social Sciences, 7th Inter-University Graduate Conference, CRASSH, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. Conference Paper [Details]
(2007) ’Regional Schooling: Perceptions of Compulsory Education on Canvey Island’. Conference of Irish Geographers, St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Dublin.
Reilly, K. (2007) ’Regional Schooling: Perceptions of Compulsory Education on Canvey Island’. Conference of Irish Geographers, St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Dublin. Dublin: Conference Paper [Details]
(2007) ’Opportune Schooling: Preliminary perspectives on Compulsory Education on Canvey Island, Essex, UK and in Tuam, Co Galway, Ireland’. Moving Forward Conference, University of Aberdeen, Scotland .
Reilly, K. (2007) ’Opportune Schooling: Preliminary perspectives on Compulsory Education on Canvey Island, Essex, UK and in Tuam, Co Galway, Ireland’. Moving Forward Conference, University of Aberdeen, Scotland . Aberdeen, Scotland : Conference Paper [Details]
(2008) ’Education isn’t just about the classroom’. Everyday Perceptions of the Second Level Schooling Experience.
Reilly, K. (2008) ’Education isn’t just about the classroom’. Everyday Perceptions of the Second Level Schooling Experience. Conference Paper [Details]
(2009) ’The Role of School in Constructing a Rhythm for Everyday Life’. AAG.
Reilly, K. (2009) ’The Role of School in Constructing a Rhythm for Everyday Life’. AAG. Las Vegas, USA : Conference Paper [Details]
(2009) ’Going to School: Routines Rhythms and Future Expectations’, 1st Geographies of Education Conference, Loughborough University, UK .
Reilly, K. (2009) ’Going to School: Routines Rhythms and Future Expectations’, 1st Geographies of Education Conference, Loughborough University, UK . Conference Paper [Details]
(2010) Two-Tiered Schooling? Exploring Migrant Youth School Experiences in Galway, AAG, Washington DC, USA .
Ledwith, V. (2010) Two-Tiered Schooling? Exploring Migrant Youth School Experiences in Galway, AAG, Washington DC, USA . Conference Paper [Details]

Invited papers

  Year Publication
(2009) Spaces and Places of Childhood: A Geographical Perspective Seminar Presented to: Child and Family Research Centre, School of Political Science and Sociology, National University of Ireland, Galway.
Reilly, K. (2009) Spaces and Places of Childhood: A Geographical Perspective Seminar Presented to: Child and Family Research Centre, School of Political Science and Sociology, National University of Ireland, Galway. Invited papers [Details]

Workshops

  Year Publication
(2007) ’Education is where my intelligence comes from: Perceptions of the School Experience from Tuam and Canvey Island’. Department of Geography Seminar Series, National University of Ireland Galway.
Reilly, K. (2007) ’Education is where my intelligence comes from: Perceptions of the School Experience from Tuam and Canvey Island’. Department of Geography Seminar Series, National University of Ireland Galway. Workshops [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2015 Geography Research Incentivisation Award Geography, National University of Ireland Galway
2014 YOLO EXPLORE PROJECT National University of Ireland Galway
2013 Dobbin Scholarship Ireland Canada University Award
2013 Galway Rural Development Company Project Grant Galway Rural Development
2012 Internship Funding National University of Ireland Galway
2011 Research Innovation Award: Children's Geographies Project St. Patrick's College Research Committee
2011 Comenius Teaching and Learning Grant Comenius (Eurogeography Grant)
2011 Teaching and Learning Innovation Award CELT: Community Knowledge Initiative (NUI Galway)
2007 IRC Doctoral Scholarship IRCHSS

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Geography Society NUI Galway Member /
Geographic Society of Ireland Member /
Association of American Geographers Member /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Geographical Society of Ireland Committee member 01-JUN-15 /

Teaching Interests

MA Teaching (Environment, Society & Development): 
TI702   Geography and Geo-Graphing

TI 706  Field-Based Learning

TI707   MA Dissertation

Undergraduate Teaching (Geography):
TI252: Theory and Practice Semester 2 (module contribution)

TI317: Critical Geographies of Children, Young People and Families

TI357: Seminar in Human Geography (Final Year Dissertation Students)