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Geography & Archaeology
Dr Kathy Reilly
- Deconstructing Homelessness: Finding a Place for Geography (IRC Policy for Society Award): The ‘Deconstructing Homelessness’ project aims to engage a multi-stakeholder approach drawing from contemporary policy, mediated non-profit (or NGO) campaign perspectives, community and social worker experiences, and the voice of the homeless person. Ultimately, the project examines an emerging disconnect between the mediated representations of homeless communities in Ireland and the multiple lived realities of being homeless. In doing so the project aims to make a significant contribution to Irish policy interventions on homelessness (and its associated legislation and action plans) in addition to challenging societal perceptions of the homeless experience.
- 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 migrants’ experiences of educational opportunity; including a focus on access, participation, aspiration and attainment. The project also examined a variety of family, school and neighbourhood effects, to consider the influence of each on overall student experiences. 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 (Galway Rural Development Research Grant): Working with, and informed by various community partners, this project examines the experiences of migrants and mature students 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 ‘non-traditional’ students 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.
- 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. I am interested in unpacking the liminal, often uncomfortable, position of researchers (student or academic staff) during and post field-based learning, balancing the contentious and necessary arena of data collection with community perceptions of extractive research practice.
- The Places and Spaces of Childhood Project:T his project is a participatory field-based 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. This project formulates the basis for a book entitled Narrating Childhoods, the manuscript for this edited collection is due in late 2019.
|Project||Start Date||End Date|
|DE-CONSTRUCTING HOMELESSNESS: FINDING A PLACE FOR GEOGRAPHY?||09-JAN-17||09-NOV-19|
|IRC POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP 2016 ELAINE WILLIAMS - Creating Opportunities for Engagement: Exploring the relationship between the Burren landscape and civil society||01-OCT-16||30-SEP-19|
|Researcher Name||Project||Role||Funding Body|
|Dr Margaret Brehony||Deconstructing Homelessness: Finding a Place for Geography? (RCS1569)||Postdoctoral Researcher|
Peer Reviewed Journals
|(2017)|| 'Mediating representations of poverty and development: a help or a hindrance?'
Keenaghan, N,Reilly, K (2017) 'Mediating representations of poverty and development: a help or a hindrance?'. Third World Quarterly, 38 :1272-1290 [DOI] [Details]
|(2014)|| 'Fringe benefits? Educational experiences of migrant and non-migrant youth in the urban-rural fringe of Galway City, Ireland'
Ledwith, V,Reilly, K (2014) 'Fringe benefits? Educational experiences of migrant and non-migrant youth in the urban-rural fringe of Galway City, Ireland'. Journal Of Rural Studies, 36 :219-225 [DOI] [Details]
|(2016)|| 'Participative critical enquiry in graduate field-based learning'
Reilly, K,Clavin, A,Morrissey, J (2016) 'Participative critical enquiry in graduate field-based learning'. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 40 :104-116 [DOI] [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]
|(2018)|| 'Geographies of Education: Context and Case'
Kathy Reilly; Ranu Basu; Valerie Ledwith (2018) 'Geographies of Education: Context and Case' In: Establishing Geographies of Children and Young People. Singapore: Springer. [Details]
|(2016)|| 'Young Migrants' Educational Achievement: Moving to Equality in Galway City, Ireland'
Ledwith, V; Reilly, K (2016) 'Young Migrants' Educational Achievement: Moving to Equality in Galway City, Ireland' In: Movement, Im/Mobilities and Journeys. London: Springer. [Details]
|(2018)|| Conference of Irish Geographers
Reilly, Kathy; Brehony, Margaret (2018) Deconstructing Homelessness: People, Policy and Place Conference of Irish Geographers Maynooth University, Ireland, [Details]
|(2018)|| Association of American Geographers Annual Conference
Reilly, Kathy; Brehony, Margaret; Keenaghan, Natasha (2018) Mediating Geographies of Homelessness: Narrating Vulnerability and Invisibility Association of American Geographers Annual Conference New Orleans, USA, [Details]
|(2016)|| 3rd International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference
Reilly, Kathy (2016) Exploring Childhood in Ireland: Narrating the PLaces and Spaces of Everyday Life 3rd International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference National University of Ireland Galway, [Details]
|(2015)|| Conference of Irish Geographers
Reilly, Kathy (2015) Childhood Identity in Ireland: Exploring Everyday Discourses Conference of Irish Geographers Queens Univeristy Belfast, [Details]
|(2015)|| RGS-IBG Annual International Conference
Reilly, Kathy (2015) The Politics and Practice of Researching with Young People: Reflecting on Methodological Uncertainty for Critical Geographies of Education in Ireland RGS-IBG Annual International Conference [Details]
|(2014)|| Association of American Geographers Annual Conference
Reilly, Kathy (2014) Migrant Transitions to Tertiary Education: Exploring Contested Discourses of Belonging Association of American Geographers Annual Conference Tampa, Florida, USA, [Details]
|(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]
|(2019)|| 7th EUGEO Congress in conjunction with the 51st Conference of Irish Geographers,
Reilly, Kathy; Fahy, Frances (2019) International Conference. [Organising Chair], 7th EUGEO Congress in conjunction with the 51st Conference of Irish Geographers, National University of Ireland Galway , 15-MAY-19 - 18-MAY-19. [Details]
|(2018)|| From Immediate Need to Sustainable Solutions: Preventing Homelessness in Galway City,
Reilly, Kathy (2018) Deconstructing Homelessness. [Keynote Address], From Immediate Need to Sustainable Solutions: Preventing Homelessness in Galway City, Galway City , 26-FEB-18. [Details]
|(2018)|| Finding Your Way to Education,
Reilly, Kathy (2018) Migrant Educational Experiences: Challenging Access Inequalities in the Transition to Higher Education. [Keynote Address], Finding Your Way to Education, GMIT (Castlebar Campus) , 23-FEB-18. [Details]
|(2016)|| 3rd International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference,
Reilly, Kathy (2016) March 2016. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], 3rd International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference, National University of ireland Galway , 16-MAR-16 - 18-MAR-16. [Details]
|(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]
Honours and Awards
|2018||College of Arts Research Award||College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies, NUIG|
|2017||Deconstructing Homelessness: Finding a Place for Geography?||Irish Research Council Policy and Society Award|
|2016||NUI Galway Millennium Fund||College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies, NUI Galway|
|2016||NUI Galway Millennium Fund||College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies|
|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|
|Association||Function||From / To|
|National Forum for the Enhancemment of Teaching and Learning||University Representative||09-JAN-17 / 14-JAN-19|
|Geographic Society of Ireland||GSI Committee Member||/|
|Association of American Geographers||Member||/|
|Committee||Function||From / To|
|Narrative Enquiry Conference 2016||Committee member||01-SEP-15 /|
|Geographical Society of Ireland||Committee member||01-JUN-15 /|
|Geopolitics and Justice Cluster||Committee Member||09-JAN-12 /|
|Employer||Position||From / To|
|National University of Ireland Galway||Lecturer (Human Geography)||02-JUN-14 /|
|National University of Ireland Galway||University Fellow (Research and Teaching)||02-JAN-12 / 01-JUN-14|
|York University, Toronto||Visiting Scholar (Geography)||03-MAR-14 / 30-MAR-14|
|St Patrick's College, Drumcandra||Teaching Fellow (Geography)||01-SEP-10 / 31-JUL-11|
|2009||National University of Ireland Galway||PhD||Human Geography|
|2004||National University of Ireland Galway||Higher Diploma||Education|
|2003||National University of Ireland Galway||Bachelor of Arts||Geography and English|
|Title||Type||From / To|
|Outreach||Intercultural Forum Galway||05-JAN-14 /|
|Policy Development||Galway County Integration and Diversity Strategy (2013 - 2017)||01-DEC-12 /|
|Advocacy||NUI Galway Migrant Forum||06-JAN-14 /|