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Dr Valerie Ledwith BA,MA,PhD.
Valerie completed her BA at NUI, Galway and then moved to the United States, where she received her MA in geography from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Upon graduating, she moved to Los Angeles and worked in the urban programme of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an environmental action organisation. Before returning to Ireland, Valerie completed her PhD at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on the geographies of education, particularly on the socio-spatial marginalisation of young migrants. Her most recent work engages with qualitative and quantitative methodologies (including GIS) to examine the emergence of educational achievement disparities between young migrants and their non-migrant peers in Ireland. She also examines how hierarchies of difference are produced and maintained through the geopolitics of school choice. In essence, she interrogates abstract societal discourses that connect with everyday material practices to shape the educational experiences of young migrant students.
My current research engages with qualitative and quantitative methodologies (including GIS) to examine the geographies of education. I have completed work examining the emergence of educational achievement disparities between young migrants and their non-migrant peers in Galway. I am currently examining on how hierarchies of difference are produced and maintained through abstract societal discourses that connect with everyday material practices to shape the educational experiences of young migrant students living in
Peer Reviewed Journals
|Zhang, CS,Luo, L,Xu, WL,Ledwith, V (2008) 'Use of local Moran's I and GIS to identify pollution hotspots of Pb in urban soils of Galway, Ireland'. Science Of The Total Environment, 398 :212-221. [DOI] [Details]|
|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]|
|OLoughlin, J., Witmer, F., Ledwith, V. (1999) 'Location and Political Choice in Post-Unification Berlin: Explaining the PDS (Party of Democratic Socialism) Vote, 1999 and 2001'. Eurasian Geography and Economics, 43 (5):349-382. [Details]|
|Staeheli, L.A., Ledwith, V., Ormond, M., Reed, K., Sumpter, A., Trudeau, D. (2002) 'Immigration, the Internet, and Spaces of Politics'. Political Geography, 21 (8):989-1012. [Details]|
|Ledwith, V., Clark, W.A.V. (2006) 'Mobility, Housing Stress and Neighborhood Contexts: Evidence from Los Angeles'. Environment and Planning, A38 (6):1077-1093. [Details]|
|Ledwith, V,Clark, WAV (2007) 'The effect of the residential mosaic and White flight on public school composition: Evidence from Los Angeles County'. Urban Geography, 28 :160-180. [Details]|
|Ledwith, V (2009) 'Open enrolment and student sorting in public schools: evidence from Los Angeles County'. Environment And Planning A, 41 :1109-1128. [DOI] [Details]|
|Ledwith, V (2010) 'The Influence of Open Enrollment on Scholastic Achievement among Public School Students in Los Angeles'. American Journal Of Education, 116 :243-262. [Details]|
|Helperin, A, Beckman D.S., Inwood, D., Ledwith, V., Blankenburg, W. (2001) Californias Contaminated Groundwater: Is the State Minding the Store? N. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc New York. New York: Other Item [Details]|
|Ledwith, V. (2010) “William AV Clark”. Encyclopedia of Geography Thousand Oaks. Other Item [Details]|
|Association: Association of American Geographers, Function/Role: Member|
|Association: Geographical Society of Ireland, Function/Role: Member|
|Committee : School of Geography and Archaeology Teaching and Learning Committee|
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