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Dr Brian McGrath
|Brian McGrath is the Programme Director for the MA in Community Development. He holds a Bachelor of Social Science from UCC, a MA (Community Development) from NUI Galway and a PhD (Land Economy) from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
He teaches at undergraduate level and contributes towards the teaching programme and research supervision of the three taught MAs (Community Development, Social Work and Family Support). His current research interests are broadly:
Cultural traditions and development; Migration and Migrant Communities; Rural Society and Change; Children/Young people, Social ties and Communities; and Community Governance.
He is currently supervising three PhDs in the following areas: Muslim immigrant youth; youth transitions among farming youth; and cultural transmission in a Gaeltacht community.
| sociology and politics of community
sociology and politics of family
sociology and politics of youth
natural resources and communities
|McGrath, B. (2002) 'Encounters at the Periphery: Rural Youth and Labour Market Exclusion in North-West Connemara' In: McDonagh, J. (ed) Economy, Society and Peripherality. Arlen Press. [Details]|
|McGrath, B. & Canavan, J. (2002) 'Educational disadvantage and rural youth in the West of Ireland' In: T. Dax and I. Machold (eds) Voices of Rural Youth. A Break with Traditional Patterns?. [Details]|
|McGrath, B. (2004) 'Rural Youth in Local Community Development: Lessons through partnership' In: B. Jentsch and M. Shucksmith (eds) Young People in Rural Areas of Europe. Aldershot: Ashgage. [Details]|
|McGrath, B. & Dolan, P. (2006) 'Enhancing Support for Young People in Need: Reflections on Informal and Formal Sources of Help' In: Dolan, P., Pinkerton, J. and Canavan, J. (eds) Family Support for Reflective Practice. Jessica Kingsley Publications. [Details]|
|McGrath, B. (2009) 'A Growing Concern: Rural Youth and Sustainable Lives' In: J.McDonagh, T. Varley and S. Shorthall (eds) A Living Countryside? The Politics of Sustainable Development in Rural Ireland. Aldershot: Ashgate. [Details]|
|McGrath, B., & Murray, F. (2011) 'Brazilian Migrant Social Networks and Social Captial' In: B. Fanning and R. Munck (eds) Globalization, Migration and Social Transformation, Ireland in Europe and the World. Ashgate: Farnham. [Details]|
Peer Reviewed Journals
|McGrath, B. (1996) 'Environmentalism and Property Rights: The case of the Mullaghmore Interpretive Centre Dispute'. Irish Journal of Sociology, 6 :25-47. [Details]|
|MCGRATH, B. et al. (2001) 'A problem of resources: defining rural youth encounters in education, work and housing'. JOURNAL OF RURAL STUDIES, 17 :481-495. [Details]|
|McGrath, B. (2001) 'Bridging the Gap in Traditional Social Care: The Provision of Social Care to Older People within a Rural Community Development Model'. Administration, 49 (3):20-42. [Details]|
|McGrath, B. (2002) 'Towards the Enablement of 'Unqualified' Rural Youth: A Structurationist Perspective on Socially Inclusive Policy Intervention'. Journal of Youth Studies, 5 (3):291-312. [Details]|
|McGrath, B. (2004) 'Broadening the Parameters of Support: Exploring Community Development Perspectives on 'Family Support' in the West of Ireland'. Administration, 52 (1):69-91. [Details]|
|McGrath, B. (2006) 'Everything is different here : Enhancing capabilities through inclusive education practices and relationships'. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 10 (6):595-614. [Details]|
|McGrath, B., NicGabhainn, S. (2007) 'Worldviews Apart? Perceptions of Place among Rural, Farm and Urban Young People in Ireland'. Youth Studies Ireland, 2 (1):17-31. [Details]|
|McGrath, B., Brennan, M., Dolan, P. and Barnett, R (2009) 'Adolescent well-being and supporting contexts: a comparison of adolescents in rural Ireland and Florida'. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 19 :299-320. [Details]|
|McGrath, B. (2009) 'School disengagement and structural options: Narrative illustrations on an analytical approach'. Nordic Journal Of Youth Research, 17 (1):81-101. [DOI] [Details]|
|Barnett, R., Brennan, M., McGrath, B. (2009) 'Community development and youth civic engagement: research findings from Ireland and Florida'. Journal of Community Development Society, . [Details]|
|McGrath, B. and F. Murray (2009) 'Brazilian migrants in Ireland: Emergent themes from research and practice on the significance of social networks and social capital'. Translocations: Migration & Social Change, 5 :1-20. [Details]|
|McGrath, B., Barnett, R., Brennan, MA. (2010) 'The Intersection of Youth and Community Development in Ireland and Florida: Building Stronger Communities through Youth Civic Engagement'. Journal of Community Development Society, 40 (4):331-345. [Details]|
|McGrath, B (2010) 'Social capital in community, family and work lives of Brazilian migrant parents in Ireland'. Community, Work & Family, 13 (4):147-165. [Details]|
|McGrath, B., & Brennan, M.A. (2011) 'Tradition, cultures and communities: Exploring the potentials of music and the arts for community development in Appalachia'. Journal of the Community Development Society, 42 (3):332-350. [Details]|
|McGrath, B. & Garrity, S. (2011) 'It's Not Like a Job Now; It's Part of Me: Exploring African Women's Experiences in the Irish Childcare Sector'. Child Care in Practice, 17 (1):69-86. [Details]|
|Brian McGrath (2004) From Vocationalist Needs to New Welfare Concerns: XI World Congress of Rural Sociology, Trondheim, Norway July 2004. Conference Paper [Details]|
|McGrath, B. (2004) The Power of Exclusion: Conceptualising social exclusion and inclusion in a structuraltionist framework of power. XI World Congress or Rural Sociology, Trondheim, Norwary. Conference Paper [Details]|
|McGrath, B., Brennan, M., Dolan, P., Barnett, R. (2007) Adolescent well-being and supporting contexts: a comparison of adolescents in rural Ireland and Florida. Child and Family Research Centre Symposium, Building Resilience in Children, Families and Communities. NUI Galway: Conference Paper [Details]|
|McGrath, B. (2008) They had already prepared the way: Social capital formations and combinations in the lives of Brazilian migrants to Ireland. Sociological Association of Ireland conference. NUI Galway: Conference Paper [Details]|
|McGrath, B. & Brennan, M. (2010) Tradition, cultures and communities: Exploring the potentials of music and the arts for community development in Appalachia. Community Development Society, New Orleans. Conference Paper [Details]|
|McGrath, B. (2010) From Vocationalist Needs to New Welfare Concerns: Conceptualising the school-to-work transition among marginalized rural youth. XI World Congress or Rural Sociology, Trondheim, Norwary. Conference Paper [Details]|
Non Published Reports
|McGrath, B., Canavan, J. (2001) An evaluation of Forum's Social Care Programme. Forum: Letterfrack. Non Published Reports [Details]|
|McGrath, B. (2003) Assessing the community development-family support relationship: an exploratory examination of projects & programmes in the West of Ireland. Galway: Child & Family Research and Policy Unit, WHB/NUI Galway. Non Published Reports [Details]|
|McGrath, B., Dolan, P. (2010) Children and Young People's Policy: Critical Issues and Recent Developments. A report for the Limerick City Children's Service Committee. CFRC, NUI Galway. Non Published Reports [Details]|
|McGrath, B. (2011) It was good to make a difference: A review of the Foroige Alan Kerins Project linking visit to Kaoma, Zambia. CFRC, NUI Galway. Non Published Reports [Details]|
|McGrath, B. (2011) Foroige Volunteer led Youth Clubs: An exploratory study of youth club contribution to youth development. . CFRC, NUI Galway. Non Published Reports [Details]|