Dr Hilary Tierney

Applied Social Studies, ALL Institute

Lecturer

Laraghbryan House
4.3
(01) 708 6489

Biography

I joined the Department of Applied Social Studies in MU after many years as a community work and youth work practitioner in a variety of roles and contexts. I contribute across the Department’s programmes in the areas of youth work theory, policy and practice, supervision, professional skills development and research theory and practice.

My practice and research interests converge in a specific interest in reflective practice, professional supervision, informal education, ethics and values in professional practice and the professional formation of gender conscious practitioners.

I am particularly interested in the potential of informal social education to develop young people's critical capacities as local and global citizens who are committed to equality, social justice and human rights.

The Department's  mission to 'promote human rights, social justice and equality, nationally and internationally, through excellence and innovation in education, research and public engagement that contribute to the development of the social professions and applied social sciences' is both a 'guiding principle' and a 'call to action' in all aspects of my work within the university and my wider engagement with the field of community work and youth work, nationally and internationally.






Research Interests

My approach to research is rooted in the values, principles and practice of community work and youth work. I draw on narrative and feminist approaches that seek to engage in research with and alongside participants as co-producers of knowledge.  I am committed to research that is engaged, collaborative, participatory and social justice focused that contributes to real world impacts in the field of  youth work and community work.

Professional Practice
Youth Work
Young People
Global Youth Work
Community Work
Global Youth Work
Human Rights in Practice
Sustainable Development

Research Projects

  Project Role Funding Body / Program Description Start Date End Date Award (€)
Youth Work eLearning Partnership [YWeLP] PI European Union / EU / Non Commercial 01-FEB-17 31-AUG-19 206330

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2021 'Ethical Challenges in Educational Research during the Pandemic Implications for interviewing in the online environment'
Dempsey, M., & Tierney, H. (2021) 'Ethical Challenges in Educational Research during the Pandemic Implications for interviewing in the online environment' In: Brian Mooney (eds). Education Matters - Ireland's Education Yearbook 2020. Dublin: Education Matters. [Details]
2020 'Digital Technologies and Youth Work: Opportunities and Challenges for Models and Theory'
Trudi Cooper (ECU), Miriam Rose Brooker (ECU), Hilary Tierney (MU) and John Sutcliffe (ECU) (2020) 'Digital Technologies and Youth Work: Opportunities and Challenges for Models and Theory' In: Youth Work in a Digital Society. Penn, USA: IGI Global. [Details]
2019 'STEAMING AHEAD: TOWARDS EMBEDDING STEAM IN IRISH YOUTH WORK'
Janice Feighery, Barbara Nea and Hilary Tierney (2019) 'STEAMING AHEAD: TOWARDS EMBEDDING STEAM IN IRISH YOUTH WORK' In: Juha Kiviniemi (eds). Maker Activities in Youth Work. Helsinki, Finland: Verke. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2011 'Mapping Fieldwork and SupervisionPractice in the Social Professions (Part 1)'
Hilary Tierney (2011) 'Mapping Fieldwork and SupervisionPractice in the Social Professions (Part 1)'. YOUTH STUDIES IRELAND, 6 (1):18-33 [Details]
2011 'Mapping Fieldwork and Supervision Practice in the Social Professions (Part 2)'
Hilary Tierney (2011) 'Mapping Fieldwork and Supervision Practice in the Social Professions (Part 2)'. YOUTH STUDIES IRELAND, 6 (2):21-35 [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2010 'Promoting Development Education in Youth Work Training - Research Review'
Hilary Tierney (2010) 'Promoting Development Education in Youth Work Training - Research Review' Policy and Practice - A Development Education Review, (10) :135-138. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2020 3rd European Youth Work Convention.
Hilary Tierney (2020) 3rd European Youth Work Convention. [Invited Oral Presentation], Competence frameworks for education and training of youth workers: Context and Considerations, Bonn, Germany [Details]
2019 Peer learning event on support to youth work development in Eastern Europe.
Hilary Tierney (2019) Peer learning event on support to youth work development in Eastern Europe. [Keynote Address], Strengthening the potential of youth work in Eastern Europe, Tbilisi, Georgia [Details]
2019 XIV International Tool Fair - Youth Work 'Know-How' https://educationaltoolsportal.eu/en/articles/international_tool_fair_xiv.
Hilary Tierney (2019) XIV International Tool Fair - Youth Work 'Know-How' https://educationaltoolsportal.eu/en/articles/international_tool_fair_xiv. [Invited Oral Presentation], Bridges and ladders: stories from the ‘coalface’ to the ‘ivory tower’ and back, Rovaniemi, Finland [Details]
2019 Better Together Higher Education and NFE in partnership in youth work education in Ireland.
Hilary Tierney and Anne Molloy (2019) Better Together Higher Education and NFE in partnership in youth work education in Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], European Academy of Youth Work, Slovenia [Details]
2016 3RD ISA FORUM 'THE FUTURES WE WANT:GLOBAL SOCIOLOGY AND THE STRUGGLES FOR A BETTER WORLD' 10-14 JULY 2016.
Maurice Devlin and Hilary Tierney (2016) 3RD ISA FORUM 'THE FUTURES WE WANT:GLOBAL SOCIOLOGY AND THE STRUGGLES FOR A BETTER WORLD' 10-14 JULY 2016. [Oral Presentation], Youth Work and Inequality: Discourse and Practice, Vienna, Austria [Details]
2016 'Stories 'r Us' ‘Knowing Well and Knowing Responsibly’ – Navigating Unreliability in Narrative Inquiry.
Hilary Tierney, Ciara Bradley (2016) 'Stories 'r Us' ‘Knowing Well and Knowing Responsibly’ – Navigating Unreliability in Narrative Inquiry. [Oral Presentation], 3rd Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference 10-11 March 2016, NUI Galway [Details]
2015 A Field in the MakingThe Second Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference.
Hilary Tierney (2015) A Field in the MakingThe Second Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference. [Oral Presentation], Rebels with a Cause, Maynooth University [Details]
2014 Troubling Narratives: Identity Matters. The Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences, University of Huddersfield 19-20 June 2014.
Hilary Tierney (2014) Troubling Narratives: Identity Matters. The Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences, University of Huddersfield 19-20 June 2014. [Oral Presentation], Times Times and Illuminating Journeys Crystallising Narratives and Conceptualising Metaphors in Narrative Inquiry, University of Huddersfield [Details]
2014 Revisiting ‘Standpoints’: Attitudes to Global Justice Among Young People and Youth Workers in Ireland https://www.youth.ie/articles/roundtable-on-development-education-global-youth-work-youth/.
Hilary Tierney (2014) Revisiting ‘Standpoints’: Attitudes to Global Justice Among Young People and Youth Workers in Ireland https://www.youth.ie/articles/roundtable-on-development-education-global-youth-work-youth/. [Oral Presentation], Round Table on Development Education and Global Youth Work NYCI, Dublin Castle [Details]
2014 XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology. Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for Sociology.
Hilary Tierney (2014) XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology. Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for Sociology. [Oral Presentation], ‘Standpoints’: Attitudes to Global Justice Among Young People and Youth Workers in Ireland, Yokohama, Japan [Details]
2013 Commonwealth Conference on Education and Training of Youth Workers (CCETYW).
Hilary Tierney (2013) Commonwealth Conference on Education and Training of Youth Workers (CCETYW). [Oral Presentation], Practising Practice - Reflections on Fieldwork Supervisors Practice Narratives, Pretoria, South Africa [Details]
2013 Global Justice through Global Citizenship European Conference.
Hilary Tierney (2013) Global Justice through Global Citizenship European Conference. [Oral Presentation], ‘Oh yeah that’s awful, that’s terrible. Somebody should do something about it , Brussels, Belgium [Details]
2011 ‘Talking the Walk’ articulating youth work’s purpose.
Hilary Tierney (2011) ‘Talking the Walk’ articulating youth work’s purpose. [Oral Presentation], National Youth Council Conference, November, 2011, DKIT, Dundalk [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2010 Standpoints: ttitudes of young people & youth workers to development & global justice issues.
Maurice Devlin and Hilary Tierney (2010) Standpoints: ttitudes of young people & youth workers to development & global justice issues. NYCI, Dublin, Ireland. [Details]
2004 Community Development Consultancy Course (CDCC): Evaluation Report.
Hilary Tierney (2004) Community Development Consultancy Course (CDCC): Evaluation Report. Aontas, Dublin. [Details]

Electronic Publication

  Year Publication
2019 Communicating Youth Work Unit 1 - Uniqueness, Benefits and Outcomes.
Tierney, Hilary, Devlin, Maurice and Reynolds, Saoirse (2019) Communicating Youth Work Unit 1 - Uniqueness, Benefits and Outcomes. Electronic Publication [Details]
2019 Communicating Youth Work Unit 2 - Beyond Activities, What Youth Workers Do.
Tierney, Hilary, Devlin, Maurice and Reynolds, Saoirse (2019) Communicating Youth Work Unit 2 - Beyond Activities, What Youth Workers Do. Electronic Publication [Details]
2019 Communicating Youth Work Unit 3 - Getting the word out.
Tierney, Hilary, Devlin, Maurice and Reynolds, Saoirse (2019) Communicating Youth Work Unit 3 - Getting the word out. Electronic Publication [Details]

Conference Hosted

  Year Publication
2015 Campus Engage 'Participate Programme' CBL & CBR Professional Development Programme.
Hilary Tierney (MU), Jackie Daly (RCSI), Claire McDonnell (DIT) and Kate Morris (Campus Engage) (2015) Campus Engage 'Participate Programme' CBL & CBR Professional Development Programme. Conference Hosted [Details]

Podcast

  Year Publication
2020 Youth workers: values and ethics. EU-CoE youth partnership MOOC Essentials of Youth Work.
Hilary Tierney, Antti Korhonen and Ekaterina Sherer (2020) Youth workers: values and ethics. EU-CoE youth partnership MOOC Essentials of Youth Work. Podcast [Details]

Webinar

  Year Publication
2020 How can the youth sector activate its power to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) NYCI One world week 2020.
Jessica Dunne, Alice Mary Higgins, Adam Lambe, Grace McManus, Dermot O'Brien, Cate O'Connor, Hilary Tierney (2020) How can the youth sector activate its power to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) NYCI One world week 2020. Webinar [Details]
2020 Current debates and the future of youth work. EU-CoE youth partnership MOOC Essentials of Youth Work.
Axel Stammberger, Yuliya Stankevich ahd Hilary Tierney (2020) Current debates and the future of youth work. EU-CoE youth partnership MOOC Essentials of Youth Work. Webinar [Details]
2020 Léargas Webinar Wednesdays: What Do You Need to Know about Non-formal Education in Erasmus+ Projects?.
HIlary Tierney and Noral Furlong (2020) Léargas Webinar Wednesdays: What Do You Need to Know about Non-formal Education in Erasmus+ Projects?. Webinar [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2013 CTL Fellowship - Research for Practice (with Ciara Bradley) Maynooth University
2010 CTL Fellowship - Learning Outcomes Project Handbook Maynooth University

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Sociological Association of Ireland [Member of Pedagogy of Sociology Study Group] Member /
International Sciological Association RC34 sub-committee Sociology of Youth member /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
MU Social Research Ethics Sub-Committee Chair 2017 /
Youth 2030 Consortium Partnership [NYCI, Trocaire, Concern, CYRD at MU]. Funded by Irish Aid. Consortium Partner [2018-21] /
STEAM in Youth Work Expert Advisory Group [NYCI] Member /
3rd European Youth Work Convention - Irish Delegation Member Irish Delegation Member 2020 / 2020
Academic Council Member 2019 /
FSS Teaching and Learning Committee (Chair 2014-17) Chair /
County Kildare Leader Partnernership [CKLP] Board Member & Member Social Inclusion sub-committee 2014-17 Board Member 2014-17 /

Teaching Interests

As an educator of professional community workers and youth workers, I am committed to engaging students in experiential learning that integrates theory and practice in a process of reflective inquiry across the following themes:

Youth Work Theory and Practice
- Global Youth Work 
- Digital Youth Work
 - Informal and Non-formal Learning

Professional Practice
- Professionalism and Professionalisation
- Values and Ethics
- Professional Identity
- Reflective Practice
- Supervision

Research Skills
 -Narrative and Participatory Approaches
- Reflexivity
- Writing Skills
- Relational Ethics

I have co-ordinated and taught across the BSocSc and MSocSc Community and Youth Work programmes over the years. In 2021 I and teach youth work, professional development and research at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels. I also co-ordinate the DSocSc programme and act as Academic Director on the NUI Certificates in Youth Work Studies, Digital Creativity in Youth Settings and Global Youth Work and Development Education which are offered in collaboration with sectoral partners CKLP, Camara Ireland and NYCI respectively.