Dr Camilla Fitzsimons

Adult and Community Education, ALL Institute

Lecturer

Maynooth University School of Education
1st
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(+353) 1 708 3951

Biography

Camilla has been working in community education since the 1990s.  She has worked with women's groups, vocational groups, residents groups and campaign groups all as part of wider community development initiatives.  She describes herself as a critical feminist and has a particular interest in community education.  Her upcoming publication Community Education and Neoliberalism: philosophies, practices and politics in Ireland is due to be released in January, 2017.   Camilla is interested in equality and social justice work and is currently involved in three research projects.  These are: Unlocking Freedom through adult and community education - an Erasmus+ project that seeks greater access and accommodation for people with intellectual disabilities in adult, community and Further Education; He4U2 - another Erasmus + project that seeks to improve curricular quality in higher education to ensure inclusion and accommodation for people for ethnically and culturally diverse student populations.  She has also conducted research on anti-Muslim racism in Ireland and is collaboratively designing workshops on this topic for delivery in adult, community and Further education contexts.  

Research Interests

Community Education 
Feminism 
Teaching Practice
Accreditation of Learning 
Social Justice 
Culture and Interculturalism 

Research Projects

  Project Role Description Start Date End Date
A Community Education response to anti-Muslim Racism (Islamophobia) in Ireland Coordinator and Researcher 01-NOV-15 03-SEP-17
Integrating cultural diversity into Higher Education (HE4u2) Researcher 07-JUN-15 01-JUL-17
Unlocking Freedom through Adult and Community Education Researcher 01-JUN-15 02-JUN-18

Books

  Year Publication
2017 Community Education and Neoliberalism; Philosophies, practices and policies in Ireland.
Camilla Fitzsimons (2017) Community Education and Neoliberalism; Philosophies, practices and policies in Ireland. London: Palgrave MacMillan. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2014 'Further Education and Training, history politics and practice'
Camilla Fitzsimons (2014) 'Further Education and Training, history politics and practice' In: Murray, M., Grummell, B. and Ryan, A (eds). “Worlds Apart? The disunity of FET policy directives and Community-based Education for social change”. Kildare, Ireland: MACE publications. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2013 'Swimming in the Swamp, inquiry into accreditation, community development, and social change'
Fitzsimons, C. and Dorman, P. (2013) 'Swimming in the Swamp, inquiry into accreditation, community development, and social change'. The Adult Learner, [IR Link] [Details]
2011 'Professionalism in Community Work and its implications for Radical Community Education’'
Camilla Fitzsimons (2011) 'Professionalism in Community Work and its implications for Radical Community Education’'. The Adult Learner, [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2012 'Social Change Community Education – Where are we now?’'
Camilla Fitzsimons (2012) 'Social Change Community Education – Where are we now?’' The Irish Review of Community Economic Development Law and Policy, Volume 1 (4) . [IR Link] [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2016 This workshop supported adult educators to explore the values and principles important to their work and to contextalise these within the challenges of neoliberal policy.
Camilla Fitzsimons and Jerry O'Neill (2016) This workshop supported adult educators to explore the values and principles important to their work and to contextalise these within the challenges of neoliberal policy. [Oral Presentation], Values Challenges and Hope for Adult Educators, ESREA 8th Triennial European Research Conference, Imagining Diverse Futures for Adult Education [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2010 Supporting the Recreational Needs of Young Travellers in Bray and Surrounding Areas.
Camilla Fitzsimons and Sarah Connors (2010) Supporting the Recreational Needs of Young Travellers in Bray and Surrounding Areas. Bray Traveller Action Group, Wicklow, Ireland. [Details]
2008 Assessing the need for a Network of Educators in Ballymun and Surrounding Areas.
Camilla Fitzsimons (2008) Assessing the need for a Network of Educators in Ballymun and Surrounding Areas. Ballymun Partnership, Dublin, Ireland. [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2014 PhD Adult and Community Education Maynooth University

Outreach Activities

  Description

Board of Directors. Partners is a community education organisation working from principles of social justice and equality. Our approach to education is participatory, experiential and hands-on.

Steering Committee member. The Spectacle of Defiance & Hope is a broadly based Creative Resistance movement founded in 2010 by the Community, Youth & Voluntary Sector.

Board of Directors DDCI wants, - a fair and just society for everyone. - financial system that serves the needs of all people, rather than just some people, and which does not take the planet for granted. - We critically engage people to understand the structural causes of global inequality and power relations. We aim to empower people in Ireland to take informed action for greater economic justice globally. Tackling inequality and achieving a fairer society requires critiquing power structures in our society and globally - highlighting the causes of inequality, rather than the symptoms.

Teaching Interests

Co-Coordinator and Lecturer Masters in Adult and Community Education 
Co-Coordinator and Lecturer Higher Diploma in Further Education 
Academic adviser- Community Education History and Policy 
Lecturer Doctorate in Adult and Higher Education 
Lecturer PhD in Adult and Community Education