Dr Niamh Flanagan

Applied Social Studies

Assistant Professor

Laraghbryan House
4.8
(01) 474 7326

Biography

Dr Niamh Flanagan is an Assistant Professor / lecturer in the Department of Applied Social Studies Maynooth University where she teaches social policy, child and family policy and research for practice. She joined the department in 2017 having previously worked in the social, health and education sectors including positions in the Combat Poverty Agency, the North Western Health Board, the Hospitaller Order of St John of God and the National Domestic Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Services team in Tusla Child and Family Agency.  

Niamh has lectured in research methods and social policy in a number of third level institutions including the Institute of Public Administration and UCD and has specialised in teaching research for practice to social workers, youth workers and community workers. As a part-time lecturer in social work research for many years, Niamh has retained strong links with the social work discipline playing an active role in the promotion and development of research among practitioners. This dual interest in research and social work was the driving force behind Niamh’s doctoral research on the information behaviour of social workers which was funded by the Irish Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.  

Niamh’s work as an independent research and policy consultant, partnering with a broad range of organisations from local community groups to government departments, has inspired a keen interest in creative research methodologies which respond to the unique characteristics of research participants.  

Her research interests include child and family studies, information behaviour, learning on professional placement and domestic violence.  

Research Interests

  • Practitioners information behaviour
  • Social Work education
  • Pedagogy of policy for practitioners
  • Pedagogy of research for practitioners
  • Research methods in practice
  • Child and family policy
  • Domestic, sexual and gender-based violence


Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2019 'Considering a participatory approach to social work - Service user research'
Flanagan, N (2019) 'Considering a participatory approach to social work - Service user research'. Qualitative Social Work, [DOI] [Details]
2019 'What tools facilitate learning on placement? Findings of a social work student-to-student research study'
Wilson E.;Flanagan N. (2019) 'What tools facilitate learning on placement? Findings of a social work student-to-student research study'. Social Work Education, [DOI] [Details]
2019 'The Information Behaviour of Social Workers: Needs, seeking, acquiring and using information in practice'
Niamh Flanagan (2019) 'The Information Behaviour of Social Workers: Needs, seeking, acquiring and using information in practice'. British Journal of Social Work, [Details]
2018 'What makes a good placement? Findings of a social work student-to-student research study'
Flanagan, Niamh & Wilson, Elaine (2018) 'What makes a good placement? Findings of a social work student-to-student research study'. Social Work Education, [DOI] [Details]
2019 'The ‘thin’ and ‘thick’ needs of Roma: a participatory mixed methods study'
Patricia Kennedy, Siobhán Curran, Gabi Muntaen, Tica Munteanu, Emilia Caldaras, Emmanuel Caldaras, Emil Alex Petrovics, Isaac Ianko, Angela Cirpaci, Mariana Pruteanu, Delia Danila, Jennifer Ciuciu, Ricardo Munteanu, Joseph Duna, Roman Bartos, Julius Fako, Miriam Ciuciu, Carmen Lupsa, Tiberius Fusteac, Helena Dunova, Niamh Flanagan & Shannon O’Donovan (2019) 'The ‘thin’ and ‘thick’ needs of Roma: a participatory mixed methods study'. European Societies, [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2020 'Putting Relationships First in Social Work'
Niamh Flanagan, Hilda Loughran, Mary Henihan, Gary Broderick (2020) 'Putting Relationships First in Social Work' The Irish Social Worker, . [Details]
2018 'Collaboration in social workers’ information behaviour: A valuable asset for the profession'
Niamh Flanagan (2018) 'Collaboration in social workers’ information behaviour: A valuable asset for the profession' The Irish Social Worker, (Winter) :61-67. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2001 'Born Outside Marriage: The Social Implications for Irish Pre-School Children'
Niamh Flanagan (2001) 'Born Outside Marriage: The Social Implications for Irish Pre-School Children' In: Anne Cleary, Maire Nic Ghiolla Phadraig & Suzanne Quin (eds). Understanding Children Volume 2: Changing Experiences and Family Forms. Cork: Oak Tree Press. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2019 Irish Association of Social Workers National Conference.
Niamh Flanagan (2019) Irish Association of Social Workers National Conference. [Invited Lecture], Putting Relationships First in Social Work: Promoting Research Collaboration with Service Users', Dublin , 10-MAY-19 - 10-MAY-19 [Details]
2019 Practitioner Research Conference hosted by a Consortium of all Schools of Social Work on the Island in Collaboration with the IASW & BASW-NI.
Dr Niamh Flanagan (MU); Dr Eavan Brady (TCD); Dr Sarah Donnelly (UCD); Ms Kerry Cuskelly (Practitioner) (2019) Practitioner Research Conference hosted by a Consortium of all Schools of Social Work on the Island in Collaboration with the IASW & BASW-NI. [Conference Organising Committee Member], All Ireland Social Work Research Conference, Carmelite Centre, Aungier St, Dublin , 14-JUN-19 - 14-JUN-19 [Details]
2018 Social Work in Transition: 8th European conference for Social Work Research.
Niamh Flanagan (2018) Social Work in Transition: 8th European conference for Social Work Research. [Chaired Session], Parallel Session B: Researching child protection, Edinburgh, Scotland , 18-APR-18 - 20-APR-18 [Details]
2018 Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development.
Flanagan, Niamh; Coffey, Aisling; Ceatha, Nerilee; Feeney, Angela; Barrett, Bernard (2018) Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development. [Oral Presentation], Sisters (and borthers) are doing it for themselves: Strengthening education to meet the needs of communities (A Multi-agency symposium), Dublin, Ireland , 04-JUL-18 - 07-JUL-18 [Details]
2018 Social Work in Transition: 8th European Conference for Social Work Research.
Niamh Flanagan (2018) Social Work in Transition: 8th European Conference for Social Work Research. [Oral Presentation], Mapping the Social Work Information Base in the Information Age, Edinburgh, Scotland , 18-APR-18 - 20-APR-18 [Details]
2018 Understanding the Complexities of Social Work.
Niamh Flanagan (2018) Understanding the Complexities of Social Work. [Invited Lecture], Mapping the Information Which Informs Social work: A Pragmatic Model to Capture a Complex Practice, FORSA Trade Union: Eamon Ceannt House, Nerney's Court, Dublin 1 , 09-AUG-18 - 09-AUG-18 [Details]
2018 Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Conference.
Niamh Flanagan (2018) Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Conference. [Chaired Session], Irish Social Policy Association Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Conference, Dublin, Ireland , 27-JUL-18 - 27-JUL-18 [Details]
2018 Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development.
Flanagan, Niamh (2018) Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development. [Chaired Session], Health, mental health and disability, Dublin, Ireland , 04-JUL-18 - 07-JUL-18 [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2017 Towards Evidence Informed Services: Domestic Sexual and Gender Based Violence Services Working Report on 2015 Services, Activities and Use.
Niamh Flanagan (2017) Towards Evidence Informed Services: Domestic Sexual and Gender Based Violence Services Working Report on 2015 Services, Activities and Use. Tusla Child & Family Agency, Dublin. [IR Link] [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
1995 Planning for Change: A handbook on strategic planning for local development partnerships.
Niamh Flanagan, Trutz Haase & Jim Walsh (1995) Planning for Change: A handbook on strategic planning for local development partnerships. Dublin: Combat Poverty Agency. [Details]
1992 Unmarried Mothers: A Social Profile.
Niamh Flanagan & Valerie Richardson (1992) Unmarried Mothers: A Social Profile. Dublin: Social Science Research Centre UCD & Social Work Research Unit, National Maternity Hospital. [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Children's Research Network Special Interest Group on Child Sexual Abuse and Child Exploitation Member 25-MAY-19 /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
All Ireland Social Work Research Conference Organising Committee Co-founding member 2018 /
Maynooth University Faculty of Social Science Research Committee Committee Member 2018 /

Consultancy

  Client Description
Department of Justice & Equality
Project Review
Department of Agriculture
Recruitment advisory
Forsa Public Service Union
Research advisory & presentation
Irish Association of Social Workers
Research advisory
Tusla Child & Family Agency
Research advisory & presentation

Reviews

  Journal Role
Journal Of Social Work Practice Reviewer
Groupwork Reviewer
Qualitative Social Work Reviewer
Social Work Education Reviewer

Teaching Interests

  • Child & Family Policy - Bsoc; MSoc programmes
  • Policy Analysis - BSoc. programme
  • Research Methods for Policy & Practice - Bsoc; MSoc (Rights & Policy); BSoc (Youth & Community Work); MSoc (Social Work) programmes
  • Evidence-based policy making for Practitioners -  BSoc (Youth & Community Work); MSoc (Social Work); MSoc (Social Work) programmes.











External Collaborators

  Name Role / Description Country
Dr Elaine Wilson, UCD Co-author/researcher IRELAND
Bernard Barrett, Tusla co-presenter IRELAND
Nerilee Ceatha, Tusla co-presenter IRELAND
Angela Feeney, Tusla co-presenter IRELAND
Aisling Coffey, HSE co-presenter IRELAND
Sioban O'Brien-Green, TCD co-author IRELAND
Dr Hilda Loughran, UCD Co-author IRELAND
Dr Gary Broderick, SAOL co-author IRELAND
Mary Henihan, Le Cheile Mentoring co-author IRELAND