Dr Brian Melaugh

Applied Social Studies

Gaeilge agus fáilte

Assistant Professor

Auxilia, North Campus, Maynooth University
Level 2
(01) 708 6542


Dr Brian Melaugh is a lecturer in the Department of Applied Social Studies Maynooth University. Before taking up an academic position he worked extensively in the area of drug practice and drug policy and was CEO of the Ana Liffey Drug Project in Dublin.     

Brian holds professional qualifications in community work and youth work, social work, Masters in Systematic Organisation and Management, Masters in Organisational Consultancy, and a Doctorate in Health.   

Brian's current research interests include the contribution of psychodynamic theory to the management of the social professions, the evolving nature of professionalism and application of critical pedagogy in the professional development of community and youth work student. He retains a keen interest in drug policy and is currently Chair of UISCE ( an organisation that promotes the rights of drug users) and his on Board of Directors of Merchants Quay Ireland and Safetynet Ireland.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2017 Melaugh B.; Rodrigues H. (2017) ''The voice of the street': Using peer led outreach with people who use drugs to inform the development of Ireland's National Drug Strategy'. Social work & social sciences review, 19 (3):7-16. [Full-Text]
2015 Kirwan, G and Melaugh, B (2015) 'Taking Care: Criticality and Reflexivity in the Context of Social Work Registration'. British Journal of Social Work, 45 :1050-1059. [Full-Text]

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2018 Melaugh , B (2018) International Social Work, Education and Social Development Conference The Centre will Hold- the Role of Social Work Leadership in Containing Emotions of Organisational Change Dublin, .
2018 Melaugh, B (2018) ISPSO Annual Meeting Desires and Defences at Work The Centre will Hold -the Role of Residential Childcare Leadership in Containing the Emotions of Change: a Journey from Despair to Potency Dublin, .
2015 Brian Melaugh (2015) Once Upon A Time- Using Fairy-tales In Third Level Education The purpose of the presentation is to share the learning from using fairytales to support the professional education of Community Workers and Youth Workers Maynooth University- Narrative Conference, .
2015 Brian Melaugh, Gloria Kirwan (2015) Social Work and Social Justice –Self Protection or Proactive Engagement Explore Codes of Ethics and Codes of Practice in Social Work and explore how codes support or impede commitment to social justice DIT-Dublin -Social Care Conference, .
2014 Brian Melaugh (2014) Change its an Emotional Game-The Role of Leadership in Containing the Emotions of Change in Residential Care In Ireland The purpose of the paper is to present findings from the author’s doctoral research, based on a case study approach exploring how leaders of residential child care organisations in Ireland contain emotions evoked by organisational change London, .
2013 Brian Melaugh (2013) Teaching Critical Management Exploring how to teach managment in a critical manner to students in the social professions he Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work Conference-Maynooth Univeristy, .
2009 (2009) What is the Impact of Work Place Gossip on the Identity and Practice of Professional Youth Workers? School of Health University of Bath University of Bath, .
2008 (2008) Gossip in Organisations European Group Organisational Studies VU University Amsterdam, .

Magazine Article

Year Publication
2007 Brian Melaugh (2007) Garda Vetting:Implications for Youth Work Practice. [Magazine Article]

Technical Publication

Year Publication
2007 Brian Melaugh (2007) Review of the New Communities Partnership. [Technical Publication]
2007 Brian Melaugh and Gary Broderick (2007) Evaluation of Irish Bishops Drugs Initiative. [Technical Publication]
2006 Brian Melaugh (2006) MACRO Community Resource Centre: Social Impact Study . [Technical Publication]


Year Publication
2008 Brian Melaugh and Gary Broderick (2008) Feasibility Study into the Needs of People with HIV Related Brain Impairment (HRBI). [Other]
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