Dr Jamie Gorman

Applied Social Studies

Assistant Lecturer

Biography

I am a community work and youth work practitioner, educator and researcher with a passionate commitment to social & environmental justice, equality and human rights. In the Department of Applied Social Studies, I serve as the first-year co-ordinator of the BSocSc Community Work & Youth Work and co-ordinator of the BA Applied Social Studies programme.


Public contributions
Alongside my academic work, I have a strong commitment to the social professions of community work and youth work and to the role of the university in supporting a just transition to decarbonisation. I work to advance this through public contributions and through serving in a number of roles:
  • Convenor of the Climate Justice Working Group of Community Work Ireland;
  • Convenor of the Climate Justice Working Group of Maynooth Green Campus;
  • Member of the Maynooth University Social Justice Week Committee;
  • Representative of the Department of Applied Social Studies on Youth Action Northern Ireland’s Climate Justice Critical Thinking Pool.
Previous experience
Before joining the Department as a full-time staff member, I worked as development worker with Galway City Community Network (the Public Participation Network for Galway City), an occassional lecturer on environmental justice in Maynooth University and in a variety of roles as a freelance facilitator, trainer and researcher.I have been actively engaged in the climate justice movement in local, national and global spaces for over a decade. From 2019-20, I lived for a year as a Buddhist monk in Chithurst Forest Monastery, West Sussex, which was a practical exploration of how humanity can live in tune with one another and nature.

I have served as board member and chairperson of Friends of the Earth Ireland (2016-19) and as a board member of Community Work Ireland (2011-16), Young Friends of the Earth Europe (2013-15), the National Youth Council of Ireland (2009-11) and Scouting Ireland (2008-11).

I hold a professionally endorsed (AIEB and NSETS) MA qualification in community work and youth work and a BA in history, where I focused in my dissertation on the history of insanity in 19th century Ireland.

Social media
You can find me on Twitter
at @JamieCGorman.

Research Interests

My areas of research interests revolve around the intersections of climate/environmental justice, the social professions of community work and youth work and social policy.

My PhD research explored the role of community development in achieving environmental justice for communities in north-west Ireland who faced the threat of extractivism in the form of fracking for methane gas.

In addition to this focus on community development for climate justice, a current research focus is on youth activism for climate justice, green youth work and the role of the youth sector in supporting young people’s participation in climate policy making.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2021 'Rooting and reaching: insights from Love Leitrim’s successful resistance to fracking in Ireland'
Jamie Gorman (2021) 'Rooting and reaching: insights from Love Leitrim’s successful resistance to fracking in Ireland'. Community Development Journal, 57 (1):17-39 [DOI] [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2021 Facilitating the empowered inclusion of youth in climate policy: A case study of the National Youth Council of Ireland's future generations climate justice project'
Jamie Gorman, Valery Molay, Aidan Farrelly (2021) Facilitating the empowered inclusion of youth in climate policy: A case study of the National Youth Council of Ireland's future generations climate justice project' Offenburg Talks 4 Offenburg, Germany, , pp.7-17 [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2021 Maynooth Green Campus webinar.
Jamie Gorman and Louise FitzGerald (2021) Maynooth Green Campus webinar. [Chaired Session], COP26 & Climate Justice: Reflections, Responses & the role of the university, Online [Details]
2021 How to ensure that the Cost of Transitioning to a Zero Carbon Economy is shared’.
Jamie Gorman (2021) How to ensure that the Cost of Transitioning to a Zero Carbon Economy is shared’. [Invited Oral Presentation], Social Democrats Party Summer School, Online [Details]
2021 ‘How should progressive parties be developing and communicating climate policies so that they appeal to working class communities?’.
Jamie Gorman (2021) ‘How should progressive parties be developing and communicating climate policies so that they appeal to working class communities?’. [N/A], Talking Green Roundtable Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), the Fabian Society and TASC, Online [Details]
2021 Community Work Ireland Conference.
Jamie Gorman (2021) Community Work Ireland Conference. [Chaired Session], Climate and Just Transition session, Not Just Recovery? Reflecting and Reimagining Rights and Resilience, Online [Details]
2021 Climate change and youth policy: intersections and divergencies’,.
Jamie Gorman (2021) Climate change and youth policy: intersections and divergencies’,. [Invited Oral Presentation], ‘EU-Council of Europe Youth Partnership consultative meeting The climate crisis, young people and democracy, Online [Details]
2021 COP26: Climate justice issues and implications.
Jamie Gorman (2021) COP26: Climate justice issues and implications. [Oral Presentation], COP26: ‘Our last chance to avert climate disaster’, The Left Bank, Social Democrats Party, Online [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2021 Disobedient Youth: Lessons from the Youth Climate Strikes.
Jamie Gorman (2021) Disobedient Youth: Lessons from the Youth Climate Strikes. EU-CoE Youth Partnership, Strasbourg. [Details]

Encyclopedia Entry

  Year Publication
2021 'Adultism' and 'Childist Standpoint Theory' in EU-CoE Glossary on Youth.
Jamie Gorman (2021) 'Adultism' and 'Childist Standpoint Theory' in EU-CoE Glossary on Youth. Encyclopedia Entry [Details]

Teaching Interests

On the professional programmes in community work and youth work, I teach community development, environmental justice and sustainabilty, professional practice skills, research skills and the sociology of youth and community. I also deliver undergraduate and postgraduate social policy modules in the areas of climate justice, sustainable development and environmentalism, as well as supervising postgraduate dissertations in this area.