Dr Marianne O'Shea

Applied Social Studies

Assistant Professor

Auxilia, North Campus, Maynooth University
Level 2
(01) 708 6794


I am a professionally qualified community & youth worker. I have worked as a community worker in Ireland and beyond, with experience in community-based and human rights focused projects in countries such as Peru, Uganda and South Africa, where I have been committed to supporting the participation of excluded voices in the debates, dialogue and decision-making that shape the lives we live.

These experiences have contributed to a commitment to working in solidarity with communities and community work practitioners who are experiencing and addressing similar challenges across the globe.

I am now a lecturer on the Community Work and Youth Work programmes at DAPPSS, where I work with students from certificate to doctoral level, supporting them to develop, examine and deepen their professional practice in order to contribute to identifying and addressing inequality and injustice.

Research Interests

I am interested in exploring community work as a rights-based practice locally and globally, the role of local institutions addressing inequality and the participation of excluded voices in local governance processes.

Research Projects

Title Role Description Start date End date Amount
MU Research Live Project in association with DAPPSS/Kildare CYPSC/In Sync Lead Researcher Currently developing a project to give voice to young people who have lived in Direct Provision & support the development of resources for youth workers working with young people with this experience 01/04/2022
Among Others/UNI&NFL Project (Developing Intercultural Competence in Higher Education) Irish Delegate 01/01/2015
Traveller Women and Domestic Violence Research Co-ordinator Peer-led research on Traveller Women and Domestic Violence on behalf of MRDVSS 01/01/2007 31/12/2007

Conference Publication

Year Publication
2018 O'Shea, M., McArdle, O. (2018) International scientific conference XV. Hradec Days of Social Work New Trends and Innovations in Social Work Community Development in Ireland: Tempered Radicalism for Transformative Change?

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2023 O'Shea, Marianne (2023) N/A Working with Migrants: Working towards Social Justice Maynooth University, .
2023 O'Shea, Marianne (2023) Community Work Ireland Inclusion and Migration in Ireland: A Community Work Response - CWI Migration Symposium Dublin, Ireland, .
2022 O'Shea, Marianne; Massey, Deirdre (2022) ACD 2022 Virtual World Community Development Conference Ureki, Georgia 3-5 October 2022 'Shaping Supervision, Shaping Practice: A collaborative approach to the practice development of professional community work students Virtual World Community Development Conference Ureki, Georgia, .
2022 O'Shea Marianne (2022) MU DAPPSS The SDGs and Community Work and Youth Work Practice: Challenges and Opportunities for Thinking and Acting Locally and Globally MU DAPPSS, .
2021 Marianne O'Shea & Angela Rickard (2021) ‘Among Others’ and among other possibilities in education: reimagining initial professional education with student teachers and youth workers Educational Studies Association Ireland Conference 2021: Possibilities in education: Re-imagining Connections with People, Purpose and Place Virtual, .
2021 Marianne O'Shea & Angela Rickard (2021) “Doing Justice”: Exploring the impact of a Social Justice programme for students on professional education courses in Initial Teacher Education and in Youth & Community Work MU Teaching & Learning Fellowship Awardees Showcase Event Virtual, .
2021 Marianne O'Shea & Angela Rickard (2021) ‘Among Others, Among Ourselves’: Research on Youth Work and Secondary Education Students Maynooth University – University of Adelaide Research Group Seminar Virtual, .
2021 Marianne O'Shea (2021) “‘Becoming youth workers’: narratives of professional formation”: Session Chair What’s the Story? Narrative in youth work and youth studies Maynooth University, .
2021 Marianne O'Shea (2021) Crossing Boundaries: Civil Society Participation in Collaborative Governance Spaces - Some Thoughts from an Empirical Study World Community Development Conference Kenya (Virtual), .
2018 Mc Ardle, Oonagh; O Shea, Marianne (2018) Community Development in Ireland: Tempered Radicalism for Transformative Change? International scientific conference XV. Hradec Days of Social Work New Trends and Innovations in Social Work University of Hradec Králové Czech Republic, .
2018 Marianne O'Shea (2018) Border-Crossers: Global Principles, Local Practices World Community Development Conference Maynooth University, .
2016 Marianne O'Shea (2016) Inter-generational Joblessness and Jobless Families: Session Chair National Social Inclusion Forum Dublin, .
2016 Marianne O'Shea (2016) 'Community Workers Connecting, Reflecting and Acting to Realise Social Change in Ireland' Roundtable Discussions: Session Chair Community Work Ireland Summer School 'Community Workers Connecting, Reflecting and Acting to Realise Social Change in Ireland' Maynooth University, .
2016 O'Shea, M. (2016) Community Development for Sustainable Development : Placing Community Development Values and Practices at the Heart of the Sustainable Development Goals European Community Development Network Conference Glasgow, .
2016 Marianne O'Shea (2016) NWCI Information Session on UN Resolution 1325 Women, Peace and Security NWCI Information Session Dublin, .
2016 Marianne O'Shea (2016) Oral Contribution on behalf of Offaly Traveller Movement UN CERD 50th Anniversary Civil Society Consultation Geneva, .

Published Report

Year Publication
2021 O'Shea, M., Rickard, A. (2021) Among Others: Exploring the impact of a shared module of professional education linking pre-service student teachers and Youth and Community Work students. Centre for Teaching & Learning, Maynooth University, .
2013 O'Shea, M. (2013) African Capacity Development Outlook Case Study: South Africa Revenue Services. UNDP, .
2010 O'Shea, M. (2010) Progress Report for Niños de la Luna VZW. Niños de la Luna VZW, .
2005 O'Shea, M. (2005) Ballylongford Integrated Services Pilot Project Committee: Evaluation Report. Kerry County Council, .

Book Review

Year Publication
2014 O'Shea, M. (2014) Book Review: Unfinished Business: The Case for Housing, Health and other Social Rights in the Irish Constitution by Jerome Connolly. [Book Review]

Gov. Report or Document

Year Publication
2021 Taylor, S., Olutunde, T., Paul, R., O'Shea, M., (2021) DAPPSS Submission to Government of Ireland National Anti-Racism Action Plan: Co-Author. [Gov. Report or Document]
2021 O'Shea, M. (2021) DAPPSS Submission to Government of Ireland Review of Equality Legislation. [Gov. Report or Document]

Magazine Article

Year Publication
2021 O'Shea, M. (2021) University of Antwerp IOB Exchange to Change: Alumni Panel Article. [Magazine Article]
2019 O'Shea, M. (2019) University of Antwerp IOB Exchange to Change: From Governance to Participation: Bringing the learning back home. [Magazine Article]

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2023 O'Shea, Marianne, Rickard, Angela (2023) '‘Among Others’ Reinventing Initial Professional Education with Student Teachers & Student Youth Workers' In: The New Publicness of Education: Democratic Possibilities after the Critique of Neo-Liberalism. London : Routledge. [Link]


Year Publication
2020 Irwin, Ann; Coombes, Tommy; McGinley, Edel; Crickley, Anastasia; O'Shea, Marianne; Bradley, Ciara; Taylor, Seamus (2020) United Nations Human Rights Day: Recover Better - Stand Up for Human Rights. [Seminar]
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Professional Associations

Description Function From / To
Development Studies Association Ireland Working Paper Series: Reviewer 01/01/2022 -
COMMUNITOR: Community based Monitoring/Citizen Science Global Expert Network Member 01/01/2021 -
ISST Gender & Evaluation Network Member 01/01/2021 -
MU Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy (CPEP) Research Network Member 01/01/2020 -
Community Work Educators Forum Member 01/01/2015 -
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Initiative (ESCRI) Policy Group Member 05/01/2014 - 31/12/2018
Community Work Ireland Central Group Member/Policy & Practice Group Member 02/01/2010 -
Community Workers Co-Operative Convener Equality and Anti-Racism Working Group 2009-2010 01/01/2005 - 01/01/2010

Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/01/2022 Maynooth University Teaching Award (Team) MU Dean of Teaching and Learning
01/01/2021 SPUR Academic Mentor Maynooth University Experiential Learning Office
01/01/2020 Maynooth University Teaching and Learning Fellowship Maynooth University
01/01/2012 University of Antwerp IOB Fieldwork Scholarship VLIR-UOS


Committee Function From / To
Consultative Group for the Development of Irelands Second National Action Plan on Women Peace & Security Member 01/01/2015 - 31/12/2015
MU Student Success Consultation Group Member 01/09/2021 - 30/06/2022
All Ireland Community Work Endorsement Body (AIEB) Board Member 01/09/2018 -
Liberia Solidarity Group, Ireland (LSG) Member (Secretary 2014-2017) 01/01/2007 -
Monitoring Group on the Implementation of Irelands National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 Member 01/01/2013 - 31/12/2015
Offaly Traveller Movement Member (Secretary 2018-2021) 01/01/2014 - 01/01/2021
MU Faculty of Social Science Teaching & Learning Committee Member 01/09/2018 -


Start date Institution Qualification Subject
Maynooth University Doctorate in Social Science Crossing Boundaries, Spanning Sectors: An Examination of Community Representation & Participation on Sub-National Collaborative Governance Structures in Ireland
University of Antwerp Advanced M.Sc. Governance & Development Local Governance & Poverty Reduction
Maynooth University Higher Diploma in Community & Youth Work Community & Youth Work
NUI Galway BA (International) Sociology & Politics, German

Teaching Interests

Community Work; Community Development; Equality; Human Rights; Global Development; Local Governance; Intercultural Education; Civil Society Participation; Social Justice.

I teach primarily on the professional community work and youth work programmes but also contribute to modules on the MSocSc Social Work and cross-departmentally on the Professional Master of Education and the new post-graduate Certificate in Global Citizenship Education.