Biography

Dr Nuala Whelan is a post-doctoral researcher on the ACA PES: A Collaborative Approach to building a Public Employment Service project at Maynooth University Social Science Institute (MUSSI). Nuala lectures in the Department of Sociology on Research Methods (Politics), the Sociology of Careers and Well-being, and provides employment and career related inputs on selected modules. She is a Chartered Work and Organisational Psychologist who has worked for 20 years as a practitioner in community based employment services with clients disadvantaged in the labour market. Her main research interests centre on employability, employment service effectiveness, career guidance models and practice, collaborative working, policy implementation, and the potential value of enhancing human capacity for personal, organisational and societal impact. Her current research involves mapping a public employment eco system in Ireland and designing an employment guidance tool-kit and metric for practitioners working with those most distant from the labour market.

Research Interests

Employability
Employment service effectiveness
Career guidance models and practice
Collaborative working
Policy implementation
Enhancing human capacity for personal, organisational and societal impact
Development of online tools to support the development of capabilities, transversal skills; identification of natural aptitudes
Psychometrics

Research Projects

  Project Role Funding Body / Program Description Start Date End Date Award (€)
ACA PES: A Collaborative Approach to building Public Employment Services Post-Doctoral Researcher Irish Research Council (IRC) / 01-APR-19 30-JUN-21

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2020 'Workfare redux? Pandemic unemployment, labour activation and the lessons of post-crisis welfare reform in Ireland'
McGann M.;Murphy M.P.;Whelan N. (2020) 'Workfare redux? Pandemic unemployment, labour activation and the lessons of post-crisis welfare reform in Ireland'. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 40 (9/10):963-978 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2018 'EEPIC - Enhancing Employability through Positive Interventions for improving Career potential: the impact of a high support career guidance intervention on the wellbeing, hopefulness, self-efficacy and employability of the long-term unemployed - a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial'
Whelan N;McGilloway S;Murphy MP;McGuinness C; (2018) 'EEPIC - Enhancing Employability through Positive Interventions for improving Career potential: the impact of a high support career guidance intervention on the wellbeing, hopefulness, self-efficacy and employability of the long-term unemployed - a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial'. Trials, 19 (1) [DOI] [full-text] [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2020 THE ‘HIGH ROAD’ BACK TO WORK: Developing a Public Employment Eco System for a Post-Covid Recovery.
Murphy, M., Whelan, N., McGann, M., Finn, P. (2020) THE ‘HIGH ROAD’ BACK TO WORK: Developing a Public Employment Eco System for a Post-Covid Recovery. Maynooth University, Maynooth University. [Details]

Manual

  Year Publication
2019 Participatory Action Research: A Human Rights and Capability Approach. A PAHRCA Handbook for NGOs and Vulnerable Groups. Re-InVest.
Hearne, R., Murphy, M.P. and Whelan, N. (2019) Participatory Action Research: A Human Rights and Capability Approach. A PAHRCA Handbook for NGOs and Vulnerable Groups. Re-InVest. Manual [Details]

Magazine Article

  Year Publication
2018 Enhancing Employability through Positive Interventions for improving Career potential (EEPIC).
Nuala Whelan (2018) Enhancing Employability through Positive Interventions for improving Career potential (EEPIC). Magazine Article [Details]

Newspaper Articles

  Year Publication
2020 What's the psychological impact of pandemic-related unemployment?.
Nuala Whelan (2020) What's the psychological impact of pandemic-related unemployment?. Newspaper Articles [Details]

Report

  Year Publication
2015 Lessons from the Ballymun Youth Guarantee Pilot: A focus on Employment related Career Guidance.
Duggan, C., Whelan, N. & Togher, S. (2015) Lessons from the Ballymun Youth Guarantee Pilot: A focus on Employment related Career Guidance. Report [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2013 IRC Scholar Irish Research Council
2020 Peter Saville Award for Advances in Organisational Psychology Psychological Society of Ireland Division of Work and Organisational Psychology

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
The Psychological Society of Ireland Chartered member /