International & National Research Affiliates
INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH AFFILIATES
Professor Mark A. Brennan
UNESCO Chair in Community, Leadership and Youth Development, Penn State University
Telephone: (814) 863-0387
Address: The Pennsylvania State University, 204C Ferguson Building University Park, PA 16802-7000
Professor Mark Brennan works in close collaboration with the UNESCO Chair Professor Pat Dolan and acts as co-chair of the Global Network of UNESCO Chairs in Children, Youth and Community.
Dr. Mark Brennan is the UNESCO Chair for Community, Leadership, and Youth Development and Professor of Leadership and Community Development at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Brennan’s teaching, research, writing, and program development concentrates on the role of community and leadership development in the youth, community, and rural development process. In this context, much of his work has focused on community action, youth development, locally based natural resource management, economic development, and social justice. He is co-founder of the Global Network of UNESCO Chairs on Children, Youth, and Community.
Dr. Brennan has over 20 years’ experience designing, conducting, and analyzing social science research related to community and rural development. This work has involved extensive comparative research throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia and Central America. Dr. Brennan’s research and program development has been funded by a variety of government, foundation, and private sources and resulting in over 130 publications in leading peer-reviewed journals, books, and outreach publications, and over invited 170 presentations at professional meetings.
Professor Rob Chaskin
Associate Professor and Deputy Dean, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
Address: School of Social Service Administration University of Chicago & Research Fellow, Chapin Hall, Chicago
Currently a Marie Curie Research Fellow based at the UCFRC, Professor Rob Chaskin has acted as an advisor and collaborator to the Centre on a variety of projects since 2006.
Robert J. Chaskin is a Professor and the Deputy Dean for Strategic Initiatives at the School of Social Service Administration and is the Faculty Director of the University of Chicago Urban Network. His research interests include community organizing and development, community social organization, comprehensive community initiatives, youth development, associations and nonprofits, philanthropy and social change, social housing policy, knowledge utilization and evaluation, and cross-national research. In addition to his role at SSA, Professor Chaskin has worked with Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago since 1990 where he is currently an Affiliated Scholar.
Professor Chaskin's work focuses on the conceptual foundations and principal strategies of contemporary community intervention in the context of urban poverty. He has written widely on the topics of neighborhood intervention, community capacity building, and the dynamics of participatory planning and neighborhood governance. His research focuses on social policy and community practice in two principal ways: through grounded investigations of particular interventions and through synthetic, cross-intervention analyses.
Professor Daniel Russell
Professor, Institute for Social & Behavioral Research Department of Human Development & Family Studies
Address: Institute for Social & Behavioral Research Department of Human Development & Family Studies, Iowa State University
Professor Russell acted as a Visiting Fellow at the UCFRC in 2010 and has provided support and training to staff members on quantitative methods including Randomised Control Trial evaluation on several projects.
With more than 150 published journal articles, book chapters, and research reports, in addition to more than 5,000 citations of his published work, Professor Daniel Russell has drawn an impressive following in the field of human development and family studies. Prof. Russell's research focuses on the role of interpersonal relationships in coping with stressful experiences, and the mental health and physical health of adults, including disadvantaged groups. He has also become a world leader for sophisticated studies of health and health services that include drug use prevention, immunity, risk, and resiliency in African American parents. Prof. Russell has also made important contributions in the areas of measurement and research methodology, and was one of the developers of the UCLA Loneliness Scale and the Social Provisions Scale.
Professor Carolyn Cutrona
Visiting Fellow, The UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway
Department Chair, Professor, Institute for Social & Behavioral Research Department of Human Development & Family Studies
Address: Institute for Social & Behavioral Research Department of Human Development & Family Studies, Iowa State University
Professor Cutrona has acted as a Visiting Fellow and delivered a number of seminars in the Centre on areas of research including coping with stress; social support and marital relationships.
For further information on Carolyns work please visit: https://public.psych.iastate.edu/ccutrona/
Professor John Pinkerton
Professor, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queens University Belfast
Telephone: +44 (0)28 9097 5988
Address: School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queens University Belfast
Professor Pinkerton has collaborated with the UCFRC on a number of key publications in the area of Family Support and has acted as an external advisor on a range of projects.
Professor Pinkerton started his academic career at the Ulster Polytechnic. He joined the social work staff at Queen's in 1985. He has been involved in social work training at qualifying, post qualifying and advanced level and in social work research, focused on child care, for the last twenty years. He is a member of the Association of University Teachers and committee member of the Belfast Association.
Prof. Pinkerton's major areas of research interest are young people leaving care, family support, and the impact of research on policy and practice. His major theoretical interest is in the policy and practice of child welfare as an interface for exploring the relationship between the state and civil society.
Professor James Cunningham
Professor of Strategic Management at Newcastle Business School, UK.
Telephone: +44 (0)191 277 4064
Address: Northumbria University ,Newcastle Business School,,City Campus Eastb Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST
Professor Cunningham is engaged in advising the UCFRC on the strategic development of the relationship with the Lumos Foundation in the UK.
James Cunningham is Professor of Strategic Management at Newcastle Business School, UK. Prior to joining Newcastle Business School he worked at University College Dublin and National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway). At NUI Galway he held various leadership roles including Executive MBA Programme Director, Director for the Centre for Innovation and Structural Change and Founding Director of the Whitaker Institute. His research intersects the fields of strategic management, innovation and entrepreneurship. His research focuses on strategy issues with respect to principal investigators as scientific entrepreneurs and market shapers, university technology transfer commercialisation, academic and technology entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial universities and public sector entrepreneurship. He has papers published in leading international journals such as Research Policy, Long Range Planning, Journal of Technology Transfer, International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, International Journal of Technology Management and the Journal of Intellectual Capital. He has published seven books on the themes of strategy, entrepreneurship, technology transfer and technology entrepreneurship with leading publishers such as Oxford University Press and Palgrave MacMillian.
Professor Linda Liebenberg
Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Dalhousie University
Address: School of Social Work, Dalhousie University, Suite 3201-1459 LeMarchant Street, PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Professor Liebenberg collaborates with the UCFRC in the area of resilience in youth people and has contributed to graduate training and supervision.
Professor Liebenberg is a leading researcher and evaluator in the field of youth resilience and community development, with a core interest in children and youth with complex needs. Her work explores the promotion of positive youth development and mental health, using formal and informal processes of resilience. She achieves this through evaluation of service provision together with research of youth experiences and community development. As a key component of this work, Professor Liebenberg reflects critically on the best ways in which to conduct research and evaluations with children and their communities (including multiple service providers). These approaches include participatory image-based methods; sophisticated longitudinal quantitative designs; and the design of measurement instruments used with children and youth.
Professor Liebenberg has developed consulting and collaborative relationships with many international community-based organizations, including Right to Play, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, and the Resilience Research Centre. She has presented on all five continents on culturally and contextually meaningful approaches to promoting positive psychosocial outcomes of children and youth as well as the ways in which this can be researched and evaluated.
Professor John M Davis
Professor of Childhood Inclusion, Edinburgh University
Education, Community and Society (ECS)
Telephone: +44 (0)131 651 6481
Location: Charteris Land 2.06
Professor Davis has engaged in several projects with the UCFRC including acting as an external examiner, collaborating on publications and international events in Family Support.
Professor Davis undertook a BSc (Hons) in Social Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Ulster at Coleraine between 1986 and 1989. He completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 1996. During the late 1990s, he worked as a research fellow in the University’s department of Public Health Sciences, as it was known then. After a period working in other roles he returned to the University in 2003, this time joining the Moray School of Education. There, he developed the BA in Childhood Studies (now Childhood Practice), which is a part-time professional degree for students who work as managers in childcare, out of school, play and family support services.
He was Head of Educational Studies between 2007 and 2009 and Chair of the Scottish Social Services Council Childhood Practice Development Group between 2009 and 2012. His research has examined the development of participator childhood research methods and focused on understanding children and young people’s perspectives of inclusion, social justice and integrated working.
His major concern has been to develop contemporary and innovative examples of inclusion that have been used by children, families and professionals to change children’s services. His research has also examined international approaches to multi-professional working and explored the factors that foster creative and innovative learning.
NATIONAL RESEARCH AFFILIATES
Dr. Ciara Boylan
Dr. Ciara Boylan works with the UCFRC in the area of education and social empathy. She has worked on the Centre’s empathy education project, developing an empathy skills curriculum in conjunction with Forógie.
Dr. Boylan has a doctorate in modern history, with research interests in the history of childhood and youth in Ireland, the history and philosophy of education, educational policy and curriculum development, and publishing for children. She worked as a post-doctoral research fellow on the National Collection of Children’s Books and has taught and developed modules for teacher training colleges. She is currently co-editing a volume on the constructions of the Irish child in the independence period, 1910 – 1940, a project supported and funded by the UCFRC.
Dr. Megan Buckley
Dr. Megan Buckley's research interests include book history and publishing history (especially the social dynamics of literary collaboration); creative industries; gender studies; and world literatures. She is particularly interested in exploring the link between literature and contemporary social aspects of young female lives.
Dr. Buckley is a freelance editor and proofreader in the areas of humanities and social sciences, and specializes in making academic texts and ideas available to the wider public in informative, user-friendly ways. She is interested in research projects and enterprise and engagement initiatives in contemporary literature and children’s literature. She has served on the Advisory Panel for the Cúirt International Festival of Literature (2012-2015).