Dr. Stephen O' Brien
Dr Stephen O’Brien is a lecturer in the School of Education, University College Cork, Ireland. He is a graduate of Cork, London and Bristol Universities. He was a teacher of some 10 years in multicultural school settings in England, teaching mathematics and serving as Head of First Year.
He has published widely on adult education; educational inclusion; educational policy; curriculum and assessment; and learning theory.
He has just completed a four-year critical ethnography on learning in different school settings – the study, published by Routledge (2016), is entitled Inside Education – exploring the art of good learning.
Dr. Fionnuala Waldron is Head of Education in St Patrick’s College and Dean of the Faculty of Education. Fionnuala began her career in education as a primary teacher before becoming a teacher educator with a specialisation in history education in 1999. Since then, her research interests have grown to include teacher education (policy and practice), human rights and citizenship education and global citizenship education.
In 2005, Fionnuala established the Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education in collaboration with colleagues in St Patrick's College and with Amnesty (Ireland).
In 2012, Fionnuala initiated a doctoral strand in teacher education as part of the Doctorate in Education (EdD) in St Patrick’s College.
In 2014, Fionnuala was awarded a Cregan Professorship.
In 2015, she was appointed Interim Executive Dean of the DCU Institute of Education.
My research examines historical and systemic patterns of reproduction of inequalities and how these limit or enable possibilities for collective existence and global change. My publications in this field include analyses of political economies of knowledge production, discussions of the ethics of international development, and critical comparisons of ideals of globalism and internationalization in education and in global activism, with an emphasis on representations of and relationships with marginalized communities. My work in teacher education conceptualizes education as an expansion of frames of reference and of fields of signification with a view to expanding possibilities for ethical solidarities. My academic work is committed to protecting the public role of the university as critic and conscience of society and as a space of independent, multi-voiced, critically informed and socially accountable debates about alternative futures.
I am also a research fellow at the University of Oulu, where I was chair of global education from 2010 to 2013. I am also a research fellow at the Centre for Global Citizenship Education at the University of Alberta.