Dr Patricia Kennedy
Lecturer (Social Policy, Sociology, Research Methods, Health Economics)
B.Soc. .M.Soc. PhD.
Patricia is a Lecturer in Applied Research, Policy and Health Economics at St Angela’s College Sligo.
Patricia was a Senior Lecturer/ Associate Professor at the School of Applied Social Science in UCD from 1995 to 2014 Having been there for almost 20 years Patricia felt that she needed to move on in order to grow and develop personally and professionally. From 2017 to 2018 Patricia was Associate Professor in Social Policy at the School of Health and Society, University of Wollongong, NSW; from 2016 to 2017 Patricia was Lecturer in Research Methods on the SPHERE structured PhD Programme at RCSI and Lecturer in Research Methods on the Masters in Social Rights at NUI Maynooth (part-time).
Patricia’s areas of interest include: conceptual, theoretical and methodological approaches to social policy; equality, diversity and inter-culturalism.
Patricia’s research has focused on gender, equality, sexual and reproductive health rights, criminal justice, migration, gender based violence and the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented migrants, Travellers and Roma. Patricia was the Principal Investigator on Senperforto an 8-country research project on the prevention of gender based violence among refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants in Europe and beyond. Patricia was the Principal Investigator on En Hera, an 8-country research project on the sexual and reproductive health rights of refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants in Europe. Patricia was the Principal Investigator on the first study of the maternity needs of refugees and asylums seekers undertaken in Europe. Patricia also completed a major study on the work of the Irish Emigrant Chaplaincy in Britain since 1957.
Patricia has published ten books which include Maternity Policy in an International Context, risk, rights and welfare regimes (Routledge, 2015); Welcoming the Stranger, Irish Emigrant Welfare in Britain since 1957 (Irish Academic Press, 2015); Key Themes in Social Policy (Routledge, 2013); Motherhood in Ireland; Creation and Context (Mercier, 2004) and Maternity in Ireland: a Woman-centred Perspective (Liffey Press, 2002). She co-edited several books in the UCD Press Social Policy Series, including: Contemporary Irish Social Policy (2005 and 1999); Irish Social Policy in Context (1999); Theorizing Irish Social Policy (2004) and Ageing and Social Policy (2008). Patricia has supervised over 20 PhD theses and in excess of 50 Masters theses, primarily on gender and sexual and reproductive health and conceptual and theoretical topics.
- Researcher on a HEA funded study Access to Post-Primary Teaching (APT): Supporting the Access and Retention of Lower Socio-economic Groups in/to Initial Teacher Education.
- Currently collaborating with several orders of religious sisters in Ireland to collect their personal narratives.
- Patricia was the Principal Investigator on Roma in Ireland: A National Needs Assessment (2018) which was a participatory research project in which I led 18 peer researchers from the Roma community and its recommendations have been incorporated into the National Traveller and Roma Integration Strategy (NTRIS).
- Principal Investigator on The Gong Shuttle, a multi-disciplinary research project on the role of free public transport in the prevention of loneliness and isolation in ageing populations, NSW, Australia (2017-2018).
- Principal Investigator on EnHera, a European Refugee Fund sponsored research project on the Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (2008-2011).
- Founder member of EnHera EU Network for the Promotion of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Other members include: the International Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Ghent; the School of Tropical Medicine, University of Lisbon; Pharos, Centre of Knowledge Refugees and Health, Utrecht; the School of Tropical Medicine, Anthwerp; and the School of Public Health, Athens.
- Principal Investigator in a DAPHNE funded research project Semporforto Frame of Reference in the Prevention of Sexual and Gender-based Violence against and among Young Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Unaccompanied Minors in the European Reception and Asylum sector with: JUNA, Belgium; Minor Ndako, Belgium; Sensoa, Belgium; Hospital Punta de Europa, Spain; Jesuit Refugee Service, Malta; Greek Council for Refugees, Greece; IHMT-Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal; Menedék Hungarian Association for Migrants, Hungary; NIVEL, the Netherlands (2010-2012).
- Patricia was Irish partner in NORFACE partnership on Evidence and Policy. Other members included the University of Edinburgh; University of Iceland; University of Oslo and Erasmus University (2008-2010).
- Patricia was one of 9 European researchers invited to participate in an EU/New Zealand Research Sandpit on Obesity and Diabetes in Rotarua which was funded by Facilitating Research Cooperation between Europe and New Zealand (FRENZ). As a result of this I collaborated with the University of Hawaii and Massey University, New Zealand on developing an online CPD for Health professionals. I was also an adviser on several research projects on the prevention of diabetes and obesity.
- Member of the Gender Advisory Group EU COST A13 Action Programme Changing Labour Markets, Welfare Policies and Citizenship (1998-2003)
Kennedy, P (2015) Welcoming the Stranger, Irish Emigrant Welfare in Britain since 1957 (2015). London and Kildare. Irish Academic Press.
Kennedy, P and N. Kodate (eds.) (2015) Maternity Policy in an International Context, risk, rights and welfare regimes . London. Routledge.
Kennedy, P (2013) Key Concepts in Social Policy. London : Routledge.
Kennedy, P and S. Quin (2008) (Eds) Ageing and Social Policy. Dublin. UCD Press.
Quin, S. and P. Kennedy, A. Matthews and G. Kiely, (2005) (Eds.) Contemporary Irish Social Policy. Dublin. UCD Press.
Kennedy, P and B. Fanning, G. Kiely and S. Quin. (Eds,) (2004) Theorising Irish Social Policy . Dublin. UCD Press.
Kennedy, P (2004) Motherhood in Ireland; Creation and Context. Cork. Mercier.
Kennedy, P. (2002) Maternity in Ireland; a Woman-Centred Perspective. Dublin. The Liffey Press.
Kennedy, P. and G. Kiely, A, O’ Donnell and S. Quin, (1999) Contemporary Irish Social Policy. Dublin. UCD Press.
Kennedy , P and G. Kiely, A, O’ Donnell and S. Quin (1999) Irish Social Policy in Context . Dublin. UCD Press.
Kennedy, P and J. Murphy Lawless (eds.) (1998) Returning Birth to Women: Challenging Policy and Practice. Dublin. Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies. TCD/ Women’s Education and Research Resource Centre (WERRC), UCD.
Kennedy, P and Winston, N (2019) ‘Housing Deprivation’ in Gaisbauer, H.P., S. Gottfried and C. Sedmak (eds.) Absolute Poverty in Europe: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on a Hidden Phenomenon. Bristol. Bristol University Press/The Policy Press
Kennedy, P (2015) ‘Ireland’ in Maternity Policy in an International Context, risk, rights and welfare regimes. London. Routledge. Pp. 40-63.
Kennedy, P. (2015) ‘Introduction’ in Maternity Policy in an International Context, risk, rights and welfare regimes . London. Routledge. Pp.1-3.
Kennedy, P Kodate, N. and Reibling, N (2015) ‘Welfare states, health care regimes and maternity services and policy: a comparative perspective’ in Maternity Policy in an International Context, risk, rights and welfare regimes . London. Routledge. Pp.4-19
Kennedy, P and O. Farrell (2012) 'Holding on while letting go: An Autoethnographic study of divorce in Ireland' In: Witkin, S (eds). Walking the Walk: Autoethnographic Perspectives on Social Work . New York. Columbia University Press.
Kennedy, P and S. Quin (2008) 'Introduction' In: Kennedy, P and Quin , S (eds). Ageing and Social Policy . Dublin: UCD Press.
Kennedy, P, S. Quin, B. Fanning, and G. Kiely (2004) 'Introduction' in Theorizing Irish Social Policy . Dublin: UCD Press.
Kennedy, P (2004) 'Introduction' in Motherhood in Ireland: Creation and Context . Cork: Mercier Press.
Kennedy, P (1998) 'Returning Birth to Women' in Returning Birth to Women . Dublin: TCD/WERRC. Kennedy, P (1998) 'Between the Lines' in Returning Birth to Women . Dublin: TCD/WERRC.
Kennedy, P. and E. Hickey (2005) 'Women and Mental Health' in Quin, S. and B. Redmond, (eds). Mental Health and Social Policy in Ireland. Dublin: UCD Press.
Kennedy, P. and E. Kiely, (2005) 'Youth Policy' in S. Quin, P. Kennedy, A. Matthews, and G. Kiely (eds). Contemporary Irish Social Policy. Dublin: UCD Press.
Kennedy, P and Primary Health Care Workers, Pavee Point (2004) 'Traveller Mothers' in Kennedy, P. (ed). Motherhood in Ireland: Creation and Context . Cork. Mercier.
Kennedy, P (2004) 'Women, Autonomy and Bodily Integrity' in P Kennedy, B. Fanning, G. Kiely and S. Quin (eds). Theorizing Irish Social Policy . Dublin: UCD Press.
Kennedy, P (2004) 'Creation and Context' in Kennedy, P (ed.) Motherhood in Ireland; Creation and Context . Cork. Mercier.
Kennedy, P (2004) 'Childbirth in Ireland' in Kennedy, P (ed.) (eds). Motherhood in Ireland; Creation and Context. Cork: Mercier.
Kennedy P (1999) 'Youth Policy' in Kennedy, P., G. Kiely, A. ODonnell and S. Quin (eds.) Contemporary Irish Social Policy. Dublin. UCD Press.
Kennedy P (1999) 'Women and Irish Social Policy' in Kennedy, P., G. Kiely, A. ODonnell, and S. Quin, (eds). Irish Social Policy in Context .Dublin. UCD Press.
Kennedy, P (1997) 'Comparative Study of Maternity Entitlements in Ireland and Northern Ireland' in Byrne, A and M. Leonard, (eds). Women and Irish Society. Belfast. Beyond the Pale Publications
Peer Reviewed Journals:
Kennedy, P, S. Curran, G. Muntaen, T. Munteanu, E. Caldaras, E. Caldaras, E. A. Petrovics, I. Ianko, A. Cirpaci, M. Pruteanu, D. Danila, J. Ciuciu, R. Munteanu, J. Duna, R. Bartos, J. Fako, M. Ciuciu, C. Lupsa, T. Fusteac, H. Dunova, N. Flanagan & S. O’’Donovan (2018) “The ‘thin’ and ‘thick’ needs of Roma: a participatory mixed methods study”, European Societies, DOI: 10.1080/14616696.2018.1494291
Kennedy, P and Smith, K (2018) "The Hope of a Better Life? Educational and Social Disadvantage among Migrant Roma Families in Ireland", Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2018.1471344
Kennedy, P (2014) I. Keygnaert , S. F. Dias , O. Degomme , W. Deville, A. Kova´ts , S. De Meyer , N. Vettenburg , K. Roelens, , M. Temmerman ‘Sexual and gender-based violence in the European asylum and reception sector: a perpetuum mobile? ‘ European Journal of Public Health, Vol. 25, No. 1, 90–96 .
Kennedy, P (2013) Reducing and Diversifying Assessment in 1st Year Social Science: Case Study from UCD Assessment ReDesign Project. www.ucd.ie/t4cms/UCDTLA0045.pdf
Kennedy, P (2012) ‘Elephants on the Move: change in maternity policy and services in Ireland’. Economic and Social Review.
Kennedy, P (2010) 'Healthcare reform: Maternity service provision in Ireland'. Health Policy, 97:145-151.
Kennedy, P and H. Einasto (2010) 'Changes and Continuities in Maternity Policies: Comparison of Maternity Legislation in Ireland and Estonia'. European Societies, 12 (2):187-207.
Kennedy, P and T de Brún, M O'Reilly de Brún and A MacFarlane (2010) 'An exploration of evidence-based policy in Ireland: health and social exclusion'. Evidence and Policy, 6 (2):255-268.
Kennedy, P., (2008) 'Politicising Parenthood in Scandinavia: Gender Relations in Welfare States'. Journal of Social Policy , 37 :313-315.
Kennedy, P (2008) 'A Woman -Centred Maternity Service for the North Eastern Health Board'. International Journal of Consumer Studies , (32):27-33.
Kennedy, P, and J. Murphy-Lawless (2003) 'The Maternity Care needs of Refugee and Asylum Seeking Women in Ireland'. Feminist Review , -1 (73):39-53.
Kennedy, P., J. Murphy- Lawless, S. Quin, and E. Hickey (2001) 'Consumers Views of Breast Care Services'. International Journal of Consumer Studies , 25 :140-149.
Kennedy, P (2001) 'Travellers in Ireland: Training and Health issues; Lessons for Social Policy: Regional Development Dialogue, UN Centre for Regional Development'. Regional Development Dialogue, 22 (1):79-90.
Kennedy, P and M. Pierce (2020) A Support Enhancement Model for Traveller Women in the Criminal Justice System. Dublin. National Traveller Women’s Forum (NTWF) and Traveller in Prison Initiative (TPI).
DJELR and Pavee Point (2018) Roma in Ireland: A National Needs Assessment. Dublin. Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre/ Department of Justice.
Kennedy, P (2017) Treoir (Federation of Services for Unmarried Parents): A History. Dublin. Treoir.
Kennedy, P (2013) Evaluation of Towards Healing Facilitated Listening Meetings. Commissioned by Towards Healing. Dublin.
Kennedy, P (2013) Treated Differently Evidence of Racism and Discrimination from a Local Perspective. Research report commissioned by Doras Luimní.
Kennedy, P (2009) The Irish Emigrant Chaplaincy Scheme 1957-2007. IECE, Dublin.
En-Hera (2009) EN-HERA! Promotion of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Undocumented Migrants in Europe and Beyond En-HERA Report No.1 2009 . Academia Press, Gent, Belgium.
En-Hera (2009) En-Hera the EN-HERA! Sexual and Reproductive health Rights of Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Undocumented Migrants: A Framework for the Identification of Good Practices, 2009 . International Centre for Reproductive Health, Gent, Belgium.
Kennedy, P and Murphy-Lawless, J (2002) Summary Report of Research and Maternity Needs of Refugee and Asylum-seeking Women . UCD, Dublin.
Kennedy, P and Murphy-Lawless, J (2002) The Maternity Needs of Refugees and Asylum Seekers . Women's Health Unit, Norther Area Health Service, Dublin.
Kennedy, P, Quin, S, Murphy-Lawless, J and Hickey, E (2000) A Survey of Users Views of Symptomatic Breast Care Services . Women's Health Council, Dublin.
Kennedy, P (1998) Domestic Violence: The Tallaght Experience . South West Women's Refuge, Dublin.
- September 2019, "Evidence based policy making: a community participatory study of the 'thin' and 'thick' needs of Roma in Ireland". Presentation at Social Citizenship, Migration and Conflict - Equality and opportunity in European welfare states, ESPANET, Stockholm.
- September 2019, "The Impact of the Habitual Residence Condition on accessing social protection. Presentation at Social Citizenship, Migration and Conflict - Equality and opportunity in European welfare states, ESPANET, Stockholm
- October 2018 Plenary presentation ‘Women and motherhood on the island of Ireland then and now - what's different, better, worse’. Plenary presentation at 'No, slow, full progress or full circle?''. The All Island Midwifery National Conference, Dublin.
- June 2018 with Dr Nessa Winston ‘Housing Deprivation, Addressing Housing Sustainability’ at ‘More together, more apart: Migration, densification, segregation’. European Network for Housing Research Annual Conference, Uppsala, Sweden.
- October 2017 ‘Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) in Ireland: Continuities and change’ presented at the 2017 biennial conference of the Australasian Association for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science (AAHPSSS) 22nd -24th November, at the University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia.
- October 2016 ‘A National Needs Assessment of Roma: Social Determinants of Health’ The 2016 EU Society for Preventative Research (EUSPR) conference was held in Berlin, Germany from October 31st – November 2nd 2016. The main theme was “Sustainable Prevention in a Changing World .
- December 2014 ‘Adolescent sexual practice. Legislation as a preventative tool. The case of Ireland.’ EUSPR Conference Krackow, Poland. Decmber, 2012.
Co-founder of Irish Social Policy Association (ISPA) with Dr Nessa Winston, UCD
Referee for the following peer-reviewed journals:
- Social Science and Medicine; Journal of Mixed Methods Research; Health Policy; Irish Journal of Sociology; Critical Nursing Studies; Journal of Contemporary Ethnography: International Journal of Consumer Studies; Irish Journal of Medicine Science; Ethnicity and Health; Gender, Work & Organization.
Referee for the following publishers:
- Palgrave Macmillan, Peter Lang; Policy Press; Taylor Francis Routledge
- Chair of the Child and Family Agency Tusla’s first Independent Research Ethics Committee
- Senior Researcher on the Independent Review of Familicide and Domestic Homicide
- Member of EU COST Action ‘Who Cares in Europe?’ which has 23 countries as members and runs from 2019-2023.
- Expert Evaluator for COST.
- ITEC qualified Fitness instructor and personal trainer