MS Majella Mulkeen


Contact Details

Social Sciences
Institute of Technology Sligo

T: +353 71 9155354


I am a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Social Sciences, where I teach sociology, social policy and professional practice on the undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in social care and early years. Prior to my role in IT Sligo I worked in a professional capacity in youth and community work and as a consultant in the community and voluntary sector; I bring this industry expertise to my teaching and research. I am a feminist academic with a commitment to women's emancipation and critical inquiry in social care at the interface of gender and care work. I am committed to the development of egalitarian and anti-discriminatory practice in the social care and early years sectors.

Research Interests

My research interests arise from my professional practice as both a youth worker committed to anti-sexist youth work and a community development worker committed to inclusion for women. I have published and I teach in each of these areas, equality and gender. My current interest is in theorisations of care and their contribution to social care and early years knowledge based and professional practice and I have presented and written on these areas at professional conferences including Social Care Ireland (SCI), the Sociological Association of Ireland(SAI)and at an international level to the Federation of European Social Workers (FESET) and the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW).
My doctoral studies examines the understanding of care work as carried out by professionally qualified residential social care practitioners in children's residential care homes and is based on the extensive feminist literature on paid care practice crossing feminist economics, policy, philosophy and sociological analyses. 

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2013) 'Emancipatory practice in social care¿'
Majella Mulkeen (2013) 'Emancipatory practice in social care¿' In: Applied Social Care - an introduction for students in Ireland. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan. [Details]
(2013) 'Equality- a challenge for social care'
Majella Mulkeen (2013) 'Equality- a challenge for social care' In: Applied Social Care - an introduction for students in Ireland. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2012) 'Gendered processes in child protection: ¿mother blaming¿ and the erosion of men¿s accountability'
Majella Mulkeen (2012) 'Gendered processes in child protection: ¿mother blaming¿ and the erosion of men¿s accountability'. Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies, 12 (1):74-86 [Details]
(2008) 'Book Review ¿Putting Children First?'
Majella Mulkeen (2008) 'Book Review ¿Putting Children First?'. Journal of Youth Studies, 2 (2):66-75 [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Social Care Ireland member /


  Committee Function From / To
Equal Opportunities PolicyCommittee ITSligo Chair 2005 / 2006
Academic Council member representative of School of Business and Social Sciences 2005 / 2008
Strategic Planning Committee Representaitve of School 2004 / 2005
Advocacy Inter-Agency co-ordination ctee Member 2001 / 2004
Early years degree programme development committee Chair 2000 / 2001


  Employer Position From / To
HSE North West, Health Promotion Unit Donegal Manager: Fas Le Cheile Parents Support Programme 01-JUL-94 / 15-AUG-95
Combat Poverty Agency Consultant trainer 01-JAN-91 / 08-AUG-93
Home Youth Liaison, Sligo Social Services Youth Worker 15-AUG-93 / 30-JUN-94


  Year Institution Qualification Subject
1985 NUI Maynooth Post Graduate Diploma Youth and Community Work
1995 UCD Master of Science Equality Studies
1882 UCD B Soc Studies Sociology and Social Policy
2013 WIT Master of Arts Learning and Teaching

Outreach Activities


1999-2001: member of Cross Border Advisory Board for Peace 1 funding of community and voluntary sector organisations

2002: member of advisory group on housing study of Cranmore Area, Sligo with Dr.Tony Fahy and Anastasia Crickley NUIM.

2003-2005: member of IASCE Placement Supervisors Training Sub Committee, which along with colleagues in other Institutes of Technology, developed a common training programme for fieldwork supervisors of social care students.  

2007-2009: member of professional partnership committee at IT Sligo in co-operation with social care professionals advising on programme development and emerging professional issues