Athlone Institute of Technology: Postgraduate Research Opportunity (MA / PhD in Applied Social Studies by research)

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Project Title: An examination of parenting in homeless and post homeless contexts: A social ecological model approach.

Project Description: The UN CRC article 181 emphasises that states must provide appropriate assistance to parents/guardians in their parental role, as primary care givers to their children. In most developed countries, family homelessness is increasing, with an unprecedented growth in family homelessness occurring in Ireland in recent years. Homelessness poses a significant strain on parents as they try to parent in fluid and adverse circumstances. This research will investigate Irish and international parenting, experiences and needs, in homeless and post-homeless situations. It will use a social ecological model approach. As a theory-based framework, this will determine the personal and environmental factors that determine parenting behaviour, and the factors that facilitate/impede parenting behaviour change in homeless and post homeless contexts. Narrative inquiry (in-depth interviews with parents/service providers) will form the methodological basis for the study. The findings will advance a model for the development of progressive policy and practices responses for homeless families in Ireland, and abroad.

Duration of Project: Full time and part-time option available.

Collaboration: This study will be conducted in partnership with the Irish Council for Social Housing and the Midlands Simon Community.

Funding Agency: AIT President’s Seed Research Fund 2018 (The successful applicant will not pay fees).

Type of Degree Offered: MA/PhD in Applied Social Studies by research.

Minimum Qualifications/Experience Necessary/Any Other Requirements: BA (Hons) Degree in Social Science/Social Studies/Social Care/Sociology/Psychology or a related discipline with a minimum of second class honours, grade 1.

Desirable: MA Degree in Social Science/Social Studies/Social Care/Sociology/Psychology or related discipline.

Research Supervisors: Dr. Ashling Jackson and Dr. Colm O’ Doherty

For further information, please contact:
Dr. Ashling Jackson Email: Telephone: 090 6471815

Applications: Download Application Form at
Or available from Lorna Walsh, Office of Research, Tel: 090 64 83061

Closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 5pm, Monday, the 5th of November 2018.

Applicants will be invited for an interview during the week beginning the 5th of November 2018.

Please submit your completed application:
By post to: Lorna Walsh, Office of Research, Athlone Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Athlone Co. Westmeath.
By email to:


Co Westmeath

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