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The Childhood, Law & Policy Network (CLPN)

Dr Deirdre Horgan


Senior Lecturer, Social Policy, University College Cork, Ireland



Deirdre is a senior lecturer in Social Policy and Deputy Director of the BA (Early Years and Childhood Studies) at University College Cork. She co-convenes the ISS21 Children and Young People research cluster: Deirdre has conducted a number of funded research projects using child participatory methods and reported on Irish government consultations with children on a range of policy issues. She is co-investigator on IMMERSE a Horizon 2020 European project on socio-educational integration of children with migrant backgrounds In 2021, Deirdre co-edited a book Child and Youth Participation in Policy, Practice and Research (Routledge). Orcid: 0000-0003-4684-1975



Horgan, D. Martin, S. O’Riordan, J. & Maier, R. (2022). Supporting languages: The socio-educational integration of migrant and refugee children and young people. Children & Society, 36: 369– 385.

Horgan, D. Fernandez, E. & Kitching, K. (2022) 'Walking and talking with girls in their urban environments: A methodological meandering', Irish Journal of Sociology, (24 pp). doi: 10.1177/07916035221088408

Kitching, K. Fernández, E. & Horgan, D. (2021) 'Sweets are my best friend: belonging, bargains and body-shaming in working class girls food and health relationships', Childrens Geographies, (14 pp). doi: 10.1080/14733285.2021.1937522

Fernández, E. Kitching, K. & Horgan, D. (2021) 'Young girls experiences of good food imperatives in a working class school community: rethinking food desire?', Cambridge Journal of Education, 51, pp. 543-561. doi: 10.1080/0305764X.2021.1877618

Thompson, J. et al. (2020) ‘Promoting the health of children and young people who migrate: reflections from four regional reviews’, Global Health Promotion, 27(4), pp. 141–144. doi: 10.1177/1757975919888452.

Horgan, D. Martin, S. & Forde, C. (2020), ‘Children’s Voice in the Home: A Relational, Generational Space’, Frankel, S., McNamee, S. and Bass, L.E. (Ed.) Bringing Children Back into the Family: Relationality, Connectedness and Home (Sociological Studies of Children and Youth, Vol. 27), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 41-56.

Forde, C. Horgan, D. Martin, S. Parkes, A. (2018) ‘Learning from children’s voice in schools: Experiences from Ireland’, Journal of Educational Change 19, 489–509 (2018).

Horgan, D., Forde, C., Martin, S. and Parkes, A. (2017) 'Children’s participation: moving from the performative to the social', Children's Geographies, 15(3), pp. 274-288.

Horgan, D., O'Riordan, J., Martin, S. and O'Sullivan, J. (2017) Report of Consultations with Children on After-school Care, Dublin: Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Martin, S. Horgan, D. & Scanlon, M. (2016) Healthy Lifestyles. Have Your Say: A consultation with children and young people, Dublin: Government Publications.

Horgan, D. Forde, C. Parkes, A. Martin, S. (2015) Children and young people's experiences of participation in decision-making at home, in schools and in their communities, Dublin: Government Publications. 


Childhood, children’s rights and participation, children’s research methods, and child migration.
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