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Dr Audrey Bryan

Human Development

Name: Dr Audrey Bryan
Department: Human Development
Role: Academic Staff
Phone Number: 01 884 2208
Email Address: audrey.bryan@dcu.ie
Room: Mov59
Campus: DCU St Patricks Campus

Biographical Details

I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Human Development, DCU, where I teach courses in Sociology across the range of programme offerings on the Humanities (Human Development) and Education programmes. My academic background spans the fields of Comparative and International Education, Sociology, Applied Social Research and Psychology.  

My main teaching areas are in the Sociology of Childhood and Childhood Studies and the Sociology of Education.  In addition to DCU, I have taught at Teachers College, Columbia University, University College Dublin, and SciencesPo University, Paris as a visiting Professor. 

My research interests lie in an exploration of the subjective experiences of those who are ‘othered’ or marginalised by inequitable and discriminatory educational structures, relations, and practices, and with the broad pedagogical and ethical question of what it means to educate for social and global justice.   Much of my work to date has been concerned with disrupting comfortable assumptions about the role that education plays in resolving conflict, in fostering tolerance, or in promoting development.  I have published nationally and internationally on issues relating to racism and anti-racism, gender and sexuality, climate change and citizenship education.  Some of my most recent publications include an exploration of global citizenship education as a public pedagogy, the challenges of teaching ‘difficult’ or emotionally complex knowledge and the complexity of suicidality discourses among sexually minority youth.  I serve on the editorial board of the journal Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review and is also on the steering committees of the Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education and the UBUNTU Network for Sustainable Development.    

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