The Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) fosters community university partnerships that aim to promote the principles and practices of civic engagement and democracy.

Publications & Presentations

Underpining the work of the Community Knowledge Initiative with a research dimension has been a crucial and strategic priority for the Community Knowledge Initiative and NUI Galway. The following represents an overview of work published and presented in the last ten years.

Academic Books

McIlrath, L., Lyons, A. and Munck, R. (2012) Higher Education and Civic Engagement - Comparative Perspectives. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

McIlrath, L., Farrell, A., Hughes, J., Lillis., Lyons, A. (Eds.) (2009) Mapping Civic Engagement within Higher Education in Ireland. Dublin: AISHE & Campus Engage

McIlrath, L., and MacLabhrainn, I. (Eds.) (2007) Higher Education and Civic Engagement: International Perspectives. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Chapters

McIlrath, L. (forthcoming). Community University Engagement - Global Terrain, Trends and Terms. In GUNI, Higher Education in the World 5. Knowledge, Engagement and HE: Rethinking Social Responsibility, GUNi UNESCO: Barcelona.

McIlrath, L. (2012) "Community Perspective on University Partnership - Prodding the Sacred Cow". In (Eds.) McIlrath, L., Lyons, A & Munck, R. Higher Education and Civic Engagement - Comparative Perspectives. New York: Palgrave Macmillam.

Byrne, P., & McIlrath, L. (2011) Tightrope Walking - Balancing IT within Service Learning in Ireland. In M. Bowen & R. Carpenter (Eds.) Higher Education, Emerging Technologies, And Community Partnerships: Concepts, Models, and Applications. IGI Global.

McIlrath, L., & Lyons, A. (2009) Driving Civic Engagement within Higher Education in Ireland. In L. McIlrath, et al. (Eds.) Mapping Civic Engagement within Higher Education in Ireland. Dublin: AISHE & Campus Engage.

Boland, J., McIlrath, L. (2007). The Process of Localising Pedagogies for Civic Engagement in Ireland: the Significance of Conceptions, Culture and Context. In L. McIlrath & I. MacLabhrainn (Eds.) Higher Education and Civic Engagement: International Perspectives. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Journal Papers

Gonzalez-Perez, M.-A., I. Mac Labhrainn, and McIlrath, L. (2007). "The Civic Purpose and avowed mission of Higher Education Institutions - diversity or uniformity?" International Journal on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations 7(2): 187-197.

Gonzalez-Perez, M.-A. and T. Murphy (2007). "The Global University: The Role of the Curriculum Bourn, D., McKenzie, A. and Shiel, C., Development Education Association, London, 2006." Education, Citizenship and Social Justice 2(2): 197-198.

Dundon, T., M.-A. Gonzalez-Perez, and T. McDonough. (2007). "Bitten by the Celtic Tiger: immigrant workers and industrial relations in the new "Glocalised" Ireland." Economic and Industrial Democracy. 28(4).

Gonzalez-Perez, M.-A., T. McDonough, and S. Raghavendra (2007). "Trade Union Movement: CSR, Civil Society and Cross Transnational Labour Relations in the Agriculture Industry." Indian Journal of Labour Economics 49(4).

Healy, M. & McIlrath, L. (under review) The Impact of the Recession on Voluntary Organisations in the West of Ireland.

O'Flaherty, J., Liddy, M., Tansey, L., and Roche, C. (2010). Educating engaged citizens: four projects from Ireland. Education + Training. Volume 53, Issue 4.

Niens, U., & McIlrath, L., (2009) Understandings of citizenship education in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: Public discourses among stakeholders in the public and private sectors. Education, Citizenship and Social Justice 5(1) 73-87.

Keynote Addresses

The CKI and NUI Galway community are honoured to have been invited to give the following keynote presentations at international conferences across the globe.

Keynote #1

Keynote #2

Conference Papers

A number of presentations and paper presentations have been made at various conferences and events in Ireland, UK, Europe and the US that address issues related to civic engagement and higher education by members of the CKI Project team and other staff of NUI Galway.

Boland, J. 2004. Tensions and contradictions in Irish higher education policy and practice: a case study of a counter-normative pedagogy, Annual Conference of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland. UCC, Cork, Ireland.

Boland, J. 2005. Embedding "insight" into the higher education curriculum: emerging policy and practice in the Republic of Ireland Annual Conference of Society for Research into Higher Education Edinburgh, Scotland.

Boland, J. 2005. Realising a civic role for higher education: conceptions of knowledge, community and civil society, European Conference of Educational Research. Dublin, Ireland.

Boland, J. 2005. Student participation in shared governance: a means of advancing democratic values? Tertiary Education and Management, 11(3): 199-217.

Boland, J. 2006. Pedagogies for Civic Engagement in Irish Higher Education: Principles and Practices in Context, International Conference Democracy, Citizenship, and Higher Education: Dialogue between Universities and Community. Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania.

Boland, J., MacLabhrainn, & McIlrath, L. 2004. Universities, Students & Community: Promoting Civic Engagement through Service Learning, SRHE (Society for Research into Higher Education) Annual Conference. Exeter, England.

Boland, J., & McIlrath, L. 2005. Culture and Context: the Process of Localising Service Learning in Ireland, International Conference on Civic Engagement and Service Learning - Universities, Students and Community. NUI Galway, Galway, Ireland.

Boland, J., & McIlrath, L. 2006. Developing new learning communities through teaching, research and service - a case study, Annual Conference of the Staff and Educational Development Association/All Irish Society for Higher Education. Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Boland, J., & McIlrath, L. 2006. Learning, service and research: in with and for community - an Irish perspective, University of London HECP Conference. London, England.

Casey, D., & Murphy, K. 2005. The Experience opened my mind and changed my life forever: Incorporating service learning into undergraduate nursing education, International Conference on Civic Engagement and Service Learning - Universities, Students and Community. NUI Galway, Galway, Ireland.

Casey, D., & Murphy, K. 2005. Service learning in undergraduate nursing education, 6th Annual Research Conference of the School of Nursing & Midwifery Studies Transforming Healthcare through Research, Education and Technology. University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

Gonzalez-Perez, M. A, Mac Labhrainn, I. & McIlrath, L. 2007. The Civic Purpose and avowed mission of Higher Education Institutions - diversity or uniformity?. 7th International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Gonzalez-Perez, M. A., and Mac Labhrainn, I. (2007). "Bibliographical references on University-Community Partnership". City: Community Knowledge Initiative: Galway.

Gonzalez-Perez, M.-A., Forero-Madero, C.-X., and Lombana, J. (2007). "The Challenges of Fair Trade in relation to conventional trade: A case study from the banana industry"Development's Futures conference. City: NUI Galway. Galway, Ireland.

Gonzalez-Perez, M.-A., and MacLabhrainn, I. (2007). "Understanding Community-University Partnerships: A Literature Review"Reshaping Higher Education: SRHE Annual Conference 2007. City: Thistle Hotel, Brighton, Sussex, England.

Gonzalez-Perez, M.-A., and McDonough, T. (2007). "Dynamics and Structural Changes of CSR: New actors, Networks and Coalitions towards Alternative Forms of Workers Representation "8th European International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA) Conference: the Dynamics of European Employment Relations. City: IIRA: University of Manchester.

Gonzalez-Perez, M.-A., and McDonough, T. (2007). "More than Bananas: Social responsibility Networks and labour relations in the banana industry in the Uraba Region of Colombia", in V. Schmidt, (ed.), Trade Union strategies towards globalization. Geneve: ILO.

Gonzalez-Perez, M.-A., McDonough, T., and Raghavendra, S. "Trends, Trans-Actions and Trans-National Industrial Relations: A review on the literature on Civil Society and Trade Unions in the Agriculture sector "Presented at International Industrial Relations Association (IRRA) Asian Regional Congress: Changing Global Labour Markets, Hotel Ashok, New Delhi, India.

Mac Labhrainn, I. 2004. Reinvigorating the Civic Mission of the University, AISHE (All Ireland Society for Higher Education).

Mac Labhrainn, I. 2005. Reinvigorating the Civic Mission of the University: CKI and NUI Galway, Conference of Heads of Irish Universities. Galway, Ireland.

Mac Labhrainn, I. 2006. A new look at student learning, Keynote address: Change in Teaching & Learning Cultures in Universities: Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Hochschuldidaktik (AHD) Jahreskongress. Dortmund, Germany.

Mac Labhrainn, I., Booth, J., Monaghan, P., & McGrath, J. 2004. Reinvigorating the Civic Mission of the University - Developing a Public Webcasting Service, Association for Learning Technology Conference. Exeter, England.

MacNeela, P., Gallagher, P., & Carey, C. 2005. Benefits and challenges to involvement: Understanding and assessing the personal outcomes of volunteering, Royal Irish Academy Third Sector Research Programme Conference.

Matthew, R., Radloff, A., & MacLaren, I. 2006. Leading for Learning. In L. Elvidge (Ed.), Exploring good leadership and management practice in higher education: issues of engagement. Cambridge: JRA Publishing.

McIlrath, L. 2005. Citizenship Education and Higher Education: the Engaged Campus, Sixth Annual Citizenship Education Conference in England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales: Building Learners' Capacity for Citizenship through Education: Promoting Participation, Encouraging Voice and Valuing Difference. Dublin, Ireland.

McIlrath, L. 2005. Civic Engagement and Higher Education - Perspectives from the National University of Ireland Galway, Engagement Seminar, Cross Border Centre for Community Development. Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dundalk, Ireland.

McIlrath, L. 2006. Civic Engagement and Higher Education - Developing an Irish Discourse and Practice from the local to the national, Service-Learning Research Conference. Portland, United States.

McIlrath, L., & Mac Labhrainn, I. (Eds.). Forthcoming. Higher Education and Civic Engagement - International Perspectives: Ashgate.

McIlrath, L., & McLaughlin, R. 2005. Building a Culture of Service Learning for Civic Engagement on the island of Ireland: a comparative analysis, Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE) 2005 Annual Conference. Miami, United States.

McIlrath, L., & Niens, U. 2006. Comparing understandings of citizenship of citizenship in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, CDU Concluding Conference of the 2005 European Year of Citizenship through Education. Dublin, Ireland.

McIlrath, L., & Niens, U. 2006. Comparing understandings of citizenship of citizenship in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, British Association for International & Comparative Education Conference. Belfast, Northern Ireland: September 2006.

McIlrath, L., & Pandit, A. 2005. Assignments That Inspire And Develop Engineers (AIDE): Training The Engineers For The 21st Century, International Conference on Civic Engagement and Service Learning - Universities, Students and Community. NUI Galway, Galway, Ireland.

McIlrath, L., & Tansey, L. 2005. The ALIVE Volunteering Experience: Students and Community, International Conference on Civic Engagement and Service Learning - Universities, Students and Community. NUI Galway, Galway, Ireland.

McIlrath, L., & Tansey, L. 2006. Harnessing and Promoting Student Engagement through Volunteering and Service Learning, CSSI Conference. Athlone, Ireland.

Murphy, T. 2006. The civic remit of educational practice in the Republic of Ireland: a review of the potential of service learning. Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, 1(3): 203-210.

Murphy, T. Forthcoming. Democratic Schooling Practices in the Republic of Ireland: the Gap between the Rhetoric and the Reality. Irish Educational Studies.

Murphy, T. 2006. Democratic Schooling practices in the Republic of Ireland: the gap between the rhetoric and the reality, CIVICUS International Conference Democracy, Citizenship and Higher Education: Dialogue between Universities and Community. Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania.

Murphy, T. 2003. The path to reconciliation in Northern Ireland: a thematic investigation of the educational project, Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference. St. Mary's University College, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Murphy, T. Forthcoming. Toward Enhanced Citizenship: The Potential of Service Learning in Teacher Education - A National and International Perspective. In L. McIlrath, & I. Mac Labhrainn (Eds.), Civic Engagement and Higher Education: Ashgate Publications.

Murphy, T. 2004. Democracy and Education: A Challenge for the 21st Century, DCI-UCC Globalisation and Inclusion: Challenges for Professional Education in the Third Level Sector Conference. UCC, Cork, Ireland.

Murphy, T. 2004. Maxine Greene and the Democratic Project in Education: A Challenge for Ireland in the 21st Century, Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference. NUI Maynooth, Maynooth, Ireland.

Murphy, T. 2005. Jack Mezirow and Perspective Transformation: Toward an Understanding of Irish Educational Policy within a European Framework, European Educational Research Association (ECER). U.C.D., Dublin, Ireland.
Murphy, T. 2005. Maxine Greene and the Democratic Project in Education: Signposts for the Irish Educational System. Irish Educational Studies, 24(1): 55-64.

Murphy, T. 2005. Toward Enhanced Citizenship: The Potential of Service Learning in Teacher Education - A National and International Perspective, 3rd Annual Teaching & Learning Conference ‘International Conference on Civic Engagement and Service Learning. NUI Galway, Galway, Ireland.

Murphy, T. 2006. Democratic schooling practices in the Republic of Ireland: the gap between the rhetoric and the reality, Equality and Social Inclusion in the 21st Century: Developing Alternatives, An international and multidisciplinary conference. Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Murphy, T. 2006. From the Local to the Global: Service Learning in Teacher Education, Development Cooperation Ireland (DCI) Conference 2006. Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland: March 2006.

Murphy, T. 2006. The Learning Society in an Age of Globalisation: Restricted or Open Membership?, Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference. National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

Niens, U., & McIlrath, L. 2007. Understandings of Citizenship: Public Discourses among Public and Private Stakeholders. Citizenship, Education and Social Justice. (under review)

Tansey, L. 2006. University Volunteer Programme: Perspectives from National University of Ireland Galway, University of London HECP Conference. London, England.

Tansey, L., & Ward, A. 2006. Building a Partnership between Access Programmes and Student Volunteers: Exploring Challenges and Opportunities, 15th EAN Conference. Thessaloniki, Greece.

Tansey, L., & Gonzalez Perez, M.A. 2007. Sharing experiences: an institutional-wide commitment to engagement, 16th EAN Conference. NUI Galway. Galway, Ireland.

Tansey, L., & Gonzalez Perez, M.A. 2007. University Platform and Student Volunteer: Harnessing Student Civic Engagement through Volunteering. Developments' Future. NUI Galway, Galway, Ireland.

Tansey, L. 2007. Civic Engagement and Higher Education: Why do Students Volunteer? Society for Research into Higher Education Conference. Brighton, England.

Tansey, L. 2008. Civic Engagement and Higher Education: Student Reflections on Volunteering National University of Ireland Galway. Critical Thinking: The Galway Symposium on the Future of Universities. NUI Galway. Galway, Ireland.

Tansey, L. 2008. Connecting Students with Community: Challenges and Opportunities. Confederation of Student Services. UCD, Dublin, Ireland.

Tansey, L. 2008. Harnessing and Promoting Student Volunteering: Perspectives from the National University of Ireland Galway. Trinity Symposium on Volunteering, TCD, Dublin, Ireland.

Reports & Guides

CKI has prepared a comprehensive list of academic publications in the area of university-community partnership from a broad range of academic disciplines, theoretical perspectives, methodological approaches, and geographical locations.

Please email cki@nuigalway.ie for details.

Civic Engagement Book Collection

In 2012, as part of NUI Galway's strategy the CKI in collaboration with the James Hardiman Library launched a Civic Engagement Book Collection at NUI Galway.

Academics and Students can easily locate these books simply by clicking on the link above which searches for ‘civic engagement' in the Library catalogue. It is envisaged that this collection will be a valuable resource to those who seek to integrate and promote civic engagement within and without the University.