Danielle Douglas

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Dr Danielle Douglas has been a Lecturer in Social Care in the School of Humanities in South East Technology University since 2008. She holds a BA in Applied Social Studies from SETU, an MA by Research (focus on resilience, outcomes and foster care) from SETU, and a PhD in Children and Youth Studies (focus on identities and socio-spatial influences) from UCD.  Danielle has experience as a relative foster carer and has facilitated training to foster carers, social workers, care-experienced young people and other stakeholders at national and international level. She was elected as the youngest and first care-experienced President of the International Foster Care Organisation in 2017 and held the role for three years. She was co-host of their 2014 international conference. She was also a core group founding member of Power4Youth, a European peer support network for care experienced young people. She has been a member of quality assurance committees for the assessment of foster carers for various organisations in Ireland and has been a member of Tusla's Research Advisory Group since 2016. Danielle is a general editor of the Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies (IJASS).

Research Interests

Danielle's research interests include marginalised groups, vulnerable children and young people and their families, children's geographies, identity and selfhood. Her research has included a diverse range of creative methodologies including photomethodology and narrative inquiry.


Danielle has a range of experience teaching accross various modules on Social Care programmes at SETU, Waterford including Personal and Professional Development, Vulnerable Youth in Contemporary Ireland, Introduction to Social Care Prctice, Placement Supervision and Thesis Supervision.

She is passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion and works hard to cultivate a safe and student centred atmosphere in the classroom and on campus.

Danielle completed the Digital Badge for Universal Design for Teaching and Learning in 2021.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Everyday Worlds in Foster Care: Exploring Children and Young People's Socio-Spatial Experiences and Identities , University College Dublin

Award Date: 06 Dec 2021

Masters Degree, MA by Research Thesis Title '' Fostering Resilience: An exploration of the link between resilience, outcomes and foster care in Ireland’

Award Date: 31 Oct 2012

Bachelors Degree, BA (Hons) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care

Award Date: 29 Oct 2008

External positions

Editor of Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies, Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies

01 Jun 2022 → …

President, International Foster Care Organisation

30 Oct 201701 Apr 2020

Research Advisory Group Member, Tusla - Child and Family Agency

01 Jun 2016 → …


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Families
  • Children
  • Childhood
  • Alternative Care
  • Care-experienced young people
  • Vulnerable Young People
  • G Geography (General)
  • Children and Young People's Geography
  • Human Geography
  • Figured Worlds
  • Space
  • BF Psychology
  • Interactionism
  • Selfhood
  • Identities
  • Stigma
  • Ecology
  • LB2300 Higher Education


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