BA.,H.Dip.,MA.,PhD

Contact Details

Lecturer
Political Science & Sociology
220 Áras Moyola
National University of Ireland Galway

T: 091495401
E: amanda.slevin@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Dr Amanda Slevin is a sociologist, educator and qualitative researcher who joined the School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway in February 2017. With a background in community development, adult literacy and community education (face to face and virtual delivery), Amanda has worked in higher education since 2010. Amanda is a member of the School's Teaching and Learning Committee and is involved in the development of the new BSc in Applied Social Sciences and the MA in Politics and Sociology.

Amanda’s research interests include state hydrocarbon management, Irish political economy, environmental sustainability, ideology and resource management, transformative education and community activism. The author of Gas, oil and the Irish state: Understanding the dynamics and conflicts of hydrocarbon management (2016, Manchester University Press), Amanda is involved in ‘Generation What’ a pan-European research project on the views and experiences of 18-34 year olds which culminated in a TV documentary due to be aired by RTÉ in Spring 2017. Amanda has previously worked with the School of Sociology in UCD, the SPHeRE Programme (RCSI), An Cosán Virtual Community College, Donegal Vocational Education Committee (now Donegal ETB) and several community and voluntary sector organisations. 

Research Interests

Amanda’s research interests include state hydrocarbon management, Irish political economy, environmental sustainability, ideology and resource management, qualitative methods, transformative education and community activism. 

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
'Generation What' 08-FEB-16 23-JAN-17
Hegemony and hydrocarbons: Irish policies, gas and oil 07-SEP-09 28-JUN-13

Books

  Year Publication
(2016) Gas, oil and the Irish state: Understanding the dynamics and conflicts of hydrocarbon management.
Amanda Slevin (2016) Gas, oil and the Irish state: Understanding the dynamics and conflicts of hydrocarbon management. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2014) ''I Did Not Miss Any, Only When I Had a Valid Reason': Accounting for Absences from Sociology Classes'
O'Sullivan, S., McMahon, L., Moore, G., Sabenacio Nititham, D., Slevin, A.,Kelly, C., Wixted, L (2014) ''I Did Not Miss Any, Only When I Had a Valid Reason': Accounting for Absences from Sociology Classes'. Teaching Sociology, 43 (1):15-26 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) ''Rossport: From community action to movement for social change''
Amanda Slevin (2010) ''Rossport: From community action to movement for social change''. Working for Change: the Irish Journal of Community Work, 2 :126-147 [Details]
(2009) 'Up here it's different: Community Education in rural, East Donegal'
Amanda Slevin (2009) 'Up here it's different: Community Education in rural, East Donegal'. The Adult Learner, :47-59 [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2014) 'Review of Íde Corley, Helen Fallon, and Laurence Cox (Eds). (2013). 'Silence would be treason: Last writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa'. Dakar/ Bangalore: Daraja/ CODESRIA/ Books for Change'
Amanda Slevin (2014) 'Review of Íde Corley, Helen Fallon, and Laurence Cox (Eds). (2013). 'Silence would be treason: Last writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa'. Dakar/ Bangalore: Daraja/ CODESRIA/ Books for Change' Interface, 6 (2) :384-387. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
(2014) Own our oil: The fight for Irish economic freedom.
Hobbs, E., Sherlock. D. & Slevin, A (Ed.). (2014) Own our oil: The fight for Irish economic freedom. Dublin: Liberties Press. [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2011) Optimising Ireland's oil and gas resources: Report of the SIPTU Oil & Gas Review Group.
Oil and Gas Review Group (2011) Optimising Ireland's oil and gas resources: Report of the SIPTU Oil & Gas Review Group. SIPTU, Dublin. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2015) Vitae Researcher Development International Conference,
Slevin. A. and Barry, S. (2015) Embedding peer learning at all levels of doctoral education - the case of the SPHeRE Programme: challenges and opportunities. [Other], Vitae Researcher Development International Conference, The Midland, Manchester , 08-SEP-15 - 09-SEP-15. [Details]
(2012) People and Power, Annual Conference of the British Columbia Political Studies Association,
Amanda Slevin (2012) Power and pipelines: Shell to Sea and the Irish state. [Conference Paper], People and Power, Annual Conference of the British Columbia Political Studies Association, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada , 03-MAY-12 - 04-MAY-12. [Details]
(2012) Sociological Association of Ireland, 39th Annual Conference,
Amanda Slevin (2012) Irish state hydrocarbon management: Paradox of a neoliberal state?. [Conference Paper], Sociological Association of Ireland, 39th Annual Conference, NUI Maynooth , 12-MAY-12 - 13-MAY-12. [Details]
(2011) Democracy in Crisis seminar, Critical Issues in Irish Society Network,
Amanda Slevin (2011) Irish gas and oil: Panacea or problem?. [Oral Presentation], Democracy in Crisis seminar, Critical Issues in Irish Society Network, University College Dublin , 15-APR-11 - 15-APR-11. [Details]
(2011) Sociological Association of Ireland, 38th Annual Conference,
O' Sullivan, S., Kelly, T., McMahon, L., Moore, G., Nithiam, D., Slevin, A., Surgenor, P. & Wixted, L. (2011) Vocabularies of motive: students' accounts of attendance and nonattendance at Sociology Seminars'. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Sociological Association of Ireland, 38th Annual Conference, University College Cork , 06-MAY-11 - 08-MAY-11. [Details]
(2011) New Agendas in Social Movement Studies,
Amanda Slevin (2011) Pipelines, Politics and Power: Shell to Sea and the Irish state. [Conference Paper], New Agendas in Social Movement Studies, NUI Maynooth , 26-NOV-11 - 26-NOV-11. [Details]
(2010) Sociological Association of Ireland, 37th Annual Conference,
Amanda Slevin (2010) The Corrib gas project: A case of accumulation by dispossession?. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Sociological Association of Ireland, 37th Annual Conference, Queens University Belfast , 07-MAY-10 - 09-MAY-10. [Details]

Invited Lectures

  Year Publication
(2011) The Great Natural Resources Debate.
Amanda Slevin (2011) The Great Natural Resources Debate. Kilkenny Castle: Invited Lectures [Details]

Invited Seminars

  Year Publication
(2015) Activism and extractives: Crossroads between people, planet and profits.
Amanda Slevin (2015) Activism and extractives: Crossroads between people, planet and profits. Dublin: Invited Seminars [Details]
(2014) The great energy debate: Who should control our natural resources?.
Amanda Slevin (2014) The great energy debate: Who should control our natural resources?. Dublin: Invited Seminars [Details]

Policy Contribution

  Year Publication
(2013) Contributed to the Wood Mackenzie review of the Irish state’s licensing regime.
Amanda Slevin (2013) Contributed to the Wood Mackenzie review of the Irish state’s licensing regime. Dublin: Policy Contribution [Details]
(2011) Presentation to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
Amanda Slevin & colleagues in Oil and Gas review group (2011) Presentation to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture. Dáil Éireann: Policy Contribution [Details]

Video recording / TV

  Year Publication
(2012) Frontline special on Irish gas and oil.
Amanda Slevin (2012) Frontline special on Irish gas and oil. Dublin: Video recording / TV [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2009 Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Irish Research Council

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Community Work Ireland Member /
Community Education Network Member /
Sociological Association of Ireland Member /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Teaching and Learning Committee Member /

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2013 University College Dublin PhD Sociology
2008 NUI Maynooth MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) Adult and Community Education
2007 NUI Maynooth Higher Diploma Adult and Community Education
2006 LYIT Bachelor of Arts Community Development

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
An Cosán Virtual Community College Pedagogy Lead 01-NOV-15 / 01-FEB-17
School of Sociology, University College Dublin Occasional Lecturer and tutor 04-APR-10 / 01-FEB-17
The SPHeRE Programme, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Assistant Director (Academic Affairs) 03-JAN-13 / 31-DEC-15
St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre Community Development Outreach Worker 01-OCT-07 / 06-FEB-09
Co. Donegal Vocational Education Committee Adult Literacy Organiser; Tutor; Community Guidance Support Worker 05-JAN-04 / 31-DEC-07
Donegal Travellers Project Youth Worker 07-JAN-02 / 31-DEC-03

Community Engagement

  Title Type From / To
Policy Development Sharing learning from PhD research 22-NOV-11 / 01-FEB-17
Research (e.g. Community based research) Twin Towns Foreign Nationals Support Group 01-AUG-06 / 30-NOV-06
Research (e.g. Community based research) Evaluation of the 'Adult guidance in the community' project 05-SEP-05 / 30-DEC-05
Teaching (e.g. Service learning / comunity based learning) Training and facilitation work with Aontas 17-NOV-11 / 30-DEC-16
Other Contributions to public debate on Irish gas and oil 17-SEP-10 / 16-FEB-17