Department of Humanities

Dr. Cormac Doran

 Centre for Higher Education Research, Policy and Practice (CHERPP)

    B118, LINC
     01 8851519


I initially joined ITB in 2011, bringing considerable voluntary sector experience in the area of youth programmes and services. I wanted to teach and I wanted to research and I saw both as ways of influencing how services are designed and delivered to vulnerable populations in our society. 

While my substantive role here at present is Head of Department of Humanities, currently I'm working as the Irish lead of the Centre for Higher Education Research, Policy and Practice (CHERPP). This is a TU-for-Dublin project in partnership with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Durham College, Canada.  I'm also an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Education in UOIT.

The years I spent in the youth and community sector prior to joining ITB, forged a strong research interest in the areas of youth, youth work, participation, youth justice. In more recent times, I've become increasingly interested in higher education and in my doctoral studies, I focused on Irish informal education services.   


Doctorate in Education, Sheffield Hallam University
Master of Science in Management Development, Sheffield Hallam University
Post Graduate Diploma - Management Development, Sheffield Hallam University
Post-graduate Certificate - Management Development, Sheffield Hallam University
DiplomaCentre Management, Sheffield Hallam University

Professional affiliations

Fellow of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Arts (FRSA)
Educational Studies Association of Ireland

Research interests/passions


Doran, C. (2016). Academic Identity in a Changing Higher Education Landscape. Higher Education in Transformation Conference, Oshawa, Canada.

Doran, C. (2016). Youth Participation. International Social Sciences Humanities and Education Research Conference, Milan. Winner of outstanding research paper.

Doran, C., Carthy, A., Mc Cormack, A. (2015) The Pursuit of Civic Engagement: Youth Civic Engagement and the Role of Higher Education. Higher Education in Transformation Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 2015, pp.478-488.

Hassab Errasoul, A., Sutton, M., Doran, C., Robertson, G., Fenlon, N. P., Turner, N. and Clarke, M. (2014), Creating a curriculum on psychosis: a pilot training programme with youth workers. Early Intervention in Psychiatry. Doi: 10.1111/eip.12158. Available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com...

Doran, C. (2014) Youth Participation in Irish Youth Services. What’s Working for Young People International Conference, March 2014, Dublin, Ireland.

Doran, C. (2013) Evidence Informed and Evidence Based – What’s the Difference? Scene. Issue 74. Irish Youth Work Centre, Dublin.

Doran, C. (2012) Drug Use in North Dublin. Presentation at the North Dublin Regional Drugs Task Force Youth Conference.

Doran, C. (2008) Boys to Men. Horizons Journal (41). Institute for Outdoor Learning, Spring. Carlisle, UK.

Doran, C. (2007) Outdoor Development Model. Horizons. (40). Institute for Outdoor Learning, Winter, Carlisle, UK.



Outstanding Research Paper award – International Academic Multidisciplinary Conference, Milan (2016).

External positions

North Dublin City and County Regional Drugs Task Force (Chairperson) (2007-2013)
North Fingal Citizen's Information Centre (2011-2013)
Leargas (2012)
GBRD (Chairperson)
Applewood Community Centre (2012-2013)
Thornleigh Educate Together School (2011-2013)
Valley Community Employment Project (2008-2012)
Fingal Research Hubs

Committee/Panel Activities

External examiner, GMIT (2009-2012)

Conferences and Invited lectures/presentations

Chair of the International Sociological Association’s conference (2014).
Chair of the Community Development Conference (2014).

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