Department of Humanities

Dr Liam McGlynn

 Lecturer in Community & Youth Development

    A15, Aontas
     01 8851514


I joined ITB in 2010, bringing significant national and international experience of development work from a variety of roles in the community, voluntary and public sectors in Ireland (Midlands 14 years) and in Sierra Leone, West Africa (2 years). 

I see myself as an activist educator. I believe passionately that academics who are teaching community development should be actively involved outside the classroom in relevant fora and organisations.  For that reason I collaborate closely with local community and voluntary sector organisations in the Dublin 15 area. In this engagement, I'm interested in areas where I feel I can make a difference and effect positive change. Specifically I am interested in change that will transform unequal, unjust, discriminatory and racist practices and systems. 

This aligns closely with my research motivation which centres on bringing about change and making a positive difference in the lives of people who are marginalised due to poverty, inequality, injustice, and discrimination/racism. I am therefore more interested in an action component in research, i.e. action research.

I love working an an educator and my approach is informed by the learning opportunities that I have had in my own life in the areas of community development, human rights, intercultural communication, facilitation skills, adult and community education and research.


Doctorate of Education, NUI, Maynooth 
MA in Adult and Community Education, NUI, Maynooth 
H.Dip. in Adult and Community Education, NUI, Maynooth 
BA (Hons) Psychology, University College Dublin 

Professional affiliations

Member of Teaching Council
Member of Community Work Ireland
Member of AONTAS National Adult Learning Organisation
Member of Comhlamh Development Workers in Global Solidarity 
Member of Sierra Leone Ireland Partnership

Academic administration responsibilities  

Course co-ordinator – Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Community and Youth Development (current)


Teaching and learning interests/passions

In my teaching and learning, I draw upon fifteen years community development and community education experience in the sector and 8 years lecturing experience.  My learning interests lie firmly in community development, human rights, intercultural communication, facilitation skills, adult and community education and research. I also have a strong interest in social justice, equality, global development issues such as climate justice, tax justice, fair trade and sustainable economics.

Modules taught 

Introduction to Culture (SACD H1011)
Community and Youth Development Practice (SACD H1024)
Principles of Human Rights (SACD H3048)
Skills for Professional Practice (SACD H3045)
Advanced Research Methods and Practice (SACD H4011)
Dissertation (SACD H4021)

Research & innovation interests/passions

My research interests span community development, community education, sustainable development, social justice, human rights, climate justice, democratic participation and global development. I'm an action researcher, motivated by undertaking research that will bring about change and make a positive difference in the lives of people who are marginalised due to poverty, inequality, injustice, and discrimination/racism. 

Research & innovation projects 

I completed research on the relationship between community education labour activation  and active citizenship in 2013 (CEFA, 2013) and I completed my EdD on the role of the community educator in 2012 (Maynooth University, 2012).

I have also supervised workplace research in the then Co. Offaly VEC (2009) on the needs of students with disabilities in Co. Offaly as part of a HEA Pilot Community Based Access Project which I co-ordinated in Offaly.

I have recently completed a research study on community education in Donegal (Co. Donegal ETB, Forthcoming).

Research & innovation grants/funding 

ITB Post Graduate Fund – I am supervisor to one full time MA student undertaking research on the role of community development in sustainable development and climate change. (Funding €20,000)

Donegal Community Education Forum - Research on community education in Donegal. (collaborative research with partner organisation in the sector Partners Training for Transformation). (Funding €5,000)


McGlynn, L. (2013) A Literature Review on Community Education in a Context of Labour Market Activation, Employability and Active Citizenship in Ireland and the EU. Athlone: Community Education Facilitators Association (CEFA). Available at: http://www.cefa.ie/uploads/1/5/8/8/15883224/community_education_and_the_labour_activation_challenge_cefa_2014.pdf [Accessed on 11th May 2018].




Community & employer engagement interests/passions 

My external engagement interests/passions are in areas where I feel I can  effect some positive change in unjust/unequal structures, institutions, systems, laws and practices. More specifically, if it is something which will effect change in unequal, unjust, discriminatory and racist practices and systems, count me in. This is the activist in me!

Community engagement initiatives 

Member of Blanchardstown Travellers Development Group

Employer/enterprise engagement initiatives 

Member of Steering Group of local statutory and community partners to develop a ‘Certificate in Leadership in Intercultural Communities’.


‘Paulo Freire Award’, Department of Adult and Community Education, NUI Maynooth, 2006.

External positions

External Examiner - Limerick Institute of Technolog, Department of Applied Social Sciences. BA (Honours) in Social and Community Studies.

ITB Representative - Athena SWAN National Ireland Committee

Member - All Ireland Endorsement Body (AIEB) for Community Work Education and Training - member.

Conferences and invited lectures/presentations

Presentation - Community Education, Labour Activation and Active Citizenship.  Community Education Conference. Donegal ETB, Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Dec 2013.



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