O'Shaughnessy, Branagh

O'Shaughnessy, Branagh

Branagh O'Shaughnessy
PhD Student
Structured Ph.D.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (1st Hons) in Psychology and Sociology, University of Limerick

Proposed PhD Title:  The Role of Empowering Homeless Interventions for Services Users’ Capabilities and Self-efficacy.

PhD Supervisors: Dr Ronni Greenwood and Dr. Eric Igou.

Research interests: Empowerment, homeless services implementation and evaluation, exclusion and social inequality, rehabilitative and addictions services.


Branagh is currently part of the Irish consortium partner team for ‘Homelessness as Unfairness’, a European study of chronic homelessness. As part of the Irish team, she works on the services user’s study. This study explores the perceptions of homeless services users in relation to the services they receive. Branagh’s dissertation project complements the aims and objectives of the ‘Homelessness as Unfairness’ study through its examination of services users’ perceptions, and unique incorporation of empowerment theory.


Project Description:

Empowering homeless settings exhibit features that help service users to gain control over their lives and achieve recovery goals. With rates of homelessness increasing annually, it is paramount that homeless interventions are fostering the independence of services users so that they are in the best position to exit homelessness. The aim of this research is to identify the empowering characteristics of homeless interventions, and to examine the role of these characteristics in service users’ capacities to lead meaningful, productive lives. Results will highlight how services can empower services users and therefore increase their potential to successfully exit homelessness.


Awards and Honours:

  • Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Award, 2018 - 2021.
  • University of Limerick Presidential List for exceptional academic performance and QCA in Autumn and Spring semesters 2012/3.



Teaching assistant at the department of Psychology for the following undergraduate and postgraduate modules:

  • PS4045 Advanced Research Methods
  • PS6022 Advanced Empirical Psychology
  • PS4043 Empirical Psychology
  • PS4041 Practical Psychology



  • O’Shaughnessy, B. (2018, November). Empowering Interventions for Homeless Adults: Preliminary Results of a Systematic Review. Oral presentation at the Research group on Identites, Communities and Settings, University of Limerick, Ireland.
  • O’Shaughnessy, B. (2018, September). Empowering Homeless Services Settings: A Systematic Review. Oral presentation at the 4th (BPS) Community Psychology Festival, University of Hertfordshire, UK.
  • O’Shaughnessy, B (2018, September). How to Write a Winning IRC Application. Oral presentation at the IRC Postgraduate Scholarship Information session, Faculty of Education & Health Sciences, University of Limerick, Ireland.
  • O’Shaughnessy, B., Greenwood, R., & Manning, R. (2018, June). HOME_EU Work Package 3: Overview of Service Users’ Survey. Oral presentation at the 3rd International Housing First Conference, University of Padua, Italy.
  • Greenwood, R., Manning, R., & O’Shaughnessy, B. (2017, November). WP3: Service Users’ Experiences. Oral presentation at the 3rd Home_EU partner’s meeting, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
  • O’ Shaughnessy, B., Greenwood, R., & Manning, R. (2011, April). Monitoring the Future of Homelessness in Ireland: Preliminary Results. Poster presented at the 2nd annual Conference for Social Psychology in Ireland, University of Limerick, Ireland.



  • Research on Identities, Settings and Communities Lab group, University of Limerick