Biography

Aoife Neary (BSc, MA, PhD) is Lecturer in Sociology of Education in the School of Education, University of Limerick, Ireland. Drawing on feminist, queer and affect theory, her research explores the politics of gender and sexuality in schools and society. She held an Irish Research Council (IRC) Doctoral Scholar award (2011-2014) and has been an IRC New Foundations Awardee in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Most recently, she was PI/Academic Mentor on an IRC/Marie Curie co-funded CAROLINE project entitled Researching and Advocating for Quality Education: Achieving Equality for Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth in Schools (2018-2020), leading a team to produce the Gender Identity and Gender Expression E-Resource for Second-level Schools. She was formerly a second-level teacher of Physical Education and English (2003-2011). Since her appointment as Lecturer in Sociology of Education in 2014, she has been leading and teaching teacher education modules that explore equality and diversity from a sociological perspective. She is currently Co-Chair of the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee at UL.

Research Interests


Broadly, my current research interests lie within and across the following areas:

Gender, Sexualities and Schooling.
School Culture and the Workings of Privilege
Feminist Post-strucutral and Queer Epistemologies and Methodologies
The Sociology of Emotionality

Professional Activities

Award

  • 2020 - Enterprise Ireland ERC Proposal Preparation (PI) (€12442)
  • 2020 - Junior Cycle Evaluation (One of 20 team members) (€284232)
  • 2019 - Government of Canada Insight Development Grant (Collaborator) (€33000)
  • 2018 - Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship (as Co-Supervisor) (€24000)
  • 2018 - Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship (as Co-Supervisor) (€24000)
  • 2018 - Researching and Advocating for Quality Education: Achieving Equality for Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth in Schools (as PI/Academic Mentor to Postdoctoral Fellow) (€174,018)
  • 2017 - Exploring Gender Identity and Gender Norms in Primary Schools (PI in Partnership with Transgender Equality Network of Ireland) (€19.902))
  • 2016 - Faculty of Education and Health Sciences Early Career Researcher Seed Funding (€1000)
  • 2015 - New Foundations: Teacher Education for Gender and Sexuality Diversity (€9980)
  • 2015 - UL Development Education Project (€6310 Joint Application)
  • 2014 - New Foundations Engaging Civic Society (€9,778)
  • 2014 - National Seminar Series Award (€1,440)
  • 2012 - New Foundations (€4816)
  • 2011 - Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship 2011-2014 (€60,963)

Education

  • 2015 University of Limerick - PhD
  • 2010 University of Limerick - Master of Arts
  • 2003 University of Limerick - BSc

Employment

  • 2003 Department of Education and Skills - Post-Primary Teacher
  • University of Limerick - Lecturer in Sociology of Education

Association

  • Network Member, SPHE Educators Network
  • Board Member, Ubuntu Teacher Education Network
  • Member, European Conference for Educational Research
  • Irish Educational Studies Journal Peer Reviewer, Educational Studies Association of Ireland
  • Sexualities SIG Peer Reviewer, British Educational Research Association
  • Queer Studies SIG Member, American Educational Research Association

Committee

  • Irish Sexualities and Genders Research Network,
  • School of Education Research Committee,
  • Faculty of EHS Equality & Diversity Committee,

Other

  • International Advisory Board Member for Stonewall Cymru's Inclusive RSE Guide for Schools
  • International Advisory Board of Queer Studies and Education book series (Palgrave Macmillan)

Consultancy

  • NCCA - Co-opted Member of National Council for Curriculum and Assessment Relationship and Sexuality Education (RSE) Post-Primary Development Group
  • Oireachtas Education Committee - Invited consultant to Government/Oireachtas Education Committee RSE Review

Outreach

Research Collaborators

  • Prof. Mary Lou Rasmussen - Host Incoming Visitor - Australian National University -Australia
  • Dr Emily Gray - International Collaboration Type - Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) -Australia

Books

LGBT-Q Teachers, Civil Partnership and Same-Sex Marriage: The Ambivalences of Legitimacy

Dr. Aoife Neary
2017
New York
Routledge
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Book Chapters

New trans* visibilities: working the limits and possibilities of gender at school

Dr. Aoife Neary
2019
London
Routledge
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Lesbian, gay and bisexual teachers' ambivalent relations with parents and students while entering into a civil partnership

Dr. Aoife Neary
2019
London
Routledge
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Robot Babies, Young People and Pregnancy Prevention: Alternative Imaginings of Sexual Futures

Dr. Aoife Neary
2019
Cambridge
Cambridge University Press
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Teachers and Civil Partnership: (Re)producing Legitimate Subjectivities in the Straight Spaces of Schools

Dr. Aoife Neary
2014
Basingstoke
Palgrave Macmillan
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Edited Books

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Peer Reviewed Journals

A Queer Politics of Emotion: Reimagining Sexualities and Schooling

Dr. Aoife Neary
2016
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Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual teachers' negotiations of civil partnership and schools: ambivalent attachments to religion and secularism

Dr. Aoife Neary
Dr. Breda Gray
2018
ABINGDON
ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
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Lesbian and gay teachers' experiences of 'coming out' in Irish Schools

Dr. Aoife Neary
2013
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LGB teachers and the (Com)Promised conditions of legislative change

Dr. Aoife Neary
2020
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LGB Teachers' Ambivalent Relations with Parents and Students While Entering into a Civil Partnership

Dr. Aoife Neary
2017
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Critical imaginaries of empathy in teaching and learning about diversity in teacher education

Dr. Aoife Neary
2019
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Complicating constructions: middle-class parents of transgender and gender-diverse children

Dr. Aoife Neary
2019
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Marriage Equality Time: Entanglements of sexual progress and childhood innocence in Irish primary schools

Dr. Aoife Neary
2019
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New trans* visibilities: working the limits and possibilities of gender at school

Dr. Aoife Neary
2018
ABINGDON
ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
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Civil Partnership and Marriage: LGBT-Q Political Pragmatism and the Normalisation Imperative

Dr. Aoife Neary
2016
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Trans and gender diverse youth resisting cisnormativity in school

Dr. Aoife Neary
2021
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Trans children and the necessity to complicate gender in primary schools

Dr. Aoife Neary
2021
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Other Journals

The Post-Primary School Experiences of Transgender and Gender Diverse

Dr. Aoife Neary
2020
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Exploring Gender Identity and Gender Norms in Primary Schools

Dr. Aoife Neary
2018
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Gender, Sexuality & Bullying Special Issue Editorial

Dr. Aoife Neary
2019
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Same-sex Relationship Recognition and the Weight of Heteronormative Expectation

Dr. Aoife Neary
2012
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Conference Publications

New Foundations: School 'Ethos' and LGBT Sexualities

Dr. Aoife Neary
2013
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Conference Contributions

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Published Reports

The Post-Primary School Experiences of Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth in Ireland

Dr. Aoife Neary
2020
Limerick
University of Limerick
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Exploring Gender Identity and Gender Norms in Primary Schools

Dr. Aoife Neary
2018
Limerick
University of Limerick and Irish Research Council
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Exploring Homophobia and Transphobia in Primary Schools in Ireland

Dr. Aoife Neary
2017
Limerick
University of Limerick and Gay and Lesbian Equality Network
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Unravelling 'Ethos' and Section 37(1): The Experiences of LGBTQ Teachers

Dr. Aoife Neary
2014
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Editorials

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Book Reviews

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Other Publications

LGBTQI+ Diversity Work in Teacher Education

Dr. Aoife Neary
2019
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Teachers and Civil Partnership in Ireland: Ambivalent Promises of Legitimacy

Dr. Aoife Neary
2014
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