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Research Statement

Dr Amanda Slevin is a social scientist, educator and qualitative researcher who works as a Lecturer in Social Policy with the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work in Queen's University Belfast.

Amanda's research concentrates on society-environment interactions, including processes of policy formation and decision-making around energy and the environment. Her Irish Research Council funded PhD research (2009-2013, UCD) was the first academic study of Irish state hydrocarbon management and its consequences for communities and wider society. Reflecting her background in community education and development, Amanda is also interested in how communities and other stakeholders are involved in decision-making around energy projects and responses to climate change.

Author of Gas, oil and the Irish state: Understanding the dynamics and conflicts of hydrocarbon management (2016, 2017, Manchester University Press), Amanda’s research interests include state hydrocarbon management, multi-level responses to climate change, Irish political economy, environmental sustainability, ideology and resource management, transformative education and community activism. Amanda has also undertaken research on broader social, economic and political issues within contemporary society and was involved in ‘Generation What’, a pan-European research project on the views and experiences of nearly one million 18-34 year olds. Working with colleagues in UCD's School of Sociology, Amanda was part of the research team that analysed findings of the survey undertaken by over 33,000 young people in Ireland; she also provided analysis of the Irish findings in a RTÉ 2 documentary which was televised in October-November 2017.

Amanda holds a PhD in Sociology from University College Dublin, a MA and HDip in Adult and Community Education (both with first class honours) from Maynooth University, and a BA Hons in Community Development (first class honours) from Letterkenny Institute of Technology. She completed postgraduate studies in 'Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development' with the University of Oslo and conducted primary research on Norwegian state hydrocarbon management while in Norway. She has also undertaken a wide range of professional training related to learning technologies, blended delivery, community leadership, youth work, advice and guidance. Amanda's professional experiences mirror her academic interests and she has previously worked in several higher education institutions (National University of Ireland Galway, University College Dublin, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), adult and community education organisations (An Cosán Virtual Community College and Donegal Vocational Education Committee [Donegal ETB]) and several community and voluntary sector groups.

Research Interests

State hydrocarbon management, climate change, Irish political economy, environmental sustainability, community participation in decision-making, ideology and resource management, blended teaching and learning, transformative education and community activism

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Research Output

Climate breakdown: A call for socio-ecological imagination and change

Slevin, A., 30 Mar 2019, (Accepted).

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

  • Climate change, Ireland and the Climate Emergency Measures Bill

    Slevin, A., 23 Jul 2018, QPol.

    Research output: Other contribution

    Open Access

    It’s time to involve communities in energy decision-making

    Slevin, A. & Prof. Kevin Leyden, 25 Jun 2018, RTE.

    Research output: Other contribution

    Open Access

    The Corrib Gas conflict: More than a ‘David and Goliath’ type battle

    Slevin, A., 21 Jul 2018.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

  • Activities

    Unsustainable societies: Towards a sustainable future

    Amanda Slevin (Speaker)
    25 Mar 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in Festival/Exhibition

    Imagining a sustainable Belfast

    Amanda Slevin (Member of the organising committee), John Barry (Member of the organising committee), Fabian Schuppert (Member of the organising committee)
    25 Mar 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in Festival/Exhibition

    Irish state hydrocarbon management: A multi-level analysis

    Amanda Slevin (Invited speaker)
    22 Feb 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    'Fifty' event on environment, sustainability and climate change

    Amanda Slevin (Contributor)
    12 Apr 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in Festival/Exhibition

    Ireland: Climate action ‘laggard’ or ‘failure’?

    Amanda Slevin (Invited speaker)
    06 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Press / Media

    Contributor to current affairs programme on Highland Radio

    Amanda Slevin


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Sociologist-presenter in Generation What? documentary

    Amanda Slevin


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research