Chris McInerney, BA, MSc (Bradford) PhD (Limerick), is a lecturer public administration. His primary research interests focus on the interactions between the concepts, practices and processes of governance and social inclusion / exclusion, participatory democracy, the role of civil society in social change and the role of public administration in promoting social justice and social equity. He has published chapters and reports on governance, local and community development and has previously worked in a variety of civil society and international organisations.
My research interests may be broadly divided into:
i. Public Administration Praxis, essentially the overlap between public administration theory and practice, integrates my prior professional experiences and my academic interests in the field of public administration. I am currently developing this research in a number of settings. For example, I have been involved in a project with Ennis Town Council to develop a participatory strategy for the town to 2020 within the context of the National Spatial Strategy (NSS) . My work within this setting is complemented by parallel research undertaken on community engagement in other urban settings. Together, these research activities will provide valuable insights into the capacity of local level public administration systems to engage citizens in public policy processes and the types of institutional challenges that emerge as a result.
ii. Public Administration and social justice is a second, significant area of ongoing research. I have recently published a single authored book on this theme which looks at social justice as a challenge for public administration and at ways in which public administration might be supported to play a more proactive role in promoting and protecting social justice objectives.
iii. A third area of ongoing research interest is that of state-civil society relations. On this theme I am exploring the proposal that independent civil society capacity in Ireland and elsewhere is being gradually eroded , to the point where democratic integrity may be open to question and stress.
iv. Fourthly, as a lead member of the team which secured funding from the HEA/Irish Aid Programme of Strategic Co-operation to work with partner universities in Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa, I will be active in research on public administration systems in an African context. We are currently exploring a new collaboration in the area of collaborative local development processs.
v. Finally, I am also currently undertaking research on the use of Problem Based Learning as an approach to teaching politics. This is being done via the development of a PBL laboratory i.e. a series of explorations of PBL in different politics modules, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels followed by robust evaluation of these explorations.
|2010|| The Challenge of Community Participation in the Delivery of Public Services: Exploring Local Participatory Governance in Ireland’.
McInerney Chris and Adshead Maura (2010) The Challenge of Community Participation in the Delivery of Public Services: Exploring Local Participatory Governance in Ireland’. Dublin: NESF. [Details]
|2014|| Challenging Times - Challenging Administration: The Role of Public Administration in Promoting Social Justice.
McInerney, Chris (2014) Challenging Times - Challenging Administration: The Role of Public Administration in Promoting Social Justice. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
|2008|| 'Ireland's National Anti-Poverty Strategy as New Governance'
Adshead, M; McInerney, C (2008) 'Ireland's National Anti-Poverty Strategy as New Governance' In: The Theory and Practice of Local Governance and Economic Development. Basingstoke: Palgrave. [Details]
|2009|| 'Community Development: Visions of Social Change or Social Control'
McInerney, Chris (2009) 'Community Development: Visions of Social Change or Social Control' In: Theorising Youth and Community Work in Ireland: Critical Perspectives. Dublin: Blackhall. [Details]
|2010|| 'Social Partnership in Ireland, Diluting or Deepening Democracy'
McInerney, Chris (2010) 'Social Partnership in Ireland, Diluting or Deepening Democracy' In: Nation-States in Transformation: Economic Globalisation, International Mediation and Political Values. Denmark: Aarhus University Press. [Details]
|2012|| 'Expanding the Role of the University in Promoting Civic Engagement'
McInerney, Chris (2012) 'Expanding the Role of the University in Promoting Civic Engagement' In: Citizens Voices: Experiments in Democratic Renewal and Reform. Dublin: Political Studies Association of Ireland. [Details]
|2013|| 'Participation in Public Policy'
McInerney Chris (2013) 'Participation in Public Policy' In: Power Policy and Democracy: Participation in Public policy in Ireland. Dublin: Glasnevin Press. [Details]
|2013|| 'Problem Based Learning and Civic Engagement – Shifting the focus of learning in public policy education'
McInerney Chris and Adshead Maura (2013) 'Problem Based Learning and Civic Engagement – Shifting the focus of learning in public policy education'. Ps-Political Science & Politics, [DOI] [Details]
|2009|| 'Citizenship, governance and democracy: implications and possibilities for community work approaches'
McInerney, Chris (2009) 'Citizenship, governance and democracy: implications and possibilities for community work approaches' Journal of Community Work, 1 (1) . [Details]
|2010|| Teagasc Irish Rural Studies Symposium,
McInerney, Chris; Lynch, Kieran; Keating, Paul. (2010) Analysing the implementation of rural development policy – exploring the contribution of an institutionalist analysis. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Teagasc Irish Rural Studies Symposium, Athenry , 14-SEP-10 - 14-SEP-10 [Details]
|2011|| Facilitate PBL Conference,
McInerney, Chris; Adshead, Maura; NíShé, Eidin; Deverell, Andrea. (2011) Enhancing Problem Based Learning though Civic Engagement. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Facilitate PBL Conference, Dublin , 26-MAY-11 - 27-MAY-11 [Details]
|2011|| Social Policy Association Annual Conference, UK,
McInerney, Chris (2011) Teaching public and social policy through PBL and Civic Engagement. [International Refereed Conference], Social Policy Association Annual Conference, UK, Lincoln, UK , 04-JUL-11 - 06-JUL-11 [Details]
|2011|| Political Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference,
McInerney, C (2011) Bonfire of the Rationalities, Paper presented to the Political Science Association of Ireland (PSAI) Annual Conference. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Political Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Dublin , 22-OCT-11 - 23-OCT-12 [Details]
|2012|| UL Centre for Social Issues Research Seminar Series,
McInerney, Chris (2012) The Action Research Paradigm. [Invited Oral Presentation], UL Centre for Social Issues Research Seminar Series, UL , 07-MAR-12 - 07-MAR-12 [Details]
|2012|| PIDOP (Processes Influencing Democratic Ownership and Participation) Conference,
McInerney, Chris (2012) The role of public administration in civic engagement. [International Refereed Conference], PIDOP (Processes Influencing Democratic Ownership and Participation) Conference, Surrey , 16-APR-12 - 17-APR-12 [Details]
|2012|| Fostering diversification of local economies by using innovative Socio-economic methods of Urban Rehabilitation in deprived urban areas,
McInerney, Chris (2012) Redesigning a Civic Engagement Ecosystem. [Invited Oral Presentation], Fostering diversification of local economies by using innovative Socio-economic methods of Urban Rehabilitation in deprived urban areas, Dun Laoghaire , 16-MAR-12 - 16-MAR-12 [Details]
|2012|| Symposium of the PSAI Specialist Sub Group on Participatory and Deliberative Democracy,
McInerney, Chris: Carney, Gemma (2012) Breaking the Logjam - expanding the role of the university in promoting civic engagement. [Invited Oral Presentation], Symposium of the PSAI Specialist Sub Group on Participatory and Deliberative Democracy, Dublin , 15-MAR-12 - 15-MAR-12 [Details]
|2012|| 22nd World Congress of Political Science - International Political Science Assocation Conference,
McInerney, Chris (2012) Disposition or Distance – The relative importance of scale and attitude in deepening local level democratic participation. [International Refereed Conference], 22nd World Congress of Political Science - International Political Science Assocation Conference, Madrid , 08-JUL-12 - 12-JUL-12 [Details]
|2012|| Renewing Limerick 2012- Perspectives on the future of Limerick City Centre.
McInerney, Chris (2012) Renewing Limerick 2012- Perspectives on the future of Limerick City Centre. University of Limerick, Limerick. [Details]
|2012|| Planning Beyond Recession - Ennis 2020.
McInerney Chris with Ennis Town Council (2012) Planning Beyond Recession - Ennis 2020. Ennis: Gov. Report or Document [Details]
|2009|| From Exclusion to inclusion? Reflections on the Celtic Tiger.
Adshead, M; McInerney, C (2009) From Exclusion to inclusion? Reflections on the Celtic Tiger. Non Published Reports [Details]
|2012|| Civic Engagement – Concepts and Challenges. A participatory concept paper.
McInerney, Chris (2012) Civic Engagement – Concepts and Challenges. A participatory concept paper. Non Published Reports [Details]
|Association||Function||From / To|
|American Society for Public Administration.||Member.||05-SEP-11 /|
|International Political Science Association.||Member.||02-MAY-11 /|
|Political Science Association of Ireland.||Member.||28-FEB-11 /|
|Committee||Function||From / To|
|PPA Departmental Teaching Committee||Member||2011 / 2012|
|Student Status Committee||Member||2012 / 2012|
|Employer||Position||From / To|
|Trocaire, The Irish Catholic Agency for Overseas Development||Southern Africa Project Officer||01-MAR-88 / 06-MAR-91|
|Developing the West Together||Executive Secretary 1991-1994||05-AUG-91 / 03-MAR-94|
|Agecncy for Personal Services Overseas||Co-ordinator, Election Observer Group, South Africa 1994||02-MAR-94 / 01-MAY-94|
|Community Workers' Co-operative (CWC), Ireland||National Co-ordinator 1994-2001||03-MAY-94 / 03-APR-01|
|United Nations Development Programme, East Timor||Civil Society / Civic Education Manager 2001-2003||05-APR-01 / 03-SEP-03|
|Tipperary Institute (Now LIT Tipperary)||Lecturer 2008-2010||03-NOV-08 / 11-OCT-10|
|University of Limerick||Lecturer (Current)||01-AUG-11 /|
|University of Limerick||Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2010-2011||11-OCT-10 / 29-JUL-11|
|1985||NIHE / UL||BA European Studies||European Studies|
|1987||University of Bradford, UK||MSc||National Development and Project Planning|
|2009||University of Limerick||PhD||Politics Public Administration|
Since 2011 have supported a two stage process in the development of a Strategy for Ennis as a Hub Town under the National Spatial Strategy, in partnership with Ennis town Council. The first involved working with two groups of masters students from UL in the planning and delivery of a community visioning exercise. The second and more recent stage involved the facilitation of Town and County Council staff and other civil society partners in the finalisaton of the Hub Strategy. This partnership will continue to provide civic engagement opportunities for students over the coming years
Renewing Limerick: In the first half of 2012 I was involved in supporting a major public engagement exercise around the future of Limerick City Centre and the so called ‘Opera Centre’ site, in conjunction with PPA masters students. The report from this exercise was presented to city councilors and officials in early June, 2012.
Since 2011 I have worked with the Sustaining Social Inclusion in Limerick Regeneration partnership on the development of a participatory concept paper on civic engagement in Limerick. This engagement will continue over the coming year.
My main teaching interests are in the thematic areas of
public administration, applied social justice and civic engagement. As well as being the course director for the BA Politics and Public Administration, I am
currently teaching three undergraduate modules and one postgraduate module
PA4012 Para governmental Organizations
PL4013 Community Development
PA4022 Introduction to Public Administration 2
PA 4017 Sub national Government in Europe
PO5182 Development Practice and Programme Management
In the next academic year (2018/19) I will teach two new modules
PA4003 Issues and concepts in development (UG) and
PA (code to be confirmed) Collaborative Governance and Leadership
I also have a strong interest in exploring different ways to teach politics and public administration and have for a number of years incorporated Problem Based Learning (PBL) and simulations in my teaching activities.