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Eileen Lauster

Marie Curie Research Fellow

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Marie Curie Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology  


I was awarded a Masters in Social Work, majoring in Administration and Community Organisation, from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan before practicing as a social worker in child protection, family, and youth services in the United States. I then moved to Ireland practicing first in adult mental health services and later in social work education and social enterprise.

For the Astra Project, I will address Social Sustainability through using Participatory and Inclusive social work practice to promote sustainable communities. The objectives of my individual project are to:

  • develop an understanding of social work practices building sustainable communities,
  • build a model of evaluation for social work practices promoting sustainable communities;
  • determine capacity to apply this model;
  • analyse the transferability of this model in a range of service and community settings.

My research will use participatory methods to gather data from projects in England and Belgium.


Research interests

  • Participatory Research
  • Community Development and Sustainability