Dr Alan Gorman


Dr Alan Gorman, BEd, MEd, PhD, is a Research Fellow at DCU Anti-Bullying Centre and is an Assistant Professor in the School of Policy and Practice, DCU Institute of Education. He teaches across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and he is the Area of Professional Focus Leader for Professional Learning and Teacher Education on DCU’s Doctor of Education programme. He was the recipient of the DCU President’s Medal for excellence in teaching and learning in 2022.

Alan has specific expertise in policy analysis and teaches critical policy analysis at doctoral level. He has also published in high-ranking journals in policy analysis, professional learning, and teacher education, alongside supervising doctoral students to completion in these areas. As PI, he has recently completed funded research of early career principals’ identity formation across the island of Ireland.

His work in ABC is specifically around policy analysis, enactment, and impact of anti-bullying policy in schools. With colleagues in the centre, he has made oral submission to the ‘Joint Committee on Education, Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science School Bullying and the Impact on Mental Health’. He has made numerous presentations to the Department of Education around policy development and enactment. Alan has also provided written submissions to the ‘Report on the Review of the 2013 Action Plan on Bullying and the Development of Cineáltas: Action Plan on Bullying’, published by the Department of Education in late 2023.

He has just completed research on how primary school principals are enacting the ‘Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools’ (DES, 2013). He welcomes international collaborative research opportunities in the areas of anti-bullying policy and/or leadership for anti-bullying.

Research Areas

Policy analysis, enactment, and impact of anti-bullying policy in schools