Dr Ashling Bourke


Dr Ashling Bourke currently holds a Deans’ Research Fellow at the DCU Anti-Bullying Centre. In this role she is conducting research on the role of social dominance orientation and its interaction with cognitive empathy in the perpetration of cyber-bullying.

Ashling is an Associate Professor in Psychology and Human Development at the Institute of Education, DCU. Her research and teaching interests include the processes that impact on child and adolescent wellbeing. She has an active research profile on the intersection of Psychology, Rights, and Education, with a specific interest in children’s rights, relationships and sexuality education, the psychological influences and impacts of climate change, and developmental forensic psychology.

Research Areas

Her current research projects include climate change education, social influences on climate change attitudes, adolescent involvement in research, and teachers’ roles in child protection.