Prof Paul Downes

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Professor Paul Downes is Professor of Psychology of Education, and Director of the Educational Disadvantage Centre, Institute of Education, Dublin City University, Ireland and Affiliate Professor, University of Malta, Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health. With over 110 peer reviewed publications in areas of education, psychology, sociology, philosophy, law, anthropology and social policy, he has given keynote lectures and invited presentations in 30 countries and for 16 countries’ official ministries. He has been involved in various expert advisory roles for the European Commission, including the Pathways to School Success Working Group, and European Education and Training Expert Panel to support the EU’s post-2020 Strategic Cooperation Framework. He has led and co-authored a range of monographs published by the EU Commission, including How to tackle bullying and prevent school violence in Europe: Evidence and practices for strategies for inclusive and safe schools (2016) and Strengthening social and emotional education as a core curricular area across the EU (2018). A contributor to Jimerson, SM. Swearer, and DL. Espelage (Eds.), Handbook of Bullying in Schools (Routledge 2009) on relational spaces in school systems, his book Reconstructing Agency in Developmental and Educational Psychology: Inclusive Systems as Concentric Space (Routledge 2020) was nominated for the American Psychological Association’s (APA) William James Book Award.

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Research Areas

Socio-economic Exclusion and Bullying