School of Social Work, Care and Community
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Zoe’s research focuses on the experiences of young people who are marginalised by society, and by the education system in particular. Her current research is focused on children's conceptions of childhood. She lectures at undergraduate and postgraduate level on principally on modules relating to diversity and inclusion, the sociology of childhood, and global childhoods. She is a member of the teams who deliver the multidisciplinary BA (Hons) Children, Schools and Families, and the MA Contemporary Practice with Children and Young People.
BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies, Open University, 2006
MSc Educational Research, University of Manchester, 2008
PhD Education, University of Manchester, 2011
Zoe’s work experience, in special education and youth work, has led to her developing an interest in vulnerable young people who live on the margins of society. Her PhD explored the experiences of school-leavers with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. She is particularly interested in the in the role of identity and transitions in the development of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, and their alleviation. Through her research she aimed to understand the ways these young people are supported and so to identify ways of improving their outcomes.
Zoe is currently working on research exploring children's relationship with the concept of childhood, and the ways they feel about being labelled as a 'child'. She is also developing a new project, working on increasing participation, and children's sense of their capacity to create change, within schools.
O’Riordan, Z. (2015). Building productive relationships with young people with SEBD in transition: the role of identity. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, (ahead-of-print), 1-17
O’Riordan, Z. (2011) Living in the ‘real world’: the experiences and support of school-leavers with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties. 16(3) 301-316
2014 Harnessing the power of identity processes to support hard-to-help young people in transition Presented at 2nd Brathay/University of Cumbria Conference - Children, young people and families’ wellbeing. 17th June, Ambleside.
2011 Building productive relationships with young people with SEBD: the role of identity. Paper presented to ENSEC Conference, 29th June – 3rd July. University of Manchester
2010 Living in the ‘real world’: The experiences and support of school-leavers with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Paper presented to SEBDA International Conference, 14th -17th September. Oxford University
2010 Living in the ‘real world’: The experiences and support of school-leavers with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (and those who work with them). Paper presented to ISPA Conference, 20th-24th July. Trinity College Dublin
Youth Work Evidence Group
European Network for Social and Emotional Competence (ENSEC)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy