Edurne Garcia Iriarte
Assistant Professor, Social Studies

Biography

Edurne Garcia is Assistant Professor and Director of the M.Sc. in Disability Studies, School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), since 2011. She was previoulsy appointed as Marie Curie Research fellow at the National Institute for Intellectual Disability, TCD (2009-2011). Prior to joining TCD, Edurne graduated with a Ph.D. in Disability Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago (USA) where she also worked as a researcher at the Centre for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research (2005-2008). Edurne Garcia's research interests focus on the social inclusion of people with disabilities, particularly on the areas of education and community living and on the intersection between disability and poverty, ethnic minority background and migrant status. A methodological interest underpinning the above themes is the development and implementation of participatory research approaches with people with intellectual disabilities. Currently, she is the lead researcher of the project IDEM (2017-2019), which explores the intersection between disability, ethnicity and migration in Ireland. She is also the TCD coordinator for Inclute (2016-2019), an Erasmus + project aiming at developing inclusive education in China. Since 2009, Edurne has been an academic supporter of the Inclusive Research Network, a group of people with intellectual disabilities and their supporters who conduct research relevant to people with intellectual disabilities in Ireland. She coordinated the development of DARAT, the Trinity Disability Accessible Research Archive, which seeks to increase the accessibility of research outputs at TCD. Edurne is a member of the research group Social Inclusion and Disability at the University Autónoma of Barcelona and a member of the experts committee for the project ARCHES, a Horizon 2020 project seeking to increase the accessibility of cultural heritage sites. Edurne has published articles and book chapters about the above topics and she is the lead co-editor of a Disability Studies textbook "Disability and Human Rights: Global Perspectives" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

García Iriarte, E., O'Donoghue, M., Keenan, P., &l Feely, M., A Literature Review to Inform the Development of a National Framework for Person-Centred Planning in Disability Services, Dublin , Health Service Executive & National Disability Authority, 2017 Report, 2017

McConkey, R., Bunting, B., Keogh, F., & Garcia Iriarte, E., The impact on social relationships of moving from congregated settings to personalized accommodation, Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 2017 Journal Article, 2017

The impact and journey of the Certificate in Contemporary Living (CCL), a third level course for adults with intellectual disabilities at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland in, editor(s)Oliver Koenig, Tobias Buchner & Saskia Schuppener , Inklusive forschung, Klinkhardt, 2016, pp306 - 319, [O'keeffe, M., García Iriarte, E., Kubiak, J., O'Doherty, S., Murphy, T., Lally, N.] Book Chapter, 2016

McConkey, Roy; Keogh, Fiona; Bunting, Brendan; García Iriarte, Edurne; Flatman Watson, Sheelah, Relocating people with intellectual disability to new accommodation and support settings: Contrasts between personalised arrangements and group home placements, Journal of Intellectual Disabilities , 2016, p1 - 12 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

editor(s)E. Garcia Iriarte, R. McConkey and R. Gilligan, Disability and Human Rights: Global Perspectives, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, 344pp Book, 2016 URL

Edurne Garcia Iriarte, The role of support workers as people move from congregated settings to individualised arrangements in the community, Journal of Intellectual Disabilities , 2016, p1- Journal Article, 2016

García Iriarte, E., Stockdale, J., McConkey, R., & Keogh, F., The role of support staff as people move from congregated settings to group homes and personalised arrangements in Ireland, Journal of intellectual Disabilities, 20, (2), 2016, p152-64 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

McConkey, R., Keogh, F., Bunting, B., Garcia Iriarte, E. , Changes in the self-rated well-being of people who move from congregated settings to personalized arrangements and group home placements, Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 2016 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Models of disability in, editor(s)E. Garcia Iriarte, R. McConkey & R. Gilligan , Disablity and human rights: Global perspectives, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp10 - 32, [E. Garcia Iriarte] Book Chapter, 2016

Disability and human rights: Global perspectives in, editor(s)E. Garcia Iriarte, R. McConkey, & R. Gilligan , Disablity and human rights: Global perspectives , London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp1 - 9, [E. Garcia Iriarte, R. McConkey & R. Gilligan] Book Chapter, 2016

Salmon, N., García Iriarte, E., Burns, E., Research Active Programme: A pilot inclusive research curriculum in higher education, International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2015 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

O'Brien, P., McConkey, R., & García Iriarte, E. , Co-researching with people who have intellectual disabilities: Insights from a national survey, Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. , 27, (1), 2014, p65 - 75 Journal Article, 2014 DOI

Garcia Iriarte, E.; O'Brien, P.; Chadwick, D., What have researchers learned from involving people with intellectual disabilities in research? Reflection of three studies conducted in Ireland, Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 11, (2), 2014, p149 - 157 Journal Article, 2014

Garcia Iriarte, E., O'Brien, P., McConkey, R., Wolfe, M., & O'Doherty, S, Identifying the key concerns of Irish persons with intellectual disability, Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 27, (6), 2014, p564 - 575 Journal Article, 2014

García Iriarte E, O'Brien P, Chadwick D, Involving people with intellectual disabilities within research teams: Lessons learned from an Irish experience, Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 11, (2), 2014, p149 - 157 Journal Article, 2014 DOI URL

Special Issue: Intellectual Disability and Professional Practice in an Irish Context. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 41, 3, (2013), 167 - 247p, Salmon, N. & Garcia Iriarte, E. , [eds.] Journal, 2013

Taylor-Ritzler, T.; Suarez-Balcazar, Y.; Garcia Iriarte, E., Henry, D.; Balcazar, F., Understanding and Measuring Evaluation Capacity: A Model and Instrument Validation Study, American Journal of Evaluation , 34, 2013, p190 - 206 Journal Article, 2013 TARA - Full Text

Chadwick, D.; Mannan, H.; Garcia Iriarte, E., McConkey, R.; O'Brien, P.; Finlay, F.; Lawlor, A.; Harrington, G. , Family voices: Life for family carers of people with Intellectual Disabilities in Ireland, Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 26, 2012, p119 - 132 Journal Article, 2012

Bane, G., Deely, M., Donohoe, B., Dooher, B., Flaherty, J., Garcia Iriarte, E., Hopkins, R., Mahon, A., Minogue, G., Mc Donagh, M., O' Doherty, S., Curry, M., Shannon, S., Tierney, E., & Wolfe, M. , Relationships of people with intellectual disabilities in Ireland. , British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 40, (2), 2012, p109 - 122 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Kramer, J.M., Kramer, J.C., Garcia Iriarte, E. & Hammel, J., Following through to the end: The Use of Inclusive Strategies to Analyze and Interpret Data in Participatory Action Research with Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities , 24, 2011, p263 - 273 Journal Article, 2011

García Iriarte, E., Suárez-Balcázar, Y., & Taylor-Ritzler, T. , A Catalyst-for-Change Approach to Evaluation Capacity Building, American Journal of Evaluation, 32, 2011, p168 - 182 Journal Article, 2011

García-Iriarte E, Suarez-Balcazar Y, Taylor-Ritzler T, Luna M, A catalyst-for-change approach to evaluation capacity building, American Journal of Evaluation, 32, (2), 2011, p168 - 182 Journal Article, 2011 DOI URL

García-Iriarte, E., Kramer, J.C., Kramer, J.M., & Hammel, J., "Who Did What?": A Participatory Action Research Project to Increase Group Capacity for Advocacy, Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 22, (1), 2009, p10 - 22 Journal Article, 2009

Balcázar, F., García-Iriarte, E., & Suárez-Balcázar, Y., Participatory Action Research with Colombian Immigrants, Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 31, (1), 2009, p112 - 127 Journal Article, 2009

Garcia-Iriarte E, Kramer J.C, Kramer J.M, Hammel J, 'Who did what?': A participatory action research project to increase group capacity for advocacy, Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 22, (1), 2009, p10 - 22 Journal Article, 2009 DOI URL

Taylor-Ritzler, T., Balcazar, F., Suarez-Balcazar, Y., & Garcia-Iriarte, E. , Conducting disability research with people from diverse ethnic groups: Challenges and opportunities, Journal of Rehabilitation, 74, (1), 2008, p4 - 11 Journal Article, 2008

García-Iriarte, E., Balcázar, F., & Taylor-Ritzler, T. , Analysis of Case Managers' Support of Youth with Disabilities Transitioning from School to Work, Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 26, (3), 2007, p129 - 140 Journal Article, 2007

Garcia Iriarte, E., O' Brien, P., McConkey, R, Wolfe, M., & O' Doherty, S. , Identifying the Key Concerns of Irish Persons with Intellectual Disability., Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities., in press Journal Article,

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Inclusive Research Network , Our Homes: Home and Independence Project, Dublin; Limerick; Galway , 2015 Report, 2015

Inclusive Research Network , Relationships and Supports Study: People with Intellectual Disabilities in Ireland, Dublin , Trinity College Dublin; National Federation of Voluntary Bodies , 2010 Report, 2010

National Institute for Intellectual Disability , All We Want to Say - 2nd Part: People With Intellectual Disabilities Presenting Research Findings in Ireland. , Dublin, 2010 Report, 2010

Inclusive Research Network , Where we Live A National Study done by Members of the Inclusive Research Network, Dublin , Trinity College Dublin; National Federation of Voluntary Bodies , 2010 Report, 2010

Evaluation Capacity Building: A Culturally- and Contextually-grounded Interactive Framework and Exemplar in, editor(s)F. Balcazar, Y. Suarez-Balcazar, T. Taylor-Ritzler, & C. Keys , Race, culture and disability: Rehabilitation science and practice, Boston, MA, Jones and Bartlett, 2010, pp307 - 324, [Suarez-Balcazar, Y., Taylor-Ritzler, T., Garcia-Iriarte, E., Keys, C. B., Kinney, L., Ruch-Ross, H., Leung, P., Restrepo-Toro, M., & Curtin, G. ] Book Chapter, 2010

National Institute for Intellectual Disability , All We Want to Say DVD , Dublin , DCTV , 2010 Report, 2010

National Institute for Intellectual Disability , All We Want To Say: Life in Ireland for People with Intellectual Disabilities, Dublin , 2009 Report, 2009

García-Iriarte, E., Kramer, J.C., & Kramer, J.K., Community Participation with Self-Advocates: People First Newsletter, The Community Psychologist, 41, (2), 2008, p15 - 17 Journal Article, 2008

Research Expertise

Projects

  • Title
    • A Literature Review to Inform the Development of a National Framework for Person-Centred Planning in Disability Services
  • Summary
    • This literature review on person centred planning (PCP) was commissioned by the Health Service Executive and the National Disability Authority (NDA) to inform the development of a national framework on PCP across services provided to adults with disabilities in Ireland. A set of guidelines were developed by the NDA in 2005 on the principles and implementation of PCP. This literature review examined evidence on the implementation and effectiveness of PCP in the international literature, from 2005 to 2016, to inform the framework.
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Service Executive and National Disability Authority
  • Date From
    • April 2016
  • Date To
    • January 2017
  • Title
    • Disability Accessible Research Archive
  • Summary
    • The aim of this project is to develop an online archive where disability research is disseminated in accessible formats, contributing to building accessible spaces at TCD. This archive has the potential to enable researchers to share findings in accessible formats; to position Trinity at the forefront of research dissemination innovation; and to increase access to research findings by other stakeholders who consume and use research but do not have a research background.
  • Funding Agency
    • Equality Fund
  • Date From
    • January 2016
  • Date To
    • June 2016
  • Title
    • Promoting inclusive education through curriculum development and teacher education in China / INCLUTE
  • Summary
    • The aim of the INCLUTE project is to promote inclusive education through teacher training in primary schools in China. The specific project objectives are: .To explore inclusive practices in Chinese social and educational contexts. .To strengthen teachers' competence/skills related to inclusive education in Chinese universities. .To design and develop a continuous training curriculum on inclusion for primary school teachers. .To create an inclusive international education network. For more information, see http://www.inclute.eu/.
  • Funding Agency
    • European Commission
  • Date From
    • 2015
  • Date To
    • 2017
  • Title
    • Inclusive Research Network
  • Summary
    • The Inclusive Reserach Network (IRN) is a group of co-reseachers with intellectual disabilities, supporters, and academic reserchers that conduct research on relevant areas to the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. The IRN is supported by the National Institute for Intellectual Disability (TCD), the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies and the University of Limerick. The IRN has conducted two studies, "Where we live", and "Relationships and Support". The third IRN study is underway, "Home and Independence". For more information abou the IRN, please see http://www.tcd.ie/niid/research/irn/.
  • Date From
    • 2008
  • Date To
    • Current
  • Title
    • Follow up: Evaluation of individualised support to people with disabilities in Ireland
  • Summary
    • The follow up to the evaluation of individualised supports (2011-2013) aims to gather additional evidence to inform the transition from traditional group-based models to individualised, cost-effective supports and services, and to accelerate the availability of such services and supports. The sample for the study includes people with intellectual and physical disabilities and those with mental health problems. For more information on the project see http://www.genio.ie/research
  • Funding Agency
    • Genio
  • Date From
    • January 2014
  • Date To
    • December 2014
  • Title
    • Evaluation of individualised support to people with disabilities in Ireland
  • Summary
    • The evaluation aims to gather evidence to inform the transition from traditional group-based models to individualised, cost-effective supports and services, and to accelerate the availability of such services and supports. The sample for the study includes people with intellectual and physical disabilities and those with mental health problems. For more information on the project see http://www.genio.ie/research
  • Funding Agency
    • Genio
  • Date From
    • 2011
  • Date To
    • 2013
  • Title
    • Fundamental rights of people with mental health problems and people with intellectual disabilities
  • Summary
    • The aim of the project was to look at fundamental rights of people with mental health problems and people with intellectual disabilities in the EU. This was the first disability project of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights and was inspired by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The project consisted of desk research conducted in the 27 EU countries and field research conducted in Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Romania, Sweden and the UK. Four themes were examined in depth: the right to community living, life in institutions, the right to access to justice, and the right to legal capacity. The project used participatory and emancipatory methodologies. For more information on the project see http://fra.europa.eu/fraWebsite/research/projects/proj_disability_en.htm
  • Funding Agency
    • The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)
  • Date From
    • July 2010
  • Date To
    • December 2011
  • Title
    • Doing Disability Research
  • Summary
    • The Doing Disability Research Project developed participatory research projects in Ireland to examine the needs of people with intellectual disabilities and their families. The research projects conducted with people with intellectual disabilities included: The All We Want to Say study (2010) and the Inclusive Research Network (IRN). The All We Want to Say study, conducted with people with intellectual disabilities, aimed to understand how life was like in Ireland for people with intellectual disabilities. People with intellectual disabilities were trained on how to conduct research and took an active role in the research process from the identification of topics to the write up of reports and dissemination of findings. The IRN is a group of people with intellectual disabilities, their supporters, and university researchers that conduct research about issues important to people with intellectual disabilities in Ireland. The IRN has conducted the following studies: Where We Live (2009), and Relationships and supports (2010). The research projects conducted with families of people with intellectual disabilities included a survey of families through focus groups and a questionnaire using the concerns report method. Families, similarly to people with intellectual disabilities, were included in the research process from the identification of the research process to the write up and dissemination of findings.
  • Funding Agency
    • European Union - Marie Curie Actions
  • Date From
    • 2009
  • Date To
    • 2011

Keywords

Autism; Disability; EMPOWERMENT; Ethics; ETHNIC MINORITIES; EVALUATION; Human rights; INCLUSION; INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY

Recognition

Awards and Honours

Achievement Award - Disability Studies 2009

Memberships

Society for Disability Studies

International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability