Skip to main content

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

Trinity Menu Trinity Search



Dr. Edurne Garcia Iriarte
Assistant Professor, Social Studies

Biography

Edurne Garcia Iriarte is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin (TCD). She is the director of the Post-Graduate Diploma in Social Policy and Practice and the former director of the MSc in Disability Studies. From 2009 to 2011, she was appointed as a Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Research fellow at the National Institute for Intellectual Disability. Prior to joining TCD, Edurne graduated with a MSc in Disability and Human Development (2005) and a PhD in Disability Studies (2009) from the University of Illinois at Chicago (USA), where she also worked as a researcher and expert evaluator at the Centre for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research (2005-2008). Edurne's research interests focus on the social inclusion of people with disabilities, particularly on the areas of education and community living. A methodological interest underpinning the above themes is the development and implementation of participatory research and evaluation approaches with people with disabilities, more specifically inclusive research with people with intellectual disabilities. Edurne has collaborated and led on several research and evaluation studies. Some of her most recent projects have explored the intersection between disability and migration in Ireland; the support provided to people with disabilities moving from residential institutions to the community in Ireland; co-lecturing with people with intellectual disabilities in third level education; and the development of inclusive education in China. Since 2009, Edurne has been a university supporter of the Inclusive Research Network, a group of people with intellectual disabilities and their supporters, who conduct inclusive research in Ireland. She has published articles and book chapters on the above topics and she is the lead co-editor of a Disability Studies textbook "Disability and Human Rights: Global Perspectives" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). She has lectured in several under-graduate and post-graduate programmes in Ireland and internationally on the subjects of disability and human rights, inclusive research, programme evaluation and inclusive education. She is also appointed as Online Evaluation Instructor at the United Nations System Staff College.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

García Iriarte, E., McConkey, McConkey, R., Vilda, D., Family experiences of personalised accommodation and support for people with intellectual disability, Journal of Intellectual Disabilities , 2020 Journal Article, 2020 TARA - Full Text URL

T. K. Frankena, J. Naaldenberg, M. Cardol, E. Garcia Iriarte, T. Buchner, K. Brooker, P. Embregts, E. Joosa, F. Crowther, A. Fudge Schormans, A. Schippers, J. Walmsley, P. O'Brien, C. Linehan, R. Northway, H. van Schrojenstein Lantman‐de Valk, G. Leusink , A consensus statement on how to conduct inclusive health research, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 63, (1), 2019 Journal Article, 2019 TARA - Full Text DOI

Christine Magee, Tomás Murphy, Margaret Turley, Michael Feely, Edurne García Iriarte, Roy McConkey and Inclusion Ireland, 19 Stories of Social Inclusion - Ireland: Stories of Belonging, Contributing and Connecting, Dublin , National Disability Authority , 2019 Report, 2019 TARA - Full Text URL

Nancy Salmon Edurne Garcia Iriarte Brian Donohoe Laura Murray Greg Singleton Mary Barrett Marie Dillon, Our Homes: An inclusive study about what moving house is like for people with intellectual disabilities in Ireland, British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 47, (1), 2019, p19 - 28 Journal Article, 2019 URL

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, 22, (1), 2018, p49 - 60 Journal Article, 2018 DOI TARA - Full Text

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 TARA - Full Text DOI

García Iriarte, E., O'Donoghue, M., Keenan, P., & Feely, M., A Literature Review to Inform the Development of a National Framework for Person-Centred Planning in Disability Services, Dublin , HSE & NDA on behalf of National New Directions Implementation Group, February, 2017, p1 - 116 Report, 2017 URL TARA - Full Text

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

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

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

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

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

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 TARA - Full Text DOI

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

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

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., 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

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

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, 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

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 URL DOI

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

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

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, TARA - Full Text

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Edurne Garcia Iriarte; Nancy Salmon; Brian Donohoe; Nancy Leddin; Joan Boady; Carol-Ann O'Toole; Kathleen McMeal; Helen O'Reagan; Mary Barrett, It should be for people themselves whether they want to take part or not. The organisation should not get involved. Inclusive Research Network's Response to: "It all sounds very interesting, but we're just too busy., European Journal of Special Needs Education , 2020 Journal Article, 2020 TARA - Full Text

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

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

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

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

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: 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
    • Supporting Adults with Intellectual Disabilities to become Co-lecturers in the School of Social Work and Social Policy: An Experimental Participatory Action Research Project
  • Summary
    • Team: Dr. Michael Feely, School of Social Work and Social Policy (Principal investigator); Dr. Edurne García Iriarte (Research team member) The principle of striving to include people with intellectual disabilities in mainstream education and research is now wholeheartedly embraced by the disability rights movement, by the social work profession, and by Trinity College. The disability rights movement adopted the slogan 'NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US' decades ago, insisting that people with disabilities should have a role in developing and shaping policy and research relevant to their lives (Charlton, 1998). Mirroring this, over recent years, the social work profession has also embraced inclusion and participation, establishing these as ethical imperatives in all aspects of practice, including education and research (CORU, 2010). Finally, Trinity College has, for some time, been at the cutting edge of including people with intellectual disabilities in mainstream third level education. Trinity's pioneering Certificate in Contemporary Living, in particular, has allowed hundreds of adults with intellectual disabilities to attend, and participate in the student life of, the university. Moreover this innovative course has also served as a model for third level institutions throughout Ireland (and abroad) to emulate, which has - in turn - allowed many more adults with intellectual disabilities experience student life. In keeping with the inclusive aspirations of the disability rights movement, of the social work profession and of Trinity College, and in attempting to break new ground in inclusive teaching and research, our project's aims and objectives are: 1. To provide adults with intellectual disabilities with the opportunity, and the necessary support, to become co-lecturers and co-researchers and to experience academic life in Trinity. 2. To provide undergraduate social work students with the opportunity to learn best practice for supporting adults with intellectual disabilities from adults with intellectual disabilities. 3. To research the experiences of adults with intellectual disabilities as they become university educators, as well as the experiences of the students they teach, and to publish the findings of this research in relevant peer reviewed journals. 4. To provide an example of innovative and inclusive teaching that could serve as a model for other departments in Trinity that prepare students to work with adults with intellectual disabilities and other marginalised groups.
  • Funding Agency
    • CAPSL: Trinity Teaching Innovation Grants
  • 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