Dr. Paula Flynn

Dr. Paula Flynn has been an Assistant Professor in the School of Inclusive and Special Education in Dublin City University (DCU) Institute of Education since 2017. Her research and teaching interests include: student/learner voice; critical perspectives of inclusion and exclusion in education and society; hidden curriculum; power and empowerment in educational environments; leadership for learning; and relational care in the context of education.

Paula ​was​ the principal investigator on a national study funded by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) ​between 2014 and 2017, ​which involve​d​ a consultative process with students at post-primary level in curricular development opportunities. A significant objective of this study ​was​ to determine how to embed a culture of listening and a sustainable response to student voices both in schools and education discourse nationally. This study led to the establishment of the first NCCA Student Voice Forum in October 2015.

Prior to her appointment to DCU Institute of Education, Paula was a member of the academic staff in the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin, and currently retains a role there as Adjunct Professor. Paula hosted an international conference ‘Learner Voice; Nothing about us without us, listening to the voices of students’  in Trinity College in June 2015. 

More information on Paula's profile can be found here .