Who we are
Since its establishment in 1997, the CSER has undertaken research on behalf of organisations from the private sector, the state and the community and voluntary sectors.
We aim as a centre of expertise to have an impact on both, professional practice and policy, at local, national, european and international levels.
Researchers in the CSER are dedicated to supporting the improvement of the quality of life of children, families and communities through the provision of accurate research data and information.
There are currently five researchers employed in the Centre and seven postgraduate students whose research is directed through the Centre. There is also an active panel of associate researchers and field workers who contribute to the projects on an ongoing basis.
Interdisciplinary research is one of the core strengths of CSER and the Centre is closely associated with the Department of Social Sciences and Legal Studies in DIT which uniquely comprises the disciplines of law and social sciences and works actively to develop research in both domains. Staff includes empirical researchers, theorists and active agents within the policy matrix, as well as lecturers and research supervisors.