Holly Foley

IMG-20161121-WA0119Holly Foley got her PhD in Sociology at Trinity College Dublin in 2018. Holly’s PhD research explores the post-school pathways of Russian-speaking young people in Ireland. Holly has a degree in European studies and a Masters in European, Economic and Public Affairs. Her Master’s dissertation explored the rights of migrant children, particularly unaccompanied minors, in the Irish education system. More generally her research interests are education, gender and decision-making, youth transitions and family dynamics influencing the education experience of young people.

Holly has previously taught Sociology on the Foundation Course for the Trinity Access Programme. Holly is currently project-coordinator for The Rising Tide Project, an innovative and holistic project which works with students attending a designated disadvantaged second-level school. Holly has been nominated as a Junior Chambers Ireland ‘Ten Outstanding Young People’ 2017.

Holly is co-author of a forthcoming article ‘Youth Transitions in Ireland’ for the Journal of Comparative Education-special issue.

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