Dr Cadhla O Sullivan

Bachelors Social Science and Masters of Children's Rights
Research Fellow
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: +61 476047485

Areas of expertise

  • Other Education 3999
  • Curriculum And Pedagogy 3901
  • Education Policy, Sociology And Philosophy 3902
  • Humanitarian Disasters, Conflict And Peacebuilding 440402
  • Poverty, Inclusivity And Wellbeing 440405

Research interests

Children's Right's, Child and Youth wellbeing, Creative participatory research methods, Qualitative research, child development, social cohesion and peacebuilding 


My name is Cadhla O’Sullivan. I am a PhD candidate in Education with Queen’s University Belfast, due to submit my thesis in April 2023. My research focused on a qualitative ethnographic style study with children and youth in Colombia, investigating a performing arts-based intervention for Peacebuilding and Peacekeeping. I have written two articles, a book chapter, and a case study style on my research and I have presented my findings at conferences throughout Ireland, the UK, and Australia. I hold a first-class honours degree in Social Science with University College Cork in Ireland. In 2019, I was awarded a master’s degree in Children’s Rights with Queen’s University Belfast, leading to a studentship to conduct my PhD research with the LINKS team based between Queen’s University Belfast and Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. Conducting research with the LINKS team allowed me to gain experience as a research assistant, contributing to the production of a systematic review and an evidence and gap map (EGM) on Social Emotional Learning of children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). My research interests lie in the areas of children’s rights, childhood poverty and inequality, child and youth wellbeing, child and youth development, sustainable education, and social cohesion using qualitative methods that are often creative in design and participatory in their approach.


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