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Dr Aisling Gallagher

Senior Lecturer

School of People, Environment and Planning

 My research interests relate to three areas:

The Politics of Childcare Provisioning

I have been primarily interested in the changing place of childcare as a service increasingly charged with addressing new social and economic risks within post-industrial economies. This interest has led me to consider the new governance relations emerging between the state and service providers (in both public and private sectors). As part of this work I have examined the production of regulated childcare spaces and the related constitution of new subjectivities of childcare. Most of my work to date has been in this area and has been published in Geoforum, Children's Geographies, Geography Compass and Environment and Planning A.

 

Corporatisation in the Childcare Sector

I have received seed funding for a project looking at the growth of childcare chains within the New Zealand childcare market. This is a trend which is not particular to New Zealand (many liberal welfare regimes now rely on this sector- such as the UK and Australia). Some of these chains are global in scope. Given the highly fluctuating nature of the care sector, linked in particular to employment levels, there are considerable concerns about the viability of this sector. With this in mind, I am interested in three things; a)the governance relationships between the state and the corporate sector, b) the economies of scale around international childcare chains and the extent to which it allows them to provide services within lower socio-economic communities and c) the experiences for parents and children of using these services.

I am co-convener (with Dr Russell Prince) of a seminar series entitled 'Government, Governance and the State' which runs over the virtual network, Esocsci. If you are based in NZ and interested in attending one of these seminars, please register through this page http://www.esocsci.org.nz/networks/governance/

 

Parenting Practices, Spaces of Care and the State

I am interested in growth of services which seek to engage parents and develop particular kinds of parenting skills, notably those which operate through home visitation of new parents. I have conducted some preliminary research in Ireland during 2012 on two home visitation services and intend to extend these research interests into the New Zealand context. This work is the basis of a chapter in preparation and I have co-authored a special issue of Children's Geographies (with Dr Ellie Jupp, The Open University) entitled 'Parenting. Policy and Place'.

I am also a co-convener (with Dr Lesley Patterson and Dr Juliana Mansvelt) of a seminar series called 'Te Ara Koiora: The Lifecourse' which runs over the virtual network, Esocsci. If you are based in NZ and interested in attending one of these seminars, please register through this page http://www.esocsci.org.nz/networks/te-ara-koiora-life/

In 2014 I was awarded a Marsden Faststart ($285,000)  to conduct a study of the childcare market in New Zealand. This project will run until early 2019.  

I'm a social and political geographer, with interests in social policy, welfare change, the governance of care services and gendered labour.

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Professional

Contact details

  • Location: SST 5.22, Social Science Tower
    Campus: Turitea Campus

Qualifications

  • BA Eire, MLitt Eire, PhD Brist (2010)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Neoliberalism, Childcare, Markets, Families, Policy

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Human Geography (160400): Studies In Human Society (160000)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 2

Current Projects

Project Title: The Business of Care: Constructing a Childcare Market in Aotearoa/New Zealand

Date Range: 2015 - 2019

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Journal

Gallagher, A. (2017). Growing pains? Change in the New Zealand childcare market 2006–2016. New Zealand Geographer. 73(1), 15-24
[Journal article]Authored by: Gallagher, A.
Gallagher, A. (2014). A policy travelogue: tracing welfare reform in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Canada. AREA. 46(3), 337-338
[Journal article]Authored by: Gallagher, A.
Gallagher, A. (2014). The 'caring entrepreneur'? childcare policy and private provision in an enterprising age. Environment and Planning A. 46(5), 1108-1123
[Journal article]Authored by: Gallagher, A.
Gallagher, A. (2015). Do babies matter? Gender and family in the ivory tower. CHILDRENS GEOGRAPHIES. 13(1), 128-129
[Book Review]Authored by: Gallagher, A.
Jupp, E., & Gallagher, A. (2013). New geographies of parenting, policy and place INTRODUCTION. CHILDRENS GEOGRAPHIES. 11(2), 155-159
[Journal article]Authored by: Gallagher, A.
Gallagher, A. (2013). At home in preschool care? Childcare policy and the negotiated spaces of educational care. Children's Geographies. 11(2), 202-214
[Journal article]Authored by: Gallagher, A.
Gallagher, A. (2012). Neoliberal governmentality and the respatialisation of childcare in Ireland. Geoforum. 43(3), 464-471
[Journal article]Authored by: Gallagher, A.
Gallagher, A. (2013). The Politics of Childcare Provisioning: A Geographical Perspective. Geography Compass. 7(2), 161-171
[Journal article]Authored by: Gallagher, A.
Gallagher, A. (2012). Swept up lives? Re-envisioning the homeless city. NEW ZEALAND GEOGRAPHER. 68(1),
[Book Review]Authored by: Gallagher, A.
Gallagher, A. (2010). Book review of The Celtic Tiger in Collapse: Explaining the Weaknesses of the Irish Model (Kirby 2010). Irish Geography. 43(3), 285-290Retreived from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00750778.2010.588083?prevSearch=%255BFulltext%253A+%255Bauthor%253A+Gallagher%252C+Aisling%255D%255D&searchHistoryKey=
[Book Review]Authored by: Gallagher, A.
Gallagher, A. (2006). Book review of Space odysseys: Spatiality and social relations in the 21st Century (Bærenholdt and Simonsen 2004). Social & Cultural Geography. 7(1), 141-148
[Book Review]Authored by: Gallagher, A.

Book

roche, ., Prince, RJ., mansvelt, ., & gallagher, . (2014). Connecting landscape, lifecourse and mobilities. In . roche, . prince, . mansvelt, & . gallagher (Eds.) Engaging Geographies: Landscapes, Lifecourses and Mobilities. (pp. 1 - 12). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
[Chapter]Authored by: Gallagher, A., Mansvelt, J., Prince, R., Roche, M.Edited by: Mansvelt, J., Prince, R., Roche, M.
Roche, M., Mansvelt, J., Prince, R., & Gallagher, A. (Eds.) (2014). Engaging Geographies, Landscapes, Lifecourse and Mobilities.. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
[Edited Book]Authored by: Roche, M.Edited by: Gallagher, A., Roche, M.
Gallagher, AM. (2014). Governing motherhood; Parental services and maternal empowerment in Ireland. In M. Roche, J. Mansvelt, R. Prince, & A. Gallagher (Eds.) Engaging Geographies: Landscape, Lifecourses and Mobilities. (pp. 87 - 100). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
[Chapter]Authored by: Gallagher, A.

Thesis

Gallagher, A. (2010). Caring entrepreneurs? The social investment state and the emergence of private sector childcare in Ireland. (Doctoral Thesis, University of Bristol)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Gallagher, A.

Conference

Gallagher, AM.(2014, June). Preschool in the digital age: E-portfolios and online engagement in early education. .
[Conference]Authored by: Gallagher, A.
Gallagher, A.(2014, June). NZGS/IAG Conference 2014. . Retreived from http://iag-nzgs-2014.m.asnevents.com.au/
[Conference]Authored by: Gallagher, A.
Gallagher, A. (2012). Mothers in the making: 'Empowering' disadvantaged mothers through parental home visits. In New Zealand Geographical Society Conference: Connecting Landscapes: Book of Abstracts(pp. 61 - 61). , New Zealand Geographical Society Conference: Connecting Landscapes New Zealand: New Zealand Geographical Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Gallagher, A.
Gallagher, A. (2012, December). Mothers in the making? ‘Empowering’ disadvantaged mothers through parental homes visits. Presented at New Zealand Geographical Society Conference: Connecting Landscapes. Napier, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Gallagher, A.
Gallagher, AM., Gilmartin, M., Berg, L., & Lawton, P. (2012, May). Neoliberal Knowledges Panel Session. Presented at Conference of Irish Geographers. Trinity College, DUblin.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Gallagher, A.
Gallagher, AM. (2011, December). Investing in Children? Early Education in Ireland. Presented at European Union Centres Network Annual Conference. University of Waikato, Hamilton.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Gallagher, A.
Gallagher, AM.(2010, July 5). Neoliberalism and Childcare as Women’s Work in Ireland. , New Zealand Geographical Society Annual Conference
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Gallagher, A.
Gallagher, A. (2010, July). Caring Entrepreneurs? Neoliberalism and the Emergence of Private Sector Childcare in Ireland. Presented at New Zealand Geographical Society Annual Conference. Christchurch, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Gallagher, A.
Gallagher, AM.(2009, November 22). Social Sustainability at a Cost? Private Sector Childcare Providers and the Reconciliation of a Work-life Balance.. , Sociology Association of Aotearoa New Zealand Annual Conference
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Gallagher, A.
Gallagher, AM. (2009). Governing childcare: Female entrepreneurs and the negotiated spaces of 'social investment' in Ireland. , Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting On line: Association of American Geographers
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Gallagher, A.
Gallagher, A. (2009, March). Governing childcare: Female entrepreneurs and the negotiated spaces of social investment in Ireland. Presented at Association of American Geographers. Las Vegas.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Gallagher, A.
Gallagher, A.(2009, November 22). Social Sustainability at a cost? Private sector Childcare Providers and the Reconciliation of a Work-Life Balance. , Sociology Association of Aotearoa New Zealand Annual Conference
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Gallagher, A.
Gallagher, A. (2008). New Geographies of Childcare: Female Entrepreneurs and the Spaces of Social Investment in Ireland. Poster session presented at the meeting of Association of American Geographers. Boston
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Gallagher, A.

Other

Gallagher, AM. (2012, June). Invited seminar delivered at the Open University, entitled 'The politics of childcare provisioning'.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Gallagher, A.
Gallagher, AM. (2010, September). Who cares? Neo-liberalism and the new spaces of childcare in Ireland. In Victoria University, Wellington.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Gallagher, A.

Consultancy and Languages

Languages

  • French
    Last used: 2010
    Spoken ability: Average
    Written ability: Average

Supervision and Teaching

Courses Coordinated

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