Kathleen Lynch is the Professor of Equality Studies at University College Dublin, an Irish Research Council Advanced Research Scholar 2014-2017 and a member of the UCD School of Education. An academic and an activist, she is guided by the belief that the purpose of scholarship and research is, not just to understand the world, but to change it for the good of all humanity. To that end, she has published, campaigned and lectured widely on equality and social justice issues throughout her life. While best known for her research equality and education, she has also co-authored a number of major texts on equality (Equality: From Theory to Action, 2004, 2009) and on care and justice (Affective Equality: Love, Care and Injustice, 2009). She is currently leading a three-year study on Equality of Opportunity in Practice: studies in working, learning and caring and is the lead Irish researcher on an EU study on Solidarity in Europe. She is also working with School of Health Sciences researching social justice issues in palliative care. Her most recent book (co-authored with Bernie Grummell and Dympna Devine) New Managerialism in Education: Commercialization, Carelessness and Gender (2015 2nd Ed) is a study of the impact of neoliberalism on primary, secondary and higher education. Her work has been translated into a number of languages including French, Spanish, Korean and Bulgarian.
She has held a number of senior appointments including being a core member of the EU Network of Experts in the Social Sciences on Education (advising the European Commission DG -EAC) from 2007 to 2010. She has been a visiting scholar at a number of leading universities, including University of Barcelona and the University of Wisconsin Madison (2016), University of Melbourne 2014, City University of New York, 2013, Jagellionian University (University of Kraków) 2011, 2015, Orebro University, Sweden 2010, the China Centre for Comparative Politics and Economics, Beijing, 2010, Oulu University Finland 2009 and University of Cambridge (2006).