Anne Marie Shier

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Tel: 01 220 5476

BSocSc, University College Cork 

Master of Social Work, University College Cork 

PG Diploma in Third Level Learning and Teaching, TUDublin 


Fulbright Scholar  

Rudd Adoption Research Scholar 

TU Dublin Fulbright Campus Ambassador 2021-2023 


Conference Papers/Presentations 

2021 Invited presentation to the Adoption Authority Ireland on Doctoral Research on Reunion in an Intercountry Adoption Context 

2021 Using Social Media and Technology in Adoption Search and Reunion: The Lived Experiences of Irish Intercountry Adoptees Rudd Adoption Research Program Presentation 

2021 “…So I sent him a friend request”: The role of social media and technology in search and reunion in intercountry adoption International Conference on Adoption Research 2021 

2019  Role of Social Media and Technology in Intercountry Adoption Reunion All Ireland Social Work Research Conference 2019, Dublin (Highly Commended in Breaking Boundaries Category) 

2019 Adoption Reunions: Explorations of the Reunion Experiences of Irish Intercountry Adoptees 

Doctor of Social Science Symposium, University College Cork 

2018 Intercountry Adoption in the Irish Context 

Invited Guest Lecture, Master of Social Work Programme, University College Cork 

2018 Social care work and social work in the Irish context 

Invited Guest Lecture, Munich University of Applied Sciences 

2018 Reunion Experiences of Irish Intercountry Adoptees 

International Conference on Adoption Research, Montreal   

2017 Development of Academic Programmes in Social Care Work and Social Work 

International Conference on Social Work and Social Welfare in the context of ASEAN community: Integration and Sustainable Development. Thu Dau Mot, University, Vietnam 

2016   Balancing Care through Social Entrepreneurship Social Care Ireland Conference, Kildare  

2015  Residential Social Care in Ireland Guest Lecture in International Perspectives in Social Care, University of Antwerp.  

2015 Teaching students to work in a multidisciplinary context using Problem Based Learning and Film Social Care Ireland Conference, Sligo 

2015 Curriculum Redesign Case Study Annual Showcase of Teaching and Learning Innovations, Dublin Institute of Technology 

2014  Social Care in the Irish Context Guest Lecture in International Perspectives in Social Care, University of Antwerp  

2014  Teaching Interdisiplinarity using Problem Based Learning and Film FESET Conference, Turku, Finland  


Shier, Anne Marie (2021), Negotiating Reunion in Intercountry Adoption Using Social Media and Technology, The British Journal of Social Work, Volume 51, Issue 2, March 2021, Pages 408–426, 

McGarr, Jennifer; Fingleton, Margaret; Molloy, Noel; Larkin, Gillian; Connell, Marian; Jameson, Ailish; and Shier, Anne Marie (2021) "Every Day is a School Day: Educators Experiences of Utilising an Integrative Framework within Social Care Education in Ireland," Irish Journal of Academic Practice: Vol. 9: Iss. 2, Article 9. doi: Available at: 

Smith, Karen; Shier, Anne Marie; Fingleton, Margaret; and Murphy, Kevin (2016).  Guest Editor’s Introduction: Social Care, Social Policy and Social Justice.  Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies: Vol. 16: Iss. 2, Article 1.  Available at: 

Shier, Anne Marie and Williams, David.  (2015).  An Evaluation of the use of Problem Based Learning and Film as a Method of Teaching and Assessment for Social Care Students.  The European Journal of Social Education/Journal Européen d’Éducation Sociale 26/27, pp 8-27.  Available at: 

Research and Teaching Interests  

Adoption, Foster Care, Relative Foster Care, Social Care Practice Placement, Professional Practice, Ethics, Life Skills Project for Deaf Adults 

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