Dr. Allyn Fives
Allyn Fives is a Lecturer in Political Science and Sociology and has carried out research at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre since January 2009. His research projects include the RCT evaluation of the Barnardos Wizards of Words (WoW) reading programme, the national study of Young Carers in the Irish Population commissioned by the OMCYA, the evaluation of the Triple P parenting programme delivered by LWPP, and evaluations of the Restorative Practice programme in Tallaght West and the Belong project.
His social science publications have been in the areas of children’s reading self-beliefs, the role of random allocation in RCT studies, researching hard-to-reach child populations, and young carers. His political philosophy publications have been in the areas of political reason, welfare theory, the political thought of Rawls and MacIntyre, and civic education.
Allyn teaches in the areas of political theory and research ethics, and contributes to the Joint Structured PhD in Child and Youth Research (with TCD), the MA programmes in Social Work and Community Development, and the BA degree in the School of Political Science and Sociology.
Allyn holds a BA in Political Science and Sociology and History from NUI Galway, an MA in Political Behaviour from Essex University, and a PhD in Political Theory from Edinburgh University. He is also Chair of the University’s Research Ethics Committee.
Fives, A. & Breen K. (eds.) (2015) Philosophy and Public Matters: From philosophical reflection to political engagement (in preparation).
Fives, A., Russell, D., Kearns, N., Lyons, R., Eaton, P., Canavan, J., & Devaney, C. (2014) 'The ethics of Randomized Controlled Trials in social settings: Can social trials be scientifically promising and must there be equipoise?', International Journal of Research & Method in Education (In press).
Fives, A., Russell, D., Kearns, N., Lyons, R., Eaton, P., Canavan, J., Devaney, C., & O’Brien, A. (2014) 'The association between academic self-beliefs and reading achievement for children experiencing delays in reading', The Journal of Research in Reading. Available online at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-9817.12025/pdf.
Fives, A., Kearns, N., Devaney, C., Canavan, J., Russell, D., Lyons, R., Eaton, P. & O’Brien, A. (2013) 'A one-to-one programme for at-risk readers delivered by older adult volunteers', Review of Education, 1(3), 254-280.
Lyons, R., Fives, A., Kearns, N., Devaney, C., Canavan, J., Eaton, P. (2013) ‘Exploring the utility of the Simple View of Reading in Irish children attending schools in areas designated as socially disadvantaged,’ Journal of Education and Training Studies, 1(1). Available online at: http://redfame.com/journal/index.php/jets/article/view/107/70.
Fives, A., Russell, D., Kearns, N., Lyons, R., Eaton, P., Canavan, J., Devaney, C., O’Brien, A. (2013) ‘The role of random allocation in Randomized Controlled Trials: Distinguishing selection bias from baseline imbalance,’ Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation, 9(20), 33-42. Available online at:
Fives, A. (2013) Political Reason: Morality and the Public Sphere. Harmondsworth: Palgrave Macmillan.
Fives, A. (2013) ‘Non-coercive promotion of values in civic education for democracy', Philosophy and Social Criticism. Available online at:
Fives, A., Kennan, D., Canavan, J. (2013) ‘Why we Still Need the Term ‘Young Carer’: Findings from an Exploratory Study of Young Carers in Ireland', Critical Social Work (In Press).
Kennan, D., Fives, A., Canavan, J. (2012) ‘Accessing a Hard to Reach Population: Reflections on Research with Young Carers in Ireland', Child and Family Social Work, Vol. 17, No. 3, pp. 275-283. Available online at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2011.00778.x/full.
Fives, A. (2010) Reasonableness, Pluralism, and Liberal Moral Doctrines, The Journal of Value Inquiry, Vol. 44, No. 3, pp. 321-339.
Fives, A. (2009) Reasonable, Agonistic, or Good? The Character of a Democrat, Philosophy & Social Criticism, Vol. 35, No. 8, pp. 961-983.
Fives, A. (2009) Review of Applied Ethics and Social Problems, edited by Tony Fitzpatrick (2008), Social Policy and Administration, Vol. 43, No. 5, pp. 526-528.
Fives, A. (2009) Review of Morals, Rights and Practice in the Human Services,edited by Marie Connolly & Tony Ward (2008), Critical Social Policy, Vol. 29, No. 1, pp. 158-159.
Fives, A. (2008) Political and Philosophical Debates in Welfare, Harmondsworth: Palgrave.
Fives, A. (2008) Human Flourishing: The Grounds of Moral Judgement, The Journal of Value Inquiry, Vol. 42, No. 2, pp. 167-186.
Fives, A. (2007) Review of The Liberal Conscience, edited by Lucas Swaine (2006), Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Vol. 10, No. 5, pp. 515-517.
Fives, A. (2006) Aristotle’s Ethics and Contemporary Political Theory, 21st Century Society, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 201-220.
Fives, A. (2005) Virtue, Justice, and the Human Good: Non-relative Communitarian Ethics and the Life of Religious Commitment, Contemporary Politics, Vol. 11, No. 2-3, pp. 117-131.
Fives, A. (2005) Review of Preventing the Future, edited by Tom Garvin (2004), Irish Studies Review, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp. 418-420.
Fives, A. (2005) Review of The Many Faces of Individualism, edited by Harskamp, A. & Musschenga, A. (2001), Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Vol. 8, No. 5, pp. 575-578.
Fives, A. (2003) Are Identity and Social Justice Compatible? in Stewart, C.A.J.; Francis, K.G; Dorman-Jackson, A.K (eds.), The Politics of Contesting Identity, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 71-92.
Dolan, P., Canavan, J., McGarry, O., Forkan, C., Coen, L., Fives, A., Robins, L. & O’Sullivan, P. (2014) The BELONG Programme. Final Evaluation Report. Dungannon, Northern Ireland: South Tyrone Empowerment Programme (STEP).
Fives, A., Keenaghan, C., Canavan, J., Moran, L. & Coen, L. (2013) Evaluation of the Restorative Practice Programme of the Childhood Development Initiative. Dublin: Childhood Development Initiative (CDI).
Fives, A., Kearns, N., Devaney, C., Canavan, J., Lyons, R., Eaton, P., O’Brien, A. & Russell, D.W. (2013) Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Barnardos’ Wizards of Words Reading Programme. Dublin: Barnardos
Fives, A., Kearns, N., Devaney, C., Canavan, J., Lyons, R., Eaton, P., O’Brien, A. & Russell, D.W. (2013) Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Barnardos’ Wizards of Words Reading Programme: Executive Summary. Dublin: Barnardos.
Fives, A., Kennan, D., Canavan, J., Brady, B. & Cairns, D. (2010) "If I can make their life a little easier, then I'm happy": Study of Young Carers in the Irish Population (Main Report). Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Dublin: The Stationery Office.
Fives, A. (2012) How can we know when we are doing “the right thing” in politics?, TheJournal.ie. Published online at: http://www.thejournal.ie/readme/column-how-can-we-know-when-were-doing-the-right-thing-in-politics-691553-Nov2012/.
Fives, A. (2011) 'Civic Education for Democracy', Enquiry seminar series, School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway, April 1st.
Fives, A. & Kennan, D. (2010) Launch of Young Carers Report, Carers Association Annual Conference, Dublin, May 7th.
Fives, A. (2010) ‘The Origins of Western Political Thought’, Political Discussion Society, NUI Galway. March 15th.
Other Professional Activities
Journal Referee: The Journal of Value Enquiry, Contemporary Political Theory, Journal of Power.
Member of Research Ethics Committee (NUI Galway).