My main research interests focus on family practices including the management of money and food and diet in households. Recent publications examine changes in family support policies in Ireland and the UK.
My research on food examines food and diet in families and how global food corporations brand and shape food consumption choices.
Peer-refereed Journal Articles
Campbell-Barr, V. and Coakley, A. ‘Providing choice: A comparison of England and Ireland’s family support in a time of austerity’, Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy, 30(3) (2014), 231-244.
Coakley, A., ‘Families and the economic downturn: The case of child benefit’, Administration, 62(3) (2014), 1-15.
Coakley, A., ‘Food or ‘Virtual’ Food; The Construction of Children’s Food in a Global Economy’, International Journal of Consumer Studies 27(4) (2003), 335-340.
Coakley, A., ‘Healthy Eating: Food and Diet in Low Income Households’, Administration 49(3) (2001), 87-103.
Peer-refereed Book Chapters
‘Poverty and Insecurity’ in Kiely, G., Fanning, B. and Kennedy, P. (eds), Theorising Irish Social Policy (Dublin: UCD Press, 2004), pp. 112-127.
‘Mothers and Poverty’ in Kennedy,P. (ed)., Motherhood in Ireland; Creation and Context (Cork: Mercier Press, 2004), pp. 243-255.
Peer-refereed Research Reports
‘Mothers Welfare and Labour Market Activation’, Research Working Paper Series (Dublin: Combat Poverty Agency, 2005).
I am a member of IASCE, European Social Policy Association and SAI.
I also act as a reviewer for the International Journal of Consumer Studies (food health and food security).
In 2004-05 I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Combat Poverty Agency Dublin.