Selina is Associate Research Professor in Social Research and joint education research coordinator at the ESRI, and Adjunct Professor at Trinity College Dublin. She has over 25 years of experience with responsibility for research and evaluation projects in the fields of European education, inequality, academic achievement and student development. Her experiences are wide-ranging including school effectiveness studies, programme evaluations, policy reviews, assessments of processes shaping educational outcomes, and literature reviews. For the last 7 years, Selina has been the Irish national expert at the European Commission Independent Experts in Education and Training. Selina has experience on a wealth of national and cross-national studies addressing diverse education topics. These include quantitative and qualitative research studies examining school effectiveness, student engagement and achievement, early school leaving, experiences of students with special educational needs and the role of digital technologies in education.
She has published extensively on these and other topics, with over 130 publications to date. These include papers in international journals including American Behavioral Scientist; Higher Education; Research in Social Stratification and Mobility; Work, Employment and Society; Higher Education Quarterly; Journal of Children and Media; Child Indicators Research; Education and Information Technologies; Economics of Innovation and New Technology; International Journal of Inclusive Education; European Journal of Special Needs Education; and Educational Review.
Among her current projects, Selina is examining the implications of COVID-19 for secondary education in Ireland and the impact of the pilot School Inclusion Model to support students with additional needs.