“Stuart is an Independent Social Researcher and Research Associate of the Department of Applied Social Studies at Maynooth University. His main areas of interest are personal over-indebtedness and financial exclusion from an inequality and human rights perspective. He has helped to establish services in both Ireland and the UK to assist people who are over-indebted, and has worked in casework, co-ordination and support/training capacities.
In recent years, Stuart has focused more on research and policy analysis on these topics. He has authored/co-authored studies for the Combat Poverty Agency, Citizens Information Board, Money Advice and Budgeting Services (MABS), Dublin Region Homeless Executive, and for the Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC); he has further contributed to a number of national and international conferences, research projects, academic resources and policy consultations on personal debt issues.
He lectures on the BA. Social Science programme at Maynooth University, tutors on the Advanced Diploma in Money Advice Practice at Ulster University, and regularly contributes to a programme for key workers in the homeless sector developed by Dublin City University. “
Stuart holds a Law degree, a Diploma in Consumer Affairs, an MA in Communication and Cultural Studies and a PhD in Applied Social Studies.