Keith Sullivan

Keith Sullivan recently retired as a Statutory Professor of Education for the National University of Ireland. He has always had a concern for people’s rights and freedom and his major research focus has been to understand, in-depth, the dynamics and effects of bullying in real space and time (rstbullying) and in cyberspace (cyberbullying). He has carried out research into bullying in the school, university and workplace setting always striving to find pragmatic, accessible and long-lasting solutions. His first book on bullying, The Anti-Bullying Handbook, Oxford University Press, 2000, was nominated for New Zealand’s prestigious Montana Book awards.

Keith was educated at Montreal’s Concordia University; at Leeds and Cambridge Universities in the UK; and at Massey University in New Zealand. He has taught secondary school in Canada and England and was a guidance counselor in New Zealand where he also worked for Government, firstly as a criminal and civil justice researcher for the Department of Justice, and then as a policy analyst for the Department of Education.  At the University level, he was appointed as a research fellow at Waikato University’s Centre for Maori Studies and Research, was a lecturer in Communication at Massey University and taught the psychology and sociology of Education, multiethnic education, education policy, and classroom studies at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Victoria University of Wellington (where also took on HOD and postgraduate dean roles).

In the UK, as a PhD student, he taught at the Open University and Leeds College of Technology. He later held the Charter Fellowship in Human Rights at Wolfson College, Oxford University. At the University of the South Pacific, he was Centre Director for the atoll nation of Kiribati. During his career, Keith has supervised and been the examiner of a range of interesting masters and doctoral theses on bullying at a number of international universities.

Keith has a black belt in Kyokushinkai karate and has taught karate and self-defense for a number of years.

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The Anti-Bullying Handbook (2nd ed.) (SAGE Publications, 2010)

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