Philip J O'Connell

Philip J O'Connell

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Philip J. O'Connell is Director of the UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy and Professor of Applied Social Science at University College Dublin. Prior to this, he was Research Professor and Head of Social Research at the Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, and Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin. He received his doctorate from Indiana University, Bloomington and taught at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Most of his work focuses on the labour market and on migration. He has an enduring interest in equality at work and in access to employment, publishing papers on wage inequality, on working conditions and workplace practices, on the transition from unemployment to work, and on the experience of migrant workers in Ireland. He has written several books on the determinants and effects of work-related education and training, and published papers on this and other labour market issues in the leading peer-reviewed journals. His latest book, edited with UCD colleagues William K. Roche and Andrea Prothero, Austerity and Recovery in Ireland: Europe’s Poster Child and the Great Recession, is published by Oxford University Press. He has served as a consultant on human resource development and labour market issues to the European Commission and the OECD. He is a member of the Irish Labour Market Council.

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Latest Publications:
  • Gender equality in the Irish labour market 1966-2016: unfinished business?
  • Determinants of Regional Differences in Rates of Overeducation in Europe
  • Monitoring report on integration 2016
  • How did Immigrants Fare in the Irish Labour Market over the Great Recession?
  • Discrimination in the Labour Market: Nationality, Ethnicity and the Recession
  • Discrimination in the Labour Market: Nationality, Ethnicity and the Recession
  • Exploring the Role of Labour Market Uncertainty in Explaining Differences in Rates of Return to Education in Europe
  • Impact of the Great Recession on Unemployed Youth and NEET Individuals
  • The Impact of Training Programme Type and Duration on the Employment Chances of the Unemployed in Ireland
  • Transitions In and Out of Unemployment among Young People in the Irish Recession

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  • Programmes and Projects:
  • Research Programme on Equality and Integration with the Department of Justice and Equality
  • Annual Integration Monitor

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