Philip J O'Connell

Research Affiliate

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. Download CV