Policy, politics & lived experience

Welcome to my personal site!

I'm an Assistant Professor (Ad Astra Fellow) in Social Policy, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, University College Dublin.

Previously I was lecturer in Comparative Social Policy, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford.

Working in the traditions of interpretive and critical policy studies, I use political sociology and political economy approaches to investigate the lived experience of policy and governance strategies in the areas of social cohesion and integration, resilience and social citizenship.

My work focuses on how to understand and address division and uncertainty, alongside how governments and other bodies can support households and communities in dealing with these problems. In particular, this involves examining the role of belonging and integration socially, economically and politically, and how welfare state institutions can best support people and help people support one another.

I've been part of an FP7 project, conducted work for the British Academy, organised and contributed to events for Cumberland Lodge, and I'm always looking for ways that my work can be of use outside of academia as well as in it.

You can find out more using the links above, or you can follow me on Twitter: @drdonoghue