Keith O Neill

  • tohtorikoulutettava, Sosiologia (Sosiaalitieteiden laitos)

Työhuone: 377


Over the previous decade Keith has worked inside of the third-sector in the Republic of Ireland, and most recently in Canada, working with marginalized and "at-risk" individuals and groups. Previously, Keith conducted himself in the third-sector as a research and development coordinator (immigrant advocacy), and more recently through front-line 'direct care' practice, working with young people experiencing homelessness, and its many complex intersections. 

In January 2022 Keith will begin the Finnish National Agency for Education "EDUFI" Fellowship in order to further support his ongoing research efforts in Finland. 

Keith holds a joint bachelors degree (BA) in Sociology and French from Trinity College Dublin, and a master of science (MSc) degree in Sociology from the University of Amsterdam. 


My research interests surround the relationship between the third-sector and the state. In particular I am interested in understanding, through comparative analysis, how the third-sector continues to evolve under neoliberal governmentality at the same time that the state increasingly withdraws from the public body. A central concern of my research is understanding the effect of this process on vulnerable populations. Furthermore, I am interested to know the role of the third-sector inside of a 'New Welfare State' - one which seeks to pursue a renewed stakeholder responsibility for the state in the affairs of the citizenry, and wider policies of social protection. In this light, I seek to understand how social inequalities are affected across different welfare-states, and to understand how pro-market influences affect variations in social inequalities. A central aim of my research is to awaken 'ideology' in the study of third-sector-state relations. 

Research Interests: neoliberalism; third-sector; welfare-state; comparative sociology; governmentality; non-profit industrial complex; political economy

Last updated on 2021-22-10 at 10:09