Keith O Neill
INVEST Flagship

  • tohtorikoulutettava, sosiologia (sosiaalitieteiden laitos)

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I hold 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. Over the previous decade I have 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, I worked in the third-sector as a research and development coordinator (immigrant advocacy), and more recently through front-line practice, working directly with young people experiencing homelessness, and its many complex intersections. 

In the Spring of 2023 I will join the University of British Columbia and Toronto Metropolitan University, both in Canada, where I will work as a visitng researcher.  


My research interests surround the relationship between the third sector and the state. In particular I am interested in understanding, through a comparative framework, how nonprofit social service organisations continue to evolve under neoliberal governmentality, at the same time that the state increasingly withdraws from the public body. In this restructuring process management practices inside of third sector organisations have become instrumental in shaping organisational structure, through professionalizing practices, often at the expense of organisational mission. A central concern of my research is understanding the effect of this process on vulnerable people and groups represented by third sector / civil society organisations.

Furthermore, I am highly interested to know more about 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 market influences affect variations in social inequalities. I am also highly interesed to understand the extent to which civil society is becoming responsible for providing a function of care in areas that the state previously tended to. Should this shift be read as some new form of radical democratic participation ("from below"), or just more sophiticated modalities of advanced liberal intervention? ("from above"). 

Research Interests: critical sociology; neoliberalism; third-sector; non-profit industrial complex; welfare states, social movements; new public management  


Social Inequality (SOST0013)

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