2017 Faculty include:

Tom Boland lectures in Sociology at Waterford Institute of Technology. His core interests are in social theory, historical sociology and the sociology of critique. Recent articles have appeared in journals of sociology, history, anthropology and philosophy. His monograph Critique as a Modern Social Phenomenon was published in 2013 by Mellen Press. With Ray Griffin he is author of The Sociology of Unemployment (Manchester University Press, 2015).

Paul Clogher lectures in Religious Studies, Theology and Ethics at the School of Humanities, Waterford Institute of Technology. He received his doctorate from the Pontifical University, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, on representations of the sacred in cinema. His research on  the interface between religion, popular culture and hermeneutics have been published in Irish and European Journals of Theology.

James Fairhead studied literary Arabic and development economics at the universities of Oxford (Merton College) and London (School of Oriental and African Studies) and has an MBA degree from London Business School, where he later held the post of Research Fellow. Before becoming an academic he worked as a marketer for Cadbury-Schweppes in the UK, Middle East and Africa. He has also worked as a design and innovation researcher and consultant to companies and UK government departments across a wide range of sectors, ranging from machine tools, automotive and aerospace to electronics, bio-technology and software. In recent years his research interests have turned to a study of organisations, consumption and society in a historical-sociological, psychological and philosophical context, drawing particular inspiration from the historical political philosophy of Eric Voegelin. He currently lectures in business at University College Cork.

Ray Griffin is Lecturer in Strategic Management at Waterford Institute of Technology School of Business.  Ray’s research interests include strategy and structure in Multi-National Corporations, but are increasingly moving towards studies of modern forms work and organisation with projects on organisational resilience in crisis, fun workplaces, banks as hypermodern organisations, and unemployment as just another type of work, all underway.

Niamh Hourigan is Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Sociology at University College Cork. Her current book is entitled ‘Rule-breakers: Why ‘being there’ trumps ‘being fair’ in Ireland’ (Gill and Macmillan, 2015). It examines whether attitudes to rules and relationships in Irish public life have changed as a result of the banking crisis and austerity programme imposed between 2010 and 2013. She has previously published work on social exclusion (Understanding Limerick, 2011), media (Minority Language Media, 2007) social movements (Social Movements and Ireland, 2006) and adult transitions in the Irish Traveller Community (The TEACH Report, 2010). A former journalist, she is regular contributor to radio and television in Ireland.


Kieran Keohane is senior lecturer and Head of Department in Sociology at the National University of Ireland, Cork (UCC). He has taught at the universities of York, Toronto; Carleton, Ottawa and Trent. He is author of Symptoms of Canada: An Essay on the Canadian Identity (University of Toronto Press), with Carmen Kuhling he authored Collision Cultures (The Liffey Press, 2004), Cosmopolitan Ireland (Pluto, 2007) and Domestic, Moral and Political Economies (Manchester University Press, 2014). With Anders Petersen he is the editor of The Social Pathologoes of Contemporary Civilisation (Ashgate, 2013). His work has been published in Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, Irish Journal of Sociology, Irish Sociological Chronicles, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Theory, Culture and Society, International Political Anthropology and Cultural Politics.

Tina Kinsella is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, Trinity College Dublin, and a researcher at the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM), Dublin. She lectures in Visual Culture and Gender Studies in the National College of Art and Design, Dublin Institute of Technology, Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University. Tina’s research is transdisciplinary, instituting conversations between philosophy, psychoanalysis, and contemporary visual culture to interrogate the performative politics of the body. Recent publications include a catalogue essay commissioned for the 14th Istanbul Biennial ‘Sundering the Spell of Visibility: Bracha L. Ettinger, Abstract-Becoming-Figural, Thought-Becoming-Form’ in And My Heart Wound Space, Wild Pansy Press, and ‘Sticky Mothers—From Crypt to Transcrypt’ in Iňtèrkùltùràlnòst/Interculturality Journal. Forthcoming publications include ‘Liquidities: Transactive Borderspaces and Threshold Structures (Between the Harbour and the Sea) in Performance Research Journal and ‘The Problematics of the Erotic: Negotiating Between Private Intimacy and Public Exposure in Artistic Performance’ in Performance Ireland: Gender, Sexuality and the City.


Carmen Kuhling is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Limerick (UL). She has taught in Trent University and University of Regina in Canada, and at NUI Cork and Trinity College in Ireland. She is author of several books including The New age Ethic and the Spirit of Postmodernity (2004), Collision Cultures (2004) with Kieran Keohane;  Cosmopolitan Ireland (2007)  with Kieran Keohane, Organisation in Play (2011) with Donncha Kavanagh and Kieran Keohane; Ireland’s New Religious Movements (2011) edited with Olivia Cosgrove, Laurence Cox and Peter Mulholland.  Her sixth co-authored with Kieran Keohane and entitled Domestic, Moral and Political Economy is forthcoming in 2014 with Manchester University Press.


Tristan Laing is a scholar of political engagement. Over the years he has occupied various roles – Political activist focussed on injustices in Syria and Palestine, Co-op director, Ultimately unsuccessful PhD student, and core member of the long term faculty at the Theory and Philosophy summer school. He has currently dropped all pre-professorial pretensions and firmly occupies the ‘student’ role again by being currently enrolled in an Adult Education and Community Development Masters program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. His current research examines the effects of governance models on membership participation in student housing co-operatives.

Gerard Mullally is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at UCC where he coordinates and lectures on the sociology of environment, community and sustainable development. He has researched written extensively on issues of environmental communication, Extended Producer Responsibility, Local and Regional Sustainable Development, Corporate Sustainability Reporting, Sustainable Mobility (Public Transport), Sustainable Tourism, Sustainable Energy (Renewable Electricity), Climate Change and Public Participation for Sustainable Development. Gerard co-convenes the Sustainability in Society Research Priority Area in UCC He also convenes the Energy, Climate and Community Response Research Group in the Department of Sociology.

John O’Brien is a sociologist whose interests include political leadership, the social aspects of the consumption and control of psychoactive substances, and urban life. He is a lecturer in sociology in the Department of Applied Arts in Waterford Institute of Technology where he teaches courses on sociological theory and social research methods. He completed his PhD in 2011 which examined the long-term historical processes that have shaped the use of and the regulation of alcohol. Statesman: The Politics of Limits and the Liminal, edited with Agnes Horvath was published in 2013. He is currently leading a research project on alcohol-related public order offences in the night-time economy.
Damian O’Doherty is Senior Lecturer in Organization Analysis at the Alliance Manchester Business School in the University of Manchester, but distills from finer Donegal waters. He publishes widely and is former Editor-in-Chief of Culture and Organization and is currently Associate Editor for Organization: The Critical Journal of Organization, Theory and Society. He has just published a monograph with Palgrave Macmillan based on 2½ years of ethnographic fieldwork at the Manchester Airport Group with the title Reconstructing Organization: The Loungification of Society (2017). Current work includes a 5 year ethnography of the Sellafield (UK) nuclear reprocessing plant and he is also Director of the Alliance Manchester Business School Ethnography network which will host this year’s Annual International Ethnography Symposium August 30 – September 1, 2017 http://www.confercare.manchester.ac.uk/events/ethnography/

Maggie O’Neill is Chair in Sociology and Criminology in the Dept Sociology, University of York. Maggie has a long history of working with artists to conduct critical social research using participatory methods;with expertise in three substantive areas, sex work & sexual exploitation, Migration, especially forced migration and creative, performative and arts based methods.She is currently writing a book with Brian Roberts on Walking methods/Mobile methods. Publications include: Adorno, Culture and Feminism, Prostitution and Feminismtowards a politics of feelingDilemmas in Managing Professionalism and Gender in the Public Sector,with Mike Dent and Jim Barry,  Prostitution: Sex Work, Policy and Politics with Teela Sanders and Jane Pitcher, Transgressive Imaginations: crime, deviance and culture with Lizzie Sea and Advances in Biographical Methods co-edited with Brian Roberts and Andrew Sparkes.

Rowena Pecchenino is Professor and Head of the Department of Economics, Finance & Accounting and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at NUI Maynooth. Her visiting posts have included fellowships and professorships at ICER Turin, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, UCD and CERGE-EI Prague. She is currently a member of the board of the Irish Research Council.  She has published and continues to conduct research in a number of distinct fields in economics including theoretical and empirical macroeconomics, the microeconomics and macroeconomics of banking, growth theory, defence economics, environmental economics, health economics, behavioural economics, the economics of aging, the philosophy of economics, and the conjunction of economics and theology.  Her recent work explores hope and despair in economic thought.  She has published widely in journals such as the American Economic Review, the Economic Journal, the Journal of Public Economics, and the Scandinavian Journal of Economics.

Pamela Sharkey Scott, Professor of International Management at National University of Ireland, Maynooth completed her PhD and other degrees in Ireland and in the UK and is a fellow of the ACCA. Previously a senior manager with a leading Irish bank, she worked closely with key indigenous and multinational organisations, triggering her research interests in subsidiary entrepreneurship, strategy development and knowledge management. Her work, in collaboration with national and international colleagues and PhD researchers, has been recognised by leading international conferences and has been published in top international journals, including Organization Studies, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, and Journal of World Business.

Marcelo Vieta is Assistant Professor in the Program in Adult Education and Community Development and the Collaborative Program in Workplace Learning and Social Change at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). He is a co-founder and an executive committee member of the Centre for Learning, Social Economy & Work (CLSEW), also at OISE/UT. Marcelo researches and teaches on workplace and organizational learning and social change, alternative economic arrangements, the sociology of work, economic democracy, the social and solidarity economy, the philosophy of technology, and Critical Theory. Regionally, he specializes in Latin America, Canada, and Italy. His articles have appeared, or will soon appear in Labor StudiesEphemera: Theory and Politics in OrganizationRadical Philosophy ReviewNonprofit Management & LeadershipCanadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy ResearchRelations Industrielles/Industrial RelationsExplorations in Media EcologyStudies in the Education of Adults, and in edited collections by Palgrave Macmillan, Routledge, and Oxford University Press. His book, There’s No Stopping the Workers: Crisis, Autogestión, and Argentina’s Worker-Recuperated Enterprises is scheduled to be published in 2016 in Brill’s “Historical Materialism” series.

Colin Sumner is a sociology/criminology professor at UCC and Head of its School of Sociology, Philosophy and Criminology. His books include Reading Ideologies (1979), (1982 ed.) [excerpted in Worsley’s Modern Sociology, Censure, Politics and Criminal Justice (1990 ed.)The Sociology of Deviance: an Obituary (1994), and The Blackwell Companion to Criminology (2004). He co-founded the first international journal of criminology, Theoretical Criminology in 1997, and is the author CrimeTalk, a criminology e-zine. He is often accredited with transforming the sociology of deviance and his work is discussed in Delving et al’s The Death and Resurrection of Deviance (2014) and Amatrudo’s volume Social Censure and Critical Criminology: after Sumner (2017).


Arpad Szakolczai is Professor of Sociology at University College Cork, Ireland. His books include The Dissolution of Communist Power: The Case of Hungary (Routledge, 1992, with Agnes Horvath), Max Weber and Michel Foucault: Parallel Life-Works (Routledge, 1998) Reflexive historical Sociology (Routledge, 2000, 2009), The Genesis of Modernity (Routledge, 2003), Sociology, Religion and Grace: A Quest for the Renaissance (Routledge, 2007, 2012), and Comedy and the Public Sphere: The Re-birth of Theatre as Comedy and the Genealogy of the Modern Public Arena (Routledge, 2013). He published articles, among others, in International Sociology, International Review of Sociology, American Journal of Sociology, British Journal of Political Science, Theory, Culture and Society, Current Sociology, Social Research, The European Journal of Social Theory, European Sociological Review and International Political Anthropology.

Bjørn Thomassen is associate professor at the Department of Social Science and Business, Roskilde University. With a background in anthropology, Bjørn works broadly across the social and political sciences. Research areas and interests include urban studies, cultural and political dimensions of globalisation, nationalism, identity & memory politics. He is generally interested in anthropological approaches to political and social change, including the study of political revolutions. Regions of specialization: Italy, Southern Europe, the Mediterranean area, Europe.