2019 Faculty (under construction – see web for profiles of guest speakers.)

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. With Ray Griffin he is author of The Sociology of Unemployment (Manchester University Press, 2015), and his monograph The Spectacle of Critique: From Philosophy to Cacophony  is published with Routledge in 2019.


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.

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 Pathologies of Contemporary Civilisation (Ashgate, 2013); Imaginative Methodologies in the Social Sciences(2014); co-author of Late Modern Subjectivity and its Discontents(2017) and co-editor of the Routledge series The Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization. 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 SocietyInternational 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.

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.

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.