Posts by Dr Nat O'Connor

Nat O'Connor

Dr Nat O'Connor     @natpolicy

Nat O’Connor is a member of the Institute for Research in Social Sciences (IRiSS) and a Lecturer of Public Policy and Public Management in the School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy at Ulster University.

Previously Director of TASC, Nat also led the research team in Dublin’s Homeless Agency.

Nat holds a PhD in Political Science from Trinity College Dublin (2008) and an MA in Political Science and Social Policy form the University of Dundee (1998). Nat’s primary research interest is in how research-informed public policy can achieve social justice and human wellbeing. Nat’s work has focused on economic inequality, housing and homelessness, democratic accountability and public policy analysis. His PhD focused on public access to information as part of democratic policy making.

Enough Said about the Wealthy in Ireland?

Nat O'Connor 02/05/2014

Nat O'Connor: A quote from The Irish Times (2 May 2014): "RTÉ's managing director of news and current affairs Kevin Bakhurst said one of the ways …

Tackling Health Inequalities (IMO)

Nat O'Connor 01/05/2014

Nat O'Connor: I had the opportunity to address the IMO's annual general meeting on Friday 24th April, at a scientific session entitled "Balancing a …

Perverse Consequences of Local Property Tax Electioneering

Nat O'Connor 28/04/2014

Nat O'Connor: There is a need to shout from the rooftops that promising tax cuts and tax breaks is not the only way to stand for election or to boost …

Water Charging and Affordability

Nat O'Connor 24/04/2014

Nat O'Connor: Minister Phil Hogan has announced that the final detail on water charging will be announced soon. Meanwhile the Water Regulator (part …

Capital in the 21st Century (Piketty)

Nat O'Connor 31/03/2014

Nat O'Connor: Thomas Piketty, Associate Chair in the Paris School of Economics, has produced a seminal analysis of the past, present and potential …

Ireland, the IMF and Future Credit

Nat O'Connor 14/10/2013

Nat O'Connor: Ireland is a member of the IMF for the simple reason that by being a member we can seek loans from the IMF when we need them. The Irish …

TASC Budget 2014 Analysis and Proposals

Nat O'Connor 05/09/2013

Nat O'Connor: TASC today launched our Budget 2014 analysis and proposals, 'Choosing an Equitable Route to Recovery'. The full report is available …

Jail the Anglo Bankers?

Nat O'Connor 16/07/2013

Nat O'Connor: In the wake of the Anglo Tapes, it was not surprising to see a poster on a lamp post today stating "Jail the Anglo Bankers". As well as …

Prostituting Irish Citizenship

Nat O'Connor 15/07/2013

Nat O'Connor: Up until 1996, under the so-called "Passports for Investment" scheme, a wealthy investor could gain Irish citizenship as part of a deal …

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