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.

Emerging characteristics of an Enabling State

Nat O'Connor 11/07/2013

Nat O'Connor: Carnegie UK Trust have been organising a series of discussions around the UK, and one in Dublin, about their idea of the 'Enabling …

A New Industrial Strategy for Ireland?

Nat O'Connor 04/07/2013

Nat O'Connor: From the global clamp-down on corporate tax avoidance, the failure of the EU to co-ordinate a jobs-rich recovery strategy and the …

The Scale of Youth Unemployment

Nat O'Connor 04/07/2013

Nat O'Connor: Ireland's economy is contracting again, unemployment is at 13.6 per cent and over 60,000 people emigrated over the last two years (net …

TASC Launches Equality-Proofed Water Charging Proposals

Nat O'Connor 04/06/2013

Nat O'Connor: We just launched our proposals for a more equitable model of water charging. The equitable model would involve 'water credits' as a …

Life Satisfaction and Wellbeing

Nat O'Connor 04/06/2013

Nat O'Connor: The Irish have reported a high level of "life satisfaction" in the OCED's latest Better Life Index. Yet, as pointed out by Richard …

Ireland's Secret Deficit

Nat O'Connor 24/05/2013

Nat O'Connor: Reports about the deficit in the public finances are not as clear as they could be. For example, The Irish Times (2nd May) reports that …

Ray Kinsella on Ireland and the Euro Zone

Nat O'Connor 22/05/2013

Nat O'Connor: Earlier this week, Professor Ray Kinsella wrote a powerful critique of current austerity policy in the Irish Examiner. For example: …

Ireland at the Core of Apple's Tax Avoidance Strategy

Nat O'Connor 21/05/2013

Nat O'Connor: Apple is the latest big global company in the spotlight about its tax affairs and Ireland is named and shamed as assisting the tech …

'Social Security for All'

Nat O'Connor 04/04/2013

Nat O'Connor: Compass in the UK have produced a short briefing document entitled 'Social Security for All' as a way of (re)making the case for the …

Newsletter Sign Up  



Shana Cohen

Dr. Shana Cohen is the Director of TASC. She studied at Princeton University and at the …

Vic Duggan

Vic Duggan is an independent consultant, economist and public policy specialist catering …

Robert Sweeney

Robert Sweeney is a policy analyst at TASC and focuses on issues surrounding Irish …