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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.


New Department of Finance Economics and Banking Divisions

Nat O'Connor 11/05/2012

Nat O'Connor: The Department of Finance has established an Economics Division to focus on economic planning and performance monitoring. (RTÉ report …

Agreement and Difference with Minister Howlin

Nat O'Connor 12/04/2012

Nat O'Connor: Minister Brendan Howlin’s opinion piece in the Irish Times is to be welcomed. It is valuable to have a Government Minister engaging …

Germany in and with and for Europe

Nat O'Connor 10/04/2012

Nat O'Connor: As noted in an earlier post, it is useful to see that there is lively debate going on in Germany about Europe and alternatives to …

The Alcohol Industry - A case study of health versus wealth

Nat O'Connor 16/03/2012

Nat O'Connor: The recently completed (Feb 2012) Steering Group Report On a National Substance Misuse Strategy has taken a public health approach to …

What exactly will we be asked in the fiscal treaty referendum?

Nat O'Connor 02/03/2012

Nat O'Connor: The Taoiseach has signed the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union (also known as the …

Minimum Essential Budgets

Nat O'Connor 10/02/2012

Nat O'Connor: The TCD Policy Institute recently published a volume by the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice and Dr Micheál Collins, which …

Alternatives to Current Austerity Policy

Nat O'Connor 30/01/2012

Nat O'Connor: A wide range of Irish and international economists and commentators were interviewed for an article in last Saturday's Irish Times, …

Obama on Income Equality and Economic Recovery

Nat O'Connor 26/01/2012

Nat O'Connor: President Obama used his State of the Union address 2012 to highlight income inequality. His speech is only one of a number of examples …

Time for Plan B

Nat O'Connor 20/01/2012

Nat O'Connor: Austerity policies are not working. I was one of 59 signatories of a letter in today's Irish Times calling for Plan B. Plan B must …

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