Dr Markus Ketola
Research Director - Social Work and Social Policy
Dr Ketola joined Ulster University in 2013 as a Lecturer in the School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy.
He received his PhD from the London School of Economics in 2011, where he also taught Social Policy from 2011-2013 with a focus on international social policy and the role of NGOs in social policy.
Prior to this, Markus studied European Studies (BA) at Leeds University (2002) and NGO Management (MSc) at the LSE (2004)
Markus’s research interests include, civil society, NGOs, social movement and social policy. He is particularly interested in the role civil society actors can play in social policy and the policymaking process. In addition, his research looks at the populist far-right movements and parties in Europe and the conditions that have enabled such actors to mainstream their message and become serious electoral contenders.
His research findings have been published in international peer-reviewed journals such as International Journal of Human Rights, Journal of Civil Society and Social Policy and Administration. His doctoral thesis on the role of civil society in Turkeys’ EU accession process has been published under the title ‘Europeanization and Civil Society: Turkish NGOs as agents of change?’ by Palgrave Macmillan (2013).
Markus is a member of the Executive Board of the Social Policy Association and member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Policy Press Research in Comparative and Global Social Policy book series.