Dr Nat O'Connor

Lecturer in Public Policy & Public Management

School of Applied Social and Policy Sc.
Research Institute
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Jordanstown campus
Room 03A13A
Shore Road
Co. Antrim
BT37 0QB
+44 28 9036 6597
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Dr 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.

Nat holds a PhD in Political Science (TCD 2008) and an MA in Political Science and Social Policy (U of Dundee 1998).

His primary research interest is in how research-informed public policy can achieve social justice and wellbeing. Nat’s work has focused on economic inequality, housing and homelessness, democratic accountability and public policy analysis.

Nat is a committee member of the Irish Social Policy Association, a member of the Board sub-group on Policy of The Wheel (the representative body of the community and voluntary sector in the Republic of Ireland) and a member of the external advisory group of I4P (the Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice) at Edge Hill University.

From 2009 to early 2015, he worked with the independent, progressive think-tank TASC in the roles of Policy Analyst, Director and Research Director. While working in TASC, Nat presented to parliamentary committees and gave briefings to policymakers on issues related to economic equality and open government. He also appeared regularly on television and radio, and has written a range of policy analysis and commentary on public policy, economic policy and social issues. Prior to TASC, Nat led the research team in Dublin’s Homeless Agency.

Research publications

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To view all publications please visit Ulster University Institutional Repository (UIR)