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Posted 30 January 2013

Professor Philip O’Connell appointed Director of UCD Geary Institute

The Governing Authority of University College Dublin has announced the appointment of Professor Philip J O’Connell as Director of the UCD Geary Institute, the university’s world-leading research centre for economics and social sciences.

Professor O’Connell joins UCD from the ESRI where he was Head of Social Research and Director of the European Migration Network in Ireland.

Specialising in labour market research, Professor O’Connell is the author of several books on work-related education and training, as well as a large body of research on quality of work and access to employment.

“Professor O’Connell brings valuable leadership experience to the UCD Geary Institute,” said Dr Hugh Brady, President of UCD.  “His work in labour market research has a wide impact on national and European policy-making.  He adds to the breadth of interdisciplinary research at the Geary Institute and will continue to extend the international reputation of the Institute, built up by Professor Colm Harmon.”

Professor O’Connell has worked at the ESRI since 1991 and has headed up the Social Research division for the past ten years.

He received his doctorate from Indiana University, Bloomington and taught at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  He has served as a consultant on human resource development and labour market issues to the European Commission and the OECD, and is currently involved in a number of comparative European research projects.

(Produced by UCD University Relations)


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