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Welcome to my home page.  Here you will find information about my research, teaching, training and arts based activities. If you want to get in touch, email me at:

I am Professor in Sociology at University College Cork. Visiting Professor Northumbria University, Newcastle.

Before joining UCC I was Chair in Sociology & Criminology in the Department of Sociology at the University of York, and Professor in Criminology at the University of Durham and Principal of Ustinov College. I describe myself as an inter-disciplinary scholar.

My PhD in Sociology explored the transformative possibilities for conducting feminist participatory action research with sex workers and was awarded in 1996. The majority of the empirical research I have conducted uses participatory action research, ethnographic and biographical methods and participatory arts. I have a long history of working with artists and community groups to conduct arts based research-working together to create change; social justice is at the core of my work.

A Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Since 2021 a member of the Exective Committee of the European Sociological Association, and a  member, former Vice Chair and Chair of Research Network 3 'Biographical Perspectives  on European Societies'.

A member of the Sociological Association of Ireland  since 2018 and a long term member of the British Sociological Association. I also have the privilege of working as a board member of the Global Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Network. 

Other roles include being a board member of the LEX Research network, an associate editor on the Journal of Gender, Justice and Social Transformation and an editorial board member of the Irish Journal of Sociology. A board Member Irish Sex Work Research Network

Professor Maggie O'Neill


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