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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 & Criminology at University College Cork and Director of ISS21, Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century and UCC Futures: Collective Social Futures.


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.

An elected member of the Royal Irish Academy, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. 

An Executive Committee member 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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