The Department of Politics and Public Administration - Doctoral Research

The Department of Politics and Public Administration has a research ethos that is well-established and consciously sustained. Within this context, doctoral research and supervision is a vital part of the departmental research culture. We strive to support an inclusive research community that embraces different approaches and areas. With a regular average of thirty plus PhD students, doctoral students and their research are a conspicuous and welcome part of our department.

PhD Students


Sean, graduated from Limerick Institute of Technology in 1992 with a degree in Business Studies and Marketing. In 2004 he graduated from the University of Glamorgan (UK) with a MSc. Marketing. The focus of his dissertation was on the role of community banks in providing competitive, socially inclusive financial services as a viable alternative to mainstream financial institutions. He has over 20 years experience in the community voluntary sector. He currently works in the UL AccessCampus as part of the UL initiative to widen participation in higher education, through improved attainment amongst students at secondary level.

Access All Areas? : A Critical Analysis of Programmes Supporting Greater University Representation of Students from Socio-Econom

The research will examine a Pre-Entry Programme operated by the University of Limerick. An Embedded Single Case-Study approach will be used to analysis the programme. The methodology will adopt a quasi experimental research approach, using the programme as the test group and two schools in the Limerick area as control groups to measure the effectiveness of the intervention. Meta analysis involving all stakeholders in the programme will be conducted, to establish the context and factors which produce successful outcomes for the programme. Finally the research will seek to develop a framework to successfully benchmark all access programmes in Irish HEI's.