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Prof. Pat O'Connor

Biography

Professor Pat O'Connor is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Limerick and Visiting Professor, Geary Institute, University College Dublin. Education: Ph.D University of London; M.Soc Sc (1st) UCD; B.Soc Sc (1st) UCD. Pat O'Connor's research interests currently revolve around gender equality in higher education: with a particular focus on organizational culture, leadership and management, constructions of excellence, micro-politics, masculinities and femininities in STEM. Her roughly 100 publications include seven books and over 70 peer reviewed refereed journal articles (see Researchgate). Her seventh book, edited with Kate White, is Gendered Success in Higher Education: Global Perspectives (2017) published by Palgrave Macmillan She has been active in promoting gender equality at an organisational and national level and was a member of the National Review on Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions (2016). A member of WHEM (Women in Higher Education Management Network) she has been involved in a number of international research consortia: including FESTA, an EU funded project (2012-17).A sociologist and feminist, she was the first woman to be appointed at (full) professorial level in the University of Limerick in 1997; and the first woman Faculty Dean there in 2000. She has held visiting professorships at UCL; Aveiro; Linkoping; Deakin and Melbourne. A research evaluator for the European Science Foundation; for Nordic Spaces; for the Austrian Science Foundation and for the Israel Science Foundation, she was Chair of the International Research Panel for Linnaeus funding. She is currently on Advisory Boards for three research projects i.e. TARGET, CHANGE and NORDICORE and is editor of a Special Issue of Education Sciences on Gender and Leadership (2018). In the early part of her career, Pat O'Connor's research interests focussed on women's worlds: their attitudes to familial roles and their close ties (friendships; mother/daughter; sister/sister and marital pleasure). Her publications from this period include Friendships Between Women (2002/1992: Harvester Wheatsheaf (UK) Guilford (US): nominated by Choice as an Outstanding academic book). Her research interests later returned to these areas: focusing on the gendering of children and young people. Irish Children and Teenagers in a Changing World (2008) reflects this focus. In the 1990s, she became concerned with organisational and institutional gendered power: in semi-state structures, in higher education, in the family and in the wider society. Her third book Emerging Voices: Women in Contemporary Irish Society (1998/1999) reflects the beginning of these interests. They are also reflected in her sixth book Management and Gender in Higher Education (2014) and extensive publications in refereed journal articles.


Research Interests

Higher education; Gender: at an individual, interactional, organisational and institutional level; organisational culture and leadership in state and semi-state organisations; masculinity/femininity; sociology of contemporary Irish Society; State/family interface.

Teaching Interests

Teaching areas and interests
a) Sociology of Higher Education
b) Sociology of Gender
c) The Sociology of Love and its Dark Side
c) Inputting into Contemporary Theory, the Sociology of Social Welfare and Introduction to Sociology from a gender perspective

Professional Activities

Committee

  • 2010 Chair of Linnaeus International Expert Research Panel for Research Funding ,
  • 2008 Member of Linnaeus Internation Expert Panel for Evaluating Research,
  • Invited Member of NORFACE Think Tank for transnational research,
  • Chair of the Royal Irish Academy National Undergraduate Awards Sociology Committee,
  • Advisory Board, TASC,
  • External Examiner Women's Studies, UCD, 2007-2010,
  • Advisory Board, National Longitudinal Study of 9 year olds,
  • European Science Foundation peer reviewer,
  • Member of Council of ESRI,
  • COST expert: Individual, Society and Culture,

Employment

  • 2000 University of LImerick - Dean, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Scien
  • 1997 University of Limerick - Professor
  • 1991 UL - Course Director
  • 1982 WIT. - Course Director
  • 1979 NISW, London - Project Director
  • 1973 University of London - Research Officer
  • 1970 ESRI, Dublin - Research Assistant

Education

  • 1987 University of London - Ph.D.
  • 1979 University College Dublin -
  • 1970 UCD - B.Soc.Sc.

Consultancy

  • Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Stockholm, Sweden - Evaluator of the Research Programme Nordic Spaces: 2013

Award

  • - Chair the National Undergraduate Sociology Awards
  • - Chair the Linnaeus International Research Awards

Publications

Book

2017
2002
1992
1989

Bridging Two Worlds
Sinclair, I. Crosbie, D. O'Connor, P; Vicery, A.

Book Chapter

2020

The academic career game and gender related practices in STEM
O'Connor, P. and O' Hagan, C.
Producing Knowledge, Reproducing Gender

2020

Conclusions: Gendered Academic Citizenship as a Promising Research Agenda
Sumer, S. O'Connor, P. Le Feuvre, N.
Gendered Academic Citizenship: Issues and Experiences

2020

The Contours of Gendered Academic Citizenship
Sumer, S. O'Connor, P. Le Feuvre, N.
Gendered Academic Citizenship: Issues and Experiences

2020

Accessing Academic Citizenship: Excellence or Micropolitical Practices?
O'Connor, P.
Gendered Academic Citizenship: Issues and Experiences

2017

Towards a new gender agenda and a model for change
O'Connor P.
Gendered Success in Higher Education: Global Perspectives DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-56659-1_13

2017

Changing the gender profile of the professoriate: An Irish case study
O'Connor P.
Gendered Success in Higher Education: Global Perspectives DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-56659-1_5

2016

Gender in higher education: A critical review
O'Connor P.;Carvalho T.;Vabø A.;Cardoso S.
The Palgrave International Handbook of Higher Education Policy and Governance DOI: 10.1007/978-1-137-45617-5

2013

A standard academic career?
O'Connor P.
Generation And Gender In Academia DOI: 10.1057/9781137269171

2012

'Reflections on the Public Intellectual's Role in a Gendered Society'
O'Connor, P.
Reflections on Crisis:The Role of the Public Intellectual

2011

Men on the margins: Masculinities in disadvantaged areas in Limerick city
Kelleher P.;O'Connor P.
Understanding Limerick: Social Exclusion and Change

2011

Where do women fit in university senior management? An analytical typology of cross- national organisational cultures
O'Connor P.
Gender, Power And Management: A Cross-Cultural Analysis Of Higher Education DOI: 10.1057/9780230305953

2011

'Where do women fit in University senior management? An analytical typology of cross national organisational cultures
O'Connor, P.
Gender, Power and Management: A Cross Cultural Analysis of Higher Education

2010

'Gender and Organisational Culture at Senior Management Level: Limits and Possibilities for Change?'
O'Connor, P
Women and Higher Education in Ireland 1850-2010. Have Women Made a Difference?

2008

The Irish Patriarchal State: Continuity and Change
O'Connor, P
Contesting the State: Lessons from the Irish Case

2006

Connecting Young People: The Nature and Meaning of Social Ties
O'Connor, P; Haynes, A
Women, Culture and Creativity

2003

'Faculty Women Making Our Mark'
O'Connor, P
Gender Matters in Higher Education

2003

Feminism and politics of gender
O'Connor P.
Public Administration and Public Policy in Ireland: Theory and Methods DOI: 10.4324/9780203403242

2003

'Discrimination' and related entries
O'Connor, P
Encyclopaedia of Ireland

2002

Young People's Awareness of Gendered Realities
O'Connor, P; Smithson, J; Das Dores Guerreiro, M
Young Europeans, Work and Family

2001

Out of the mouths of babes and innocents
O'Connor, P
Understanding Children: Changing Experiences and Family Forms

1999

Women in the Academy: A Problematic Issue
O'Connor, P
In Women and Education

1999

Does the Border make the difference
O'Connor, P; Shortall, S
Ireland: North and South : Social Science Perspectives

1998

Women's Friendships in a Post- Modern World
O'Connor, P
Placing Friendship in Context

1996

Conference Publication

2015

Gender Equality May
Pat O'Connor

2015

SRHE Annual Conference, 9th-11th December
O'Connor, P. O'Hagan, C et al

2013
2013
2012
2012
2012

Challenge of Power, A Multi-Disciplinary Conference
O'Connor, P,Alhamoruni, A.,Wright, K. L.,Larvin, M.,O'Sullivan, S. E.

2012
2012
2011

GeXcel Conference, Uppsala
O'Connor, P. and White, K.

2011
2011

Women's Worlds Conference
O'Connor, P.,Carvalho, T. and White, K.

2010

North Eastern Network
O'Connor, P,Alhamoruni, A.,Lee, A. C.,Wright, K. L.,Larvin, M.,O'Sullivan, S. E.
J Pharmacol Exp Ther

2010
2010

Launch of Futuros Em Suspenso by Secretary of State for Youth, Institute Superior de Cienciao do Trabalho e da Empresa
O'Connor, P,Alhamoruni, A.,Lund, J. N.,Larvin, M.,O'Sullivan, S.
British Journal of Surgery

2009

Regeneration Day
O'Connor.P.

2009

Women's Forum
O'Connor.P.

2008

Woman's Worlds Conference
Prof. Pat O'Connor

2008
2008
2005

British Education Research Association Conference
Collier, C., O'Sullivan, M., MacPhail, A. & O'Connor, P.

2005

For Public Sociology
O'Connor, Pat

2005

British Educational Research Association Annual Conference
Collier, C. O'Sullivan, M. MacPhail, A., & O'Connor, P.

2003

Merriman Summer School
O' Connor, P,Ammori, B. J.,Becker, K. L.,Kite, P.,Snider, R. H.,Nylen, E. S.,White, J. C.,Larvin, M.,McMahon, M. J.
British Journal of Surgery

2003

Conference on Rural Development: Striking the Proper Balance
O' Connor, P.,Ammori, B. J.,Barclay, G. R.,Larvin, M.,McMahon, M. J.
Pancreas

2003

Annual Sociological Association of Ireland Conference
O' Connor, P,Ammori, B. J.,Becker, K. L.,Kite, P.,Snider, R. H.,Nylen, E. S.,White, J. C.,Barclay, G. R.,Larvin, M.,McMahon, M. J.
Pancreas

2003

Annual Sociological Association of Ireland Conference
O'Connor, P,Ainslie, W. G.,Maude, K. M.,Catton, J. A.,Ammori, B. J.,Larvin, M.,McMahon, M. J.
British Journal of Surgery

2002

Annual Sociological Association of Ireland Conference
P O'Connor, A. Haynes and C. Kane

2002

International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women
P O'Connor, A. Haynes and C. Kane

2002

Colloquium of the 39 Project Directors of the E.U. funded New Opportunities for Women
O' Connor, P,Ammori, B. J.,Becker, K. L.,Kite, P.,Snider, R. H.,Nylen, E. S.,White, J. C.,Barclay, G. R.,Larvin, M.,McMahon, M. J.
British Journal of Surgery

2001
1999

WERRC
O' Connor, P

1998
1998
1998

Annual Summer School,
O'Connor, P

1998

Reconciliation or Fragmentation?
O'Connor, P. and J. Smithson

1997

Preface
O'Connor, P

1996

Preface
O'Connor, P

1995
1988

Sociological Association of Ireland
O'Connor, P,Larvin, M.,Lansdown, M. R.,McMahon, M. J.,Chalmer, A. G.,Turney, J. H.,Brownjohn, A. M.
BMJ

Edited Book

Other Publication

2015

Gendering Decision Making and Communications Processes'
O'Hagan, C., O'Connor, P., Veronesi, L., Mich, O., Saglamer, G., Tan, M., Caglayan, H

2003

Social Class position and Education
O'Connor, P
Sociology 4

2003

Living in a classed and gendered world
O'Connor, P
Sociology 4

2003

Theorising Gender
O'Connor, P
Sociology 4

2003

Power and Social Control
O'Connor, P
Sociology 3

2003

Gender and Education
O'Connor, P
Sociology 4

2002

A Sociology of Ireland: A review symposium
Goldthorpe J.;O’Dowd L.;O’Connor P.
Irish Journal Of Sociology DOI: 10.1177/079160350201100106

1999

Facing reality;
O'Connor, P
IRISH JOURNAL OF FEMINIST STUDIES

1997

The P word
O'Connor, P
From the Shadows Vol 3

1996

The Dynamics of Control and Resistance
O'Connor, P
Sociology 4

1996

Living in a Gendered World
O'Connor, P
Sociology 4

1996

Gender and class analysis
O'Connor, P
Sociology 4

1996

Gender Dimension
O'Connor, P
Sociology 4

1996

Social class position and education
O'Connor, P
Sociology 4

1995

FEMINIST RESEARCH JOURNEYS - SOLLIE,DL, LESLIE,LA
OCONNOR, P
Journal Of Gender Studies

1995
1995
1995

Conceptual and Theoretical Issues
O'Connor, P
Sociology 3

1995

Peer Reviewed Journal

2020

Creating Change: Gender, Leadership and Higher Education 39 (2)
J. Harford, P.O'Connor and T. Fitgerald
Irish Educational Studies

2020
2019

Mentoring and sponsorship in higher education institutions: men¿s invisible advantage in STEM?
O¿Connor P.;O¿Hagan C.;Myers E.;Baisner L.;Apostolov G.;Topuzova I.;Saglamer G.;Tan M.;Caglayan H.
Higher Education Research &Amp; Development DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2019.1686468

2019

'Micropolitics and meritocracy: improbable bedfellows?
Montez Lopez, E and O'Connor, P.
Educational Management, Administration and Leadership DOI: 10.1177/1741143218759090

2019

Leadership practices by senior position holders in Higher Educational Research Institutes: Stealth power in action
O'Connor, P, Martin, P.Y, Carvalho, T. O'Hagan, C., Veronesi, L. Mich, O. Saglamer, G., Tan, Mine G, Caglayan, H.
Leadership DOI: 10.1177/1742715019853200

2019

Perpetuating academic capitalism and maintaining gender orders through career practices in STEM in universities
O' Hagan, C. O'Connor, P. Myers, EM, Baisner, L, Apostolov, G. Topuzova, I. Saglamer, G. Tan MG & Çağlayan, H.
Critical Studies in Education DOI: 10.1080/17508487.2016.1238403

2018

'Femiminities in STEM: Outsiders within
O'Connor, P. O'Hagan, C. and Gray, B
Work Employment And Society DOI: 10.1177/0950017017714198

2015

'Excellence in university staff evaluation: a problematic reality?
O'Connor, P. and O'Hagan, C.
Studies In Higher Education DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2014.1000292

2015

'Constructing or Rejecting the notion of Other in Senior University Management: The Cases of Ireland and Sweden
O'Connor, P. and Goransson
Educational Management, Administration and Leadership

2015
2014

Understanding Success: A case Study of Gendered Change in the Professoriate'
O'Connor, P.
Journal Of Higher Education Policy And Management DOI: 10.1080/1360080X.2014.884675

2013

'Explaining gender inequality in Iceland:What Makes the difference'?
Heijstra, T. O'Connor, P. and Rafnsdottir, G. L.
The European Journal of Higher Education DOI: 10.1080/21568235.2013.797658

2012

'Irish universities: Male dominated? Limits and Possibilities for Change'
O'Connor, P.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

2009

Gender and management in HEIs: Changing organisational and management structures
Ozkanli O., de Lourdes Machado M., White K., O'Connor P., Riordan S., Neale J.
Tertiary Education And Management DOI: 10.1080/13583880903073008

2006

Young people's constructions of the self: Late modern constructs and gender differences
O'Connor, P
Sociology-The Journal Of The British Sociological Association DOI: 10.1177/0038038506058437

2006

Globalization, individualization and gender in adolescents' texts
O'Connor P.
International Journal Of Social Research Methodology DOI: 10.1080/13645570600916080

2005

Local Embeddedness in a Global World: Young People's Accounts
O'Connor, P
Young, Nordic Journal Of Youth Research

2004

Relational discourses - Social ties with family and friends
O'Connor, P; Haynes, A; Kane, C
Childhood-A Global Journal Of Child Research DOI: 10.1177/0907568204044888

2002

Young people’s ideas about time and space
O’Connor P.;Kane C.;Haynes A.
Irish Journal Of Sociology DOI: 10.1177/079160350201100103

2002

A Sociology of Ireland, A review Symposium.
O'Connor, P
Irish Journal Of Sociology

2002

Young People's Ideas about Time and Space
O'Connor, P; Haynes, A; Kane, C
Irish Journal Of Sociology

2001

Supporting Mothers: Issues in a Community Mother's Programme
O'Connor, P
Community, Work And Family

2001

A bird's eye view ... Resistance in Academia
O'Connor, P
Irish Journal Of Sociology

2000
2000

Resistance amongst faculty women in Academia
O'Connor, P
Higher Education In Europe Xxv

2000

Ireland: A man's world?
O'Connor, P
Economic And Social Review

1999

Ireland: A Country for Women
O'Connor, P
Jouvert: Ireland

1999

Emerging Voices
O'Connor, P
Canadian Journal Of Irish Studies

1998

Criacao social de problemas e solucoes
O'Connor, P
Sociologica:Problemas E Practicas

1996

Organisational Culture as a Barrier to Women's Promotion
O'Connor, P
Economic And Social Review

1995

Tourism and development in Ballyhoura: Women's Business
OCONNOR, P
Economic And Social Review

1994

Women in the Zambian Civil Service: A case of Equal Opportunities?
TURNER, T; OCONNOR, P
Public Administration And Development

1994
1993

Women's experience of the mother role
OCONNOR, P
Sociological Review

1989

Images and Motifs in Children's Fairy Tales
O'Connor, P
Educational Studies

1988

Factors influencing admission to Residential Care
Sinclair, I, Stanforth, L. and O'Connor, P.
British Journal Of Social Work

1984

'Supportive Relationships: Fact or Fancy?'
O'Connor, P. and Brown, G.W
Journal Of Social And Personal Relationships

Published Report

2016

HEA National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions
Geoghegan-Quinn, M.; O'Connor, P.; Peterson, H.; Shanks, R. and Walton, P.

2015

FESTA Gender Sensitive Design of Criteria and Recruitment, appointment and Promotion Processes in academia
Lubke, E. Aye, M Wolffram, A, Apostolov, G. O'Hagan, C. O'Connor, P. Chizzola, V. Saglamer, G, Tan, MG Caglagan, H.

2015

FESTA Expert Report 4.1 Gendering Decision Making and Communication Processes
Clare O Hagan, Pat O'Connor, Liria Veronesi, Ornella Mich, G.Saglamer M. Tan, Hulya Catalyan
DOI: ISBN: 978-87-93152-05-2

2014

Evaluating the Research Programme Nordic Spaces
O'Connor, P. Fauve-Chamoux, A. Wahlén, S.

2014

FESTA Perceptions of Excellence in the Hiring Processes
Wolffram, A., Aye, M., Apostolov, G., Andonova, S., O'Hagan, C. O'Connor, P. Chizzola, V. Caglayan, H., Saglamer, G, Tan, MG

2008

Uncertain Futures: An Exploratory Study of Men at the Margins
Kelleher, P, Kelleher, C, O'Connor, P.

1999
1999

Futures on Hold: Young Europeans talk about combining Work and Family
Lewis, S. Smithson, J. Das Does Guerreiro, M. Nilsen, A. O'Connor, P.