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Professor in Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin

Eoin O'Sullivan is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin, Professor in Social Policy and was Head of the School of Social Work and Social Policy between 2011-2018. He is a member of the European Observatory on Homelessness since 1992, and editor of the European Journal of Homelessness since 2009. He is currently Chair of the statutory National Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee. Recent books include Reimagining Homelessness for Policy and Practice (2020), Ending Homelessness? The Contrasting Experience of Denmark, Finland and Ireland (2020) Coercive Confinement in Ireland: Patients, Prisoners and Penitents (2012), Crime, Punishment and the Search for Order in Ireland (2004), Crime Control in Ireland: The Politics of Intolerance (2001) and Suffer the Little Children: The Inside Story of Ireland's Industrial Schools (2001).

Research interests:
Housing Policy, Homelessness, Comparative Penal Policy, Comparative Welfare States, History of Irish Social Policy.


  • –present
    Professor in Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin