Tom Boland is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Criminology, UCC. His main research interests are in critique, culture unemployment and welfare. His work draws on multiple disciplines, from anthropology through to philosophy, and in particular, historical genealogies of the present - particularly the governmentality of welfare and the discourse of critique. Also, he is a cultural sociologist, with interests in literary theory and cultural studies.
He is the co-director of the Economy + Society Summer School with Dr. Ray Griffin (WIT), and similarly the WUERC group. Their recent book 'The Reformation of Welfare: The New Faith of the Labour Market' traces religious influences on contemporary unemployment and jobseeking.