Senior Lecturer
Sociology
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

T: +353-21-490-3000
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E: n.hourigan@ucc.ie

Sociology
Dept of Sociology
Safari, Donovans Road
University College Cork

T: 00353-21-4902904
E: n.hourigan@ucc.ie

Dr. Niamh Hourigan is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at University College Cork. Her most recent publication, Understanding Limerick: Social Exclusion and Change (Cork University Press, 2011) is an edited collection on crime and disadvantage in Limerick. The book features in-depth community level study of fear and feuding in the city conducted by Dr. Hourigan between 2007 and 2010. She received a UCC College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science Special Research Commendation Award for this project. In 2010, she co-authored The TEACH Report: Traveller Education and Adults: Crisis, Challenge and Change (Niamh Hourigan and Maria Campbell, NATC, 2010) which was commissioned by the National Association of Travellers' Centres. This report examines the experiences of Travellers as they attempt to progress into mainstream further education and tracks a variety of obstacles they encounter including external prejudice and internal feuding. Her forthcoming book is entitled 'Rule-breakers' and will be published by Gill and Macmillan in 2015.

These publications build on her previous research in the fields of Political Sociology and Media and Cultural Studies. She has published four books. Escaping the Global Village: Media, Language and Protest (Lexington Books, 2004) was the first comparative study of minority language media campaigns in Europe. Social Movements and Ireland (with Linda Connolly) was published in 2006 by Manchester University Press. This edited collection featured contributions for Ireland's leading sociologists and documented a range of new research on social protest in Irish society. Her PhD (A Comparison of the Campaigns for Raidio na Gaeltachta and Teilifís na Gaeilge) was the first book to be published in the Irish Sociological Mongraphs series. Most recently, she co-edited Minority Language Media: Concepts, Critiques and Case Studies (with Mike Cormack, Multilingual Matters, 2007). The book has been widely reviewed in leading journals including the European Journal of Communications and Media, Culture and Society where Burcu Sumer states:
Niamh Hourigan neatly portrays how, under circumstances where policies and institutions are not responsive to the demands of minority language communities, the creation of trans-national diffusion and collaboration networks become crucial in keeping debate and political action alive...Her contribution is particularly important since it makes us further question how we should alter our ideas about what the public sphere is or should be about...Taken as a whole, this is an important and useful book, which not only lays out the key concerns in the study of minority language media, but also suggest fields of future scholarship. As identified by Niamh Hourigan in the concluding chapter of the book, well-designed comparative research and an on-going scholarly reflection on the effects of globalisation on minority language media will be central to developing future scholarship...

Niamh Hourigan is a Chair of the Editorial Subcommittee of Cork University Press and she frequently acts as peer reviewer for Manchester University Press, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Youth and Society, Crime and Social Change, Contemporary Sociology, European Societies and Sociology - the Journal of the British Sociological Association. She has been involved in a range of research projects funded by Irish Aid, Universities Ireland and the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. She is currently supervising three doctoral students and two MA students. Between 2009 and 2011, she was General Co-Editor of the Irish Journal of Sociology.

Having worked as a journalist and radio presenter while completing her PhD, Niamh Hourigan continues to be an active contributor to the national media and has appeared on Frontline, Tonight with Vincent Browne, Morning Ireland, Today with Pat Kenny, The Last Word and The Message (BBC Radio 4) among other programmes. She has also written for the Irish Times, Irish Examiner and Irish Independent. In 2007, she presented a four part series on education on RTÉ Radio One.


Irish Identity, Family, Sociology of Crime , Media, Culture and Communication, Political Sociology, Globalization, . Dr. Niamh Hourigan's most recent research on the operation of criminal gangs in Limerick city focused on systems of fear and intimdiation generated by these gangs and the exploitation of minors by gang members. She also examined the implications of this 'grooming' for juvenile justice systems, child protection officers and probation workers in Ireland. Her forthcoming monograph on Austerity and Irish identity focuses particularly on how the intimacy of Irish culture contributed to the corruption which preceded the EU/IMF Bailout of the Irish economy in 2010.

Her earlier research focuses on the themes of media, culture and communication. Her PhD which examined the campaigns for Raidio na Gaeltachta and Teillifís na Gaeilge was highly commended under the European Union's Committee of the Regions  Doctoral Thesis Prize Competition. She published two monographs following the completion of her PhD including Escaping the Global Village: Media, Language and Protest (Lexington Books,2003, 2004). She has co-edited two major scholarly collections. Social Movements and Ireland (with Linda Connolly) was published in hardback and paperback by Manchester University Press, 2006. Minority Language Media: Concepts, Critiques and Case Studies, (with Mike Cormack) sought to establish minority language media studies as a discrete field of enquiry within media and communication studies. The themes which unite Niamh Hourigan's research include a committment to theoretical perspectives informed by Political Sociology, an on-going interest in how the relatively powerless impact on the powerful, and the consistent use of deep and culturally sensitve ethnography as a core research method.

Books

 YearPublication
(2015)Rulebreakers.
Niamh Hourigan (2015) Rulebreakers. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan. [Details]
(2004)Escaping the Global Village: Media, Language and Protest.
Niamh Hourigan; (2004) Escaping the Global Village: Media, Language and Protest. Lanham Maryland: Lexington Books. [Details]
(2001)A Comparison Between the Campaigns for Raidio na Gaeltachta and Teilifís na Gaeilge.
Niamh Hourigan; (2001) A Comparison Between the Campaigns for Raidio na Gaeltachta and Teilifís na Gaeilge. New York: McGraw Hill. [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2011)'Living with Fear and Feuding in Limerick - Introduction'
Niamh Hourigan; (2011) 'Living with Fear and Feuding in Limerick - Introduction' In: Understanding Limerick: Social Exclusion and Change. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2011)'Community Spirit and Neighbourliness in Moyross and Southill'
Niamh Hourigan, Frances Minahan, Máire Treasa NicEochagháin; (2011) 'Community Spirit and Neighbourliness in Moyross and Southill' In: Understanding Limerick: Social Exclusion and Change. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2011)'Lessons from Limerick: Policing, Regeneration, Child Protection'
Niamh Hourigan; (2011) 'Lessons from Limerick: Policing, Regeneration, Child Protection' In: Understanding Limerick: Social Exclusion and Change. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2011)'Understanding Limerick? Conclusions'
Niamh Hourigan; (2011) 'Understanding Limerick? Conclusions' In: Understanding Limerick: Social Exclusion and Change. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2011)'A Sociology of Feuding: Gangland and Traveller Feuds Compared'
Niamh Hourigan; (2011) 'A Sociology of Feuding: Gangland and Traveller Feuds Compared' In: Understanding Limerick: Social Exclusion and Change. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2011)'Organized Crime and Community Violence: Limerick's Regimes of Fear'
Niamh Hourigan; (2011) 'Organized Crime and Community Violence: Limerick's Regimes of Fear' In: Understanding Limerick: Social Exclusion and Change. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2011)'Introduction'
Niamh Hourigan; (2011) 'Introduction' In: Understanding Limerick: Social Exclusion and Change. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2011)'A History of Social Exclusion in Limerick'
Niamh Hourigan; (2011) 'A History of Social Exclusion in Limerick' In: Understanding Limerick: Social Exclusion and Change. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2011)'Divided Communities: Mapping Social Exclusion in Limerick'
Niamh Hourigan; (2011) 'Divided Communities: Mapping Social Exclusion in Limerick' In: Understanding Limerick: Social Exclusion and Change. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2007)'Mediating Diversity: Identity, Language and Protest in Ireland, Scotland and Wales'
Hourigan, Niamh. ; (2007) 'Mediating Diversity: Identity, Language and Protest in Ireland, Scotland and Wales' In: Managing Diversity: Practices of Citizenship. Ottawa, Ontario: The University of Ottawa Press. [Details]
(2007)'Minority Language Media Studies ¿ Key Themes for Future Scholarship'
Hourigan, Niamh ; (2007) 'Minority Language Media Studies ¿ Key Themes for Future Scholarship' In: Minority Language Media: Concepts, Critiques and Case Studies. Toronto & Clevedon: Multilingual Matters. [Details]
(2007)'The Role of Networks in Minority Language Media Campaigns'
Hourigan, Niamh ; (2007) 'The Role of Networks in Minority Language Media Campaigns' In: Minority Language Media: Concepts, Critiques and Case Studies. Toronto & Clevedon: Multilingual Matters. [Details]
(2006)'Movement Outcomes and Irish language protest'
Hourigan, Niamh ; (2006) 'Movement Outcomes and Irish language protest' In: Social Movements and Ireland. New York and Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
(2006)'Introduction'
Hourigan, Niamh, Linda Connolly; (2006) 'Introduction' In: Social Movements and Ireland. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
(2003)'New Social Movement Theory and Minority Language Media Campaigns'
Niamh Hourigan; (2003) 'New Social Movement Theory and Minority Language Media Campaigns' In: Television: Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies. New York: Routledge. [Details]
(2015)'Routledge Handbook of Irish Criminology'
Niamh Hourigan (2015) 'Routledge Handbook of Irish Criminology' In: Healy et al (eds). Gangs in Ireland. London: Routledge. [Details]

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(2011)
Niamh Hourigan (Ed.). (2011) Understanding Limerick: Social Exclusion and Change. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2007)
Cormack, Mike & Niamh Hourigan (Ed.). (2007) Minority Language Media: Concepts, Critiques and Case Studies. Toronto & Clevedon: Multilingual Matters. [Details]
(2006)
Hourigan, Niamh, Connolly, Linda (Ed.). (2006) Social Movements and Ireland. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2014)'Reversed Memory, Collective Action and the Irish Economic Crisis 2010-2013'
Niamh Hourigan (2014) 'Reversed Memory, Collective Action and the Irish Economic Crisis 2010-2013'. Irish Journal of Anthropology, 17 (1) [Details]
(2013)'Review Political Corruption in Ireland: A Crooked Harp'
Niamh Hourigan (2013) 'Review Political Corruption in Ireland: A Crooked Harp'. Irish Journal of Sociology, 21 (12) [Details]
(2012)'Juvenile Justice, Crime and Early Intervention: Key Challenges from the Limerick Context'
Niamh Hourigan (2012) 'Juvenile Justice, Crime and Early Intervention: Key Challenges from the Limerick Context'. Irish Probation Journal, 9 [Details]
(2010)'General Edition'
Hourigan N., Connolly, L., Skillington, T., Glavanis, K. (2010) 'General Edition'. Irish Journal of Sociology, 18 (1) [Details]
(2011)'Review Suburban Affiliations'
Niamh Hourigan; (2011) 'Review Suburban Affiliations'. Contemporary Sociology, 40 (3) [Details]
(2008)'Institutional Cultures and Development Education'
Niamh Hourigan and Maria Campbell; (2008) 'Institutional Cultures and Development Education'. Policy and Practice In Higher Education, 7 (3):35-47 [Details]
(2004)'Minority Language Media, Globalization and Protest'
Niamh Hourigan; (2004) 'Minority Language Media, Globalization and Protest'. Mercator Media Forum, 7 (1):54-65 [Details]
(2001)'New Social Movement Theory and Minority Language Media Campaigns'
Niamh Hourigan; (2001) 'New Social Movement Theory and Minority Language Media Campaigns'. European Journal of Communication, 16 (1):77-100 [Details]
(1998)'Framing Processes and the Celtic Television Campaigns'
Niamh Hourigan; (1998) 'Framing Processes and the Celtic Television Campaigns'. Irish Journal of Sociology, 8 (1):49-70 [Details]
(1996)'Audience Idenfitification and Raidio na Gaeltachta'
Niamh Hourigan; (1996) 'Audience Idenfitification and Raidio na Gaeltachta'. Irish Communications Review, 6 (1):3-10 [Details]
(2006)'Globalisation and Social Exclusion'
Hourigan, Niamh ; (2006) 'Globalisation and Social Exclusion'. Irish Journal of Sociology, 15 (2):115-116 [Details]
(1999)'Early Immersion Education in Ireland'
Hourigan, Niamh ; (1999) 'Early Immersion Education in Ireland'. Irish Journal of Sociology, 9 :135-137 [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2011)'Social Exclusion and Criminality: Lessons from Limerick'
Niamh Hourigan (2011) 'Social Exclusion and Criminality: Lessons from Limerick' Eolas, . [Details]
(2011)'Heritage, Crime and Inequality: Understanding Limerick in the Post-Celtic Tiger Context'
Niamh Hourigan (2011) 'Heritage, Crime and Inequality: Understanding Limerick in the Post-Celtic Tiger Context' Heritage Outlook, . [Details]
(2009)'Feuds, Gangs and Sociology'
Niamh Hourigan; (2009) 'Feuds, Gangs and Sociology' UCC Research Jourjnal, (5) :38-40. [Details]

Published Reports

 YearPublication
(2010)The TEACH Report: Traveller Education and Adults: Crisis, Challenge and Change.
Hourigan, Niamh; Campbell, Maria; (2010) The TEACH Report: Traveller Education and Adults: Crisis, Challenge and Change. NATC, Athlone. Globe icon [Full Text] [Details]

Audiovisual material

 YearPublication
(2014)More than Just Economics? Austerity and Crisis in Ireland.
Niamh Hourigan (2014) More than Just Economics? Austerity and Crisis in Ireland. Audiovisual material [Details]

Book Reviews

 YearPublication
(2011)Suburban Affiliations: Social Relations in the Greater Dublin Area.
Hourigan, N (2011) Suburban Affiliations: Social Relations in the Greater Dublin Area. Book Reviews [Details]

Newspaper Articles

 YearPublication
(2014)Cutbacks are as pernicious as hard drugs.
Niamh Hourigan (2014) Cutbacks are as pernicious as hard drugs. Cork: Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2014)The Leaving Certificate 'leaves' too many people behind.
Niamh Hourigan (2014) The Leaving Certificate 'leaves' too many people behind. Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2013)How State Policy Helped Create a Fertile Gangland Breeding Ground.
Niamh Hourigan (2013) How State Policy Helped Create a Fertile Gangland Breeding Ground. Irish Independent: Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2012)Can TG4 recapture some good feeling about Irish?.
Niamh Hourigan (2012) Can TG4 recapture some good feeling about Irish?. Dublin: Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2011)Limerick Estate's of Fear.
Niamh Hourigan (2011) Limerick Estate's of Fear. Cork: Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2011)Money-lending, Intimidation and the Consequences of Financial Exclusion.
Niamh Hourigan (2011) Money-lending, Intimidation and the Consequences of Financial Exclusion. Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2010)Understanding Anti-Social Behaviour.
Niamh Hourigan (2010) Understanding Anti-Social Behaviour. Newspaper Articles [Details]

Electronic Article

 YearPublication
(2005)The Globalization Debate: Definitions and Dimensions.
Niamh Hourigan; (2005) The Globalization Debate: Definitions and Dimensions. Dublin: Electronic Article Globe icon [Details]

Review Articles

 YearPublication
(2005)Globalization and Culture.
Niamh Hourigan; (2005) Globalization and Culture. Dublin: Review Articles Globe icon [Details]
(2005)Globalization and Politics.
Niamh Hourigan; (2005) Globalization and Politics. Dublin: Review Articles Globe icon [Details]
(2005)Ireland: A Globalized Society?.
Niamh Hourigan; (2005) Ireland: A Globalized Society?. Dublin: Review Articles Globe icon [Details]
(2005)Globalization and Economics.
Niamh Hourigan; (2005) Globalization and Economics. Dublin: Review Articles Globe icon [Details]

Radio Presentation

 YearPublication
(2007)Educating John: Education and Disadvantage in Irish Society.
Niamh Hourigan; (2007) Educating John: Education and Disadvantage in Irish Society. Radio Presentation Globe icon [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2011College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Special Commendation Research Achievement Award College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Research Committee
1992Sociology & Political Science Prize
2000European Union Committee of the Regions PhD Prize
2008Keough Visiting Professorship in Irish Studies Keough- Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
1996Faculty Fellowship from NUI Galway for Three Years to complete PhD at the Dept of Sociology and Political Science (Full Fees plus Stipend Faculty of Arts, National University of Ireland, Galway

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
International Juvenile Justice Observatory Collaborator31-MAR-11 / 21-MAR-13
British Society of Criminology Member03-JAN-12 / 31-DEC-12
Sociological Association of Ireland General Co-Editor, Irish Journal of Sociology; Member08-OCT-09 / 28-DEC-10
European Sociological Association Executive Member - Collective Behaviour and Social Movements Section18-JAN-07 / 08-DEC-10

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Executive Management Committee Committee Member/
Cork University Press Editorial Subcommittee Chair/
College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Graduate Studies Committee Committee Member2003 / 2006
Sociology Graduate Studies Committee Chair2004 / 2007
Undergraduate Awards Committee Adjudication of Sociology Essay Prize2012 / 2012
Selection Committee NUI PhD Travelling Scholarship Member of Committee2013 / 2013
College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Graduate Studies Committee Member2012 / 2015
School of Sociology and Philosophy Executive Management Committee Member of Committee2012 / 2014

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
National University of Ireland, Galway Lecturer29-SEP-98 / 04-AUG-02
University of Limerick Lecturer07-AUG-97 / 24-JUN-99
University College Cork College Lecturer /Above the Bar/

Education

 YearInstituionQualificationSubject
1994National University of Ireland, Galway DiplomaDiploma i nGaelige Labharta (Hon)
1994National University of Ireland, Galway PhDSociology
1991National University of Ireland, Galway BA (Hons)Social Science

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
Irish FunctionalFunctionalBasic
English FluentFluentFluent

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
Dept of Justice and Equality
Consultation on White Paper on Crime and the Community
Dept of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources
Member of Irish Government Delegation to the World Summit on the Information Society as a consultant on cultural diversity issues (Dept of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources

Outreach Activities

 Description

Dr. Niamh Hourigan has contributed to UCC's Access programme for second level students for disadvantaged communities.

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Irish Journal Of Sociology Member of Editorial Board06-SEP-07 - 07-JAN-11
Irish Journal Of Sociology Editor24-SEP-09 - 07-JAN-11

As Head of Graduate Studies in Sociology, Dr. Niamh Hourigan plays a vital role in the organization and co-ordination of a range of Graduate programmes across the School of Sociology and Philsophy. She contributes to the MA Methodology programme and offers a dedicated postgraduate seminar taught in workshop format on Globalization and Culture. She also contributes to UCC's MA in Irish Studies. She is currently supervising 3 doctoral students as well as a number of MA students. Dr.  Hourigan offers courses at all undergraduate levels across the Discipline of Sociology. She contributes a strand (24 hours) on Social Identites to first year students (SC1001/ SC1007). For second year students, she co-ordinates SC2004 Political Sociology and teaches half this course. She also offers a dedicated module on class, inequality and social stratification SC2003 Sociology of Class. To third years, she offers SC3003 Sociology of Development and Globalization. She also supervises a range of third year projects each year (SC3015/ SC3016 Research Project II).

 StudentDegree TypePrimary
Davis Julian Owen Doctoral DegreeYes
Cummins-Mc Namara Annie Doctoral DegreeYes
Flanagan Aidan Michael Doctoral DegreeYes
Park Gyunghee Doctoral DegreeNo
 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2015Sociology of Development and Globalization SC3003Sociology of Development and Globalization
2015Political Sociology SC2004Political Sociology
2015Globalisation and Culture SC6623Globalisation and Culture
2015Globalisation and Culture SC7623Globalisation and Culture
2015The Sociology of Class SC2003The Sociology of Class
2015Research Seminars and Project SC3016Research Seminars and Project
2015Minor Dissertation SC6632Minor Dissertation
2015Research Essay SC3018Research Essay
2015Literature Review SC6633Literature Review
 NameInstituteCountry
Prof John Pitts International Juvenile Justice ObservatoryUNITED KINGDOM
James Windle University of East LondonUNITED KINGDOM