Nicholas O’Neill

University College Dublin

Nicholas O’Neill

I am a PhD candidate at University College Dublin fully funded by the Irish Research Council, Government of Ireland postgraduate scholarship (amount: €112,250.00). My research currently focuses on political economy of LTC.

Since January 2022, I also teach and grade several UCD undergraduate modules on topics such as: Brexit, globalisation, geopolitics, sustainability, climate change, and global monopoly rights for medicines. Certificate awarded for completing the “Higher Education Social Science & Law Teacher Support Training”.

Prior to beginning my PhD in September 2020, I worked as an Assistant Researcher for the social policy think-tank TASC (Think-tank for Action on Social Change).

I received an MA in Geopolitics and Global Economics (first class honours) from UCD in 2019 and a BA in History and Political Geography (first class honours) from UCD in 2017. A particular highlight of my MA was organising and chairing meetings with high-level diplomats at the EU and NATO in Brussels in March 2019.

– NVivo – Computer Aided Qualitative Data Analysis.
– R and R Studio – Quantitative Statistical Programming and Data Analysis.
– Project management.
– Cutting edge writing, research and analysis.
– Extensive knowledge of social policy, geopolitics, international relations, political economy, geography, and history.


Countries Ireland;
Topics Economics of LTC; Financing LTC; LTC Policy; LTC Reforms; LTC Systems;
Methods Case studies; Comparative policy analysis; Document analysis; Mixed methods; Policy analysis; Qualitative studies; Quantitative data analysis;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Care home markets and regulation; Economics of Long-Term Care; Long-Term Care Policy; Migration Mobility and Care Workers;
Research interests

Political economy of long-term care, marketisation, financialisation, social policy, welfare markets, working conditions, care labour, business interests in the welfare state.

Key publications

• (2023) “Home care workers’ views of employment conditions: private for-profit vs public and non-profit providers in Ireland”, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, (43), 13/14: 19-35,
• (2022) “Institutional Business Power: The Case of Ireland’s Private Home Care Providers”, Journal of Social Policy, (in press),
• (2022) “Home care professionals’ views on working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic: the case of Ireland”, International Journal of Care and Caring, 6 (1-2): 85–102,
• (2021) “The Growth of Private Home Care Providers in Europe: The Case of Ireland”, Social Policy & Administration, 55 (4): 606-621, doi:10.1111/spol.12646