Dr Philip Finn


Assistant Lecturer


I completed my PhD in the Department of Sociology, Maynooth University, in 2019.  The PhD is titled Playing With the Absurdity of Welfare: Experiences of Irish Welfare Conditionality. The thesis utilises in-depth qualitative interviews with jobseekers to explore interactions with welfare agencies and the complex multilayered navigation of welfare obligations.

Since completing my PhD I have continued to teach across the sociology and politics programmes in the department at both undergraduate and masters level. 

Research Interests

Welfare conditionality, lived experience of welfare, activation, politics of work / employment, working class studies, social policy, creative methodologies

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2021 'Navigating indifference: Irish jobseekers' experiences of welfare conditionality'
Finn P. (2021) 'Navigating indifference: Irish jobseekers' experiences of welfare conditionality'. Administration, 69 (2):67-86 [DOI] [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Sociological Association of Ireland Member /

Teaching Interests

Sociology of work and employment, classical social theory, special topic research group: Experience, inventiveness and resistance in everyday life, the crafts and logics of special topic research, political theory, political parties, elections and corruption.

Qualitative methods, Pathways: Education, Work and Ageing, supervision of research projects.