The primary aim of this research cluster is to explore the relationship between political economy, work and working lives, and social inequalities. Our research is rooted in a variety of theoretical perspectives but begins from a recognition of: the social embeddedness of market structures and action; the importance of social relations and social institutions in work, welfare and organisations; and the critical significance of processes of power and inequality as fundamental elements of economic life. Members of this research group are involved in a range of events, discussions and research seminars.

Key themes include: Changing Nature of Work, Institutions, Welfare and Labour Markets, and Dynamics of Inequality.
 
We investigate various lines of division and inequality, including: Disability, Gender, Age, Class, Race, Ethnicity, LGBT and Religion.

Déanann an Ghrúpa Taighde um Eacnamaíocht Pholaitiúil agus Cúrsaí Oibre in Ollscoil Má Nuad iniúchadh ar réimse leathan cheisteanna maidir le athruithe in eagrúchán ionaid oibre, fostaíocht, forbairt eacnamaíochta, institiúidí sóisialta and polaitíochta agus cúiseanna na h-éagothroime. Le baill ó raon leathan de ranna acadúla a úsáideann modhanna taighde éagsúla, tá an ghrúpa lonnaithe idir an Roinn Socheolaíochta agus Institiúid Eolaíochtaí Sóisialta Ollscoil Mhá Nuad (MUSSI). Tá an Bhaisle Taighde dírithe ar thrí ábhair ar leith: Institiúidí, Stát Leasa agus Margaí Fostaíochta; Treochtaí agus Cúiseanna na h-Éagothroime; agus Athraithe in Ionaid Oibre.​

Sociology staff working in this area include:
Sean Ó Riain (cluster co-ordinator)
Mary Murphy (cluster co-ordinator)
Delma Byrne
Pauline Cullen 
Jane Gray
Aphra Kerr 
Peter Murray
Linda Connolly (MUSSI/Sociology)​

Staff from other Departments in Maynooth University
Tatiana Andreeva – Business
Jean Cushen - Business
Michael Doherty - Law and Government
Marion Henry Crowley – Business
Kylie Jarrett - Media
Joe Larragy - Applied Social Studies
Anne O'Brien - Media
Aileen O’Carroll – MUSSI/DRI 

Postdoctorates, Postgraduates and Visitors
Francisco M. Arqueros-Fernandez - Sociology
Amelia Dulee-Kinsolving - Law/Sociology
Philip Finn – Sociology
Patrick Gallagher - ERC/New Deals
Mary Hyland – Law
Ivan Privalko - ERC/New Deals
Fergal Rhatigan - Sociology
Pablo Rojas Coppari - Sociology
Nuala Whelan – Psychology/Sociology

Research Project Links 
New Deals Project: http://newdeals.maynoothuniversity.ie/