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Deiric O'Broin


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T: Ext. 8862
E: deiric.obroin@dcu.ie


Deiric Ó Broin is Head of Social Enterprise and Acting Head of Civic Engagement in Dublin City University, and Senior Research Fellow in the School of Law and Government in DCU where he lectures in Irish politics and public policy.

His research is mainly on Irish politics and public policy particularly the area of local and urban governance. He also works in the areas of public participation and deliberation, civil society involvement in public policy formulation, with a particular focus on the social economy.

Previously, he taught in TU Dublin, Maynooth University and UCD.

His most recent book (edited with Eoin O'Malley), Mayoral Governance in Dublin was published in April 2019.

Other books include Local Governance, Development and Innovation (with David Jacobson) 2017, Social Innovation in Ireland (with Ronaldo Munck and Jordana Corrigan) 2017, Adapting to Climate Change - Governance Challenges (with Peadar Kirby) 2016, Politics, Participation and Power - Civil Society and Public Policy in Ireland (with Mary Murphy) 2013, Local Dublin, Global Dublin - Public Policy in and Evolving City City Region (with David Jacobson) 2010, Power, Dissent and Democracy - Civil Society and the State in Ireland (with Peadar Kirby) 2009, Governing Below the Centre - Local Governance in Ireland (with Eugene Waters) 2017, and Taming the Tiger - Social Exclusion in a Globalised Ireland (with Peadar Kirby and David Jacobson) 2006.

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2017 IED Fellowship Institute of Economic Development
2003 Fulbright-Sykes Fellowship US Department of State
2000 UCD Development Office PhD Scholarship UCD

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Regional Studies Association (Irish Branch) Member - Executive Committee /
Political Studies Association of Ireland Convenor - Local Government Specialist Group /


  Committee Function From / To
Pobal Chairperson 2018 / 2022
Dublin City Local Economic and Community Plan Advisory Group Member 2016 / 2020
Dublin Local Community Development Committee Member 2016 / 2021
Ballymun Town Civic Alliance Chairperson 2016 / Ongoing
Dublin City Social Enterprise Committee Member 2015 / 2021
Pobal Member - Board of Directors 2013 / 2018
DCU Research Ethics Committee Member 2006 / 2015


  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2005 UCD PhD Political Theory
2009 Keele University MA Research Ethics
2007 UCC MBS Social Enterprise
1998 UCD MA Economics and Politics
1993 TU Dublin LLB Law
1991 TU Dublin BA (Hons) Business Studies

Enterprise Engagement

  Year Engagement Type Organisation Description

Other North Dublin Chamber of Commerce Member of the Board of Directors

Outreach Activities

  Year Engagement Type Organisation Description

Advisory Work Irish Social Enterprise Network

Advisory Work Northside Community Forum

Advisory Work Department of Rural and Community Development National Social Enterprise Policy Implementation Group

Teaching Interests

Irish politics, local (urban) and regional governance, public policy, social and solidarity economies, public participation, deliberative and participatory democracy.

Modules Coordinated

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
2020 Social Enterprise Development EF5148Social Enterprise
2020 Policy Challenges LG5007Policy Challenges
2020 The Irish Political System LG108The Irish Political System