• Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

  • 42 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
20092019
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Personal profile

Biography

Karl was appointed Lecturer in politics and public administration at Ulster University in 2014. He received his PhD from the University of Exeter where his research was awarded the Hutton Prize for excellence for its contribution to improving standards of governance in society.

He has published in the areas of conflict management/resolution, public policy, bureaucrat behaviour, Q Methodology, health policy and European governance.

Karl's monograph, Public Administration in Contested Societies was published by Palgrave in 2014. His research findings have been published by the Journal of European Public Policy, the International Review of Administrative Sciences, Administration and Society, BMJ Open, Addiction and Theory, Irish Political Studies and West European Politics.

His current research focuses on the role of the elite level bureaucrat within the decision-making process. He is most interested in determining how great policy ideas can actually be implemented in practice and is currently conducting this research within Northern Ireland, Jerusalem and Kazakhstan/Central Asia.

Karl is the Course Director of the Ulster MPA and convenes two Masters of Public Administration modules: Policy Analysis and Applied Government and the undergraduate British Politics and Policy module. His research has received funding from the British Academy, The British Council for Research in the Levant, the British Council and the ESRC.

He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and regularly reviews articles on conflict management and public administration and is on the editorial board of Administration. He is a member of the Political Studies Association’s Public Policy Specialist Group and sits on the ESRC GCRF Peer Review Group.

Karl completed his undergraduate degree in Public Administration and French at the University of Limerick, and a Masters in European Integration with Public Policy at The Queen’s University of Belfast. He then took a post as a researcher with Professor Claudio Radaelli at The Centre for Regulatory Governance at the University of Exeter and subsequently worked with the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) in London. He returned to Exeter to complete his ESRC funded PhD under the supervision of Professor Mick Dumper. His experience and research have been policy oriented; examining how the decision-making structures of the civil service can be optimised. He has previously held post-doctoral and lecturer positions at the University of Limerick and Glasgow Caledonian University.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Exeter

20092012

Master, Queen's University Belfast

20052006

Bachelor, University of Limerick

20002004

External positions

PhD External Examiner, NUI Galway

18 Dec 2018 → …

External Examiner (Masters in Applied Social Science programme), University of the West of Scotland

30 Sep 2018 → …

External Examiner, Institute of Technology Sligo

1 Sep 2017 → …

PhD External Examiner, King's College London

3 Jan 2017 → …

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Research Output 2009 2019

  • 42 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
  • 11 Article
  • 2 Book
  • 1 Other contribution

Open government in authoritarian regimes

O'Connor, K., Knox, C. & Janenova, S., 23 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) 1, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

regime
political agenda
transparency
integrity
deficit

School choice and conflict narratives: representative bureaucracy at the street level in East Jerusalem

O'Connor, K., Larkin, C., Nsasra, M. & Shanks, K., 26 May 2019, In : Administration and Society.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
school choice
bureaucracy
narrative
education system
methodology

The Craft of Public Administration in Eurasia

O'Connor, K. & Carmichael, P., 31 May 2019, In : Public Policy and Administration. p. 1 34 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
public administration
reform
elite
public policy
governance

Contemporary governance in Northern Ireland

O'Connor, K. & Ketola, M., 24 Aug 2018, In : Administration. 66, 3

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
governance
Northern Ireland
Governance
File
public administration
public policy
reform
New Public Management
political development