Professor Niamh Hourigan is a sociologist and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Mary Immaculate College Limerick. She has conducted research on a range of issues including value change  and corruption in Ireland, the relationship between organized crime and social exclusion as well as social protest and identity. She is the author of a number of books and edited collections including ‘Rule-breakers: Why ‘being there’ trumps ‘being fair’ in Ireland (Gill and Macmillan, 2015); Understanding Limerick: Social Exclusion and Change (Cork University Press, 2011), Social Movements and Ireland (Manchester University Press, 2006) and Escaping the Global Village: Media, Language and Protest (Lexington Books). She has worked for four different Irish universities and is a former Editor of the Irish Journal of Sociology. She also chaired the Editorial Committee of Cork University Press for a number of years. She is a regular contributor to the Irish media on matters of sociological interest.

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