Dr Matthew Donoghue

I completed my PhD in Politics at Oxford Brookes University. My BA was in Politics and Sociology, and my MA in International Studies, with a focus on citizenship and theory. Between 2014 and Feb 2017, I was Research Fellow on the FP7 funded project RESCuE, based at the University of Hertfordshire. The project investigated how households in nine European countries responded to hardship in the context of the financial crisis, and the ways in which (if any) they were able to develop resilience to socio-economic shocks. It investigated socio-economic resilience in relation to networks, capacities, cultural and socio-economic practices, and the role of formal structures such as the welfare state. I have expertise in qualitative methods, particularly semi-structured every day and expert interviews, focus groups and (critical) discourse analysis. I have also used visual methods, and I am interested in how more causally driven qualitative methods can contribute to my research.

My research interests are situated at the intersection of social policy, politics, and sociology. Broadly, I am interested in the policy and politics of social citizenship and social cohesion, participation and integration, particularly within developed welfare states such as the UK. I am also interested in the role of discourse and ideology in policy development and implementation, as well as its impact on citizens’ interaction with policy in these areas. My PhD research critically analysed New Labour’s approach to welfare reform and Community Cohesion policy in the UK, paying special attention to the construction and inculcation of discourses, and citizens’ internalisation of these in Bradford and Birmingham. My current and planned research combines my interest in social citizenship, cohesion and elements of resilience, exploring these issues in the context of contemporary political, social and economic uncertainty.

Donoghue, M (2017) "Beyond hegemony: elaborating on the use of Gramscian concepts in critical discourse analysis in political studies", Political Studies (forthcoming)  . URL: ora.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:538dee8f-a851-4a68-a6f5-c6ab17bda92f

Donoghue, M. (2016) "Cohesion as ‘Common Sense’: Everyday narratives of Community and Cohesion in New Labour’s Britain", Politics 36: 3 262-276. doi: 10.1177/0263395715620811. URL: journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0263395715620811

Dagdeviren, H., Donoghue, M., Meier, L (2016) "The Narratives of Hardship: The New and the Old Poor in the aftermath of the 2008 Crisis in Europe", The Sociological Review  . doi: 10.1111/1467-954X.12403 . URL: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1111/1467-954X.12403/abstract

Dagdeviren, H., Donoghue, M., Promberger, M. (2015) "Resilience, Hardship and Social Conditions", Journal of Social Policy 45: 1 1-20. doi: doi.org/10.1017/S004727941500032X. URL: www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-social-policy/article/div-classtitleresilience-hardship-and-social-conditionsdiv/8DE02EECB264E9387C205B82A1675F55

Donoghue, M (2013) "Welfare and Cohesion Contested: A Critical Discourse Analysis of New Labour’s Reform Project", British Politics 8: 1 79-100. doi: 10.1057/bp.2012.23. URL: link.springer.com/article/10.1057/bp.2012.23

Other Outputs

  • Household Responses to economic hardship in post-crisis Europe and insights about ‘resilience’: a critical assessment. (2017). Invited speaker (with Prof. H. Dagdeviren) at Conceptualising and applying resilience in a social policy context. Sheffield Institute of Policy Studies, Sheffield Hallam University, February 2017
  • Hardship and Resilience in Post-Crisis Europe. Dagdeviren, H., Donoghue, M (2017). View Online
  • Exploring Socio-Economic dimensions of Community Resilience: Community, Participation and Politics in Post-Crisis Britain. (2016). 2016 ESA RN9 Economic Sociology Midterm Conference, Madrid, Spain, September 2016
  • Regressive innovations in the context of post-crisis welfare reform: Social Economy and the UK welfare settlement. (2016). Annual ESPAnet Conference, Rotterdam, Netherlands, September 2016
  • Resilience, Coping and Crisis: How European households deal with hardship after the 2008 Financial Crisis. (2016). 23rd Conference of Europeanists, Philadelphia, PA, USA, April 2016
  • Exploring citizens’ understandings of Community and Cohesion in New Labour’s Britain. Donoghue, M (2016). Politics Journal blog, 12th May. View Online
  • Labour and the Ideology of Aspiration. (2015). Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) blog, 8th July View Online
  • Back to the future of community cohesion? Learning from New Labour

  • Beyond Hegemony: Elaborating on the Use of Gramscian Concepts in Critical Discourse Analysis for Political Studies

  • The narratives of hardship: the new and the old poor in the aftermath of the 2008 crisis in Europe

  • Cohesion as ‘common sense’: Everyday narratives of community and cohesion in New Labour’s Britain

  • Resilience, Hardship and Social Conditions

  • Welfare and cohesion contested: A critical discourse analysis of New Labour's reform programme

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