Professor Maggie O'Neill


  • 08 July 2021

    Immobiltiies Conference, Northumbria University

    In this keynote Maggie discusses creative applications of walking as an arts-based practice through the walking interview as biographical method (WIBM) to examine the sensory, spatial, embodied, affective aspects of lives and lived experiences, the intersecting oppressions and possibilities for praxis. The paper opens a space for dialogue on the transformative role of walking, listening as understanding, ‘resonance’ and the potential for solidarity, as part of an ethics of listening, including possible impact on policy and practice, especially in diverse research and social contexts

  • 13 April 2020

    University of Greenwich 12th July 2019 Creative and Collaborative imaginations

    Biographical Research on the move: theorising, experiencing, imagining. The Chicago School Re-loaded

  • 13 April 2020

    Athena Swan Sympoisum, UCC. March 2019.

    Borders, Risk and Belonging: understanding gender, race and intersectionality in the lives of women asylum seekers and migrants.

  • 16 November 2018

    Laura Lee Sex Worker Human Rights' The Synge Lecture Theatre, The Arts Building 2039, Trinity College, Dublin

    Sex Work, Sexual Citizenship and Social Justice: towards a ‘Real Politics of Justice’.  New Horizons for the 21st century

    Organised by the Irish Sex Work Research Network

  • 03 November 2018

    The Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization: Recovering a Sense of Coherence: Salutogenesis and Meaningfulness, UCC, Cork

    Walking towards ‘salutogenesis’: theorizing, experiencing and imagining biographical research one hundred years after ‘The Polish Peasant’.

  • 17 September 2018

    ESA Research Network 3 Mid-term Conference. Dept. Sociology, University of Lodz, Poland.

    Biographical Research on the Move: walking, theorising, experiencing, imagining

  • 06 September 2018

    Crime and Control Ethnography Symposium 2018, Goldsmiths College, London.

    ‘Imaginative criminology: Walking as arts based ethnographic practice’

  • 21 June 2018

    Ethics in Practice in Innovative Methods -Social Research Association, London.

    Ethics and walking/mobile methods

  • 30 May 2018

    Economy and Society Summer School 2018, UCC, Blackwater Castle, Cork

    Co-Producing Knowledge with Migrant Families through Participatory Theatre and Walking Methods as Biographical Research.

  • 30 March 2018

    Durham University, Ustinov College, Cafe Politique

    Refugee Issues and Challenges

  • 06 September 2017

    States of being at the Borders of Humanity conference of the AHRC project 'Responding to the Crisis' London, Sept, 2017

  • 30 June 2017

    University of Maynooth, MUSSI. June 2017

    This MUSSI seminar/panel discussion chaired by  Prof. Linda Connolly explored how dialogues within and outwith the Higher Education sector are converging  around  the need for a socio-cultural shift towards slowing down the pace of work, life and consumption, improving well-being  and providing counter narratives  to processes of globalisation and the  ‘Gridlock’ that Hale, Held and Young (2013) write about. 

    The motivation for organising the seminars emerged from dialogue with colleagues, our biographical experiences and resistance  to the speeding up of Higher Education, the impact of the audit culture and ‘marketisation’; as well as growing pressures, for some, in relation to developing a work/life balance in the context of metrics, audit, efficiency, increased competition,  demand management of research grant generation and the importance of hitting performance targets for career development and promotion. The gendered dimensions of these issues have been central to these discussions. A networking reception followed the discussion.

    Maggie O'Neill opened the seminar  with a paper on Work, Time and Well-being and this was followed by responses from Prof. Gerry Kearns Dr Mary Murphy and Prof. Sharon Todd.  

  • 22 June 2017

    Feminist Emergency, Birkbeck College, London

  • 10 May 2017

    Economy and Society Summer School 2017, UCC, Blackwater Castle, Cork

  • 25 June 2015

    United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM) in St Pau, Barcelona,

    My keynote at the conference on Female Agency, Mobility and Socio-Cultural Change at the  United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM) took place in  St Pau, Barcelona, 11th /12th June 2015.


  • 19 November 2014

    Dept Social Sciences, Loughborough University.

    The Annual Sociology Lecture showcases new work by leading academics and thinkers in the field of sociology internationally. I spoke on walking and biographical methods in my work on sex work and asylum and migration

  • 30 June 2014

    Teesside University

  • 07 March 2014

    Open University

    The keynote was given to the AHRC network Migrant mothers caring for the future: creative interventions in making new citizens.

  • 10 May 2013

    University of Exeter, UK

    HEA funded conference - Qualitative and Ethnographic Research Network (QERN): Sharing and shaping pedagogies - learning through doing. May 10th 2013, Department of Drama

  • 04 December 2011

    University of Hamburg

    German Biographical Section of the German Sociological Association