Research Profile

Raymond O'Connor

Biography

I am a lecturer in the Department of Geography with research interests in rural geography, community development and historical geography. I co-ordinate and teach on the MA in European Development Studies. I have a strong interest in the voluntary sector and am a founding member of the ISS21 Research Cluster on Civil Society. I am an associate member of the Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC and co-edited The Origins, Ethos and Evolution of Co-operative Credit in Ireland with members of the Centre in 2011. I have links with many rural development bodies including South West Kerry Development Partnership, IRD Duhallow and South Tipperary Development Company.  I am a member of the SYMBIOS Project, a European-wide network of academics and practitioners established to investigate social exclusion in rural areas. I am Academic Director of the Certificate and Diploma in Genealogy run by the Centre for Adult and Continuing Education.

Research Interests

Ray O'Connor's main research interests lie in the voluntary sector, the social economy, the credit union movement, community development, agriculture, food and landscape change. He has forged very strong links with the Centre for Co-operative Studies (www.ucc.ie/acad/foodecon/centre_b.htm) and is involved in a number of ongoing research projects.  He is currently completing a PhD thesis on the historical geography of accessing credit and the credit union movement in Ireland.

Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2002)Innovation and Change in Irish Credit Unions.
O'Connor R., O. McCarthy & M. Ward. (2002) Innovation and Change in Irish Credit Unions. Cork: Centre for Co-operative Studies. [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2017)'‘Horace Plunkett, the Co-operative movement and the Cultural Revival’'
O'Connor, R. and Byrne, N. (2017) '‘Horace Plunkett, the Co-operative movement and the Cultural Revival’' In: Crowley, J., O Drisceoill, D. and Murphy, M. (eds) (eds). Atlas of the Irish Revolution. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2011)'Co-operative credit societies and credit unions 1926-1950'
O'Connor, Ray (2011) 'Co-operative credit societies and credit unions 1926-1950' In: The Origins, Ethos and Evolution of Co-operative Credit in Ireland: Celebrating the Centenary of the Birth of Nora Herlihy. Cork: Centre for Co-operative Studies, University College Cork. [Details]
(2011)'The emergence of the modern credit movement, 1951-1958'
O'Connor, Ray (2011) 'The emergence of the modern credit movement, 1951-1958' In: The Origins, Ethos and Evolution of Co-operative Credit in Ireland: Celebrating the Centenary of the Birth of Nora Herlihy. Cork: Centre for Co-operative Studies, University College Cork. [Details]
(2011)'The role of third level adult education initiatives as a catalyst for the emergence of the modern credit union movement in Ireland'
O'Connor, Ray (2011) 'The role of third level adult education initiatives as a catalyst for the emergence of the modern credit union movement in Ireland' In: The Origins, Ethos and Evolution of Co-operative Credit in Ireland: Celebrating the Centenary of the Birth of Nora Herlihy. Cork: Centre for Co-operative Studies, University College Cork. [Details]
(2011)'The Irish credit union movement in context 1951-1958'
O'Connor, Ray (2011) 'The Irish credit union movement in context 1951-1958' In: The Origins, Ethos and Evolution of Co-operative Credit in Ireland: Celebrating the Centenary of the Birth of Nora Herlihy. Cork: Centre for Co-operative Studies, University College Cork. [Details]
(2011)'Credit unions and community wellbeing'
Power, C., O'Connor, R., McCarthy, O. and Ward, M.; (2011) 'Credit unions and community wellbeing' In: The origins, ethos and evolution of co-operative credit in Ireland: Celebrating the centenary of the birth of Nora Herlihy. Cork: Duhallow Women's Forum and Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC. [Details]
(2011)'Credit unions and community wellbeing'
Power, C., O'Connor, R., McCarthy, O. and Ward, M. (2011) 'Credit unions and community wellbeing' In: The Origins, Ethos and Evolution of Co-operative Credit in Ireland: Celebrating the Centenary of the Birth of Nora Herlihy. Cork: Centre for Co-operative Studies, University College Cork. [Details]
(2011)'Muintir na Tire, credit unions and the Rathmore District'
O'Connor, Ray (2011) 'Muintir na Tire, credit unions and the Rathmore District' In: The Origins, Ethos and Evolution of Co-operative Credit in Ireland: Celebrating the Centenary of the Birth of Nora Herlihy. Cork: Centre for Co-operative Studies, University College Cork. [Details]
(2011)'The role of micro-finance organisations in developing countries'
Power C., McCarthy. O., O’Connor R., & M. Ward. (Eds.). (2011). (2011) 'The role of micro-finance organisations in developing countries' In: The Origins, Ethos and Evolution of Co-operative Credit in Ireland: Celebrating the centenary of the birth of Nora Herlihy. Cork: Cork: Duhallow Women’s Forum and Centre for Co-operative Studies, University College Cork. [Details]
(2011)'The diffusion of co-operative credit societies in Ireland 1894-1910'
O'Connor, Ray (2011) 'The diffusion of co-operative credit societies in Ireland 1894-1910' In: The Origins, Ethos and Evolution of Co-operative Credit in Ireland: Celebrating the Centenary of the Birth of Nora Herlihy. Cork: Centre for Co-operative Studies, University College Cork. [Details]
(2011)'The Irish Agricultural Organisation Society and co-operative credit societies in Ireland 1894-1915'
O'Connor, R. (2011) 'The Irish Agricultural Organisation Society and co-operative credit societies in Ireland 1894-1915' In: The Origins, Ethos and Evolution of Co-operative Credit in Ireland: Celebrating the Centenary of the Birth of Nora Herlihy. Cork: Centre for Co-operative Studies, University College Cork. [Details]
(2010)'Bounded Spaces and Cultural Places: The Reorganisation of the Farmed Landscape in Ireland'
O’Connor, R., Power C. and Rylands, M. (2010) 'Bounded Spaces and Cultural Places: The Reorganisation of the Farmed Landscape in Ireland' In: Walls, Fences, Borders and Boundaries: Essays on Social Exclusion, Inclusion and Integration. Iowa: Kendall Hunt Publishers, Iowa. [Details]
(2009)'Cill Rialig'
Power, C. and O’Connor, R. (2009) 'Cill Rialig' In: The Iveragh Peninsula: A Cultural Atlas of the Ring of Kerry. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2009)'Peat and Energy Production in Iveragh'
O’Connor, R. and Power, C. (2009) 'Peat and Energy Production in Iveragh' In: The Iveragh Peninsula: A Cultural Atlas of the Ring of Kerry. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2009)'Demographic Change on the Iveragh Peninsula 1926-2006'
Power, C. and O’Connor, R. (2009) 'Demographic Change on the Iveragh Peninsula 1926-2006' In: The Iveragh Peninsula: A Cultural Atlas of the Ring of Kerry. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2009)'Contemporary Economic Development in Iveragh'
Power, C. and O’Connor, R. (2009) 'Contemporary Economic Development in Iveragh' In: The Iveragh Peninsula: A Cultural Atlas of the Ring of Kerry. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2005)'Community Development and the Catholic Church'
O’Connor, R. and Joyce, D. (2005) 'Community Development and the Catholic Church' In: Atlas of Cork City. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2003)'Munster Counties'
John Crowley and Ray O'Connor; (2003) 'Munster Counties' In: The Encyclopaedia of Ireland. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan. [Details]

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(2011)The Origins, Ethos and Evolution of Co-operative Credit in Ireland: Celebrating the Centenary of the Birth of Nora Herlihy
Power, C., O'Connor, R., McCarthy, O. and Ward, M (Ed.). (2011) The Origins, Ethos and Evolution of Co-operative Credit in Ireland: Celebrating the Centenary of the Birth of Nora Herlihy The Origins, Ethos and Evolution of Co-operative Credit in Ireland: Celebrating the Centenary of the Birth of Nora Herlihy. Cork: Centre for Co-operative Studies, University College Cork. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2014)'Merging into the mainstream? An empirically based discussion of the potential erosion of competitive advantage in a restructured Irish credit union movement'
Power, Carol; O'Connor, Ray; McCarthy, Olive; Ward, Michael (2014) 'Merging into the mainstream? An empirically based discussion of the potential erosion of competitive advantage in a restructured Irish credit union movement'. Journal of Co-operative Organization and Management, 2 (2):55-64   [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2012)'Credit unions and community in Ireland: Towards optimising the principle of social responsibility'
Power, Carol; O’Connor, Ray; McCarthy Olive; Ward Michael (2012) 'Credit unions and community in Ireland: Towards optimising the principle of social responsibility'. International Journal of Co-Operative Management, 6 (1):10-22 [CORA Link] [Details]
(2004)'The development of new rural credit unions in Ireland within a context of service rationalization in rural areas'
Byrne, N.; McCarthy, O.; O'Connor, R. (2004) 'The development of new rural credit unions in Ireland within a context of service rationalization in rural areas'. Community Development Journal, 39 (4):401-412 [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2003)'Retaining Relevance Through Reaction: Muintir na Tire 1931-1971'
O'Connor, R.; (2003) 'Retaining Relevance Through Reaction: Muintir na Tire 1931-1971' Tipperary Historical Journal, * (*) :169-180. [Details]
(2000)'Muintir na Tire 1931-1971: a case study of a voluntary organisation'
O'Connor, R.; (2000) 'Muintir na Tire 1931-1971: a case study of a voluntary organisation' Chimera, 15 :127-138. [Details]
(1999)'Geography in UCC 1909-1972'
O'Connor, R.; (1999) 'Geography in UCC 1909-1972' Chimera, 14 :1-6. [Details]
(1997)'The EU and Rural development in the Republic of Ireland'
O'Connor, R.; (1997) 'The EU and Rural development in the Republic of Ireland' Chimera, 12 :56-62. [Details]
(1993)'Departmental erasmus Links'
O'Connor, R.; (1993) 'Departmental erasmus Links' Chimera, 8 :93-95. [Details]
(1988)'the Geography of Manipulation: the British Tabloids'
O'Connor,R.; Ni Chionnfhaolaidh, B; (1988) 'the Geography of Manipulation: the British Tabloids' Chimera, 3 :3-12. [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2016)The Changing Landscape of Local and Community Development in Ireland: Policy and Practice
Rylands, M., O'Connor, R. and Power, C. (2016) Local Government Reform in Ireland: Implications for Rural Development and Community Engagement . In: ISS21 Local and Community Development Working Group eds. The Changing Landscape of Local and Community Development in Ireland: Policy and Practice Cork, , pp.57-66 [Details]
(2016)The Changing Landscape of Local and Development in Ireland: Policy and Practice
ISS21 Local and Community Working Group (2016) Co-editor of Conference Proceeding The Changing Landscape of Local and Development in Ireland: Policy and Practice [Details]
(2016)The Changing Landscape of Local and Community Development in Ireland: Policy and Practice
Hall, J., O'Connor, R., Power, C. and Brady, W. (2016) New Structures for Local Government in Ireland: Evaluating the Impact on Community Participation in the Local Planning Process . In: ISS21 Local and Community Development Working Group eds. The Changing Landscape of Local and Community Development in Ireland: Policy and Practice Cork, , pp.45-56 [Details]
(2006)Sociedade da informacion en Espacios Perifericos: Novas Formas de Exclusion Social
Rylands, M. and O’Connor, R. (2006) Geographical perspectives on the information society and Irish rural spaces . In: Sexto, C.A., Quinta, F.X.A., Arce, X.C.M., Vazquez, Y.G eds. Sociedade da informacion en Espacios Perifericos: Novas Formas de Exclusion Social , pp.93-104 [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
1982College Scholar University College Cork
1992O'Connor Scholarship University College Cork

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2018)Contemporary Credit Union Research in Ireland, Credit Union Summer School,
Power, C. and O'Connor, R. (2018) Introducing the HP Deprivation Index and its Potential Application for Credit Unions. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Contemporary Credit Union Research in Ireland, Credit Union Summer School, UCC . [Details]
(2017)Disruptions and Transgressions: 49th Conference of Irish Geographers,
O'Connor, R. (2017) Chaired Session: Rural Revitalisation: Valuing Local Heritage Communities (2). [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Disruptions and Transgressions: 49th Conference of Irish Geographers, UCC . [Details]
(2015)The Changing Landscape of Local and Community Development in Ireland:,
O'Connor, R. (2015) Member of Organising Committee. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], The Changing Landscape of Local and Community Development in Ireland:, UCC . [Details]
(2018)Contemporary Credit Union Research in Ireland, Credit Union Summer School,
O’Connor, R., Byrne, N. and Power, C. (2018) Credit Union Restructuring in Ireland, 2013-2017: A Geographical Perspective. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Contemporary Credit Union Research in Ireland, Credit Union Summer School, UCC . [Details]
(2017)Disruptions and Transgressions: 49th Conference of Irish Geographers,
O'Connor, R. (2017) Convener Rural Revitalisation: Valuing Local Heritage Communities (1 and 2). [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Disruptions and Transgressions: 49th Conference of Irish Geographers, UCC . [Details]
(2017)Disruptions and Transgressions: 49th Conference of Irish Geographers,
O'Connor, R. and Rylands, M. (2017) Rural Development in Ireland: An overview of strategies to revitalise rural areas post-Famine period – 2017. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Disruptions and Transgressions: 49th Conference of Irish Geographers, Cork . [Details]
(2016)Credit Union Studies Summer School,
Ray O'Connor and Carol Power (2016) The Future of the Irish Credit Union Movement? Lessons from the Nineteenth Century Loan Fund Societies. [Oral Presentation], Credit Union Studies Summer School, University College Cork , 25-JUL-16 - 29-JUL-16. [Details]
(2016)Lecture to the Association of Geography Teachers Ireland, Cork Branch, (AGTI),
O' Connor, R. (2016) An Applied Geography of Farming and the CAP and the Challenges of Brexit. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Lecture to the Association of Geography Teachers Ireland, Cork Branch, (AGTI), Cork . [Details]
(2016)Credit Union Studies Summer School,
Ray O'Connor and Noreen Byrne (2016) Re-imagining the Irish credit Union Movement: Framing a new narrative. [Oral Presentation], Credit Union Studies Summer School, University College Cork , 25-JUL-16 - 29-JUL-16. [Details]
(2015)Political Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference,
O'Connor, R. (2015) Chaired Panel A: The Death of Community Development? The Impact of Local Government Reform on Local Democracy session. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Political Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Cork . [Details]
(2015)The Changing Landscape of Local and Community Development in Ireland:,
Rylands, M., O'Connor, R. and Power, C. (2015) Local Government Reform in Ireland: Implications for Rural Development. [Oral Presentation], The Changing Landscape of Local and Community Development in Ireland:, Cork , 21-OCT-15. [Details]
(2015)Political Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference,
Rylands, M., O'Connor, R. and Power, C. (2015) The Local Government Reform Act 2014: Policy, Practice and Political Disconnect. [Oral Presentation], Political Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Cork , 16-OCT-15 - 18-OCT-15. [Details]
(2015)Political Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference,
Hall, J., O'Connor, R., Power, C. and Brady, W. (2015) Assessing the Reform Agenda: Critical perspectives on new structures for local governance, planning and development in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Political Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Cork , 16-OCT-15 - 18-OCT-15. [Details]
(2015)The Changing Landscape of Local and Community Development in Ireland:,
Hall, J., O’Connor, R., Power, C. and Brady, W. (2015) New structures for Local Government in Ireland: Evaluating the Impact on Community Participation in the Local Planning Process. [Oral Presentation], The Changing Landscape of Local and Community Development in Ireland:, Cork , 21-OCT-15. [Details]
(2015)4th SYMBIOS Annual Conference: Recommendations for Planning Public Policies in favour of Inclusive Territories,
Rylands, M., and O’Connor, R., (2015) Territorial Inclusion Planning: a European Perspective. [Oral Presentation], 4th SYMBIOS Annual Conference: Recommendations for Planning Public Policies in favour of Inclusive Territories, Santiago de Compostela, . [Details]
(2014)Symbios Project Newsletter No.4,
O'Connor, R. (2014) Imbalances in Rural Population Distribution in Ireland. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Symbios Project Newsletter No.4, Santiago de Compostella . [Details]
(2009)Conference of Irish Geographers,
Rylands, M. and O’Connor, R., (2009) “A Geography of Unintended Consequences: the Cultural Implications of Field Boundary Removal”. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Conference of Irish Geographers, Cork . [Details]
(2009)Inaugural Irish Rural Studies Symposium,
Rylands, M. and O’Connor, R., (2009) “The Cultural Implications of Field Boundary Removal in Ireland. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Inaugural Irish Rural Studies Symposium, Athenry, Galway . [Details]
(2009)Conference of Irish Geographers,
O'Connor, R. (2009) Chaired the “Farming: Culture and Sustainability” session. [Other], Conference of Irish Geographers, Cork . [Details]
(2009)Inaugural Irish Rural Studies Symposium,
O’Connor, R., Power, C., McCarthy, O. and Murtagh, A. (2009) The Community Impact of Credit Unions in Rural Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Inaugural Irish Rural Studies Symposium, Athenry, Galway . [Details]
(2008)Credit Union Summer School,
Power, C., and O’Connor, R. (2008) Credit Unions and the Community: Some notes towards a theoretical framework. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Credit Union Summer School, University College Cork . [Details]
(2008)Credit Union Studies Summer School,
O’Connor, R. and Power, C. (2008) Stories of accessing credit through credit unions. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Credit Union Studies Summer School, University College Cork . [Details]
(2005)International Co-operative Alliance, XXI International Co-operatives Research Conference: The Contribution of Co-operatives to Community Culture,
O'Connor, R. & McCarthy O.; (2005) The development of consumer co-operatives in the context of social, economic and cultural change: A case study of the credit union movement in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], International Co-operative Alliance, XXI International Co-operatives Research Conference: The Contribution of Co-operatives to Community Culture, UCC , 11-AUG-05 - 14-AUG-05. [Details]
(2005)XIII Annual Conference on Cross-Currents in Literature, Film and the Visual Arts,
O'Connor R. & O. McCarthy; (2005) The Credit Union Movement in Ireland: Origins, Expansion and Future Challenges. [Oral Presentation], XIII Annual Conference on Cross-Currents in Literature, Film and the Visual Arts, UCC , 06-MAY-05 - 08-MAY-05. [Details]
(2005)Information Society in Peripheral Regions:New Forms of Social Exclusion,
O'Connor,R.; Rylands, M.; (2005) Geographical Perspectives on the Information Society and Irish Rural Spaces. [Invited Oral Presentation], Information Society in Peripheral Regions:New Forms of Social Exclusion, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain , 23-NOV-05 - 25-NOV-05. [Details]
(2005)XIII Annual Conference on Cross-Currents in Literature, Film and the Visual Arts 2005,
O'Connor R. & O. McCarthy; (2005) The Credit Union Movement in Ireland: Origins, Expansion and Future Challenges. [Oral Presentation], XIII Annual Conference on Cross-Currents in Literature, Film and the Visual Arts 2005, UCC , 06-MAY-05 - 08-MAY-05. [Details]
(2002)Comhlamh Action Networks: Farming Without Subsidies? The Future of World Farming,,
O’ Connor, R., Rylands, M. and Crowley, J., “Farming without subsidies; the Irish Farmer’s Perspective” paper presented to Comhlamh Action Networks one day conference Farming Without Subsidies? The Future of World Farming, Country Club Hotel, Cork, 26 April 2002. (2002) “Farming without subsidies; the Irish Farmer’s Perspective”. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Comhlamh Action Networks: Farming Without Subsidies? The Future of World Farming,, Cork . [Details]
(2002)Rural Credit Unions: Their role in financial and social inclusion,,
Byrne N., O. McCarthy O. & R. O’Connor The Development of Rural Credit Unions in Ireland – and a brief note on the role of education. [Keynote Speaker], Rural Credit Unions: Their role in financial and social inclusion, 08-NOV-02 - 09-NOV-02. (2002) The Development of Rural Credit Unions in Ireland – and a brief note on the role of education. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Rural Credit Unions: Their role in financial and social inclusion,, Tullock Castle, Dingwall, Scotland . [Details]
(2001)Conference of Irish Geographers,
O'Connor, R. (2001) Irish Credit Unions: Location, Relocation and Innovation. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Conference of Irish Geographers, Cork . [Details]
(1999)Credit Union Studies Summer School,
O'Connor, R. (1999) Innovation and Change in Irish Credit Unions. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Credit Union Studies Summer School, Cork . [Details]
(1989)Conference of Irish Geographers,
O'Connor, R. (1989) The Geographical Diffusion and Expansion of Muintir na Tire 1931 – 1971. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Conference of Irish Geographers, Dublin . [Details]

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Department of Geography, University College Cork Part time special assistant/
Department of Geography, Mary Immaculate College of Education Lecturer/
Centre for Co-operative Studies University College Cork Research Fellow (part time)/

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1984University College Cork BA
1988University College Cork MA

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Current Postgraduate Students

 StudentDegree Type
Murphy Daniel Declan Doctoral Degree
O Driscoll-Adam Elaine Doctoral Degree
Day Shawn Larsen Doctoral Degree

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