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Kevin P. O’Kelly

Associate Researcher
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Kevin P O’Kelly is an Associate Researcher with the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), Brussels. Before becoming Director of the Combat Poverty Agency, an Irish State-funded policy advice organisation, in 2007, he was Head of Research and Policy and co-ordinated a number of European Commission funded projects on poverty and social inclusion. Previously he had been Research Manager with the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (EUROFOUND), Dublin, from 1989 to 2002, with responsibility for research projects on employment, work organisation, social dialogue and industrial relations. He represented Eurofound on the European Commission’s European Work Organisation Network (EWON). He has been involved in many studies on employment policy and social rights issues for the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, and continues to work with the Council on its social cohesion and youth policies. He was advisor to a European Commission project to build social dialogue structures in Bosnia and Herzegovnia, 2009-2010. He has also worked on education/training programmes with the ILO Training Centre in Turin. He is an Executive Committee member of the Paris-based International Association for Financial Participation (IAFP-AIPF) and was a member (1998-2003) of the Executive Committee of the International Industrial Relations Association (now the International Labour and Employee Relations Association – ILERA). He is a former political advisor to the Irish Minister for Labour.

Areas of activity

Member of the Editorial Board of Transfer (and co-ordinator of a number of issues of Transfer) 1997-20012; member of the SEEurope Network 2000-2013; member of the GOODCORP study project since 2012; and a member of the ETUC Reflection Group on minimum standards for worker consultation and the preparation of the ETUC position paper on a new EU framework on information, consultation and board-level representation rights (2012-2016)  



Main publications or courses
  • Ireland: Shifting from voluntarism to national agreements in ‘Trade Unions in Europe: facing challenges and searching for solutions’ eds. J Waddington and R Hoffmann, European Trade Union Institute, Brussels (2000) (Published in German, French and English). 
  • Participación de los empleados en el cambio organizativo en Europa in ‘La Empresa Participativa: una visión sobre el papel de las personas en las organizaciones’, Cluster del Conocimiento, Zamudio, Spain, (2001).
  • Financial Participation: Seeking a European Consensus in Transfer, European Review of Labour and Research, ETUI, Brussels, Vol. 8, No.1 (Spring 2002). Co-ordinator of volume.
  • Ireland: Shall We Dance?  in ‘Strategic Unionism and Partnership – Boxing or Dancing’ eds. T Huzzard, D Gregory and R Scott, Palgrave Macmillan, New York (2004)
  • A European project for employee board-level representatives: Issues, roles and responsibilities in Transfer, European Review of Labour and Research, ETUI-REHS, Brussels, Vol. 11, No. 2 (Summer, 2005).  Joint co-ordinator of volume.
  • Better Policies, Better Outcomes: Promoting Mainstreaming Social Inclusion Combat Poverty Agency, Ireland, (2006).
  • The Evaluation of Mainstreaming Social Inclusion in Europe Combat Poverty Agency, Ireland, (2007)
  • New Thinking for the Post-Recession World? FHRD Conference, Malta (2009)
  • Improving the situation of low-income workers in ‘Strenghthening Social Cohesion’ (with C Corr), Council of Europe, Strasbourg (2010)
  • Report on information and consultation arrangements in Ireland, INFORMIA Project, Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (2010) (
  • The Participatory Policies of the European Union: A critical assessment of Directives on information and consultation in ‘Workers, Citizens, Governance: Socio-cultural innovation at work’ eds. F Garibaldo, M Bagioni, C Casey and V Telljohann, Vol 27 in the Labour, Education and Society series, Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main (2012)
  • The Role of Information and Consultation in Ireland and how it relates to the EU Level, INFORMIA II Project, Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (2012) (
  • Case study on Cocl Cola European Works Councils INFORMIA II Project, Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (2012) (
  • Access to Social Rights for Young People Council of Europe, Enter! LTTC Project (2013)
  • Report on Ireland InfPreventa Project, Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (2015) (
  • Step in! A user-friendly companion to the Council of Europe Recommendation (CM/Rec(2015)3) on access of young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods to social rights (with J Muir) Council of Europe, Strasbourg, (for publication in 2016)
  • Implementation of Takeover Directive (2004/25/EC) in Ireland (2016) ETUI Goodcorp Project