School of Social and Political Science

Dr Markus Ketola

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Senior Lecturer in Global and International Social Policy

Markus Ketola

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Chrystal Macmillan Building

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15a George Square

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I am a senior lecturer in Global and International Social Policy. My current research interests are broadly located in civil society studies, particularly looking at the role of NGOs in the design and delivery of social policy and the relationships between supranational actors and NGOs, as well as the transnational aspects of NGO work. I'm also interested in the impact of populism on social policy in general and populist policy narratives in particular. Some of these themes are explored in my two books: Europeanization and Civil Society (2013) and Neoliberalism and the Voluntary and Community Sector in Northern Ireland (with Ciaran Hughes) (2021).

I joined the School of Social and Political Studies in 2019. Prior to this I worked at Ulster University and the London School of Economics. I completed my PhD at the LSE in 2010, in the Department of Social Policy. During my time at Ulster I served as the Research Director for the School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences managing the REF2021 submission for UoA20 and as Director of both the North East Doctoral Training Partnerships (NINE DTP) and the DTA3/COFUND Marie Skoldowska-Curie PhD Fellowships Programme. I am the current Research Convenor for Social Policy. 

I have been a member of the Social Policy Association's Executive Committee since 2015 and I am the current Honorary Secretary of the SPA.

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Nordensvärd J, Ketola M, Urban F. The river runs through it: Naturalising social policy and welfare. Sustainability. 2022 Aug 22;14(16):1-18. 10415.
Ketola M, Nordensvard J. A theory of informal and formal social citizenship and welfare. Journal of Social Policy. 2022 Jul 15;1-20.
Kazanoğlu N, Ketola M. Understanding the moral economy of state-civil society relationships: Islam, women’s NGOs and rights-based advocacy in Turkey. Turkish Studies. 2022 Feb 10.
Nordensvard J, Ketola M. Populism as an act of storytelling: Analyzing the climate change narratives of Donald Trump and Greta Thunberg as populist truth-tellers . Environmental Politics. 2021 Nov 1.
Hughes C, Ketola M. Neoliberalism and the Voluntary and Community Sector in Northern Ireland. Bristol: Policy Press, 2021. 152 p. (Third Sector Research Series).
Nordensvard J, Alexandra J, Ketola M. Internalizing animals and ecosystems in social citizenship and social policy: From political community to political country. Sustainability. 2021 Jun 9;13(12):1-15.
Ketola M. [Review of] Jätkät ja jytkyt–Perussuomalaiset ja populismin retoriikka [Blokes and Bombshells: True Finns and Populist Rhetoric]: Edited by Emilia Palonen and Tuija Saresma, Tampere: Vastapaino, 2017. Pp. 365. €36 [£30] softback; €25 [£21] EPUB. ISBN: 9789517686174. Nationalism and Ethnic Politics. 2020 Apr 2;26(2).
Ketola M. NGOs and Civil Society. In Ozerdem A, Whiting M, editors, The Routledge Handbook of Turkish Politics. Abingdon: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. 2019. p. 126-137
Nordensvard J, Ketola M. Rethinking the consumer metaphor versus the citizen metaphor: Frame merging and higher education reform in Sweden. Social Policy and Society. 2018 Dec 26;18(4):555-575.
Ketola M, Nordensvard J. Reviewing the relationship between social policy and the contemporary populist radical right: Welfare chauvinism, welfare nation state and social citizenship. Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy. 2018 Sep 26;34(3):172-187.
Ketola M, Nordensvard J. Framing social policy and populism in a changing European context. Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy. 2018 Sep 6;34(3):169-171.
Ketola M, O'Connor K. Contemporary governance in Northern Ireland: Introduction. Administration. 2018 Aug 24;66(3):1-4.
Ketola M, Hughes C. Changing narratives, changing relationships: A new environment for voluntary action? Voluntary Sector Review. 2018 Jul 12;9(2):197-214.
Ketola M, Nordensvard J. Social policy and populism: Welfare nationalism as the new narrative of social citizenship. In Needham C, Heins E, Rees J, editors, Social Policy Review 30. Vol. 30. United Kingdom: Policy Press. 2018. p. 161-181. (Social Policy Review).
Ketola M, Hughes C. Independence of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Northern Ireland. 2016. 23 p.
Ketola M. Understanding NGO strategies to engage with donor-funded development projects: Reconciling and differentiating objectives. European Journal of Development Research. 2016 Jul 1;28(3):479-494.
Ketola M. Civil society management education in Finland: What’s management got to do with it? Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership. 2015 Nov 10;5(4):305-324.
Nordensvard J, Ketola M. Nationalist reframing of the Finnish and Swedish welfare states – The nexus of nationalism and social policy in far‐right populist parties. Social Policy and Administration. 2015 May;49(3):356-375.
Ketola M, Nordensvard J. Nordic Euroscepticism – An exception that disproves the rule? 2013.
Ketola M. The everyday politics of the European public sphere: Moving beyond EU policy perspectives. Journal of Civil Society. 2013 Sep 1;8(3):213-228.
Ketola M. Europeanization and Civil Society: Turkish NGOs as Instruments of Change. United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. (New Perspectives on South-East Europe).
Ketola M. EU support for NGOs in Turkey is not a short-cut to democratic change. 2012.
Ketola M. European perspectives on the Big Society agenda. In Ishkanian A, Szreter S, editors, The Big Society Debate. United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing. 2012. p. 158-167
Ketola M. ‘A gap in the bridge?’: European Union civil society financial assistance in Turkey. European Journal of Development Research. 2011 Aug 18;24(1):89-104.
Ketola M. EU democracy promotion in Turkey: Funding NGOs, funding conflict? The International Journal of Human Rights. 2011 Aug 1;15(6):787-800.