Dr Siobhán O’Connor has researched and published both nationally and internationally on historical and contemporary migrant issues, including government policy and public opinion, racism, direct provision, violence against women and gaps in the Irish state’s international obligations. Although a qualified secondary school teacher, Dr O’Connor has worked as a professional social practitioner for the past fourteen years. Her practice focuses on the work of the community/voluntary sector in Ireland and its relationship to the implementation of government policy at a local level. Her specific interest is ethnic minorities and the problems of trafficking, domestic violence and racism as well as the primary healthcare needs of the Traveller community. She is currently focusing her practitioner work on social exclusion and advocates for equality and social justice for those most at risk of discrimination. She received her PhD in Exile Studies from the University of Limerick, Ireland, in 2010.