Philip’s primary research interest lies in political socialisation and political engagement. His doctoral thesis focussed on the socialisation of political efficacy among adolescents in the Republic of Ireland. It used a quantitative methodology to assess the role of background and social factors on the political outlook of those in late adolescence (threshold voters). The research project received an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship, under the supervision of Dr Clodagh Harris. Concurrent research with Dr Harris assessed the impact of community education on political engagement among the asylum-seeking community in Cork. He is currently working on publications in the following areas; the measurement of political efficacy, the relationship between political trust and efficacy, and the role of gender in political engagement. He edited the Irish Political Studies Data Yearbook for the period 2012-2014.
Philip has teaching and examining experience at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He has lectured on the B.Sc. Government, the B.Comm, B.Comm (European), B.A. Politics, the MBS (Government) and the Certificate in Political Issues in Ireland. He has coordinated modules on; comparative European politics, post-national politics, research methods in political science, introduction to politics and government, political issues in the Republic of Ireland, and electoral politics. He has supervised research projects at undergraduate and postgraduate level.