Sociological Association of Ireland - Executive Committee
Dr Paul Ryan - President
Paul Ryan is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. Having previously lectured at the School of Social Sciences and Law in the Dublin Institute of Technology and the Department of Sociology, University College Dublin from where he completed a PhD in 2005. Paul's research interests include the sociology of the family and personal life, masculinities, gay and lesbian studies, social movements and qualitative research methods specifically the use of life history. He has written widely on aspects of Irish sexuality and recent publications include `Asking Angela Macnamara: An Intimate History of Irish Lives` (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2011) and 'The Pursuit of Gay and Lesbian Sexual Citizenship Rights, 1980-2011' in L. Keily and M. Leane (eds.) Sexualities and Irish Society: A Reader Dublin: Blackhall Press (forthcoming 2012). A more detailed description of Paul's work can be found at: http://sociology.nuim.ie/people/dr-paul-ryan.
Dr Anne Byrne - Vice President
Anne Byrne is a sociologist with teaching and research interests spanning gender, identity, rurality, inequality, stigma, group work and community development, anthropological historiography and qualitative research methodologies with a particular interest in narrative inquiry. Commencing in the mid 1980s, her academic career has largely been in Ireland but with some experience of teaching and research in the US. Anne has been actively involved in both international, national and local research advisory groups dealing with social justice, community development and gender issues. Anne is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Irish Journal of Sociology, Women's Studies International Forum and Journal of Gender Studies. A more detailed description of Anne's work can be found at http://www.nuigalway.ie/soc/staff/byrne_anne.html.
Dr Matt Bowden - Treasurer
Matt Bowden is a Lecturer in Sociology at the School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences at Dublin Institute of Technology where he has worked since 2008. Matt's principal research interests are in sociological criminology and he is currently the programme chair of the MA in Criminology on which he teaches His current research interests include the governance of urban security, comparative criminology, urban governance, and social and political aspects of crime prevention. Matt's main sociological preoccupation is with the work of Bourdieu and his rich legacy of works on culture, class and power. To find out more about Matt and his work go to http://www.dit.ie/socialscienceslaw/socialsciences/staff/mattbowden/.
Dr Kieran Keohane - Committee Member
Kieran Keohane, a senior member of staff in the Department of Sociology UCC, has a number of research Interests including sociological analysis in the interpretive tradition, confluences between critical theory and poststructuralism; cities and forms of urban life; identity, difference and social antagonism and others. His current work covers areas such as the city and urban culture, the generation and legacy of cultural capital in Europe's 'cultural capitals'; and the cultivation of cosmopolitanism. He has a particular interest in epidemiology, public health and social policy based on interpretive work in symbolic disorders associated with accelerated modernization, globalization and risk. Also in the planning field, he is currently writing a book entitled: Model Homes and the Idea of Security: The Collective Dreamhouse of the Modern State. To find out more about Kieran's work go to http://publish.ucc.ie/researchprofiles/A024/kkeohane.
Dr Colin Coulter - Membership Secretary
Colin Coulter is a senior lecturer in Sociology at National University of Ireland, Maynooth. His research interests include development studies, global politics, Marxism, ethnicity and nationalism, popular culture and in particular popular music and Northern Irish politics and society. To find out more about Colins work and publications go to https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/sociology/our-people/colin-coulter.
Dr Lucy Michael - Minutes Secretary
Lucy Michael is a Lecturer in Sociology at University of Ulster. Her research expertise is in race and ethnicity, minority experiences of crime and victimisation, and leadership. Lucy is the UK Regional Editor of the Irish Journal of Sociology. To find out more about Lucy's work go to http://ulster.academia.edu/LucyMichael or http://www.ulster.ac.uk/staff/l.michael.html
Clay Darcy - Postgraduate Representative
Clay Darcy is a PhD candidate at University College Dublin, School of Sociology. His research interests are Masculinities and Drug Use, in particular, exploring the role of drug use in the construction, maintenance and display of masculine identities. Clay has lectured on the Sociology of Childhood at St. Nicholas Montessori College Ireland, and is on the editorial team of Masculinities101. Prior to studying sociology, Clay spent time working within the education and youth work sectors. Clay holds degrees in Art & Design Education, Human Resource Management and Social Science (Major Sociology). To find out more about Clay's research go to http://www.irishsociologyblog.com
Dr. Jill O'Mahony
Jill O’Mahony is a lecturer in the Department of Applied Arts at Waterford Institute of Technology, where she has worked since 2008. Jill's current research interests involve exploring social solidarity within maritime communities along political, cultural, economic and gender lines. In addition to this she has particular interests in postcolonial studies and the use of culture as a tool for social change. You can find out more about Jill here: www.wit.ie/about_wit/contact_us/staff_directory/jill_m._o_mahony
Dr James Carr
James Carr works in the Department of Sociology, University of Limerick, Ireland. His research interests include contemporary racisms, in particular anti-Muslim racism, with research published in Critical Sociology and a monograph entitled Experiences of Islamophobia: living with racism in the neoliberal era (2016). James continues to engage in fieldwork with diverse Muslim communities across the Republic of Ireland researching experiences of, and responses to, anti-Muslim racism.
Dr Eoin Flaherty
Eoin Flaherty is a Lecture in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queen's University Belfast. Eoin's research focuses on the socioeconomic and ecological processes underpinning the formation of national and cross-national inequalities. He has studied these inequalities and their determinants through research on the political ecology and social structure of pre-capitalist societies, and more recently, on comparative income and wealth inequalities. Both strands of research employ quantitative techniques, historical case studies, and documentary analysis. Eoin's specific interests include: comparative political economy, factor share and income inequality modeling, welfare and labour markets, famine and food security, resilience ecology, human ecology, historical sociology, historical geography, time series regression and panel data analysis, pooled time series cross-section analysis, cluster and configurational analysis, geographically weighted regression, comparative case-based methods, systems and complexity theory, geographies of inequality and welfare.