Sociological Association of Ireland - Executive Committee
Dr Lucy Michael - President
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. Recent work has focused on racist incident reporting, and she works closely with civil society organisations to develop responsive approaches to racism. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has expertise in transnational higher education as well as team-based learning pedagogies. She has previously taught at the University of Hull and Keele University
Dr Matt Bowden - Vice President
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 Amy Healy - Treasurer
Amy Erbe Healy is a comparative, quantitative sociologist and is currently the Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the European Social Survey Round 8, Ireland at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the New Deals project at Maynooth University, NUIM. Her research with New Deals explored European workplace regimes and how they relate to: “worlds” of capitalism, dualism, workers’ experiences of work and welfare attitudes. Her other research has included: convergence theory vis-à-vis consumption, comparative research into food practices, the impact of austerity on political legitimacy and also the impact of austerity on religious belief and practice. Her book (co-authored with Michael Breen), Changing Values, Attitudes and Behaviours in Ireland: An Analysis of European Social Survey Data in Ireland, 2002 – 2012, was published in 2016.
Dr. Jill O'Mahony - Minutes Secretary
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.
Dr Colin Coulter
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 Kieran Keohane
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.
Dr Paul Ryan - Ex Officio (President 2014-17)
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 (2012).
Dr Carmel Hannan
Dr Carmel Hannan is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Limerick. Her research has covered a diverse range of topics such as friendship, family formation, unemployment duration, subject choice, policy evaluation and most recently marriage, divorce and wellbeing. She has led a number of funded research projects in this area culminating in a number of publications; such as "Family Structure and Child Outcomes: evidence from Ireland" in the Economic and Social Review, vol 45 (1) 2014. She worked previously as a researcher at the ESRI in Dublin, ISER at the University of Essex and at the University of Oxford where she completed her doctoral studies.
Dr Eoin Flaherty
Eoin is a Lecturer in the School of Sociology at University College Dublin. 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.
Dr Mathew Creighton
Mathew graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 with a joint PhD in sociology and demography. His work is concerned with the causes and consequences of immigration. In the context of destination, he focuses on intolerance, anti-immigrant sentiment and the implication of social incorporation for health inequality. Most recently, his research explores the formation of the other, focusing on the masking of attitudes toward religion and immigration. In the context of origin, he consider the role ethnicity, gender, immigration and health in processes of social stratification. His published work is inherently inter- and trans-disciplinary, bridging sociology, political science, demography, criminology, public health, history and urban studies. Before joining the School of Sociology at University College Dublin in 2016, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Office of Population Research at Princeton University, a lecturer in the Department of Political and Social Science at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and an assistant professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is tired of moving and Dublin is his home now.
Dr Jacqueline O'Toole
Lecturer in Social Research at IT Sligo
Jacqueline a feminist sociologist and lecturer in Social Research in the Department of Social Science, Institute of Technology, Sligo, where she has worked since 2003. Previously, she lectured in the Dublin Institute of Technology and the Waterford Institute of Technology. Jacqueline's research interests are in narrative inquiry, critical weight studies, feminist theory and methodology, and gender and social care. She has published in the areas of gender, sexuality and social care; women and dieting; and professionalisation of social care. Jacqueline co-convenes the Narrative Inquiry Series of conferences with colleagues in Maynooth University and the National University of Ireland, Galway. She loves music and plays a number of instruments (moderately well).