Navigation

Researchers at UCD

researcher

Tony Fahey

Professor Emeritus

School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice
A001b Arts Annexe
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 8231
Email: tony.fahey@ucd.ie

Biography

Professor Fahey has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA (1982). He was at the the Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, from 1992 to 2007 and was then Professor of Social Policy in University College Dublin until retirement in 2016, following which be became Professor Emeritus.  His research deals with a range of issues connected to social policy in Ireland and the European Union, including family dynamics, housing, poverty and spatial aspects of disadvantage and of policy responses to disadvantage. Recent work has drawn on large-scale national and cross-national data-sets, including the Growing Up in Ireland survey and a range of international databases to examine family patterns in Ireland and other countries, referring especially to the family circumstances of children.

Publications

Books

Barrett, Alan & Coleman, Kieran & Delaney, Liam & Fahey, Tony & Gannon, Brenda & Kearney, Ide & McCarthy, Yvonne & Nolan, Brian & Walsh, John R; (2006) Budget Perspectives 2007. Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI): Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). Available Online [Details]
Fahey, Tony & Delaney, Liam & Gannon, Brenda; (2005) School Children and Sport in Ireland. Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI): Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). Available Online Link to full text [Details]
T. Fahey, B. Hayes and R. Sinnott ; (2005) Consensus and Conflict. A study of values and attitudes in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Leiden/Boston; Dublin: Brill Academic Publishers (Leiden/Boston); Institute of Public Administration (Dublin). [Details]
Fahey, T., Hayes C. and Sinnott R; (2005) Conflict and Consensus: A Study of Values and Attitudes in the Republic of Ireland. Netherlands: Brill Academic Publishers. [Details]
Delaney, Liam & Fahey, Tony; (2005) Social and Economic Value of Sport in Ireland. Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI): Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Fahey, T., Hayes C. and Sinnott R; (2005) Conflict and Consensus: A Study of Values and Attitudes in the Republic of Ireland. Netherlands: Brill Academic Publishers. [Details]
Tony Fahey, Brian Nolan, Bertrand Maitre; (2004) Housing, Poverty and Wealth in Ireland. Dublin: Combat Poverty Agency. [Details]
B. Nolan, with T. Fahey and C.T. Whelan; (2003) Monitoring Quality of Life in Europe. European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities. [Details]
Tony Fahey, Helen Russell; (2001) Family Formation in Ireland: Trends, Data Needs and Implications. Dublin: Economic and Social Research Institute. [Details]
Tony Fahey, John Fitzgerald; (1997) Welfare Implications of Demographic Trends. Dublin: Oak Tree Press. [Details]
Tony Fahey, Maureen Lyons; (1995) Marital Breakdown and Family Law in the Republic of Ireland. A sociological study. Dublin: Oak Tree Press. [Details]
Tony Fahey; (1995) Health and Social Care Implications of Population Ageing in Ireland, 1991-2011. Dublin: National Council for the Elderly. [Details]

Book Chapters

Tony Fahey & Megan Curran (2016) 'Children and families, then and now' In: J. Williams, E. Nixon, E. Smyth, D. Watson (eds). Cherishing All the Children of the Nation Equally? Ireland 100 years on from the Easter Rising. Dublin: Oak Tree Press. , pp.39-59 Available Online [Details]
T. Fahey (2014) 'Divorce trends and patterns: an overview' In: John Eekelaar, Rob George (eds). Routledge Handbook of Family Law and Policy. London: Routledge. [Details]
Tony Fahey (2014) 'The Irish family in the new millennium' In: Linda Connolly (eds). The Irish Family. London: Routledge. [Details]
Tony Fahey (2014) 'Irish Families -- Different or Not?' In: T. Inglis (eds). Are the Irish Different. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
Nolan, B., Whelan. C. T., Calvert, E., Fahey, T., Healy, D., Mulcahy, A., Maitre, B., Norris, M., O'Donnell, I. and Winston, M. (2014) 'Ireland : Inequality and its Impacts in Bust & Boom' In: Nolan, B., Salverda, W., Checchi, D, Marx, I., McKnight, A, Toth, I. G., van der Werfhorst, H (eds). Changing Inequalities & Societal Impacts in Rich Countries: Thirty Countries' Experiences. Oxford: Oxford University Press. , pp.346-368 Available Online [Details]
T. Fahey (2013) 'Max Weber's 'Ancient Judaism' (reprint)' In: Alan Sica (eds). Max Weber. The International Library of Essays in Classocial Sociology. Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate. , pp.451-476 [Details]
Fahey, T, Norris, M and Field, C.A (2013) 'Introduction' In: Norris, M (eds). Social Housing, Disadvantage, and Neighbourhood Liveability Ten Years of Change in Social Housing Neighbourhoods. London/ New York: Routledge. , pp.1-22 [Details]
Norris. M and Fahey, T (2013) 'Conclusions' In: Norris, M (eds). Social Housing, Disadvantage, and Neighbourhood Liveability Ten Years of Change in Social Housing Neighbourhoods. London/ New York: Routledge. , pp.217-227 [Details]
Fahey, T and Norris, M (2013) 'Housing in the Welfare State: rethinking the foundations of comparative housing research' In: Stephens, S and Norris, M (eds). Meaning and Measurement in Comparative Housing Research. London/ New York: Routledge. , pp.11-25 [Details]
Fahey, T; Nixon, E (2013) 'Family Policy in Ireland' In: Mihaela Robila (eds). Handbook of Family Policies Across the Globe. New York: Springer. , pp.125-136 [Details]
Tony Fahey; (2011) 'Ireland' In: Q Skinner (eds). Families and States in Western Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
Tony Fahey, Michelle Norris; (2010) 'Housing' In: Herbet Obinger, Chris Pierson, Francis G Castles, Stephan Leibfried, Jane Lewis (eds). Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State. Oxford: Oxford University Press. , pp.515-528 [DOI] [Details]
Tony Fahey; (2009) 'Population' In: Stephan Immerfall & Goran Therborn (eds). Handbook of European Societies: Social Transformation in the 21st Century. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Verlag. , pp.413-438 [DOI] [Details]
T. Fahey; (2008) 'Fertility patterns and aspirations' In: T. Fahey; (eds). Handbook of Quality of Life in the Enlarged European Union. London: Routledge. [Details]
Tony Fahey; (2008) 'Ageing, the labour market and retirement' In: Patricia Kennedy, Suzanne Quin (eds). Ageing and Social Policy in Ireland. Dublin: UCD Press. , pp.20-32 [Details]
Bernadette Hayes and Tony Fahey; (2008) 'Protestants and politics in the Republic of Ireland: is integration complete?' In: Mervyn Busteed, Frank Neal, Jonathan Tonge (eds). Irish Protestant Identities. Manchester: Manchester University Press. , pp.70-83 [Details]
T. Fahey, Helen Russell, Christopher T. Whelan; (2007) 'Quality of life after the boom' In: T. Fahey, Helen Russell, Christopher T. Whelan; (eds). The Best of Times? The social impact of the Celtic Tiger in Ireland. Dublin: Institute of Public Administration. [Details]
Tony Fahey; (2007) 'Population' In: Sara O'Sullivan (eds). Contemporary Ireland: A sociological map. Dublin: UCD Press. , pp.13-29 [Details]
T. Fahey; (2007) 'How do we feel? Economic boom and happiness' In: T. Fahey; (eds). The Best of Times? The social impact of the Celtic Tiger in Ireland. Dublin: Institute of Public Administration. [Details]
T. Fahey and D. Duffy; (2007) 'The housing boom' In: T. Fahey and D. Duffy; (eds). The Best of Times? The social impact of the Celtic Tiger in Ireland. Dublin: Institute of Public Administration. [Details]
T. Fahey and R. Layte; (2007) 'Family and sexuality' In: T. Fahey and R. Layte; (eds). The Best of Times? The social impact of the Celtic Tiger in Ireland. Dublin: Institute of Public Administration. [Details]
T. Fahey and L. Delaney; (2006) 'State support for the horse racing industry in Ireland' In: T. Callan (eds). Budget perspectives 2007. Dublin: The Economic and Social Reserch Institute. [Details]
Delaney, L., Fahey, T.; (2006) 'The Financing of Horse Racing in Ireland' In: Callan, T (eds). Budget Perspectives 2007. Dublin: ESRI. [Details]
T. Fahey; (2006) 'Family and family policy' In: S. Healy, B. Reynolds and M. Collins (eds). Social Policy in Ireland. Principles, Practice and Problems. 2nd edition. Dublin: Liffey Press. , pp.385-402 [Details]
T. Fahey and B. Nolan; (2005) 'Housing expenditures, housing poverty and housing wealth: Irish home owners in comparative context' In: M. Norris and D. Redmond (eds). Housing Contemporary Ireland: Policy, Society and Shelter. Dublin: Institute of Public Administration. , pp.69-99 [Details]
R. Layte, P. O'Connell, T. Fahey and S. McCoy; (2005) 'Ireland and economic globalization. The experiences of a small open economy' In: H-P Blossfeld, E Klijzing, M Mills and K Kurz (eds). Globalization, Uncertainty and Youth in Society. Oxford and New York: Routledge. , pp.403-422 [Details]
T. Fahey; (2005) 'Fertility aspirations and outcomes in Europe' In: J. Alber and W. Merkel (eds). Jahrbuch-2005 den Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung. Berlin: Edition Sigma. [Details]
T. Fahey and B. Maître; (2004) 'Housing and social inequality in Ireland' In: K. Kurz and H-P. Blossfeld (eds). Housing and Social Inequality in Comparative Perspective. Stanford: Stanford University Press. , pp.281-303 [Details]
T. Fahey and E. Smyth; (2004) 'The link between subjective well-being and objective conditions in European societies' In: W.A. Arts and L.C.J.M. Halman (eds). European Values at the Turn of the Millennium. Leiden/Boston: Brill Academic Publishers. , pp.57-80 [Details]
T. Fahey; (2003) 'Entries on 'divorce', 'family', 'family planning', 'fertility' and 'non-marital births'' In: T. Fahey; (eds). The Encyclopaedia of Ireland. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan. [Details]
T. Fahey; (2002) 'Is atheism increasing? Ireland and Europe compared' In: Eoin G. Cassidy (eds). Measuring Ireland: Discerning Values and Beliefs. Dublin: Veritas. [Details]
T. Fahey; (2001) 'Money, spirituality and the religious congregations' In: M. J. Breen (eds). Fire in the Forest. Religious life in Ireland. Dublin: Veritas. [Details]
T. Fahey; (2001) 'Housing and local government' In: Mary E. Daly (eds). County and Town: One Hundred Years of Local Government in Ireland. RTÉ Thomas Davis Lecture Series. Dublin: Institute of Public Administration. [Details]
T. Fahey, H. Russell and E. Smyth; (2000) 'Gender equality, fertility decline and labour market patterns among women in Ireland' In: in B. Nolan, P.J. O'Connell and C.T. Whelan (eds). Bust to Boom. The Irish Experience of Growth and Inequality. Dublin: Institute of Public Administration. , pp.244-267 [Details]
Norris, M and Fahey, T; (2008) 'Ireland' In: Cowans, J and Maclennan, D (eds). Visions for Social Housing: International Perspectives. London: Smith Institute. , pp.66-76 [Details]
Nolan, B., Whelan, C., Calvert, E., Fahey, T., Healy, D., Mulcahy, A., Maitre, B., Norris, M., O'Donnell, I., and Winston, N. (2014) 'Ireland: Inequality and impacts in boom and bust' In: Nolan, B., Salverda, W., Checci, D., Marx, I., McKnight, A., Toth, I., van der Werfhorst, H (eds). Changing Inequalities & Social Impacts in Rich Countries. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
Fahey, T. (2011) 'Ireland' In: Cambridge University Press. , pp.87-105 [DOI] [Details]
Fahey, T. and Norris, M. and Field, C.A. (2013) 'Introduction' In: M. Norris (eds). Social Housing, Disadvantage, and Neighbourhood Liveability Ten Years of Change in Social Housing Neighbourhoods. London: Taylor and Francis. , pp.1-22 [DOI] [Details]
Norris, M. and Fahey, T. (2013) 'Conclusions' In: M. Norris (eds). Social Housing, Disadvantage, and Neighbourhood Liveability Ten Years of Change in Social Housing Neighbourhoods. London: Taylor and Francis. , pp.219-228 [DOI] [Details]

Edited Books

Tony Fahey (Ed.). (1999) Social Housing in Ireland. A study of success, failure and lessons learned. Dublin: Oak Tree Press. [Details]
Jens Alber, Tony Fahey and Chiara Saraceno (Ed.). (2008) Handbook of Quality of Life in the Enlarged European Union. London: Routledge. [Details]
Tony Fahey, Helen Russell, Christopher T. Whelan (Ed.). (2008) Quality of Life in Ireland: the Impact of Economic Boom. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. Available Online [Details]
Tony Fahey, Helen Russell, Christopher T. Whelan (Ed.). (2007) Best of Times? The Social Impact of the Celtic Tiger. Dublin and Dordrecht: Institute of Public Administration and Springer Verlag. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Fahey, T (2017) 'The sibsize revolution and social disparities in children's family contexts in the United States, 1940-2012'. Demography, Online advance access . Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Korn, B., Ó Coimín, D., Prizeman, G, Codd, M., Curran, M., Hynes, G., Donnelly, S and Fahey, T (2016) 'Survey of Bereaved Relatives in Two Academic Adult Hospitals'. Palliative Medicine, Vol 30 (6). [DOI] [Details]
Gibney, Sarah, Delaney, Liam, Codd, Mary, Fahey, Tony (2015) 'Lifetime Childlessness, Depressive Mood and Quality of Life Among Older Europeans'. Social Indicators Research, :1-19. [Details]
Tony Fahey (2014) 'Familism and fertility: Ireland from a Japanese point of view'. University of Tokyo Journal of Law and Politics, 11 (Winter). [Details]
Tony Fahey; (2012) 'Small Bang? The impact of divorce legislation on marital breakdown in Ireland'. International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 26 (2). [Details]
Norris, M and Fahey, T; (2011) 'From Asset Based Welfare to Welfare Housing: The Changing Meaning of Social Housing in Ireland'. Housing Studies, 26 (3):459-469. [DOI] [Details]
Fahey, T and Norris, M; (2011) 'Housing in the Welfare State: Rethinking the Concepual Foundations of Comparative Housing Policy Analysis'. International Journal of Housing Policy, 11 (4):406-452. [DOI] [Details]
Fahey T and Fanning B ; (2010) 'Immigration and Socio-Spatial Segregation in Dublin, 1996-2006'. Urban Studies, 47 (8):1626-1642. [Details]
T. Fahey; (2007) 'The case for an EU-wide measure of poverty'. European Sociological Review, 23 (1). [Details]
T. Fahey; (2006) 'State financial support for horse racing in Ireland'. Quarterly Economic Commentary, Winter . [Details]
T. Fahey & E. Smyth ; (2004) 'Do subjective indicators measure welfare? Evidence from 33 European societies'. European Societies (Journal of the European Sociological Association), 6 (1). [Details]
T. Fahey, B. Nolan and B. Maitre; (2004) 'Housing Expenditures and Income Poverty in EU Countries'. Social Policy, 33 (3):437-454. [Details]
T. Fahey; (2003) 'Is there a trade-off between pensions and home ownership? An exploration of the Irish case'. Journal of European Social Policy, 13 (2). [Details]
T. Fahey; (2002) 'The family economy in the development of welfare regimes: a case study'. European Sociological Review, 18 (1). [Details]
T. Fahey; (2001) 'Trends in Irish fertility rates in comparative perspective'. Economic and Social Review, 32 (2). [Details]
T. Fahey; (1995) 'Privacy and the family: conceptual and empirical reflections'. Sociology, 29 (4). [Details]
T. Fahey; (1993) 'Review article ' women in the labour market in Ireland'. Economic and Social Review, 24 (2). [Details]
T. Fahey; (1992) 'Housework, the household economy and economic development in Ireland since the 1920s'. Irish Journal of Sociology, 2 (1). [Details]
T. Fahey; (1992) 'State, family and compulsory schooling in Ireland'. Economic and Social Review, 23 (4). [Details]
Tony Fahey; (1990) 'Measuring the female labour supply: conceptual and procedural problems in Irish official statistics'. Economic and Social Review, 21 (2). [Details]
Tony Fahey; (1984) 'Text and context in interpreting a text - a reply to Camic'. American Journal of Sociology, 89 (1). [Details]
Tony Fahey; (1982) 'Max Weber's 'Ancient Judaism''. American Journal of Sociology, 88 (1). [Details]

Other Journals

T. Fahey; (2004) 'The housing boom in Ireland: causes, effects on affordability, and policy responses' Housing Finance International . [Details]
T. Fahey; (2004) 'Housing affordability: Is the real problem in the private rented sector?'' Quarterly Economic Commentary (ESRI) . [Details]
T. Fahey; (2003) 'The role of social housing' Irish Banking Review . [Details]
T. Fahey; (2001) 'Religion in an age of prosperity' Studies . [Details]
T. Fahey and M. Sutton ; (2000) 'An abundance of aid: Some challenges facing the Irish government and NGOs' Trócaire Development Review . [Details]
J. Fitz Gerald, T. Fahey and B. Maître ; (1998) 'The economic and social implications of population change' Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland xxviii (v) . [Details]
 

Published Reports

T. Fahey and Z. Spéder; (2004) Fertility and Family Issues in an Enlarged Europe. Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg. [Details]
Pete Lunn & Tony Fahey; (2011) Households and Family Structures in Ireland: a Detailed Statistical Analysis of Census 2006. Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Delaney, L. & Fahey, T.; (2005) The Social and Economic Value of Sport in Ireland. ESRI, Dublin. [Details]
T. Fahey, C.T. Whelan and B. Maitre; (2005) First European Quality of Life Survey: Income Inequalities and Deprivation. Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg. [Details]
Fahey, T., Delaney, L., Gannon, B.,; (2005) School Children and Sport in Ireland. ESRI, Dublin. [Details]
Fahey, T., Keilthy, P., & Polek, E. (2012) Family Relationships and Family Well-Being: A Study of the Families of Nine Year-Olds in Ireland. Family Support Agency, Dublin. Link to full text [Details]
Fahey, T, Norris, M, McCafferty, D and Humphreys, E; (2011) Combating Social Disadvantage in Social Housing Estates: the policy implications of a ten year follow up study. Combat Poverty Agency/Department of Social Protection, Dublin. Link to full text [Details]
Pete Lunn & Tony Fahey; (2011) Households and Family Structures in Ireland: a Detailed Statistical Analysis of Census 2006. Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Pete Lunn, Tony Fahey and Carmel Hannan; (2009) Family Figures: Family Dynamic and Family Types in Ireland. Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
           

Reports

T. Fahey and H. Russell ; (2001) Family Formation in Ireland. Trends, Data Needs and Implications. Dublin: Reports [Details]
T. Fahey and H. Russell ; (2002) Older People's Preferences for Employment and Retirement in Ireland. Dublin: Reports [Details]
T. Fahey, B. Nolan and C.T. Whelan ; (2003) Monitoring Quality of Life in Europe. Luxembourg: Reports Available Online [Details]
H. Russell and T. Fahey; (2004) Ageing and Labour Market Participation. Dublin: Reports [Details]
T. Fahey, B. Nolan and B. Maitre; (2004) Housing, Poverty and Wealth in Ireland. Dublin: Reports Available Online [Details]
                         

Working Paper

T. Fahey and P. Keilthy (2013) Absent fathers, absent siblings: two sides of lone parenthood for children. UCD Geary Institute Working Paper WP2013/03: Working Paper Available Online [Details]
E. Calvert and T. Fahey (2013) The Impact of Income Inequality on the Family: a test of a thesis. UCD Geary Institute Working Paper WP2013/2: Working Paper Available Online [Details]
Fahey, T (2014) Family size as a social leveller for children in the second demographic transition. Working Paper Link to full text [Details]
Fahey, Tony; (2015) Family Patterns and Social Inequality among Children in the United States 1940-2012: A Re-assessment. University College Dublin. Geary Institute: Working Paper Link to full text [Details]
       

Monographs:- Peer Reviewed

L. Delaney and T. Fahey; (2005) The Social and Economic Value of Sport in Ireland. Dublin: Monographs:- Peer Reviewed Available Online [Details]
T. Fahey, R. Layte and B. Gannon; (2004) Sports Participation and Health among Adults in Ireland. Dublin: Monographs:- Peer Reviewed [Details]
Tony Fahey, Peter Murray; (1994) Health and Autonomy among the Over-65s in Ireland. Dublin: Monographs:- Peer Reviewed [Details]
                                                           

Research

Research Interests

Research interests: Family dynamics and family policy in Ireland and Europe; Living conditions and social inequality in the enlarged EU; social policy and social services in Ireland; social housing. Current projects include an analysis of family relationships and family well-being in Ireland, based on data from the Growing Up in Ireland survey (funded by the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Science and by the Family Support Agency) and an international  study on the impact of social inequalities on family patterns in European.