Researchers at UCD


Martina Byrne

Teaching Fellow

School Of Soc Pol, Soc Wrk & Soc Justice

Tel: 01 716 8340


Martina lectures at post-graduate and under-graduate level in Sociology of Inequality, Inequality in Ireland and Research Methods in The School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, UCD. She also lectures on the UCD Level 7 CPD Diploma for Deaf Students and contributes to the UCD/Institute for Public Administration Doctorate in Governance. In 2014/15 she was joint Module Co-ordinator for Theories of Justice a new module for the UCD School of Law. She has supervised and examined MSc and MPhil dissertations in both UCD and TCD.

Her research interests include: national, racial and ethnic identity; immigration policy and discourse, including media discourse; social inequality and racism as experienced by migrants; social class norms and their performance; critical Whiteness studies; grounded theory methodology and peer research methods.

Prior to joining UCD in 2014, Martina lectured in Trinity College Dublin in Social Inequality; Contemporary Social Theory; Race, Ethnicity and Identity; and Race and Ethnicity for Healthcare Professionals and was awarded The TCD/Dermot McAleese Teaching Award 2013 in recognition of outstanding contribution in the pursuit of teaching excellence.

Prior to returning to the academy in 2007 to undertake an MPhil in Race and Ethnicity and subsequently a PhD in Sociology in the School of Social Science and Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin,  Martina worked in the private sector as a communications consultant to public and private bodies and national and international organisations.


Honours and Awards

Year: 2013.
Title: The Trinity College Dublin Dermot McAleese Teaching Award
Year: 2008.
Title: Trinity College Dublin PhD Studentship 2008-2013

Conference Contributions

Byrne, M. (2016) 'Real' and other immigrants: How professionals categorise immigrants and the research implications¿. British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Birmingham , 06-APR-16 - 08-APR-16.
Byrne, M. (2014) Shades of White: Irish Professionals response to immigrants. [Oral Presentation], Images of Whiteness: Exploring Critical Studies, Oxford University, Oxford, UK , 21-JUL-14 - 23-JUL-14.
Byrne, M (2014) Immigration: Resistance and reflections of the Irish professional class. [Invited Oral Presentation], Power, Conflict and Resistance. MPhil Race, Ethnicity, Conflict Alumni Conference, Trinity College Dublin , 20-JUN-14 - 20-JUN-14.
Byrne, M (2014) The Changing Nature of Irish Racisms: Is Economic Contribution the new White?. [International Refereed Conference], British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Leeds, UK , 23-APR-14 - 25-APR-14.
Byrne, M (2014) Who are you calling an immigrant? How the term is understood by Irish professionals and the implications for researchers. [National Refereed Conference Paper], The Crisis, Mobility and New Forms of Migration, University College Cork, Ireland , 02-SEP-14 - 04-SEP-14.
Byrne, M (2011) A longitudinal peer research study of the attitudes of the Irish professional social class towards immigrants before, and during, economic recession. [International Refereed Conference], European Sociological Association Conference, Geneva , 07-SEP-11 - 10-SEP-11.
Byrne, M (2011) Social division and identity: Professionals and immigrants in contemporary Ireland. [International Refereed Conference], British Sociological Association Conference, London, UK , 06-APR-11 - 08-APR-11.
Byrne, M (2010) Living together but not talking: The Irish professional social class and immigrants. [International Refereed Conference], CRONEM 6th Annual Conference Living Together: Civic, Political, and Cultural Engagement among Migrants, Minorities and National Populations, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK , 29-JUN-10 - 30-JUN-10.
Byrne, M (2010) There's a pecking order: Exploring the intersection of race and class. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Sociology Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Queens University Belfast , 07-MAY-10 - 09-MAY-10.
Byrne, M (2010) People like us cannot say that: Irish professionals talk. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK, Queen's University Belfast , 13-APR-10 - 16-APR-10.
Byrne, M (2010) Intersection of race and class: attitudes of the Irish Professional social class towards immigrants. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Migrant Lives: Past, Present, and Future. Migration Studies in Ireland, Dublin City University, Dublin , 22-JUN-10 - 23-JUN-10.
Byrne, M (2010) Nothing to do with me: Observation without interaction. The Irish professional social class and those they categorise as immigrants. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Trinity Immigration Initiative International Conference, Trinity College Dublin , 30-JUN-10 - 03-JUL-10.


Employer: Trinity College Dublin
Position: Post Doctoral Teaching Fellowship


Year 1985 Institution: Dublin City University (DCU), IRL
Qualification: BA Subject:
Year 2009 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: MPhil Subject:
Year 2014 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:



Book Chapters

Byrne, M (2016) 'Shades of White: Irish Professionals response to immigrants' In: Dada, A and S. Kushal (eds). Whiteness Interrogated. Oxford: Oxford University/Inter-disciplinary.Net. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Byrne, M. and Ni Chonaill, B. (2014) 'Ghettos of the mind: Realities and Myths in the Construction of the Social Identity of a Dublin Suburb'. Sociological Research Online, 19 (3). Available Online [Details]
Byrne, M (2012) 'People like us can¿t say that: Using peer interviews to collect data on a sensitive topic'. Irish Journal of Anthropology, 15 (1). Available Online [Details]
Byrne, M. (2011) 'Irish Professionals, Migrants, and Resource Competition: Talk from before and during the recession'. Translocations: Migration and Social Change, 7 (1). Available Online [Details]


Research Interests

Martina Byrne, PhD., is a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the UCD School of Social Justice.  Her Fellowship is partly funded by the Irish Research Council.

She was awarded a PhD by the School of School Sciences and Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin in 2014. Her thesis is titled Performing Distance: The response of Irish Professionals to Immigration and Immigrants in contemporary Ireland. She researched how Irish professionals conceptualise contemporary immigration, eliciting the factors that influence how they respond to immigrants, and exploring their main concerns.

Her other research interests include: national and ethnic identity performance; immigration policies and discourses, including media discourse; social inequality and racism as experienced by migrants; social class norms and their performance; critical whiteness studies; grounded theory methodology and peer research methods

She has published her work in national and international journals, including: Sociological Research OnlineThe Irish Journal of Anthropology, and Translocations: Migration and Social Change, and presented at national and international conferences.






Modules Coordinated

201500   SSJ10060     Social Justice: Inequality in Irish Society
201500   EQUL40180     Equality Studies: Sociology of Inequality