UCD Equality Studies Centre


Equality Studies is an interdisciplinary field that analyses significant equalities and inequalities in human life. It addresses multiple topics including patterns of inequality, explanations of inequality, principles of equality and equality objectives, egalitarian social, political and economic institutions and strategies for change.

The UCD Equality Studies Centre was set up in 1989 in order to foster teaching and research in the field and has since established an international reputation for its work. We welcome visiting scholars from across the globe and are privileged to work with researchers, teachers and activists on many initiatives.

The current members of the UCD Equality Studies Centre are:

  • Emeritus Professor John Baker (School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice)
  • Dr Mick Byrne (School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice)
  • Professor Dympna Devine (School of Education)
  • Dr Sarah Donnelly (School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice)
  • Dr Suzanne Egan (Director, UCD Human Rights Centre, Sutherland School of Law)
  • Elizabeth Hassell (School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice)
  • Dr Melanie Hoewer (School of Politics and International Relations)
  • Dr Maeve Houlihan (Associate Dean and Director of UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business)
  • Professor Kathleen Lynch (School of Education)
  • Dr Maureen Lyons (School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice)
  • Dr Marie Moran (School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice)
  • Dr Phyllis Murphy (School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice)
  • Dr Deirdre O’Connor (School of Biology and Environmental Science)
  • Dr Karen Smith (School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice)
  • Dr Andy Storey (School of Politics and International Relations)
  • Dr Dorota Szelewa (School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice)
  • Dr Liam Thornton (Sutherland School of Law)
  • Judy Walsh (Director, UCD Equality Studies Centre, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice)

Members of the Centre have published several major books as joint authors, including:

The Centre was the lead partner in an EU Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge project (2006-2010) which sought to establish UCD as a focal point in Europe for research on equality and social justice. Such projects combined with the civil society work of Centre members helps to ensure that our research contributes to positive social change.

The centre has a new research cluster, coordinated by Drs Marie Moran and Michael Byrne of the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice focussing on Critical Political Economy. The cluster's homepage can be found here.


Click here to view details of our research projects.

Centre members and research associates have also cooperated in the provision of continuing professional development programmes, detailed elsewhere on this site.

Click here to find out more about the Egalitarian World Initiative, ,a university-wide initiative that aims to create a body of research scholarship disseminated through teaching and outreach initiatives, in collaboration with egalitarian driven organisations locally and globally, that will lead the world intellectually in divining a vision for a new, inclusive, egalitarian global order.