Research Interests

Research undertaken at the UCD School of Sociology broadly falls under four thematic groups

  • Organised Violence, Peace and Nationalism
  • Migration, Religion, Gender and Identity
  • Computational Social Science and Networks
  • Inequality

The key research interests of individual faculty members are as follows:

Allen, Kieran

Key Areas: Contemporary Irish Society; Marxist Theory; Globalisation; Work and Industry; Max Weber. 

Boucher, Gerard

Key Areas: Immigration and Integration; Race and Ethnicity; Nationalism and National Identity; Sociology of Work and Consumption; Sociology of Contemporary Life (information communication technologies; social media; privacy and surveillance) Social Cohesion and Social Change; Comparative Sociology; Irish Studies; European Studies; Globalisation and Development.

Carol, Sarah

Key Areas: Sociology of Migration, Sociology of Religion and Family Sociology

Creighton, Mathew

Key Areas:

Migration: Xenophobia, Populism, Islamophobia, Anti-immigrant Sentiment and Demographic Behaviour

Education: Stratification, Gender and Mobility

Deception: Survey Experiments, Social Desirability Pressure, Masked Intolerance and Survey Data Collection

Health: Inequality and Policy

My CV offers a more complete overview of my publications and research, which can be helpful for those looking to collaborate.

David, Lea

Key Areas: Human Rights, Memory and Conflict

Eichsteller, Marta

Key Areas: Biographical narrative research and construction of narratives; Formation of identity and belonging; Transnationalism, cosmopolitanism and migrations in European and global contexts; Human Rights and global inequalities; Global development and civil society; Cultural pluralism; Innovative methodological approaches in biographical and narrative data – mixed methods, configurational comparative analysis (QCA), narrative ethnography and fuzzy set analysis.

Fathi, Mastoureh

Key Areas:
Migration: Migrants' everyday experiences, integration policies, migrants' activism, gendered experiences of migration, transnational material practices, return migration
Identity, belonging and Home: Home-making in diaspora, forced migration and home, home and materiality in return migration
Gender Studies:  Gender and skilled migration, intersectionality, female education, employment in the Middle East
Methodology: art practice, walking interviews, photography and film making, narrative analysis
Feldman, Alice

Key Areas: Migration; Identity and Diversity in Ireland & Europe; Social Movements; Civil Society and Ethnic Diversity; Research Methods; Indigenous Peoples; Colonialism and Self-Determination.

Grund, Thomas

Key Areas: Computational Social Science;Social Network Analysis; Analytical Sociology.

Hess, Andreas

Key Areas: Social and Political Thought; Historical and Cultural Sociology; Basque Studies.

Kondakov, Alexander

Key Areas:  Law and Sexuality Studies, more specifically on Queer Sexualities.

L'Estrange, Sean

Key Areas: Historical Sociology; Science and Technology; Human-Animal Studies.

Loyal, Steven

Key Areas: Migration; Ethno-racial Domination; Social Stratification; Sociological Theory; Historical Sociology; Sociology of Knowledge.

Lucas, Pablo

Key Areas: Computational Social Science; Agent Based Social Simulation; Behaviour and Policy Modelling; Network Analysis; Collective Decision Making.

Malesevic, Sinisa

Key Areas: Theoretical and comparative-historical study of ethnicity and nationalism; the sociology of war and organised violence, theories of ideology; sociological theory, comparative historical sociology, Ernest Gellner, and the political and historical sociology of the Balkans.

Moore, Ronnie

Key Areas: Anthropology of Health; Illness and Society; Conflict Theory; Health Inequality; Ethnic Identity.

Mulcahy, Aogan

Key Areas: Policing and Social Change; Police Reform; Culture and Social Control; Community, Youth and Marginalisation; Political Violence and Conflict Resolution; Criminology.

O'Sullivan, Sara

Key Areas: Sociology of Gender; Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; Sociology of Higher Education; Qualitative Research methodology; Sociology of Media; Sociology of Health and Illness.

Stokes, Paul

Key Areas: Corporate Social Responsibility; Cybernetics.

Watson, Iarfhlaith

Key Areas: Visual Sociology; Minority Languages; The Media; National Identity.

Yasseri, Taha

Key Areas: Computational Social Science; Information Dynamics; Collective Action; Peer Production; Collective Intelligence; Human Dynamics; Social Media; Conflict and Cooperation; Opinion Formation; Online Dating; Collective Behaviour; Social Networks; Agent-Based Modelling; Machine Learning.