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Christopher Whelan

School of Sociology
University College Dublin, School of Social Policy Social Work and Social Justice, Geary Institute Belfield Dublin 4


I joined the School of Sociology in April 2009 and was Head of the School of Sociology from September 2009-August 2011. I am currently an Emeritus Professor in the School of Sociology, UCD, and Senior Fellow at the Geary Institute for Public Policy. I am a Research Affiliate at the Economic and Social Research Institute. In April 2016 I was elected as an Associate Member of Nuffield College, OxfordI was formerly a Research Professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute and a Professor of Sociology in the School of Sociology,Social Policy and Social Work, Queen's University Belfast. I acted as Chair of the Standing Committee for the Social Sciences of the European Science Foundation from 2002 to 2006 and of the Governing Council of the EU Economic Change, Quality of Life and Social Cohesion (EQUALSOC) Network of Excellence from 2005-2009. I was Chair of the European Consortium for Sociological Research, of which the School of Sociology and the Geary Institute for Public are members, from September 2009 - August 2012. My research interests include the causes and consequences of poverty and inequality, quality of life and social mobility and inequality of opportunity. I have published on these topics in leading international academic journals and have contributed as author and editor to a number of volumes dealing with economic and social change in Ireland. I am Member of the Royal Irish Academy, associate editor of the European Sociological Review and a member of the editorial board of Longitudinal and Life Course Studies.I took my primary degree in Psychology at UCD before taking an M.Sc in Sociology from LSE and a Ph.D in Sociology from the University of London. My research interests have evolved over time to cover industrial sociology, social stratification and social mobility, values, poverty and social exclusion and the life cycle.


  • BA
    University College Dublin
  • MSc
    London School of Economics & Political Science UK
  • PhD
    University of London