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The Geary Institute, University College Dublin

:: Overview
:: Research
:: Practical information

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The Geary Institute, University College Dublin (formerly the Institute for the Study of Social Change) is a young and innovative government-funded research institute that carries out primary and applied research in economics and political and social science. The institute, which was founded in 1999, offers a Ph.D. program in the social sciences at the University College Dublin.

The institute's research areas include monitoring of social, political and economic change in Ireland and globally; poverty and inequality; European integration; sociology of health and illness; and public policy and public opinion. Researchers at the Geary study the operation and Dublin: ISSC Officeeffectiveness of governments and the economy, international trade and investment, education returns and financing, identity, diversity and citizenship, health policy, crime and policing, and demographic changes in Ireland. They also evaluate public policy and analyze elections.

(Sources: Katherine Newman and Katrin Kriz' site visit, December 2003 and ISSC's website, August 2005)


Research areas at a glance


Comparative and domestic institutional evolution

Niam Hardiman, Kevin Denny, Peter Neary, Diane Payne, Richard Sinnott


Colm Harmon, Kevin Denny, Dorren Mc Mahon

Family structure

Betty Hilliard, Dorren Mc Mahon

Historical evolution of inequality


Dorren Mc Mahon

Labor market inequality

Niam Hardiman, Ann Lavan, Peter Neary, Diane Payne

Political and civic participation

Niam Hardiman, Richard Sinnott

Racial/ethnic disparities and race relations

Kevin Denny, Dorren Mc Mahon, Jennifer Todd

Urban poverty and spatial segregation



Researchers at the Geary Institute

Niamh Hardiman
Research areas
: Irish politics and the development of the Irish state; comparative politics; political economy of labor movements; welfare states; economic performance, political attitudes and political culture

Colm Harmon
Research areas
: educational disadvantage and financing of education; risks and returns of education

Betty Hilliard
Research areas
: sociology of the family; attitudes on gender roles in the family; qualitative research; working class women’s responses to the attitudes on sexuality of the Irish Catholic church

Kevin Denny
Research areas
: policy evaluation of education, training and welfare policies; new ethnic communities Dublin, UCD campus: ISSC building

Ann Lavan
Research areas
: qualitative study of stress management among workers in emergency services (fire brigade); human resource management in Irish local authorities

Dorren Mc Mahon
Research areas
: immigration; ethnic minorities in Ireland and Britain; social mobility; family structure and impact of educational outcomes; European comparisons of adolescent literacy levels

Peter Neary
Research areas
: oligopoly in general equilibrium; foreign direct investment; strategic trade and industrial policy; measuring the restrictiveness of trade policy; international comparisons of real income

Diane Payne
Research areas
: collective wage bargaining in Ireland and the Netherlands; comparative local and regional policy in Europe, as well as EU Regional policy; EU political institutions and policy choices; the EU Enlargement process; INTERREG and cross border co-operation in Northern Ireland

Richard Sinnott
Research areas
: public opinion and voting behavior; participation in European government elections and participation seen more broadly (in civic organizations, political knowledge), with an emphasis on gender and disability; European integration

Jennifer Todd

Research areas
: identity, diversity and citizenship; Northern Ireland conflict; contemporary ethnic conflict; comparative centre-periphery conflict; globalization; political identity and identity-change; European regionalisms and nationalisms


The institute is home of the Irish Social Science Data Archive, which includes census and survey data, election results and opinion polls.

Library access Dublin, UCD campus

Inequality Fellows may get library access by getting a student card through Susan Butler, the Institute Manager, susan.butler@ucd.ie, phone: +353 1 716 4610.

Research seminars

The institute organizes workshops, lectures and conferences on a regular basis. Ph.D. student “roundtables” are organized between mid-September and mid-May.

Practical information

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... during the summer:

Glenomena Residences are a new, conveniently located and affordable housing option for visitors of the University College Dublin (UCD) campus during the summer. These residence halls, which offer single rooms with en suite bathrooms for postgraduate students during the academic year, are a five minute-walk from ISSC and close to a small supermarket. The only drawback of this accommodation is that students cannot only book a room for two summer months, but have to book for the entire summer period, starting from the beginning of June to the end of August. For further information, email Suzanne Shorten, the residence hall’s manager, at info.glenomena@ucd.ie.

... during the academic year (mid-September to mid-May):

Susan Butler (susan.butler@ucd.ie), the Geary's manager, has kindly offered to put an ad for accommodation in the UCD bulletin on behalf of Inequality Fellows. The cost of a room in a shared house amounted to 500 euros plus utilities per month in 2004. Information about accommodation can also be found on www.daft.ie. UCD’s International Office provides a list of available accommodations for international students for September and January.

Health insurance

The U.S. Department of State provides extensive information on health insurance for Americans traveling abroad.

Office space and computer access

The Geary Institute has kindly offered to provide a desk, computer and Internet access to Inequality Fellows. Dublin, UCD campus cafe


UCD’s academic year runs from September to May. However, ISSC researchers are also around during the summer.


Dublin city center is only a 25-minute bus ride away from UCD’s Belfield campus, where the Geary Institute is located. For information on transportation in and around Dublin, visit the website of the city of Dublin. A monthly pass for the Dublin metropolitan area amounted to about 70 euros in 2004. For a list of low-cost airlines operating in Europe, visit http://www.discountairfares.com/lcosteur.htm . To print out a location on a map, go to http://www.mappy.com./

Visa information

U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter Ireland, but they need to register with the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin’s city center if they stay longer than 3 months (Source: section 6 in “Welcome to UCD”). For the latest visa-related information, visit the websites of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Department of State.

Questions about visas for non-U.S. citizens can be addressed to Carl Lusby at UCD’s International Office at Carl.lusby@ucd.ie, phone: + 353 1 716 1492

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