Dr Monaghan is currently Associate Professor in Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Limerick. His research interests span various topics and he has particular expertise in qualitative methods. Published research on health matters include monographs, edited collections and international peer-reviewed journal articles on the obesity debate, illicit drug-taking, gender and health (risk), violence, sexualities and chronic illness. He is currently working on a co-authored book, Re-thinking Obesity (Routledge), with Dr. Emma Rich and Dr. Andrea Bombak. He is also lead editor for the forthcoming 3rd edition of Sage’s Key Concepts in Medical Sociology (with Prof. Jonathan Gabe).


Monaghan, L.F. (2008) Men and the War on Obesity: A Sociological Study. New York: Routledge.

Monaghan, L.F. (2001) Bodybuilding, Drugs and Risk. London: Routledge.

Rich, E., Monaghan, L.F. & Bombak, A.E. (2019 – online). A discourse analysis of school girls engagement with fat pedagogy and critical health education: rethinking the childhood 'obesity scandal'. Sport, Education And Society. https://doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2019.1566121

Bombak, A.E., Monaghan, L.F. & Rich, E. (2019). Dietary Approaches to Weight-Loss, Health-At-Every-Size® and Beyond: Rethinking the War on Obesity. Social Theory & Health. 17 (89): 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41285-018-0070-9

Monaghan, L.F., Rich, E. & Bombak, A.E. (2018 - online). Media, ‘Fat Panic’ and Public Pedagogy: Mapping Contested Terrain. Sociology Compass. 13 (2): e12651. https://doi.org/10.1111/soc4.12651