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Dr. Carmel Hannan


Carmel Hannan is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Limerick, Ireland and director of the recently founded national research group 'Sociologists who Count!'

Carmel's research focuses on stratification issues within the family particularly as they relate to class dynamics. Her latest publication is on causality in life course research (with Ross MacMillan in SSLS 2019). She has led a number of Irish Research Council funded projects focusing on the effects of family structure on child and family well-being. She is currently working on a comparative study of the effects of the economic crisis on families as well as a project on how schools influence STEM subject choice.

Carmel received her DPhil from the University of Oxford, as a Nuffield funded scholar and held a Junior Dean position at Brasenose College as well as a research fellow position at the Department of Social Policy and Social Work. Prior to Oxford, she worked as a senior researcher at the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex and at the Economic and Social Research Institute, in Dublin.

Research Interests

Drawing on quantitative methods, Carmel's main research focuses on the effects of both economic and cultural factors on marriage and fertility decisions.

Her work in this area has examined patterns of non-marriage in Ireland and the relationship between marriage and fertility trends across social groups in Ireland over the last century. She has completed a number of IRC funded project on the interplay between family, school and neighbourhood influences on child development and family well-being.

Research interests: Family dynamics, family formation and inequality, life course, stratification.

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate Modules include:

Introduction to Social Research Methods
SO4046 Quantitative Methods for Sociological Research
S04208 Sociology of Love and its Dark Side
As well as lectures in;
SO4001 Introduction to Sociology
SO4036 Social Theory

Graduate Modules
SO5041 Quantitative Methods I
So5032 Quantitative Methods II

UL Winter School In Social Science Research methods
Mixed Methods Research
Multi Level Models
Linear Regression

Professional Activities


  • 2020 - University of Queensland: Incoming Visitor Fellowship
  • 2019 - Study Group Funding
  • 2014 - New foundations award
  • 2014 - New foundations award
  • 2012 - Irish Research Council Research Development Iniative Scheme
  • 2010 - Irish Research Council Research Development Iniative
  • 2003 - Prendergast Bequest
  • 2002 - ESRI PhD grant
  • 2002 - ESRC Award "fees only"
  • 2001 - Nuffield Doctoral Scholarship
  • 1998 - Young Scientist Conference Grants


  • 2015 Limerick Children & Young People's Services Committee,
  • 2015 Growing up in Ireland ,
  • Irish Social Science Platform (ISSP),


  • Member, Sociological Association of Ireland
  • Member, European Consortium of Sociological Researchers
  • RC06(childhood) RC53(family), International Sociological Association


  • - Family Support Agency Project- joint with the ESRI and UCD




An Introduction to Irish Society: Transitions and Change
Power, M.J., Devereux, E. Haynes, A., Hannan, C., Neville, P., and C. Barnes

Book Chapter


The selective nature of lone parenthood
Carmel Hannan
Lone parenthood over the life course


Other Publication

Peer Reviewed Journal


Teaching Stats: A Crisis in Irish Sociology?
Carmel Hannan
Social Studies-Irish Journal Of Sociology DOI:


The Influence of Family Structure on Child Outcomes: Evidence for Ireland
Hannan, C., Halpin, B.,
Economic And Social Review


School process and the transition to higher education
Hannan, C; Smyth, E
Oxford Review Of Education


School Effects and Subject Choice: The Uptake of Scientific Subjects in Ireland
Smyth E. and C. Hannan
School Effectiveness And School Improvement

Published Report


Growing up in a One-Parent Family
Carmel Hannan, brendan Halpin and Carol Colemand