Professor Farrell is a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He is a specialist in the study of parties, elections, electoral systems and members of parliament. His current research focuses on the role of deliberation in constitutional reform processes. In 2012 he was elected as President of the Political Studies Association of Ireland.
In 2013 he was elected as Speaker of the Council of the European Consortium for Political Research. Professor Farrell is founding co-editor of Party Politics. Prior to his move to Dublin, Professor Farrell was professor and head of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester.
His principal research interests are elections, electoral systems, political parties, deliberation, and the representative role of members of parliament