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Professor of Sociology, University of Sheffield

Louise Ryan joined the University of Sheffield in 2016, having previously been Professor of Sociology at Middlesex University, London, where she worked for 12 years. Originally from Ireland, Louise is a graduate of University College Cork. Her research expertise is in the area of migration, social networks, gender and religion.

Louise was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2015, and she is currently chair of the editorial board of the journal Sociology.

Louise is a member of the editorial board of International Migration and a member of the advisory board of the Irish Journal of Sociology. She is also a trustee and currently treasurer of the British Sociological Association. Recently, Louise became a member of the ESRC Grant Assessment Panel.

Louise is a series editor of the book series – Sociological Futures published by Routledge in association with the BSA.

Louise is interested in a broad range of topics around migration, particularly intra-EU migration. She has worked on highly skilled migrants in London’s financial sector, an ESRC funded study with Dr Jon Mulholland.

Louise has recently completed a five year European funded project (FP7) on early school leaving (with Dr. Alessio D'Angelo, Neil Kaye and Magdolna Lorinc at Middlesex University).

She is currently working on large ESRC funded study on Sustainable Care (led by Prof Sue Yeandle). Louise and Majella are leading a work package on care, aging and migration issues.


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    Professor of Sociology, University of Sheffield