Louise Ryan is Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Social Policy Research Centre and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.
Originally from Ireland, and a graduate of University College Cork, I have been living and working in London since 1992. Having previously worked at University College London, I joined Middlesex in 2004.
I have a particular interest in migration, social networks, gender and religion.
I am currently working on an European funded project (FP7) on early school leaving (with Alessio D'Angelo)
I recently completed an ESRC-funded study on Highly Skilled migrants in London (with Dr. Jon Mulholland).
Member of Professional Bodies:
Louise is a trustee and Publications Director of the British Sociological Association
A member of the ESRC Review College
Chair of the editorial board of the BSA journal 'Sociology'
Member of editorial board of International Migration
Member of advisory board of Irish Journal of Sociology
Current work administrative and professional duties/roles:
Co-director of the Social Policy Research Centre, programme leader for the MSc. in research methods, module leader: Research Design, Process and Ethics. Member of Research Ethics Committee.
I also supervise PhDs in issues related to migration, gender, ethnicity and identity.
Ryan, Mulholland and Agoston (2014) 'Talking Ties: reflecting on network visualisation and qualitative interviewing' Sociological Research Online,http://www.socresonline.org.uk/19/2/16.html
Ryan and Mulholland (2014) 'French Connections: The networking strategies of French highly skilled migrants in London' Global Networks 14 (2): 148-166
Ryan, L. (2013) ''Islam does not change': young people narrating negotiations of religion and identity' Journal of Youth Studies DOI:10.1080/13676261.2013.834315
Ryan, L. and J. Mulholland (2013) 'Trading Places: French Highly Skilled Migrants Negotiating Mobility and Emplacement In London' Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, DOI:10.1080/1369183X.2013.787514
Ryan and Sales (2013) 'Family Migration: the role of children and education in family migration decision-making', International Migration Volume 51, Issue 2, pages 90–103
Ryan, L. (2011) 'Muslim women negotiating collective stigmatisation: 'We're just normal people' Sociology 45(6): 1045-1060
Ryan, L. (2011) 'Migrants' social networks and weak ties: accessing resources and constructing relationships post-migration' Sociological Review 59 (4): 707-724
Ryan, Kofman and Aaron (2011) 'Insiders and Outsiders: working with peer researchers in researching Muslim communities' International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 14 (1): 49-60.
D'Angelo and Ryan (2011) 'Sites of Socialisation – Polish Parents and children in London Schools' in „Studia Migracyjne – Przegląd Polonijny" 2011, nr 1 (special issue on Polish Migration to the UK)
Ryan, (2011) 'Transnational Relations: Family Migration among Recent Polish Migrants in London' International Migration, 49 (2) (Special issue on Eastern European Migrants).
Ryan and Sales 'Family Migration: the role of children and education in family migration decision-making', International Migration (2011) doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2435.2010.00652.x
Ryan (2010) 'Becoming Polish in London: negotiating ethnicity through migration' in Social Identities, 13 (3): 359-376, (special issue on Polish migration)
Ryan, Sales, Tilki and Siara 'Family strategies and transnational migration: recent Polish migrants in London' Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 35 (1),2009, pp.61-77
Ryan, Sales, Tilki and Siara 'Social networks, social support and social capital: Polish migrants in London' Sociology (2008).
Ryan, L. 'I had a sister in England': family-led migration, social networks and nurses' Journal of Ethnic and migration studies 34 (3), 2008, pp.453-470.
Leavey, Rozmovits, Ryan and King 'Explanations of Depression among Irish Migrants in Britain' Social Science and Medicine, 65. 2007, pp. 231-244
Ryan, L. 'Who do you think you are?: Irish nurses encountering ethnicity and constructing identity in Britain' Ethnic and Racial Studies, 30 (3), May 2007, pp.416-438.
Ryan, L. 'Migrant women, social networks and motherhood: The experiences of Irish nurses in Britain' Sociology, 41, (2) April 2007, pp.295-312.
Ryan, Leavey, Golden, Blizard and King (2006) 'Depression in Irish migrants Living in London: a case-control study' British Journal of Psychiatry, 188 (pp.560-566).
Ryan, L. 'Family Matters: (e)migration, familial networks and Irish women in Britain' Sociological Review 2004, vol. 52 (3), pp.351-370.
Ryan, L. 'Moving Spaces and Changing Places: Irish Women's Memories of London in the 1930s' in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2003, vol.29, no.1, pp.67-82.
Ryan, L. 'I'm Going to England': Irish women's stories of migration in the 1930s' in Oral History, 30, 2002 pp. 42-53.
Ryan, L. 'Sexualising Emigration: Discourses on Irish Female Migration in the 1930s' in Women's Studies International Forum, vol.25, no.1, 2002 pp.51-65.
Chapters in Books
Research Methods, Migration
Ryan, Louise and Erel, Umut and D'Angelo, Alessio (2015) Introduction: understanding ‘migrant capital'. In: Migrant Capital: Networks, Identities and Strategies. Ryan, Louise and Erel, Umut and D'Angelo, Alessio , eds. Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship . Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 3-17. ISBN 9781137348791
Ryan, Louise and Mulholland, Jon (2014) Wives are the route to social life: an analysis of family life and networking amongst highly skilled migrants in London. Sociology, 48 (2). pp. 251-267. ISSN 0038-0385
Ryan, Louise and Vacchelli, Elena (2011) Evaluation of the preventing violent extremism - PREVENT programme and projects in the London Borough of Barnet. Communities and Local Government.
Ryan, Louise and Vacchelli, Elena (2013) Introduction to gender, religion and migration. Religion and Gender, 3 (1). pp. 1-5. ISSN 1878-5417
Klekowski von Koppenfels, Amanda and Mulholland, Jon and Ryan, Louise (2015) ‘Gotta go visit family’: reconsidering the relationship between tourism and transnationalism. Population, Space and Place . ISSN 1544-8452
I am currently working :
Early School Leaving in the European Union (FP7) funded by the European Commission (5 year project, 2013-2018)
Other research council and European-funded projects:
Highly skilled French Migrants in London's Financial and Business sectors (2010-2012)– funded by ESRC Grant Holders: Mulholland and Ryan
Polish Children in London Primary Schools: a knowledge exchange and transfer project - funded by ESRC, Granted Holders: Louise Ryan and Alessio D'Angelo
Enhancing Evidence Based Policy Making in Gender and Migration' March2008-2010, international consortium (lead partner APRE (Agency for thePromotion of European Research), Italy, other partners Austria, Hungary, France and UK (Kofman and Ryan), funded by the European Commission, FP7
'Recent Polish Migrants to London: settlement and transience' 2006-2007, Funded by the ESRC grant holders: Louise Ryan, Rosemary Sales and Mary Tilki
'Depression in Irish Migrants to London: a qualitative study' 2003-04. Funded by ESRC Grant Holders: Leavey, King and Ryan
Consultancies, evaluations and smaller projects:
Evaluation of Services -Commissioned by London Borough of Barnet (2013)
Mapping of Needs and Provision of services in the Diocese of Westminster - commissioned by Caritas (2013)
Engaging Muslim Youth in Barnet - commissioned by London Borough of Barnet (2007-2010) funded by Dept of Communities and Local Govt.
National mapping of services for elderly people - January- July 2009 Funded by Caritas Social Action Network Grant Holders: Louise Ryan, Alessio D'Angelo and MaryTilki
'Ethnic Chaplains in the Catholic Church in England and Wales' grant holder: Louise Ryan, funded by Catholic Bishops Conference. (2009)
''Economic activity among Bangladeshi women in Ponders End' May 2007- March 2008, grant holders: Eleonore Kofman and Louise Ryan - Community Aid
'The forgotten Irish' July 2007, grant holders: Mary Tilki, Louise Ryan,Alessio D'Angelo and Rosemary Sales (Ireland Fund of Great Britain)
'Polish children in London Primary Schools' grant holders: Sales, Ryan, D'Angelo funded by Multiverse (2008)