Carmel Hannan


researcher

Biography

Carmel Hannan is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Limerick, Ireland and an expert in Irish family dynamics and child development.

Carmelís 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. 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 HRB funded study of the effects of the pandemic on young adults psychological wellbeing.

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, at the University of Essex and at the Economic and Social Research Institute, in Dublin.   
Carmel Hannan is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Limerick, Ireland and an expert in Irish family dynamics and child development.

Carmelís 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. 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 HRB funded study of the effects of the pandemic on young adults psychological wellbeing.

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, at the 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.

Books

  Year Publication
2012 An Introduction to Irish Society: Transitions and Change.
Power, M.J., Devereux, E. Haynes, A., Hannan, C., Neville, P., and C. Barnes (2012) An Introduction to Irish Society: Transitions and Change. Harlow: Pearson Custom Publishing. [Details]
2002 Who Chooses Science? Subject Take-up in Second-level Schools.
Hannan, C; Smyth, E (2002) Who Chooses Science? Subject Take-up in Second-level Schools. Dublin: The Liffey Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

Year Publication
2018 'The selective nature of lone parenthood'
Carmel Hannan (2018) 'The selective nature of lone parenthood' In: Lone parenthood over the life course. EU: Springer. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Year Publication
2015 'Marriage, fertility and social class in twentieth-century Ireland'
Hannan, C,Connolly, L (2015) 'Marriage, fertility and social class in twentieth-century Ireland'. Irish Family, :39-53 [Details]
2014 'The Influence of Family Structure on Child Outcomes: Evidence for Ireland'
Hannan, C., Halpin, B., (2014) 'The Influence of Family Structure on Child Outcomes: Evidence for Ireland'. Economic And Social Review, 45 :1-24 [ULIR Link] [Details]
2007 'School process and the transition to higher education'
Hannan, C; Smyth, E (2007) 'School process and the transition to higher education'. OXFORD REVIEW OF EDUCATION, 33 [Details]
2006 'School Effects and Subject Choice: The Uptake of Scientific Subjects in Ireland'
Smyth E. and C. Hannan (2006) 'School Effects and Subject Choice: The Uptake of Scientific Subjects in Ireland'. School Effectiveness And School Improvement, 17 (3) [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2013 Growing up in a One-Parent Family.
Carmel Hannan, brendan Halpin and Carol Colemand (2013) Growing up in a One-Parent Family. Family Support Agency, Dublin. [ULIR Link] [Details]
2009 Family Figures: Family Types and Family Dynamics in Ireland, 1986-2006.
Hannan, C; Lunn, P; Fahey, T (2009) Family Figures: Family Types and Family Dynamics in Ireland, 1986-2006. Family Support Agency, Dublin. [Details]

Thesis

  Year Publication
2008 The Changing Nature of Family Formation in Ireland.
Hannan, C (2008) The Changing Nature of Family Formation in Ireland. Oxford University: Thesis [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
1998 Young Scientist Conference Grants European Science Foundation
2019 Study Group Funding Sociological Association of Ireland
2020 University of Queensland: Incoming Visitor Fellowship Australian Research Council: Life Course Centre
2002 ESRI PhD grant Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin
2003 Prendergast Bequest Oxford University
2002 ESRC Award "fees only" Economic and Social Research Council, UK
2001 Nuffield Doctoral Scholarship Oxford University
2014 New foundations award Irish research council
2014 New foundations award Irish research council
2012 Irish Research Council Research Development Iniative Scheme IRC
2010 Irish Research Council Research Development Iniative Irish Research Council

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
International Sociological Association RC06(childhood) RC53(family) /
European Consortium of Sociological Researchers Member /
Sociological Association of Ireland Member /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Irish Social Science Platform (ISSP) Board Member /
Limerick Children & Young People's Services Committee Research and Steering Committee 2015 /
Growing up in Ireland Steering Committee 2015 /

Consultancy

  Client Description
Family Support Agency Project- joint with the ESRI and UCD

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate Modules taught include:

SO4122 
Gathering Data: Meta Issues and Contemporary Practice
SO4218 Sociological Perspectives (seminar series)
S04208 The Sociology of Love and its Dark Side
SO4063 Introduction to Social Research Methods
SO4046 Quantitative Methods for Sociological Research

As well as lectures in;
SO4001 Introduction to Sociology
SO4036 Social Theory

Graduate Modules taught include
SO5041 Quantitative Methods I
So5032 Quantitative Methods II

UL Winter School In Social Science Research methods teaching includes
Mixed Methods Research
Multi Level Models
Introduction to Linear Regression