Public Sociology

According to Professor Michael Burawoy (UC Berkeley, Sociology), Public Sociology is one of four different types of sociology that also include: Professional, Policy, and Critical Sociology. Public Sociology happens when sociologists and different “publics” engage in dialogue, generate information and mutually learn from one another. The Department of Sociology in Maynooth University has a long standing and strong commitment  to public sociology and to various forms of public engagement and dialogue. These orient our work towards meaningful social contribution and making public the knowledge that academic sociology possesses.

Members of the department are closely linked with a number of key policy making institutions which provides another forum within which to disseminate our knowledge. They also frequently appear in the media to provide commentary and interpretation of the issues of the day, and contribute to programmes and documentaries. For more details on staff public and civic engagement, talks and media appearances, check out the sections below and the Public Engagement sub-page in the left-hand side box. 

Social Media

Keep up-to-date with our latest news and events on X formerly Twitter (@MU_Sociology and @MU__Politics) and Instagram (mu.sociologydepartment)

Connect with some of our department staff on Twitter:

Dr John Brown @JohnBrownMU
Dr Delma Byrne @edulecturer
Dr Pauline Cullen @paucull
Dr Laurence Cox @ceesa_ma
Professor Aphra Kerr @aphrak
Professor John O'Brennan @johnobrennan2
Professor Sean 'Riain @sean_oriain
Dr Rebecca King O'Riain @rckingoriain
Dr Paul Ryan @ryan_paulryan

If you have any materials - photos, documents, memories - relating to Maynooth Sociology and Politics that you would like to share with us please just get in touch. We would love to hear from you!

Talks and Conferences

You can find on our website, a list of past and upcoming events involving our department and staff members.