Professor Louise Ryan


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

In 2015, her work on migration was recognised internationally when Louise was named on a list of leading international researchers on migration.

Professor Louise Ryan and Dr Majella Kilkey co-directed the Migration Research Group in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield. Their collective research interests lie in the areas of migration, ageing and care.

Louise has previously worked with older migrants to the UK, specifically Irish, using oral history methods to explore their experiences and memories of migration and settling through time.