Martina Byrne
Visiting Research Fellow, Sociology


Prior to joining the ESRI, Martina worked in the Dept. of Sociology, School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin. Ranked among the Top 100 sociology departments in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016), the Department is a leading hub for research. An experienced and award winning teacher, Martina lectured at postgraduate and undergraduate level. Previously she lectured in University College Dublin. A recipient of Research Seed Funding in 2016, she has published book chapters and papers in international peer reviewed journals and her work has been profiled on BBC Radio 4 and Irish radio.

Martina's PhD (Sociology) and M.Phil (Sociology) were conferred by Trinity College Dublin. Prior to her recent study, Martina was Director of Public Affairs in the Dublin office of global communications organisation, Ogilvy. Her clients included government agencies and global brands.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Martina Byrne, 'Real' and other immigrants: How professionals categorise immigrants and the research implications, British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Bermingham, 6-8 April 2016, 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

Shades of White: Irish Professionals response to immigrants in, editor(s)Dada, A and S. Kushal , Whiteness Interrogated, Oxford, Oxford University/Inter-disciplinary.Net, 2016, [Martina Byrne] Book Chapter, 2016

Martina Byrne, Ghettos of the mind: Realities and Myths in the Construction of the Social Identity of a Dublin Suburb, Sociological Research Online,, 19, (3), 2014 Journal Article, 2014

Martina Byrne, Shades of White: Irish Professionals response to immigrants, Images of Whiteness: Exploring Critical Studies, Oxford, 21-23 July 2014, 2014 Conference Paper, 2014

Byrne, Martina, People like us cannot say that. Using peer interviews in researching a socially contentious topic, Irish Journal of Anthropology, 15, (1), 2012 Journal Article, 2012

Martina Byrne, A longitudinal peer research study of the attitudes of the Irish professional social class towards immigrants before, and during, economic recession, European Sociological Association Conference, Geneva , Geneva, 7-10 Sept 2011, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Byrne, Martina, Irish Professionals, Migrants, and Resource Competition: Talk from before and during the recession, Translocations: Migration and Social Change, 7, (1), 2011 Journal Article, 2011

Martina Byrne, Social division and identity: Professionals and immigrants in contemporary Ireland, British Sociological Association Conference, London, UK, 6-8 April 2011, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Martina Byrne, There's a pecking order: Exploring the intersection of race and class, Sociology Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Queens University, Belfast, 7-9 May 2010, 2010 Conference Paper, 2010

Research Expertise


Cultural Diversity; Cultural Identity; Cultural/Social Anthropology; Ethnic Studies; Ethnography; Immigration; Multicultural Society


Awards and Honours

UCD Research Seed Fund Awardee 2016

The Dermot McAleese TCD Teaching Award (Sociology) 2013

Trinity College Post Graduate Studentship 2008-2012


Sociological Association of Ireland British Sociological Association