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Dr. David Landy
Assistant Professor, Sociology


David Landy is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, director of the MPhil in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict and teaching on the Masters and Undergraduate programmes in sociology. A graduate of Trinity College, he has lived in Finland and Germany, working in the NGO and development sector. His main research interests are race and ethnicity, and social movements particularly with regard to Israel/Palestine. His doctoral dissertation, funded by IRCHSS, was on diaspora Jewish opposition to Israel. He is the author of "Jewish Identity and Palestinian Rights: Diaspora Jewish Opposition to Israel', and has published on social movements in Ireland and abroad in a wide variety of sociological journals, including Sociology, Race and Class, International Sociology, and Ethnic and Racial Studies

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

David Landy, Decentring Palestinians from Jewish Activism, ReOrient, 7, (2), 2022, p202 - 206 Journal Article, 2022 DOI

Aileen O'Carroll, David Landy, Máire Ní Mhórdha , What Worked? How Abortions Activists in Ireland Organised for Victory, Maynooth University, Trinity College Dublin, November, 2020, p1 - 91 Report, 2020 DOI

Introduction, Palestine and Academic Freedom in, editor(s)David Landy, Ronit Lentin, Conor McCarthy , Enforcing Silence Academic Freedom, Palestine and the Criticism of Israel, London, Bloomsbury, 2020, pp1 - 37, [David Landy, Ronit Lentin, Conor McCarthy] Book Chapter, 2020 DOI

The Academic field must be defended: Excluding criticism of Israel from campuses in, editor(s)David Landy, Ronit Lentin, Conor McCarthy , Enforcing Silence: Academic Freedom, Palestine and the Criticism of Israel, London, Bloomsbury, 2020, pp91 - 112, [David Landy] Book Chapter, 2020 DOI

David Landy, Ronit Lentin, Conor McCarthy, Enforcing Silence: Academic Freedom, Palestine and the Criticism of Israel, 1, London, Bloomsbury, 2020, 288pp Book, 2020

David Landy, Aileen O"Carroll, & Máire Ní Mhórdha , Using Digital Tools to Organise for Social Change, London, Maynooth University, Trinity College Dublin, November, 2020, p1 - 70 Report, 2020 DOI

Richard Layte, David Landy, The Fighting Irish? Explaining the Temporal Pattern of Social Protest during Ireland's Fiscal Crisis 2008-2014, Sociology, 2018, p20 Journal Article, 2018

Sheridan, V., David Landy, and Vanessa Stout, 2017. The return of the 'Black Babies': how development education affects schoolchildren's attitudes to the majority world - the Trócaire 2012 Lenten campaign. Race Ethnicity and Education:1-17, Race Ethnicity and Education, 2017, p17 Journal Article, 2017 URL

David Landy, Navigating Solidarity: How Palestine solidarity groups in the UK and Ireland have responded to the Palestinian statehood bid, Revue Miroirs, 5, (1), 2017, p56 - 77 Journal Article, 2017 URL

David Landy, 2017. "The place of Palestinians in tourist and Zionist discourses in the 'City of David', occupied East Jerusalem." 14 (3):309-323., Critical Discourse Studies , 14, (3), 2017, p309 - 323 Journal Article, 2017 URL DOI

Landy, David, Bringing the Outside In: Field Interaction and Transformation from Below in Political Struggles., Social Movement Studies, 14, (3), 2015, p255 - 269 Journal Article, 2015 URL

Landy, David, Challengers in the migrant field: pro-migrant Irish NGO responses to the Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill, Ethnic and Racial Studies:1-18., 2015, p927 - 942 Journal Article, 2015 URL

David Landy, Talking Human Rights: How social movement activists are constructed and constrained by human rights discourse, International Sociology, 28, (4), 2013, p409-428 Journal Article, 2013 TARA - Full Text

Negotiating power: Social movement theory and migrant groups in Ireland in, editor(s)Louis Brennan , Enacting Globalization: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on International Integration, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, [David Landy] Book Chapter, 2013

David Landy, Jewish Identity and Palestinian Rights: Diaspora Jewish Opposition to Israel, London, Zed, 2011, 1 - 250pp Book, 2011

David Landy, The mirror stage of movement intellectuals? Jewish criticism of Israel and its relationship to a developing social movement, Interface, 1, (1), 2009, p188 - 215 Journal Article, 2009 TARA - Full Text

Authenticity and political agency on study trips to Palestine in, editor(s)Ronit Lentin , Thinking Palestine, London, Zed, 2008, pp189 - 206, [David Landy] Book Chapter, 2008

David Landy, Zionism, multiculturalism and the construction of Irish-Jewish identity, Irish Journal of Sociology, 16, (1), 2007, p62 - 79 Journal Article, 2007

David Landy, 90 Inca Israeli-Jews: Recruiting for Israel's Demographic War, Race & Class, 44, 2003, p1 - 18 Journal Article, 2003

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Aileen O"Carroll, David Landy, & Máire Ní Mhórdha, Repeal the Eighth and Reproductive Rights: Organiser Interviews, Digital Repository of Ireland , 2020 Dataset, 2020 DOI

Aileen O"Carroll, David Landy, Máire Ní Mhórdha, How Activists Resolve Conflicts: Best Practices and Policies, London, Maynooth University, Trinity College Dublin, November, 2020, p1 - 49 Report, 2020

David Landy, The State of the Irish Left: Half Full and Half Empty, Hard Times, 103, (1), 2019, p10 - 16 Journal Article, 2019

David Landy, Muslims in neoliberal Ireland, Review of 'Experiences of Islamophobia, by James Carr , Patterns of Prejudice , 51, (2), 2017, p213-214 Review, 2017 URL

David Landy, 'We are more than statistics and scattered body parts": Telling stories and coalescing Palestinian history, International Sociology Review of Books, 28, (2), 2013, p145 - 154 Journal Article, 2013 TARA - Full Text

David Landy, The use of universalist discourses in social movements: How Israel-critical Jewish activists deploy and are constrained by human rights talk, British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Cardiff University, 16-18 April 2009, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

David Landy, Jewish involvement in Israel-critical groups: Identity politics, solidarity movement or a disparate group of people doing their separate things?, Eleventh International Conference on Alternative Futures and Popular Protest, Manchester Metropolitan University, 19-21 April 2006, edited by Colin Barker and Mike Tyldesley , 2006 Conference Paper, 2006

Research Expertise


My research interests concern the politics and organisation of social movements in Ireland and abroad. I am particularly interested in how social movemeents organise effectively for change. I am interested in transnational social movements, the effects of human rights discourse,and movements to do with race/ethnicity, migration and Israel/Palestine. Also interested in tourism studies, particularly in relation to Israel/Palestine.


Conflict/Dispute Resolution; Diaspora; Immigrants; Israel-Palestine; Multicultural Society; Race and Ethnicity; Racism/Race Relations; Social Change; Social Movements; Sociological Theory



Editorial Committee of Interface Journal 2013-20

Racism and the City Convenor: 'Racism and the City'. A panel discussion as part of the 'Trinity and the Changing City' Series. 5 December 2019

Keynote speaker: SAI Annual Postgraduate conference, Ulster University Belfast. "Academic freedom in the Contemporary University" 2017

Member of research consortium'Imagining Jerusalem, 1099-present' 2014-16

Awards and Honours

Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences postgraduate scholarship 2006-9


Secretary, Sociological Association of Ireland 2013 – 2016

British Sociological Association