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Dr. Daniel Faas

Associate Professor (Sociology)

Daniel Faas is Associate Professor in Sociology, Founding Director of the MSc in Comparative Social Change and Member of the University Council at Trinity College Dublin. He has held Visiting Professorships at Universidade de São Paulo, Beijing Foreign Studies University, University of the Philippines Diliman and University College London. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge (PhD, MPhil), the University of Stuttgart (MA) and Trinity College Dublin (MA jo). His research and teaching interests are in the sociology of migration with specific emphasis on the intersection of migration and education. His work focuses on youth identities in relation to immigrant integration, national identity, multiculturalism and social cohesion, religion and schooling in Ireland and Europe, curriculum design and development, as well as comparative case study methodologies. He has published widely on these topics in high-impact peer-reviewed international journals, as well as a sole-authored monograph (Negotiating Political Identities: Multiethnic Schools and Youth in Europe) and is internationally reputed for his work in these areas. In 2015, Professor Faas was elected to Fellowship of Trinity College Dublin in recognition of his scholarship and research achievements and his contribution to College and to the School. Daniel Faas is winner of the Trinity Global Engagement Award (2016) in recognition of outstanding global relationship building, collaboration, outreach and cultural understanding, winner of the Provost's Teaching Award at Trinity College Dublin (2012) in recognition of his contribution in the pursuit of teaching excellence and innovation, and recipient of the 2009 European Sociological Association award for best journal article. Professor Faas was Head of the Department of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin (2012-16), Fulbright-Schuman Fellow in the Department of Sociology at UC Berkeley (2009) and Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy in Athens (2006-2008). Professor Faas has acted as expert evaluator and panel vice-chair for the European Commission (Horizon 2020 and FP7), Research Promotion Foundation of Cyprus, Swiss National Science Foundation, Foundation for Science and Technology in Portugal, and the Volkswagen Foundation. He has served as College Tutor, Director of International Affairs in the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Member of the College International Committee and Member of the Equality Committee. He has been strongly involved in Trinity College's Global Relations Strategy development and implementation, including chairing a Task Force on Mobility leading to the publication of a policy report on 'Barriers to Inward and Outward Student Mobility' (2013), developing an International Foundation Programme (2015) as part of the College Strategic Plan, as well as international student recruitment and partnership building missions.
  Case-study research   Citizenship   Community and School Relations   Comparative Education   Comparative Sociology   Educational Planning/Policy   Ethnicity & Nationalism in Central Europe   EU developments   European minority cultures and identities   Globalisation   Identity politics and social change   Knowledge Based Society   Migration   Migration and Employment   Multicultural Education   Multiculturalism   Qualitative methodologies   Race and ethnic studies   Social Policy   Teacher Education Issues

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Board Member, European Sociological Association (Research Network 10: Sociology of Education) 2017-to date
Panel Vice-Chair and Rapporteur, European Commission, Framework Programme Horizon 2020 [Societal Challenge 6] 2015-to date
Member of the Special Interest Group "Belief Systems, Ethics and Philosophy in Education" (Educational Studies Association of Ireland) 2016-to date
Expert Evaluator, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency [EACEA, European Commission] 2015-to date
Editorial Board Member, British Educational Research Journal 2014-2017
Policy Brief Author for Network Migration in Europe (for information platform Migration Citizenship Education on "Muslims in Germany") 2015-2016
Editorial Board Member, Irish Journal of Sociology 2014-to date
External Examiner of PhD dissertations 2014-to date
Expert Evaluator, Volkswagen Foundation [Challenges for Academia and Society] 2013-to date
Editor of Education Inquiry Journal (Special Issue: "Ethnic diversity and schooling in national education systems") 2012-2013
Expert Evaluator, European Commission, FP7 and Horizon 2020 [Cooperation] as Remote Evaluator and Panel Member 2012-to date
Expert Evaluator, Foundation for Science and Technology Portugal [Social Sciences and the Humanities] 2012-to date
Expert Evaluator, Swiss National Science Foundation [Humanities and Social Sciences] 2012-to date
Expert Evaluator, Research Promotion Foundation of Cyprus [Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities] 2010-to date
Consultant to the Irish Department of Education and Skills and National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) 2008-to date
Advisor to the European Commission, DG Education and Culture [Education and Training 2010 Programme] 2007-2009
Chair and Discussant at major national and international Sociology and Education conferences 2008-to date
Championing of Interdisciplinarity through research collaboration and high-level outreach activities within and beyond Trinity College 2008-to date
Journal Article Referee, Book Reviewer, and Book Manuscript Reviewer 2007-to date
Dissemination of Research Expertise to the wider community through regular media work (print and radio) 2007-to date
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Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) 2017 present
Sociological Association of Ireland (SAI) 2012 present
European Sociological Association (ESA), honorary member since 2009 2007 present
British Educational Research Association (BERA) 2005 present
European Educational Research Association (EERA) 2005 present
American Sociological Association (ASA) 2012 2014
Council for European Studies (CES) 2010 2013
International Sociological Association (ISA) 2008 2011
British Sociological Association (BSA) 2006 2011
American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2007 2008
FAAS, D. and FOLEY, H., Educational Transitions in Ireland: A longitudinal study of the lives of Russian speaking students, Comparative Education , 2018, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
FAAS, D., SMITH, A. and DARMODY, M., Children as agents in religious education and interethnic friendships: The case of Community National Schools in Ireland, Childhood, 2018, Journal Article, SUBMITTED
FAAS, D., SMITH, A. and DARMODY, M., Between ethos and practice: Are Ireland's new multi-denominational schools equal and inclusive?, Compare, 2018, Journal Article, SUBMITTED
FAAS, D., DARMODY, M. and SMITH, A., The role of principals in creating inclusive school environments: Insights from community national schools in Ireland, School Leadership and Management , 2018, Journal Article, SUBMITTED
'Towards multicultural, multi-religious European societies? Schooling Turkish students in Britain and Germany' in, editor(s)Mairtin Mac an Ghaill and Chris Haywood , Muslim Students, Education and Neoliberalism: Schooling a 'Suspect Community', Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, pp85 - 98, [FAAS, D.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
'Ireland' in, editor(s)Peter Stevens and Gary Dworkin , The Palgrave Handbook of Race and Ethnic Inequalities in Education, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2017, [FAAS, D. & FIONDA, R.], Book Chapter, ACCEPTED
'The Challenge of Migration and Europeanisation: A Comparison of Citizenship Education in Britain, Germany, Greece and Ireland' in, editor(s)Nektaria Palaiologou and Michalinos Zembylas , Human Rights and Citizenship Education: An Intercultural and International Perspective, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017, [FAAS, D.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
MOURITSEN, P., FAAS, D., MEER, N. and de WITTE, N., Varieties of Leitkultur debates in north-western Europe, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2017, Journal Article, SUBMITTED
FINE-DAVIS, M and FAAS, D., Equality and diversity in the workplace: A comparison of trainees' and trainer's attitudes in six European countries , Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2017, Journal Article, SUBMITTED
HANNON, C., FAAS, D and O'SULLIVAN, K., Widening the Educational Capabilities of Socio-Economically Disadvantaged Students Through a Model of Academic Capital Formation, British Educational Research Journal, 2017, Journal Article, IN_PRESS

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NATIONAL MEDIA: McINERNEY, S., 'Community National Schools in Ireland', Newstalk Drive, (23 June), Newstalk 106-108FM, 2017, -, Notes: [Live radio interview (7 minutes) on the research findings and recommendations of the Community National School study by Prof Daniel Faas], Broadcast, PUBLISHED
FAAS, D., Educational Integration , Keynote at the EU-US Young Leaders Seminar on Migration, Brussels, 2-4 April , 2017, European Commission, the European External Action Service, the US Department of State and the Fulbright Commission, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
FAAS, D., Religious Education in Ireland: The Responses of Community National Schools, Keynote at the Community National School Management Group Conference , Naas, 13 June, 2017, Education and Training Boards Ireland , Invited Talk, PRESENTED
NATIONAL MEDIA: O'KELLY, E., Schools negotiating with priests over sacraments, RTE News, 21 June, 2017, Notes: [Coverage of new research project on Community National Schools in Ireland], Report, PUBLISHED
NATIONAL MEDIA: HILLIARD, M., Pupils do not want to be separated for religious education , The Irish Times, 22 June, 2017, Notes: [Coverage of new research project on Community National Schools in Ireland. ], Report, PUBLISHED
NATIONAL MEDIA: DONNELLY, K., Community school pupils don't want religion class separation , The Irish Independent, 22 June, 2017, Notes: [Coverage of new research project on Community National Schools in Ireland. ], Report, PUBLISHED
INTERNATIONAL MEDIA: STOURTON, E., 'Is there appetite for social change in Ireland? What is the relationship between Church and State?', (21 February), London, BBC Radio 4, 2016, -, Notes: [Live radio interview with Edward Stourton on Radio 4's Sunday programme], Broadcast, RELEASED
FAAS, D., Global Social Change in Comparative Perspective, Keynote to Young India Fellows, 18 March, 2016, Ashoka University, Sonepat Harayana, India, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
FAAS, D., The Migration Challenge, Trinity Long Room Hub Consultation attended by leaders from the economic, public, professional, educational and cultural sectors of Ireland, 21 April, 2016, Trinity College Dublin, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
INTERNATIONAL MEDIA: SHERWOOD, H., Faith, hope and secularity: Ireland on brink of change as church power wanes, The Guardian, 17 February, 2016, Notes: [Interview with Religion Correspondent of The Guardian ], Report, PUBLISHED


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Award Date
Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, University of the Philippines (Diliman) 2018
Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, Universidade de São Paulo 2017
Visiting Professor, School of International Relations and Diplomacy, Beijing Foreign Studies University 2017
Global Engagement Award, Trinity College Dublin (in recognition of global relationship building) 2016
Trinity Education Fellowship (in recognition of enhancing the Trinity undergraduate education) 2016
Election to Fellowship at Trinity College Dublin (in recognition of research excellence) 2015
Visiting Scholar, Institute of Education, University College London 2013
European Sociological Association Book of the Month 2013
Provost's Teaching Award, Trinity College Dublin (in recognition of teaching excellence) 2012
Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aarhus University 2010
Best Article Award and Honorary Membership, European Sociological Association 2009
Fulbright-Schuman Fellowship, University of California at Berkeley 2008
Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy 2006
Cambridge European Trust Award, University of Cambridge 2005
Paul Mellon Award, Clare Hall College University of Cambridge 2005
British Economic and Social Research Council Scholarship 2002
My research is in the sociology of migration and consists of three interlinked strands: (1) identities and integration, (2) comparative curriculum analyses, as well as (3) religion and schooling in Ireland and Europe. It strongly links to the College's priority research theme on "Identities in Transformation", where I currently sit on the Steering Committee. My work creates new knowledge by asking fundamental questions: How do societies and institutions differ in the ways in which they incorporate minorities who hold multi-layered identities? How do national school curricula address migration-related diversity and European issues? How is religion integrated in schools and education system? I am internationally reputed for my innovative work in these areas. For example my work on identities has brought together, for the first time, within-country and between-country differences in identity formation, revealing a range of factors which shape contemporary identities. My work is policy-oriented, allowing me to build bridges between academic and policy communities at national and European level. I have received major research grants and highly competitive fellowships including a Fulbright-Schuman Fellowship, Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship, and other external funding as PI and Co-PI in European collaborative projects. In 2015 I was elected to Fellowship at Trinity College Dublin (FTCD). Involvement and coordination in research projects has allowed me to build an international interdisciplinary network of collaborators including researchers in the Netherlands, Britain, Greece, Cyprus, Denmark and the United States. I play an active role in European research networks, and present the findings of my research in academic and non-academic settings, frequently as an invited speaker. These include national and international conferences, presentations for policy-makers and the general public and media engagement. I receive invitations as expert in the field including visiting professorships, consultancies and advisory roles. I have a substantial and sustained research output of around 60 publications, including (edited) books, book chapters and journal articles. I publish in the top-ranked peer-reviewed international journals in the field of education, sociology and ethnic studies such as "British Journal of Sociology", "Ethnicities", "British Educational Research Journal", "British Journal of Sociology of Education". The impact of my work and international reputation is not only evidenced via strong citation metrics, but also in the form of awards (European Sociological Association Award for Best Journal Article), visiting professorships (UCL, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Universidade de São Paulo) and peer evaluations (only social scientist at Trinity to reach two ERC finals as Starter and Consolidator). I have lived, researched and published across five different countries, supervised 12 PhD students, 24 Masters students and 5 postdoctoral researchers. Several of these have gone on to securing prestigious grants or employment posts at top universities. In my role as Head of Sociology (2012-16), I promoted research leadership in numerous ways. Firstly, I encouraged staff to engage in collaborative research through creating and deepening links with the ESRI, the Trinity Long Room Hub priority theme on Identities in Transformation, the TCD-UCD Strategic Alliance as well as international networks such as IMISCOE. Secondly, I fostered dialogue by promoting research discussions in the Department and College, for instance through dedicated sessions focused on exchanging research expertise among colleagues. Thirdly, I have mentored staff, for example through the HR Momentum Programme in College, and have discussed their research plans and publication strategies enabling them to expand their vision and operating successfully within Trinity and beyond. I consider this part of cultivating the next generation of Trinity scholars.