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Dr. Daniel Faas

Associate Professor (Sociology)

Daniel Faas is Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Sociology, Founding Director of the MSc in Comparative Social Change and Member of the University Council at Trinity College Dublin. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge (PhD, MPhil), the University of Stuttgart (MA) and Trinity College Dublin (MA jo). His research 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 in Europe, diversity management in educational sites and work places, 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). 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. He is winner of the Trinity Global Engagement Award in recognition of outstanding global relationship building, collaboration, outreach and cultural understanding (2016), winner of the Provost's Teaching Award at Trinity College in recognition of his contribution in the pursuit of teaching excellence and innovation (2012), and recipient of the 2009 European Sociological Association award for best journal article. Professor Faas was 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). He has acted as expert evaluator 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. Professor Faas has served as College Tutor, Senior Link Tutor for Study Group International, Director of International Affairs in the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, and Member of the College International Committee. He has been strongly involved in the College 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) and developing an International Foundation Programme (2015) as part of the College Strategic Plan.
  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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Panel Vice-Chair and Rapporteur, European Commission, Framework Programme Horizon 2020 [Societal Challenge 6] 2015-to date
Pro-Dean, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences [Trinity College Dublin] 2016-2016
Expert Evaluator, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency [EACEA, European Commission] 2015-to date
Editorial Board Member, British Educational Research Journal 2014-to date
Editorial Board Member, Irish Journal of Sociology 2014-to date
Expert Evaluator, Volkswagen Foundation [Challenges for Academia and Society] 2013-to date
Steering Committee Member, Identities in Transformation Research Theme [Trinity College Dublin] 2013-to date
Expert Evaluator, European Commission, Framework Programme FP7 [Cooperation] as Remote Evaluator and Panel Member 2012-2014
Search Committee and Interview Panel Member for junior and senior academic positions at Trinity College Dublin 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
Steering Committee Member, Institute for International Integration Studies [Trinity College Dublin] 2012-2012
Consultant to the Irish Department of Education and Science [Intercultural Education Strategy] 2008-2010
Advisor to the European Commission, DG Education and Culture [Education and Training 2010 Programme] 2007-2009
Local Councillor of Unterreichenbach, District of Calw [and Member of the Administrative Committee] 2004-2009
Member of the Advisory Board and founding member of a centre for world cultures [Afrika Präsenz e.V.] 2001-2003
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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
'Towards multicultural, multi-religious European societies? Schooling Turkish students in Britain and Germany' in, editor(s)Mairtin Mac an Ghaill and Chris Haywood , Education, Neo-liberalism and Muslim Students: Schooling a 'Suspect Community', Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, [FAAS, D.], Book Chapter, ACCEPTED
'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
HANNON, C., FAAS, D and O'SULLIVAN, K., Widening the Educational Capabilities of Socio-Economically Disadvantaged Students Through a Model of Academic Capital Formation, The Journal of Human Development and Capabilities , 2017, Journal Article, SUBMITTED
SAVVIDES, N. & FAAS, D., Does Europe matter? A comparative study of young people's identifications with Europe at a state school and a European School in England, European Journal of Education , 51, (3), 2016, p374 - 390, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
FAAS, D., DARMODY, M. and SOKOLOWSKA, B., Religious diversity in primary schools: Reflections from the Republic of Ireland, British Journal of Religious Education, 38, (1), 2016, p83 - 98, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
MEER, N., MOURITSEN, P., FAAS, D. and de WITTE, N. , Examining 'Postmulticultural' and Civic Turns in the Netherlands, Britain, Germany, and Denmark, American Behavioral Scientist, 59, (6), 2015, p702 - 726, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
HAJISOTERIOU, C., FAAS, D. and ANGELIDES, P., The Europeanisation of intercultural education? Responses from EU policymakers, Educational Review, 67, (2), 2015, p218 - 235, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
FAAS, D., SOKOLOWSKA, B. and DARMODY, M., 'Everybody is available to them': Support measures for migrant students in Irish secondary schools, British Journal of Educational Studies, 63, (4), 2015, p447 - 466, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
'Ireland' in, editor(s)Peter Stevens and Gary Dworkin , The Palgrave Handbook of Race and Ethnic Inequalities in Education, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2014, pp658 - 684, [FAAS, D. and FIONDA, R.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text

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INTERNATIONAL MEDIA: STOURTON, E., 'Is there appetite for social change in Ireland? What is the relationship between Church and State?', 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
FAAS, D., Refugees, Migrants and Educational Inclusion in Europe, Symposium on 'Destination Europe: Reflections on the Refugee Crisis', 19 November, 2015, Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
NATIONAL MEDIA: MURRAY, N., 'Teachers need more help to make schools inclusive', Irish Examiner , 29 June , 2015, Notes: [Coverage of publication in the British Journal of Educational Studies on migrant students in Irish secondary schools], Report, PUBLISHED
NATIONAL MEDIA: HUMPHREYS, J., Primary school teaching should include various faiths, study says, The Irish Times, 14 October, 2015, Notes: [Coverage of publication in the British Journal of Religious Education on religious education in Ireland], Report, PUBLISHED
NATIONAL MEDIA: DONNELLY, K., 200 primary schools 'enough for non-religious parents', The Irish Independent, 15 October, 2015, Notes: [Telephone Interview with Education Editor of The Irish Independent], Report, PUBLISHED
NATIONAL MEDIA: MURRAY, N., Promote religious pluralism in schools, Irish Examiner, 16 October, 2015, Notes: [Coverage of publication in the British Journal of Religious Education on religious education in Ireland], Report, PUBLISHED
NATIONAL MEDIA: TRAYNOR, C., Religious education: 'I don't know anybody who teaches the RE requirement', The Irish Times, 9 November, 2015, Notes: [Telephone Interview with Religious Affairs Correspondent of The Irish Times ], Report, PUBLISHED


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Award Date
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
Provost's Teaching Award, Trinity College Dublin (in recognition of teaching excellence) 2012
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 can be categorised as falling into three principal areas: (a) migration and education, (b) citizenship and identity politics, and (c) curriculum development and innovation. My most reputed work concerns the ethnic and political identities of youth in Europe, which has related to wider societal debates on immigrant integration, national identity, multiculturalism and social cohesion in Europe. Most recently, I have been working on social studies curricula in Europe, as well as religious education and diversity management issues in various educational settings. My work has fused the literatures on cultural diversity, migration, organizations, education and labour markets and has employed comparative case study designs. My intellectual perspective is broad, shaped by cross-cultural educational development and life experience. My priorities and incisiveness are formed by this perspective: I investigate problems key to the viability of a European culture challenged by the marginality of minorities straddling competing expectations. I examine education as a gateway to immigrant integration on both a micro (curricular and local institution more generally) and macro (public policy) level. My work is policy-orientated and this approach allows me to build bridges between academic and policy communities and disseminate my research to a range of different audiences. The journals I publish in are the top-ranked international journals in Sociology, Education and Ethnic Studies including The British Journal of Sociology, British Educational Research Journal, Ethnicities, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Social Indicators Research, American Behavioral Scientist, International Sociology, among other important journals. These publications contribute significantly to the migration, citizenship, identity and education literature. Involvement and coordination in research projects has allowed me to build an international network of scholars and research collaborators across Europe including colleagues in Denmark, Britain, Germany, Cyprus, Greece, the Netherlands and Italy. I have mentored four postdoctotral researchers, supervised four PhDs to successful completion and currently supervise six PhD students. I am open to supervising research students who wish to conduct qualitative or mixed methods primary research in my areas of expertise.