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Professor Richard Layte

Professor of Sociology (Sociology)

 An allostatic load framework for understanding social differences in health and mortality
 Improving Obstetric Practice Through Understanding Variation in Caesarean Section Rates in Irish Maternity Hospitals
 Trends in Socio-Economic Inequalities in Mortality Differentials in Ireland 1986-2006'
 'The Longitudinal Analysis of Child Health and Development in Ireland
 Growing Up in Ireland

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2013-Present Member of the Economic and Social Studies Council
2012-Present Director, Centre for Longitudinal Studies in Ireland (
2007-Present Member, Steering Committee, The Longitudinal Study of Ageing ('TILDA').
2012-Present Country Representative - Society for Lifecourse and Longitudinal Studies.
2005-Present Member of the Management Committee and Theme Director of the Irish Longitudinal Study of Children (Growing Up in Ireland).
2004-Present Governing Council European Consortium for Sociological Research.
McGarrigle, C., Timonen, V. and Layte, R., Choice and Constraint in the Negotiation of the Grandparent Role: A Mixed-Methods Study, Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, 2018, p , Notes: [ ], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Layte, R. and Landy, D., The Fighting Irish? Explaining the Temporal Pattern of Social Protest During Ireland's Fiscal Crisis 2008-2014, Sociology, Online, 2018, p1 - 12, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Cruise, S.M, Layte, R., Stevenson, M. and O'Reilly, D, Prevalence and factors associated with depression and depression-related healthcare access in mothers of 9-month old infants in the Republic of Ireland, Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 15, 2017, p1 - 11, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Stringhini, S., Carmeli, C., Jokela, M., Avendaño, M., Muennig, P., Guida, F., Ricceri, F., d'Errico, F., Barros, H., Bochud, M., Chadeau-Hyam, M., Clavel-Chapelon, F., Costa, G., Delpierre, C., Fraga, S., Goldberg, M. Giles, M.G., Krogh, V., Kelly-Irving, M., Layte, R., Lasserre, A.M, Marmot, M.G., Preisig, M., Shipley, M.J., Vollenweider, P., Zins, M., Kawachi, I., Steptoe, A., Mackenbach, A.P., Vineis, P., Kivimäki, M. , Socioeconomic status and the 25 × 25 risk factors as determinants of premature mortality: a multicohort study and meta-analysis of 1·7 million men and women, The Lancet, 2017, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Layte, R., Why Do Working-Class Kids Do Worse in School? An Empirical Test of Two Theories of Educational Disadvantage, European Sociological Review, 0 (online), (0), 2017, p1 - 15, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Nolan, A. and Layte, R. , The Impact Of Transitions In Insurance Coverage On GP Visiting Among Children In Ireland, Social Science and Medicine, 180, 2017, p94 - 100, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Orr, J., Layte, R. and O'Leary, N. , Sexual activity and relationship quality in middle and older age: Findings from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, EPub, 2017, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
McCrory, C., Leahy, S., Ribeiro, A.S, Fraga, S., Barros, H., Avendano, M., Vineis, P., Layte, R. , Socio-economic variation in children's body mass trajectories in four contemporary European child cohorts, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, EPub, 2017, p1 - 10, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
McCrory, C., O'Leary, N., Fraga, S., Ribeiro, A.I., Barros, H., Kartiosuo, N. Raitakari, O., Kivimaki, M., Vineis, & Layte, R. for the Lifepath Consortium, Journal, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 71, (10), 2017, p981 - 989, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Vineis, P., Avendano-Pabon, M., Barros, H., Chadeau-Hyam, M., Costa, G., Dijmarescu, M., Delpierre, C., D'Errico, A, Fraga, S., Giles, G., Goldberg, M., Zins, M., Kelly-Irving, M., Kivimaki, M., Lang, T., Layte, R., Mackenbach, J., Marmot, M., McCrory, C., Carmeli, C., Milne, R.L., Muennig, P., Nusselder, W., Polidoro, S., Ricceri, F., Robinson, O., Stringhini, S. & The LIFEPATH Consortium, The biology of inequalities in health: the LIFEPATH project., Longitudinal and Life Course Studies,, 8, (4), 2017, p417 - 439, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL

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Layte, Richard; Nolan, Anne, Income-Related Inequity in the Use of GP Services: A Comparison of Ireland and Scotland, 2013, Working Paper, PUBLISHED
Layte, Richard; Nolan, Anne, Socioeconomic Inequalities in Child Health in Ireland, 2013, Working Paper, PUBLISHED
Layte, Richard, A Good News Story About Irish Health Care, 2011, -, Notes: [ESRI Research Bulletin 2010/04/01 ], Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Layte, Richard, Creating a Health Promoting Environment: The Role of Food , 2011, -, Notes: [ESRI Research Bulletin 2011/01/02 ], Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Layte, Richard, Should We Be Worried About Income Inequality in Ireland?, 2011, -, Notes: [ESRI Research Bulletin 2011/02/03 ], Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
McCrory, Cathal; Layte, Richard, Investing in Child Health and Development: The Impact of Breastfeeding on Children's School Performance, 2011, -, Notes: [ESRI Research Bulletin 2011/02/04 ], Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Alan Barrett, George Savva, Virpi Timonen and Rose Anne Kenny (eds), Fifty plus in Ireland 2011: First results from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, May, 2011, Report, PUBLISHED
David Landy, Richard Layte, Richard, Layte, and Landy David. 2017. The Fighting Irish? Explaining the Temporal Pattern of Social Protest during Ireland's Fiscal Crisis 2008-2014. Sociology:0038038517741234., Sociology, p20 , Notes: [The fiscal crisis of 2008 led to severe recession and hardship in Ireland, yet there was relatively little civic unrest and public protest until the autumn of 2014 when, paradoxically, economic conditions had improved significantly. Sociologists often explain such patterns by invoking a social mechanism based on perceived 'relative deprivation' among a population sub-group. We show that these processes cannot explain the temporal pattern of protest in Ireland and argue instead that events should be understood through the interaction of two different processes: first, the development of an 'incidental' grievance which framed popular discontent about the 'structural' grievances brought about by the wider fiscal crisis and recession. Second, the early absence of, and later emergence of coordinated political opposition with effective 'strategies of contention'. We use a mixed methods approach, drawing on seven waves of the European Social Survey combined with qualitative interviews.], Journal Article, PUBLISHED


Richard Layte is Professor of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin and a Research Professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute. Much of his work stems from a core interest in the structure of social and economic stratification in modern societies and its impact on individual life-chances, health and well-being. His research examines the fundamental processes which influence the distribution of health and well-being in societies and how these are shaped by political economy and the structure and functioning of health care systems. Recent work has examined the relationship between country income inequality and individual health and he has a particular interest in improving understanding of how family background influences child health and development and the impact this has on the child's educational outcomes, adult health and life expectancy. He has a keen interest in Irish health care and the role that health care can play in improving health and well-being. He has published widely on all these issues both in Ireland and internationally in both the academic and policy domains.