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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.
Layte, R. and McCrory, C., Ni Cheallaigh, C., Bourke, N., Kivimaki, M., Ribeiro, A.I, Stringhini, S. and Vineis, P., A Comparative Analysis of the Status Anxiety Hypothesis of Socio-Economic Inequalities in Health Based on 18,349 individuals in Four Countries and Five Cohort Studies, Scientific Reports, Online, 2019, p1 - 6, Journal Article, IN_PRESS  URL
McCrory, C., Fiorito, G., Ni Cheallaigh, C., Polidoro, S, Karisola, P., Alenius, H., Layte, R, Seeman, T., Vineis, P, Kenny, R.A, How does socio-economic position (SEP) get biologically embedded? A comparison of allostatic load and the epigenetic clock(s), Psychoneuroendocrinology, 104, (64), 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Stringhini Silvia, Carmeli Cristian, Jokela Markus, Avendaño Mauricio, McCrory Cathal, d'Errico Angelo, Bochud Murielle, Barros Henrique, Costa Giuseppe, Chadeau-Hyam Marc, Delpierre Cyrille, Gandini Martina, Fraga Silvia, Goldberg Marcel, Giles Graham G, Lassale Camille, Kenny Rose Anne, Kelly-Irving Michelle, Paccaud Fred, Layte Richard, Muennig Peter, Marmot Michael G, Ribeiro Ana Isabel, Severi Gianluca, Steptoe Andrew, Shipley Martin J, Zins Marie, Mackenbach Johan P, Vineis Paolo, KivimÀki Mika, Socioeconomic status, non-communicable disease risk factors, and walking speed in older adults: multi-cohort population based study. , BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.) , 360 , 2018, pk1046 - k1046 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
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, 4:23337214 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Layte, R. and Landy, D., The Fighting Irish? Explaining the Temporal Pattern of Social Protest During Ireland's Fiscal Crisis 2008-2014, Sociology, 52, (6), 2018, p1270 - 1289, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Reinhard, E., Layte, R., McCrory, C., Panico, L., & Avendano, M. , The Great Recession and the Health of Young Children: A Fixed Effects Analysis in Ireland, American Journal of Epidemiology, 2018, pin press , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Layte, R. and McCrory, C., Fiscal Crises and Personal Troubles: The Great Recession in Ireland and Family Processes, Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 2018, 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
McCrory Cathal, O'Leary Neil, Fraga Silvia, Ribeiro Ana Isabel, Barros Henrique, Kartiosuo Noora, Raitakari Olli, KivimÀki Mika, Vineis Paolo, Layte Richard, Socioeconomic differences in children's growth trajectories from infancy to early adulthood: evidence from four European countries. , Journal Of Epidemiology And Community Health , 71 , (10 ), 2017, p981 - 989 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
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

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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, Head of the Department of Sociology 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. 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. Recent work has examined whether the 'Great Recession' in Ireland had an effect on child health and development (the short answer is that it did in several very important ways), the pathways and mechanisms through which these effects occurred and the implications of this for life course models of health and well-being. He has a keen interest in the intersection of social, psychological and biological science and works with colleagues across a range of disciplines. This is most evident in recent work for the LIFEPATH Project ( Richard Layte's work also examines the possible policy applications of academic research. He has done extensive work on health care systems and the role that public policy can play in improving individual and population health and well-being. He has published widely on all these issues both in Ireland and internationally in both the academic and policy domains.