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Professor Daniel Faas

Professor in (Sociology)

Daniel Faas is Professor in Sociology (full professor), Director of the PhD programme, and founding Director of the MSc Comparative Social Change (an inter-institutional partnership and joint degree programme with University College Dublin). Born in Pforzheim, Professor Faas has lived and worked in Germany, the UK, Greece, USA and Ireland. He has held Visiting Professorships at Monash University Migration and Inclusion Centre (2024), University of South Australia, Adelaide (2024), Beijing Foreign Studies University (2018), University of the Philippines Diliman (2018), Universidade de São Paulo (2017) and University College London, Institute of Education. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge (PhD, MPhil), 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). 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 served as an elected Board Member (2019-22), University Council Member (2012-18) and Head of Department of Sociology (2012-16) at Trinity College Dublin. He 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). At Trinity, Professor Faas has served as College Tutor, inaugural Director of Global Relations in the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy (2010-15), Member of the College International Committee (2012-18), Member of the Equality Committee (2016-17), and Convenor/Champion of the university-wide interdisciplinary research theme "Identities in Transformation" (2018-21). He has been strongly involved in the university'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 well as international student recruitment and partnership building delegations in India, China, Brazil and the Philippines (since 2012). Externally, Professor Faas has acted as expert evaluator and panel vice-chair for the Research Executive Agency (REA) of the European Commission, the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission, as well as numerous national funding agencies including: Research Promotion Foundation of Cyprus; Swiss National Science Foundation; Qatar National Research Fund; Foundation for Science and Technology in Portugal; Luxembourg National Research Fund; Academy of Finland; Research Council of Norway; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research; Israel Science Foundation; National Science Centre Poland; and the Volkswagen Foundation.
  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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Vice-Chair, Rapporteur & Expert Evaluator, European Commission Framework Programme Horizon Europe [Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions] 2021-to date
Expert Evaluator, Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) [PRIN] 2021-to date
Expert Evaluator, Israel Science Foundation [Personal Research Grants] 2021-to date
Expert Evaluator, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada [Insight Grants] 2021-to date
Expert Evaluator, National Science Centre Poland [Panel HS6] 2020-to date
Expert Evaluator, Qatar National Research Fund [National Priorities Research Program] 2020-to date
Expert Evaluator, Academy of Finland [Education Panel] 2020-to date
Programme Reviewer, Dundalk Institute of Technology Department of Humanities (School of Business and Humanities), Re-validations and new validations of BA programmes 2019-2019
Board Member of SAGE Sociology textbook series "New Approaches to Sociology" 2018-to date
Member of the Royal Irish Academy, Social Sciences Committee (invited to join the Social Sciences Committee for a 4-year term, and invited to join the RIA conference organizing committee to develop the content for an event on 27 February 2020 on the Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland) 2018-to date
Associate Editor, Intercultural Education (Journal) 2018-to date
Associate Senior Fellow, Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (PhD Mentor "Including the Marginalized: The Case of Children of Migrants and Education in Ghana") 2017- to date
Expert Evaluator, Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) [Social Sciences and Humanities SH2 Panel] 2017-to date
Board Member, European Sociological Association (Research Network 10: Sociology of Education) 2017-to date
Advisor to the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), in the context of the Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) and Ethics curriculum, and the Review of the junior "Goodness Me, Goodness You" religious education programme in Community National Schools 2017-to date
Vice-Chair, Rapporteur & Expert Evaluator, European Commission Framework Programme Horizon 2020 [Societal Challenge 6] 2015-2020
Convenor of the Special Interest Group "Belief Systems, Ethics and Philosophy in Education" (Educational Studies Association of Ireland) 2016-to date
Expert Evaluator, Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA, European Commission) [Erasmus+ programme, as well as CERV Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme] 2015-to date
Editorial Board Member, British Educational Research Journal 2014-2017
Consultant for the Network Migration in Europe, invited to write research-based policy briefs for example on Muslims in Germany for their information platform "Migration Citizenship Education" 2015-to date
Editorial Board Member, Irish Journal of Sociology 2014-2017
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
Advisor to the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) Washington DC (on effects of education reforms on outcomes of migrant youth in North America and Europe) 2010- to date
Advisor to the Irish Department of Education and Skills (DES), consulted on the development of the Intercultural Education Strategy (2010-2015), the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector, and the development of policies for Community National Schools (since 2017) 2008-to date
Advisor to the European Commission, DG Education and Culture [Education and Training 2010 Programme], invited to contribute to policy development notably the 2008 production of the Green Paper on "Migration and Mobility: Challenges and Opportunities for EU Education Systems" 2007-2010
Chair and Discussant at major national and international Sociology and Education conferences 2008-to date
Referee of Journal Articles for over 30 leading international journals in the areas of sociology, education and ethnic studies; Book Reviewer; Book Manuscript Reviewer for Palgrave and Routledge 2007-to date
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International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe (IMISCOE) 2019 present
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
HANNIGAN, A., FAAS, D. and DARMODY, M., Ethno-Cultural Diversity in Initial Teacher Education Courses: The case of Ireland, Irish Educational Studies, 43, (1), 2024, p125 - 140, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
KYEREKO, D. and FAAS, D., Inclusion and Agency in Ghanaian Schools: The Case of West African Child Migrants, Comparative Education Review, 68, (1), 2024, p139 - 160, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
TRINIDAD, A.C. and FAAS, D. , An Examination of the Divergent Work Conditions and the Occupational Class of Migrant Filipino Nurses in the Republic of Ireland from a Translocal Frame, Work, Employment and Society , 2024, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
TRINIDAD, A. and FAAS, D., Upward Mobility and Class Inequities among Filipino Migrant Nurses in the Republic of Ireland, Sociology, 2024, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
TRINIDAD, A. and FAAS, D., Personal Networks and their Impact on the Class Conditions and Life Chances of Migrant Nurses in Ireland, European Societies, 2024, Journal Article, SUBMITTED
FOLEY, A., FAAS, D. and DARMODY, M., The Creation of Culturally Responsive School Environments in Ireland: Factors that Assist in Reducing the Gap Between Policy and Practice, Policy Futures in Education, 2024, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
PERONI, C., DEVITT, C. and FAAS, D. , Workers' Experiences in Non-Profit and For-Profit Managed Asylum Systems: Insights from Italy and Ireland, Work, Employment and Society , 2024, Journal Article, SUBMITTED
BROOKS, R., BEECH, S., COURTOIS, A., FAAS, D. and JAYADEVA, S, International Student Mobility within Europe: Responding to Contemporary Challenges, Higher Education, 2024, Notes: [Special Issue Editorial], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
PERONI, C., DEVITT, C. and FAAS, D., Frames of Forced Migration: A Comparative Analysis of Political and Media Discourses in Italy and Ireland, International Migration Review, 2024, Journal Article, SUBMITTED
School choice of West African migrants in Ghana in, editor(s)Halleli Pinson, Nihad Bunar and Dympna Devine , Research Handbook on Migration and Education, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2023, pp130 - 140, [KYEREKO, D. & FAAS, D.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED

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FAAS, D., Religion and Education in Ireland, Europe and Beyond , Invited seminar at The Centre for Research on Learning and Life Chances (LLAKES), 15 June, 2022, UCL Institute of Education, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
FAAS, D. , Studying Sociology: Definitions, Challenges and Opportunities , Invited lecture to masters and PhD students at DLSU, 4 December, 2020, Behavioural Sciences Department, De La Salle University, Philippines. , Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
INTERNATIONAL MEDIA: NORUM, B., Katolisk hospital bliver overdraget til den irske stat [Catholic hospital is handed over to the Irish state], Kristeligt Dagblad, 14 May, 2020, Notes: [Interview with UK/Ireland Correspondent Bjarne Norum (Kristeligt Dagblad daily newspaper in Denmark)], Report, PUBLISHED
FAAS, D., Migrant Youth Identity and Politics, Invited talks as part of a Visiting Fellowship in the Institute of Advanced Studies, 9-10 September, 2019, School of Social Sciences, Loughborough University, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
INTERNATIONAL MEDIA: CROXALL, M., 'Ireland Abortion Referendum', (26 May), London , BBC News live at 8pm, replayed on the 11pm bulletin, 2018, -, Notes: [Live television interview of Prof Daniel Faas with Martine Croxall on the impact of the abortion referendum in Ireland and wider issues of social change], Broadcast, RELEASED
FAAS, D. , Religion and Education in Ireland: Child agency, ethos and leadership in Community National Schools , Invited lecture on the MA Sociology programme, 12 February, 2018, Department of Sociology, University of the Philippines (Diliman), Invited Talk, PRESENTED
FAAS, D. , Ireland in Europe: Sociological and Political Perspectives , Invited lecture as part of the St Patrick's Day celebrations at BFSU, 14 March, 2018, Centre of Irish Studies, Beijing Foreign Studies University, China, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
FAAS, D., The Migration Challenge: Comparative Educational Perspectives , Invited lecture to masters and PhD students at Minzu , 14 March, 2018, School of Ethnology and Anthropology, Minzu University of China, Beijing, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
FAAS, D. , The Role of Religion, Religiosity and Identity in Schools, Spotlight Topic Keynote Speaker at 2nd Cultural Diversity, Migration and Education Conference, 24 August, 2018, University of Potsdam, Germany, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
FAAS, D. , Education and Diversity: The Way Forward, Invited panelist at the ESA International Mid-term Conference "Education and Social Cohesion", 31 August , 2018, Research Network RN 10 Sociology of Education European Sociological Association, UCL Institute of Education, London, Invited Talk, PRESENTED


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Award Date
Visiting Professor, Migration and Inclusion Centre, Monash University 2024
Visiting Professor, UniSA Education Futures, University of South Australia 2024
Provost's Project Award, Trinity College Dublin (to recruit a fully-funded PhD candidate) 2019
Visiting Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies, Lougborough University 2019
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
European Research Council Finalist (ERC Consolidator Grant) 2014
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
European Research Council Finalist (ERC Starting Grant) 2011
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, and (3) religion and schooling in Ireland and Europe. It strongly links to Trinity's interdisciplinary research theme "Identities in Transformation", of which I am the Convenor/Champion. My work creates new knowledge by asking fundamental questions: How do societies and institutions differ in the ways in which they integrate migrant students and what structural characteristics drive this? How do national school curricula address migration-related diversity and European issues? How is religion integrated in schools and education systems? My work is rigorous and policy-oriented, allowing me to build bridges between academic and policy communities at national and European level. My earlier body of works on identities and integration included a monograph, "Negotiating Political Identities: Multiethnic Schools and Youth in Europe", which provided the first analysis of within-country and between-country differences in identity formation, revealing the factors which shape contemporary identities. It offered innovative insights into the role of school dynamics in shaping youth identities, including school ethos, peer cultures and school-level policy approaches. My most recent work on religion and schooling includes the first study in Ireland on the new multi-denominational state-funded Community National Schools, and the first empirical study exploring school sector variation of the role of religion, inter-faith communication and religious education in Ireland. The outcomes of this research have shaped education policy-making and contributed to wider academic debates in Ireland and internationally. I have received numerous research grants (totalling EUR 1.3m) and highly competitive fellowships including a Fulbright 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). In 2019, I received a Provost's PhD Project Award, linked to my latest research strand on religion and schooling in Ireland and Europe. I have a substantial and sustained research output of around 70 publications including 34 journal articles, 13 book chapters, 9 reports, 3 (edited) volumes, and 10 reviews. I have supervised 50 postgraduates to completion (12 PhD, 38 MSc/MPhil) and mentored 5 postdocs. I have promoted research leadership in numerous ways: I have encouraged staff to engage in collaborative research through creating and deepening links with the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), the university-wide interdisciplinary research theme "Identities in Transformation", the TCD-UCD Strategic Alliance, Marino Institute of Education, as well as international networks such as IMISCOE. In addition, I have mentored a number of junior staff 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.