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Dr. David Landy

Assistant Professor (Sociology)

David Landy is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, director of the MPhil in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict and teaching on the Masters and Undergraduate programmes in sociology. A graduate of Trinity College, he has lived in Finland and Germany, working in the NGO and development sector. His main research interests are race and ethnicity, and social movements particularly with regard to Israel/Palestine. His doctoral dissertation, funded by IRCHSS, was on diaspora Jewish opposition to Israel. He is the author of "Jewish Identity and Palestinian Rights: Diaspora Jewish Opposition to Israel', and has published on social movements in Ireland and abroad in a wide variety of sociological journals, including Sociology, Race and Class, International Sociology, and Ethnic and Racial Studies
  Conflict/Dispute Resolution   Diaspora   Immigrants   Israel-Palestine   Multicultural Society   Race and Ethnicity   Racism/Race Relations   Social Change   Social Movements   Sociological Theory
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Editorial Committee of Interface Journal 2013-20
Racism and the City Convenor: 'Racism and the City'. A panel discussion as part of the 'Trinity and the Changing City' Series. 5 December 2019
Keynote speaker: SAI Annual Postgraduate conference, Ulster University Belfast. "Academic freedom in the Contemporary University" 2017
Member of research consortium'Imagining Jerusalem, 1099-present' 2014-16
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Secretary, Sociological Association of Ireland 2013 2016
British Sociological Association
David Landy, Decentring Palestinians from Jewish Activism, ReOrient, 7, (2), 2022, p202 - 206, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
David Landy, Ronit Lentin, Conor McCarthy, Enforcing Silence: Academic Freedom, Palestine and the Criticism of Israel, 1, London, Bloomsbury, 2020, 288pp, Book, PUBLISHED
The Academic field must be defended: Excluding criticism of Israel from campuses in, editor(s)David Landy, Ronit Lentin, Conor McCarthy , Enforcing Silence: Academic Freedom, Palestine and the Criticism of Israel, London, Bloomsbury, 2020, pp91 - 112, [David Landy], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI
Introduction, Palestine and Academic Freedom in, editor(s)David Landy, Ronit Lentin, Conor McCarthy , Enforcing Silence Academic Freedom, Palestine and the Criticism of Israel, London, Bloomsbury, 2020, pp1 - 37, [David Landy, Ronit Lentin, Conor McCarthy], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI
David Landy, Aileen O"Carroll, & Máire Ní Mhórdha , Using Digital Tools to Organise for Social Change, London, Maynooth University, Trinity College Dublin, November, 2020, p1 - 70, Report, PUBLISHED  DOI
Aileen O'Carroll, David Landy, Máire Ní Mhórdha , What Worked? How Abortions Activists in Ireland Organised for Victory, Maynooth University, Trinity College Dublin, November, 2020, p1 - 91, Report, PUBLISHED  DOI
Richard Layte, David Landy, The Fighting Irish? Explaining the Temporal Pattern of Social Protest during Ireland's Fiscal Crisis 2008-2014, Sociology, 2018, p20 , Notes: [Abstract 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
David Landy, 2017. "The place of Palestinians in tourist and Zionist discourses in the 'City of David', occupied East Jerusalem." 14 (3):309-323., Critical Discourse Studies , 14, (3), 2017, p309 - 323, Notes: [ABSTRACT The 'City of David' in Silwan is on the original site of Jerusalem. Located in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem, it is both an illegal Israeli settlement in a Palestinian neighbourhood and a popular international tourist destination. This article examines how the site is narrated by tour operators and tourists through fieldwork, interviews and analysis of tourist comments on the TripAdvisor site. It argues that Israeli settlers have successfully harnessed tourist discourse in order to present their vision of a Jewish Jerusalem in which Palestinian existence is ignored or treated as a threat. The site allows tourists to connect to and experience a mythical biblical past, something which answers to tourist desires to have an authentic encounter with the destination culture. In the site's narratives, the presence of Palestinians in the area is elided over through spatial and linguistic separation and by denying their legitimate presence. This indicates how the congruence between Zionist and tourist discourses discursively legitimises Israeli colonisation of Silwan.], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
David Landy, Navigating Solidarity: How Palestine solidarity groups in the UK and Ireland have responded to the Palestinian statehood bid, Revue Miroirs, 5, (1), 2017, p56 - 77, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Sheridan, V., David Landy, and Vanessa Stout, 2017. The return of the 'Black Babies': how development education affects schoolchildren's attitudes to the majority world - the Trócaire 2012 Lenten campaign. Race Ethnicity and Education:1-17, Race Ethnicity and Education, 2017, p17 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL

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Aileen O"Carroll, David Landy, & Máire Ní Mhórdha, Repeal the Eighth and Reproductive Rights: Organiser Interviews, Digital Repository of Ireland , 2020, Dataset, PUBLISHED
Aileen O"Carroll, David Landy, Máire Ní Mhórdha, How Activists Resolve Conflicts: Best Practices and Policies, London, Maynooth University, Trinity College Dublin, November, 2020, p1 - 49, Report, PUBLISHED
David Landy, The State of the Irish Left: Half Full and Half Empty, Hard Times, 103, (1), 2019, p10 - 16, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
David Landy, Muslims in neoliberal Ireland, Review of 'Experiences of Islamophobia, by James Carr , Patterns of Prejudice , 51, (2), 2017, p213-214 , Review, PUBLISHED
David Landy, 'We are more than statistics and scattered body parts": Telling stories and coalescing Palestinian history, International Sociology Review of Books, 28, (2), 2013, p145 - 154, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
David Landy, The use of universalist discourses in social movements: How Israel-critical Jewish activists deploy and are constrained by human rights talk, British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Cardiff University, 16-18 April 2009, 2009, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
David Landy, Jewish involvement in Israel-critical groups: Identity politics, solidarity movement or a disparate group of people doing their separate things?, Eleventh International Conference on Alternative Futures and Popular Protest, Manchester Metropolitan University, 19-21 April 2006, edited by Colin Barker and Mike Tyldesley , 2006, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED


Award Date
Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences postgraduate scholarship 2006-9
My research interests concern the politics and organisation of social movements in Ireland and abroad. I am particularly interested in how social movemeents organise effectively for change. I am interested in transnational social movements, the effects of human rights discourse,and movements to do with race/ethnicity, migration and Israel/Palestine. Also interested in tourism studies, particularly in relation to Israel/Palestine.