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Professor Richard Layte

Professor of Sociology (Sociology)

 TeenPath: Social Environment, Health and Well-Being Among Adolescents in Ireland
 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

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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.
McCrory, C., McLoughlin, S., Layte, R., Ni Cheallaigh, C., O'Halloran, A.M, Barros, H., Berkman, L.F., Bochud, M., Crimmins, E., Farrell, M., Fraga, S., GrundyE., Kelly-Irving, M., Petrovic, D., Seeman, T., Stringhini, S., Vollenveider, P., Kenny, R.A, Towards a consensus definition of allostatic load: a multi-cohort, multi-system, multi-biomarker individual participant data (IPD ) meta-analysis, Psychoneuroendocrinology, 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Layte, R., Brannigan, R. and Stanistreet, D., Digital engagement and adolescent depression: A longitudinal mediation analysis adjusting for selection, Computers in Human Behavior Reports, 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Layte, R., Cronin, F.M, Nivakoski, S. , McEvoy, O., Brannigan, R., Stanistreet, D., The Relative Roles of Early Life, Physical Activity, Sedentarism and Diet in Social and Economic Inequalities in Body Mass Index and Obesity Risk Between 9 and 18, Social Science and Medicine - Population Health, 2023, p1 - 9, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Brannigan, R., Gil-Hernandez, C.J., McEvoy, O., Cronin, F., Stanistreet D., Layte, R., Digital engagement and its association with adverse psychiatric symptoms: A longitudinal cohort study utilizing latent class analysis, Computers in Human Behavior, 133, (August), 2022, p1 - 12, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
McEvoy, O., Cronin, F., Brannigan, R., Stanistreet D., Layte, R., The role of family, school and neighbourhood in explaining inequalities in physical activity trajectories between age 9 and 18, Social Science and Medicine - Population Health, 19, (101216), 2022, p1 - 13, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Brannigan, R., Cronin, F., Stanistreet, D. and Layte, R. , Verification of the Goldilocks Hypothesis: the association between screen use, digital media and psychiatric symptoms in the Growing Up in Ireland study., Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 36071142, 2022, p1 - 6, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Cronin, F.M., Hurley, S., Buckley, T., Guinea Arquez, G.M., Lakshmanan, N., O'Gorman, A., Layte, R. and Stanistreet, D. , Mediators of socioeconomic differences in overweight and obesity among youth in Ireland and the UK (2011-2021): A systematic review. , BMC Public Health, 22, (1585), 2022, p1 - 20, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Gusciute, E; Muhlau, P & Layte, R., Discrimination in the rental housing market: a field experiment in Ireland, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2021, p1 - 22, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Gusciute, E; Muhlau, P & Layte, R., The Land of One Hundred Thousand Welcomes? Economic Threat and Attitudes towards Immigration in Ireland, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2021, p1 - 22, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Gusciute, E; Muhlau, P & Layte, R., The Land of One Hundred Thousand Welcomes? Economic Threat and Attitudes towards Immigration in Ireland, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2021, p1 - 22, Journal Article, PUBLISHED

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Mark Ward, Richard Layte, Rose Anne Kenny, Loneliness, social isolation, and their discordance among older adults, TILDA, October, 2019, p1-52-, Report, PUBLISHED
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, 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
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


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.