Professor Louise Ryan to join us for our first department seminar of 2022

16 Feb 2022



Is it who you know?

Exploring the direct and indirect roles of social networks in migrants’ accessing labour markets

Join us on Monday, February 21st at 5pm to meet Prof Louise Ryan, Alumna of UCC and Visiting Professor in the Dept of Sociology and Criminology.

Location: Boole 6 (and online via MS Teams - email the sociology&criminology@ucc for details)

Much has been written about how migrants may utilise social networks to access jobs. Nevertheless, gaps remain in understanding how skills, labour market sectors, education level, language proficiency, etc. may influence the relationship between network ties and employment opportunities.

Drawing upon interviews with diverse migrants, in London, across varied public and private sectors jobs, this presentation contributes to understanding migrant networks in three key ways:

1. How networks operate directly and indirectly in job seeking strategies and career development.

2. How the role of networks may differ across varied labour market sectors

3. How ‘weak’ and ‘strong’ ties can be conceptualised as a continuum of dynamic relationships.

Professor Louise Ryan is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees of the British Sociological Association (BSA) and Director of the Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre, London Metropolitan University. Originally from Cork, and a graduate of UCC, Louise joined London Met as a Senior Professor of Sociology in 2020. She was previously Professor of Sociology at the University of Sheffield, and before that was a Professor and co-director of the Social Policy Research Centre at Middlesex University.


Department of Sociology & Criminology

Socheolaíocht & Coireolaíocht

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