Dr Joe Larragy

Applied Social Studies, ALL Institute

Gaeilge agus fáilte

Senior Lecturer Emeritus

Auxilia, North Campus, Maynooth Univeristy
(01) 708 4572


Dr Joe Larragy, Lecturer in Social Policy, He is PhD programme co-ordinator in Applied Social Studies and  Social Policy subject leader. He studied Economics and Sociology in Trinity College Dublin, and graduated with BA Mod (Sociology). He has an MA in Social Theory from UCC and a PhD in Social Policy from UCD. His doctoral research was on the Community and Voluntary Pillar in Social Partnership in Ireland 1987-2007.
Joe joined the Department of Applied Social Studies in 2001. He previously was Tutor at University of Limerick, Research Officer in the Department of Industrial Relations in UCD, Research Officer at the National Council for the Elderly and Social Policy Analyst at the National Economic and Social Council. Before joining the staff at Maynooth, he was a Newman Scholar at UCD in the Non-Profit Sector.


His research interests include Social Policy and Ageing, the Third Sector and Civil Society, volunteering, and state-civil,society relationships. He has worked with several organisations in the statutory and NGO sector in Ireland in research, policy analysis and advisory roles, in particular in ageing related fields.

He represented NUIM on the Board of the County Kildare Leader Partnership Company from October 2011 to December 2013. He is a member of the Academic Council and represents the University in promoting age friendly policies in the region.

In 2012 he founded Maynooth Green Campus, a major initiative that includes climate justice and sustainable practices. As a result of this work, MU has become the first University in Ireland to adopt a fossil free investment policy and is a leader in the University sector in promoting awareness around Climate Change and its social justice implications and in promoting divestment.

Joe Larragy is an active member of the Pensions Policy Research Group, which brings together independent researchers in Ireland.
He is a member of the Management Committee of COST Action on Reducing Old-Age Social Exclusion: Collaborations in Research and Policy (ROSENet), which runs from 2016-2019. He has worked with many older people's NGOs providing policy analysis and avice and currently represents Maynooth University on the Meath Age Friendly Alliance.

His publications cover civil society and the state, social partnership in Ireland, ageing policy in Ireland. Among his recent publications is Asymmetric Engagement: The Community and Voluntary Pillar in Irish Social Partnership, published by Manchester University Press in 2014. He also wrote a policy submision on Behalf of Older and Bolder, A Bounty not a Burden, which was influential in shaping the Irish government's national positive ageing strategy.


Year Publication
2014 Larragy, Joe (2014) Asymmetric Engagement: The Community and Voluntary Pillar in Irish Social Partnership. : Manchester University Press.
1997 Larragy, Joe (1997) Social Policy in Europe in the Run-Up to the IGC: The Medium-Term Social Action Programme 1995-97. : Institute of European Affairs.

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2007 Joe Larragy and Brendan Bartley (2007) 'Transformations in Governance ' In: Brendan Bartley and Rob Kitchin(Eds.). Understanding Contemporary Ireland. London : Pluto.
2002 Joe Larragy (2002) 'Through the lens of civil society: a perspective on social partnership in Ireland' In: Sean Healy and Brigid Reynolds(Eds.). Social Partnership after the Celtic Tiger. Dublin : CORI.
2000 Roche, William K., Joe Larragy, and Jacqueline Ashmore (2000) 'Ireland' In: Bernhard Ebbinghaus and Jelle Visser(Eds.). The Societies of Europe: Trade Unions in Western Europe Since 1945. Palgrave / Macmillan : Basingstoke.
1998 Joe Larragy (1998) 'The Welfare Mix typology and the Evolution of Negotiated Governance' In: Rory O'Donnell and Joe Larragy(Eds.). Negotiated Economic and Social Governance in Europe, 1998 (Proceedings of COST A7 Workshop in Dublin, May 1996). Luxembourg : European Communities.
1998 Joe Larragy (1998) 'Social Policy' In: Ben Tonra, Dublin:(Eds.). The Amsterdam Treaty: What it Means. Dublin : Institute of European Affairs.
1996 Joe Larragy (1996) 'Families and Voluntary Bodies in a Mixed Economy of Welfare - A Perspective on the Irish Case' In: M. Alestalo and P Kosonen(Eds.). Welfare Systems and European Integration, Proceedings from the COST A7 Workshop, Tampere, Finland, Aug 24-27 1995. Tampere : University of Tampere.
1996 Joe Larragy (1996) 'Health and Social Care: Implications of Population Ageing' In: Health and Social Care: Implications of Population Ageing 1991-2011, Report No 43, 1996. : Dublin: National Council for the Elderly.
1994 Joe Larragy (1994) 'Institutional Services and Informal Care' In: Support Services of Elderly People Living at Home Finnucane, P., Tiernan, J., and Moane, G.. : National Council for the Elderly Report No. 40.
1987 W.K. Roche and Joe Larragy (1987) 'The Trend of Unionisation in the Irish Republic, 1940-1984' In: Tom Murphy(Eds.). Industrial Relations in Ireland. Dublin : Dept. of Industrial Relations, UCD.

Edited Book

Year Publication
1998 Rory O'donnell and Joe Larragy (Ed.). (1998) Negotiated Economic and Social Governance and European Integration. Brussels: European Community,

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
1993 Joseph F Larragy (1993) 'Formal Service Provision and the Care of the Elderly in Ireland'. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 8 :361-374. [Full-Text]
1993 Joe Larragy (1993) 'Views and Perceptions of Older Irish People'. Social Policy and Administration, 27 :235-247.
1990 W.K. Roche and J. Larragy (1990) 'Cyclical and institutional determinants of annual trade union growth and decline in Ireland: evidence from the DUES data series'. European Sociological Review, 6 :49-72. [Full-Text]
1988 Joe Larragy (1988) 'James Connolly: Myth and Reality'. SAOTHAR (JOURNAL OF THE IRISH LABOUR HISTORY SOCIETY), :49-53. [Full-Text]

Conference Publication

Year Publication
2015 Larragy, Joe (2015) Irish Social Policy Association Seminar 22 April 2015 at Dublin Institute of Technology The Community Pillar in Irish Social Partnership 1987-2009: Analysis and Prospects

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2001 JOE LARRAGY (2001) Irish Social Policy Association annual conference CIVIL SOCIETY VERSUS MARKET IN IRISH SOCIAL POLICY? TCD, 16/03/2017-.
2004 Larragy, J. (2004) Social Partnership: A New Kind of Governance ‘Social Partnership and the changing significance of the Community-Voluntary Pillar’ NUI Maynooth, 14/09/2004-15/09/2004.

Book Review

Year Publication
2010 Boyle Maura and Larragy Joe (2010) Feeling the Pinch: One Year On. BREV [Full-Text]
1987 Joe Larragy (1987) Ireland, a Sociological Profile, ed. P.Clancy et al. (Dublin 1986). BREV

Conference Paper

Year Publication
2011 Larragy Joe and Larragy Adam (2011) Ageing and Sustainability in the Irish Welfare State. CONFP
2009 Larragy, Joe (2009) Asymmetric Engagement - Reflections on a Case study of the Community and Voluntary Pillar in Irish Social Partnership. CONFP
2004 Joe Larragy (2004) Origins and Significance of the Community-Voluntary Pillar's Entry to Irish Social Partnership Joe Larragy. CONFP [Full-Text]
2001 Joe Larragy (2001) Ireland’s Economic Turnaround – Origins and Implications for Social Policy. CONFP

Technical Publication

Year Publication
2001 Joe Larragy (2001) International Approaches to Volunteering - a comparative study of volunteering policies in five countries and the EU. TP
1991 E. O Shea, D. Donnison and J. Larragy, (1991) The Role and Future Development of Nursing Homes in Ireland. TP

Working Paper

Year Publication
2006 J Larragy, S. Ó Cinnéide and S. Ó Riain (2006) Social Foundations for an Uncertain Future. WP
1997 Joe Larragy (1997) Social Policy in Europe in the Run-Up to the IGC: The Medium-Term Social Action Programme 1995-97. WP [Full-Text]
1996 Joe Larragy (1996) The Unemployment Statistics Debate: Do We Need a Change of Focus?. WP
1995 Eamon O'Shea and Joe Larragy (1995) Social Integration of Older People in Ireland. WP
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