FAMILY RHYTHMS: The Changing Textures of Family Life in Ireland by Jane Gray, Maynooth University, Ruth Geraghty, Centre for Effective Services, (formerly Maynooth University), and David Ralph, Trinity College Dublin (2016)

Family Rhythms is the first textbook of its kind to offer a comprehensive introduction to family studies through an explicit focus on the Irish experience.  It draws on original in-depth interviews with more than two hundred Irish people of different ages to illustrate contemporary theoretical ideas and empirical scholarship on family life.  With chapters on childhood, adolescence, parenting and grandparenthood, the book shows the resilience of families in different social and historical contexts.  For further information please visit Publishers Website.






THE IRISH WELFARE STATE IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: Challenges and Change by Mary P. Murphy (Maynooth University) and Fiona Dukelow (University College Cork), 2016


This book provides a critical and theoretically-informed assessment of the nature and types of structural change occurring in the Irish welfare state in the context of the 2008 economic crisis.  Its overarching framework for conceptualising and analysing welfare state change and its political, economic and social implications is based around four crucial questions, namely what welfare is for, who delivers welfare, who pays for welfare, and who benefits.  Over the course of ten chapters, the authors examine the answers as they relate to social protection, labour market activation, pensions, finance, water, early child education and care, health, housing and corporate welfare.  For further information please visit The Irish Welfare State in the Twenty-First Century.





CODE AND THE CITY (Regions and Cities) by Rob Kitchin and Sung-Yueh Perng, Maynooth University (2016)

Software has become essential to the functioning of the cities.  It is deeply embedded into the systems and infrastructure of the built environment and is entrenched in the management and governance of urban societies.  Software-enabled technologies and services enhance the ways in which we understand and plan cities.  It even has an effect on how we manage urban services and utilities.  Code and City explores the extent and depth of the ways in which software mediates how people work, consume, communication, travel and play.  For further information please visit Code and the City






WORKING TIME, KNOWLEDGE WORK AND POST-INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY: Unpredictable Work by Aileen O'Carroll, Maynooth University (2015)


Aileen O'Carroll book
We are living in the age of imagination and communication.  More than ever before, peoples' work requires them to think and talk.  This book is about the new ways time is experienced and organised in post-industrial workplaces.  Aileen O'Carroll argues that the key feature of working time within information technology, and other workplaces, is unpredictability.  Working Time, Knowledge Work and Post-Industrial Society uncovers the mechanisms and processes by which labour processes and political economy create and maintain a working culture of unpredictability.  This is a culture that seeks to insert acceptance of unpredictability as a new 'standard' by which working, and by default, non-working livers, are organised.  For further information please visit: Publishers Website,  Personal blog -





LOCATIVE SOCIAL MEDIA: Place in the Digital Age by Leighton Evans, Maynooth University (2015)

Locative Social Media

Leighton Evans' first book is a great achievement and a very useful addition to the literature, combining theoretical rigour with rich empirical material.  For more information please visit: ​Publishers Website








An Introduction to R for Spatial Analysis and Mapping by Chris Brunsdon, Maynooth University and Lex Comber, University of Leicester (2015)

This book provides an introduction to the use of R for spatial statistical analysis, geocomputation and the analysis of geographical information for researchers collecting and using data with location attached, largely through increased GPS functionality.  For more information please visit: Publishers Website






GEOCOMPUTATION A Practical Primer by Chris Brunsdon, Maynooth University and Alex Singleton, Liverpool University (2015)

This book provides highly applied and practical discussions of visualisation and exploratory spatial data analysis, space time modelling, spatial algorithms, spatial regression and statistics, enabling interactions through the use of neogeography.  For more information please visit Publishers Website 







THE ATLAS OF THE ISLAND OF IRELAND - Mapping Social and Economic Patterns by Justin Gleeson, Maynooth University (2015)

The Atlas of the Island of Ireland

This book principally maps census data available in both Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Atlas of the Island of Ireland contains hundreds of socio-economic variables at the Small Area (SA) level. This atlas has been developed under the Evidence-Based Planning theme of the Ireland Northern Ireland Cross-border Cooperation Observatory (INICCO-2) CrosSPlaN-2 funded research programme which responds to the need for sustained support to territorial cooperation in the Irish border region.  ​For further information please visit




HUMAN GEOGRAPHY - A Concise Introduction by Mark Boyle, Maynooth University (2014)

Human Geography
Using the story of the "West and the world" as its backdrop, this book provides for beginning students a clear and concise introduction to Human Geography, including its key concepts, seminal thinkers and their theories, contemporary debates, and celebrated case studies.  For more information please visit Publishers Website 









THE DATA REVOLUTION by Rob Kitchin, Maynooth University (2014)

The Data Revolution
This book provides a synoptic overview of big data, open data and data infrastructures, an introduction to thinking conceptually about data infrastructures, data analytics and data markets.  It provides a critical discussion of the technical shortcomings and the social, political and ethical consequences of the data revolution and an analysis of the implications of the data revolution to academic, business and government practices.  For more information please visit Publishers Website