Who we are

Founded in 1973, The Sociological Association of Ireland (SAI) is the professional association for sociologists researching and studying Irish society as well as sociologists working in Ireland and abroad who have an interest in Irish society.

What we do

The Committee give their time for free, and SAI members around the country and internationally build community and critical mass in research areas through their passion in forging networks, organising events, writing and research, editing and peer reviewing, and teaching.

The SAI hosts an Annual Conference in early summer and a Postgraduate Conference in spring, which rotate around the island. It produces the Irish Journal of Sociology, which showcases sociological research focusing on Irish society and global issues.

Why we do it?

Sociology and social research in general plays a vital role in Irish society by producing the knowledge that gives us the opportunity to act wisely by giving us maps of the social, which we hope will lead to a better society, better politics, better thinking and better policies.


The SAI seeks to represent the interests of sociology in Ireland. The SAI, as the professional association of sociology in Ireland, is committed to supporting the discipline through fora for them to share ideas, collaborate and disseminate their research. Its strength is its members and their willingness to participate and support the discipline.


The Sociological Association of Ireland aims –

  • to promote the development of sociology in Ireland;
  • to seek and maintain high standards of scholarship and responsibility in research;
  • to encourage publication, discussion and debate on issues of interest to the discipline of sociology;
  • to act as a professional association.

Why Join?

The strength and vibrancy of the discipline is based on the input of each member. We hope that you will consider pitching in through joining the SAI and participating in the wider community.

Membership benefits include: reduced rates for SAI conferences and events, three copies of the Irish Journal of Sociology per year and free online access, regular newsletters and other publications, access to Study Groups on an array of specialist areas, and an ability to join the committee and participate in the AGM to shape the Association and discipline.

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