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Senior Research Officer
Frances McGinnity is a Senior Research Officer and joint programme coordinator, with Helen Russell, of Equality Research at the ESRI.
She received her doctorate from Nuffield College Oxford in 2001 and came to the ESRI in 2004 from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany. Most of her research to date has examined labour market inequality- unemployment, temporary employment, part-time work, gender and racial discrimination, often from a comparative perspective. She is also interested in work-life balance, time-use and migrant integration.
She is co-coordinator of a major research programme on Equality and Discrimination, funded by the Equality Authority. To date six studies from this programme have been published, she is a co-author on five of these: Discrimination in Recruitment: Evidence from a Field Experiment; A Woman’s Place: Female Participation in the Irish Labour Market; Immigrants at Work: Ethnicity and Nationality in the Irish Labour Market; Gender Inequalities in Time-Use and the Experience of Discrimination in Ireland.
Dr McGinnity has also been working in the area of work-life balance, both within Ireland, and in the EU. She co-ordinated an international team of researchers on Reconciling Work and Family Life as part of the European EQUALSOC network of excellence, with Helen Russell. The results from this collaboration are published in a special issue of the US quality-of-life journal Social Indicators Research, of which Dr McGinnity is lead guest editor, with Professor Chris Whelan.
Her most recent area of research is in migration and racism. She headed a team which conducted the first large-scale survey of migrants in Ireland, investigating the experience of racism and discrimination. She also worked on a project examining the integration of non-Irish nationals in Irish schools. She is currently collaborating with EU colleagues on a NORFACE project examining early socio-cultural integration patterns of migrants, and is leading the Irish Integration Monitor, which focuses on the economic, social and cultural integration of migrants into Irish society.