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Pilar

Name: Pilar Luz Rodrigues

Programme: PhD (Level 10)

Research project title: Social and Economic Policy and Irish Work Practices: Examining the Influence of Policy on Migrant Workers in Ireland.

Brief description of project:

My project aims to investigate the experiences of migrant workers holding precarious jobs in Ireland. The focus is on how government policy and market forces shape their working lives. The objectives of this project are to determine what factors most significantly shape the working conditions, the behavior and the subjectivity of these precarious workers. Also, the project seeks to understand the day to day experiences of precarious migrant workers as they are exposed to ‘market forces’ and must react accordingly. The project will rely on qualitative research based on interviews as primary means of investigation, and will seek to understand the lived experiences, of such migrant workers. Ultimately, this study seeks to contribute to understanding how policies can be improved to make work for migrants in Ireland more sustainable in the future. The intention is to contribute constructively to national and international debates on the treatment of migrants as precarious workers.

Supervisor: Dr Tom Boland

Co-Supervisor: Dr James Cuffe

Paul O'Dwyer

Name: Paul O'Dwyer

Programme: Masters by research (Level 9)

Research Project Title: Institutional Racism in the Irish Workplace

Project Description: racism is a hot-button topic for discussion any time, and in general we can see when something or someone is being racist. However, what is more sinister is the covert version known as institutional racism. This project is focusing on investigating the occurrence of institutional racism within the Irish workplace. To do this, a two-stage approach is being employed; a detailed content analysis of decision reports from the Workplace Relations Commission going back 15 years, and interviews with professionals from the legal industry and Commission itself. It is hoped that the common causes of institutional racism can be discovered and examined, thus making a contribution to an under-researched subject in Irish society.

This project was previously presented at the HEA/Irish Independent Making an Impact 2016 and was voted as one of two winners at the final which took place at The Helix, DCU.

Supervisors: Mr Jonathan Culleton, Dr Jennifer O’Mahoney