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'Quantitative Data in Irish Migration Research'
Organised by the 'New Irish Families' project funded by the Irish Research Council


This workshop is aimed at both early career and experienced researchers who work in the field of migration studies in Ireland. It brings together researchers with a wide range of experience of using existing datasets in the Irish context as well as principal investigators of projects collecting survey data of migrants in Ireland. Given the often challenging nature of accessing high quality data in this area, workshop participants will present current research in this field, highlight existing limitations and discuss possible ways forward, drawing particularly on the experience of researchers from the United Kingdom and how they have developed their data infrastructure in recent years.

Date: Thursday February 12th
9- 3.30pm
The Seminar Room of the Institute for International Integration Studies (IIIS), 6th Floor, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin (see below for details on how to access this venue).

Registration Required:
Participation is free of charge but places are limited. To register, please complete the registration form here: by the 19th of December 2015. We will get back to you shortly after this deadline to inform you whether your application has been successful. As places are limited, priority will be given to early-career researchers and those with relevant research interests.

If you have any queries or special requirements, please email the team at:


Programme Overview

Programme Overview

  • 09.00 - 09.15 Arrival and coffee
  • 09.15 - 09.25 Welcome and introduction
  • 09.55 - 10.25 Using existing data sources - Challenges and opportunities
    'Measuring Labour Market Integration of Immigrants', Philip O'Connell (Geary Institute, UCD)
    'Measuring social inclusion among migrants: the problem of the small N and changing populations', Frances McGinnity, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)
    'The second generation: Using Growing Up in Ireland to study New Irish Families', Antje Röder, Carmen Frese and Mark Ward (Department of Sociology, TCD )

  • 10.55 - 11.15 Coffee break

  • 11.15 - 12.45 Data collection - New approaches and experiences
    'Random sampling: a survey of migrants living in the Greater Dublin Area', Gaia Narciso (Department of Economics, TCD)
    'Sampling with a Purpose: Exploring Migrant Educational Outcomes in Galway', Valerie Ledwith (Department of Geography, NUI Galway)
    'Surveying dispersed immigrant groups - Experiences from two surveys of Polish immigrants in Dublin', Peter Mühlau (Department of Sociology, TCD)

  • 12.45 - 14.00 Lunch break (Venue to be confirmed)

  • 14.00 - 15.30 Moving forward: Where to next?
  • 14.00 - 14.45 'Researching Immigration and Ethnicity in the UK', Lucinda Platt (London School of Economics and Political Science)
  • 14.45 - 15.30 Panel discussion



Carmen Frese is a Postdoctoral Researcher working on the IRC funded research project 'New Irish Families'. Her research interests include migration, first and second generation migrants, integration and interculturalism, migrants' social capital, civic and ethnic mobilisation and qualitative research. Carmen has a PhD in Sociology from UCD and an MSc in Applied Social Research from TCD. She previously worked as a PhD fellow and research coordinator for several research projects in Social Science Research Centre, in Migration and Citizenship Initiative at the Humanities Institute of Ireland and in John Hume Institute in UCD where she co-authored several research reports.

Valerie Ledwith is a lecturer in the Department of Geography at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She received her degree in geography from the University of California, Los Angeles, having previously studied at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her work focuses on the geographies of education, particularly on the relationship between residential neighborhoods and educational attainment and aspirations. Currently, she is examining the relationship between residential neighborhoods and the educational experiences and aspirations of migrant teens in Galway city and hinterland. This project uses a mixed methods approach, incorporating GIS, multi-level modeling and qualitative data analysis to gain insight into how neighborhood level processes influence individual educational outcomes.

Frances McGinnity is joint co-coordinator of Equality and Integration Research at the Economic and Social Research Institute. She is a Senior Research Officer there and is Adjunct Associate Professor of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin. Her current research focuses on equality, work-life balance, childcare and migrant integration. She has published on these themes about Ireland and from a comparative perspective, and edited a journal special issue on work-family conflict. She also co-ordinated, with Helen Russell, a major research programme in Equality and Discrimination in Ireland. She led the first large-scale survey of adult migrants in Ireland in 2005 and the first Irish field experiment on discrimination in 2008. She has been principal investigator of the Annual Integration Monitor since it started in 2010.

Peter Mühlau is Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology. His research and teaching interest are in the fields of the sociology of work and employment, the sociology of migration, social stratification and quantitative research methods. His current work focuses on the economic and socio-cultural integration of immigrants, gender inequality in work and employment, socio-economic and socio-cultural change in Ireland and survey methodology. He is leader of the Irish team in the European collaborative project 'Causes and Consequences of Early Socio-Cultural Integration Processes among New Immigrants in Europe' (SCIP).

Gaia Narciso is Assistant Professor in Economics at Trinity College Dublin. After gaining her MSc in Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science, she started her PhD in Economics at Bocconi University. During her PhD she worked as a consultant for the Development Research Group at the World Bank in Washington, DC. She obtained her PhD in March 2007 with a thesis in Development Economics and Political Economics. She joined the Department of Economics at Trinity College Dublin in August 2007.

Philip J. O'Connell is Director of the UCD Geary Institute and Professor of Applied Social Science at University College Dublin. Prior to that, he was Research Professor and Head of Social Research at the ESRI and Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin. He received his doctorate from Indiana University, Bloomington and taught at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has served as a consultant to the European Commission and the OECD. He is a government-appointed member of the Irish national Labour Market Council. Most of his work focuses on the labour market and on migration. He has an enduring interest in equality at work and in access to employment, publishing papers in the leading journals on wage inequality, on working conditions and workplace practices, on the transition from unemployment to work, and on the experience of migrant workers in Ireland.

Lucinda Platt is Professor of Social Policy and Sociology in the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). A quantitative sociologist by training, her research focuses on the analysis of inequalities and stratification, with a particular focus on ethnicity and immigration. She also works on child poverty and disability; and has published widely in all these areas. In 2011 she published Inequalities: Understanding Stratification and Difference with Polity, and she is currently co-editing a volume for OUP on Social Advantage and Disadvantage.

Antje Roder is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Trinity College and a founding member of the Migration and Employment Research Centre (MERC). Her main research interests are mobility and migration, with focus on migrants' integration in European societies. She is currently conducting the Irish Research Council funded 'New Irish Families' project investigating the emerging second generation and their families in Ireland. She was also recently involved in the European collaborative project SCIP 'Causes and Consequences of Early Socio-Cultural Integration Processes among New Immigrants in Europe', which surveyed over one thousand Polish migrants living in Dublin.

Mark Ward is a Post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin. He is currently a researcher on the 'New Irish Families' project. Mark also teaches research design and quantitative research methods at both under- and post-graduate level in the Department of Sociology and the School of Social Work and Social Policy (TCD). Mark completed his PhD study, which was funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs Research Scholarship Programme, in 2014. His thesis involved a sociological examination of socio-economic variation in the predictors of childhood overweight and obesity in Ireland. Mark's main areas of interest are children's research, migration, health inequalities, social class theory, and the application of quantitative methodologies.



The Workshop will be held in the Institute for International Integration Studies (IIIS), Trinity College, Dublin ( on Thursday, February 12th 2015.
The Institute is located on the 6th floor of the Arts Building within the TCD campus, which is the lower left hand quadrant of the College map adjoining Nassau Street. You can use stairs or the lift which is located behind the security desk beside the Nassau Street entrance. From there, go to the 6th floor, as you exit then follow the signs to the Institute.

Directions to the TCD campus can be found here:



Last updated 19 December 2014 by IIIS (Email).