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Employment and the Crisis: Work, Migration, Unemployment

  • Date: Friday 11 March 2011 from 9.00am to 6.00pm

  • Venue: Trinity College Dublin

ESRI LogoThe aim of this one-day research symposium was to bring together ongoing research on employment, unemployment, inequality and living conditions in Ireland today; it placed the Irish experience in some comparative context and aimed to stimulate further research. The symposium was organised by the Policy Institute together with the TCD Employment Research Centre MSc in European Employment Studies and the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).

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Ireland has been in crisis for over two years.  This crisis iswidely perceived as not just an economic crisis, but a political, social and even moral crisis.   What is happening, why it did happen and what solutions exist – all are matters of lively public debate.   Up to now the debate has been dominated by economists.  More recently, political scientists and contemporary historians have begun to enter the debate. Yet there is little evidence on what is happening in the workplace and even the labour market is only discussed in macro-economic terms.

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9.00 - 9.30am Registration and Coffee
9.30 - 9.45am

Welcome - Elaine Moriarty, Trinity College Dublin

Overview of Day - Philip O’Connell, ESRI
  • Session 1 - Trade Unions, Industrial Relations and the Crisis
  • 9.45am - 11.15am
  • Chair: James Wickham, TCD
Richard Hyman - London School of Economics and Political Science The European Context
Tom Prosser - Trinity College Dublin Trade Union Responses in Ireland and Spain Compared
Michael Doherty - Dublin City University Crisis and Collapse of Social Partnership in Ireland
11.15 - 11.30 Coffee/Tea
  • Session 2 - Migration and Mobility
  • 11.30am - 1.00pm
  • Chair: Fran McGinnity, ESRI
Peter Mühlau - Trinity College Dublin Recession and Newly Arrived Immigrants – Results From the 'Polonia in Dublin' Study
James Wickham - Trinity College Dublin Emigration Again – Ireland 1980s, Poland 2000s, Ireland 2010s…
Elaine Moriarty - Trinity College Dublin and Torben Krings - Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria I would go back to Poland and then what? Migrant Stories in Post-Celtic Tiger Ireland
1.00 - 2.00pm Lunch  (sandwich lunch provided)
  • Session 3 - Employment and Unemployment in the Recession
  • 2.00 - 3.30pm
  • Chair: Peter Mühlau, Trinity College Dublin
Elish Kelly, Seamus McGuinness and Philip O'Connell - ESRI, Dublin Training the Unemployed During Recession
Camille Loftus – University College Dublin Better Off on the Dole?
Nata Duvvury – NUI, Galway Gender, Employment and Recession: Trends and Impacts
3.30 - 3.45pm Coffee/Tea
  • Session 4 - The Experience of Recession: Income and Work
  • 3.45 - 5.15pm
  • Chair: Philip O'Connell, ESRI

Helen Russell - ESRI, Dublin

Over-Indebtedness in Irish Households

Fran McGinnity and Helen Russell - ESRI, Dublin

Employees in Recession: Working Conditions and Well-Being
Brian Nolan - University College Dublin and Bertrand Maître - ESRI, Dublin Poverty and Inequality in the Crisis
  • Conclusion: The View from Outside
  • 5.15 - 5.45pm
  • Chair: Tom Prosser, Trinity College Dublin
Klaus Dörre - Uni-Jena, Germany Precarious Work – Consequences for German Trade Unions
  • Close of Symposium
  • 5.45 - 6.00pm
James Wickham - Trinity College Dublin

Conclusion and Wrap Up


This symposium is now fully booked. For questions please contact Helen Murray at:


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Last updated 13 June 2014 .