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Trinity Research in Social Sciences (TRiSS)

Trinity Research in Social Sciences brings together researchers in the social sciences from across Trinity College Dublin. It provides a single identifying physical and intellectual location for social science research in Trinity connecting social science researchers across multiple schools for the purposes of collaboration. TRiSS performs an important policy and outreach function for social science research in Trinity and aims to highlight the contribution of social sciences to current public issues. To date, the disciplines represented by TRiSS are Business, Economics, Education, Law, Linguistics, Psychology, Political Science, Social policy, Social work and Sociology.

TRiSS is located in the Sutherland Centre on the 6th floor of the Arts building. The Director of TRiSS is Professor Eleanor Denny from the discipline of Economics, School of Social Sciences and Philosophy. It is home to 45 PhD students from multiple disciplines and has recently initiated a visiting scholars programme which houses short-term visitors to Trinity. TRiSS also runs a busy calendar of social science related events including over 50 seminars and workshops per annum.

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Trinity IMpact Evaluation Unit (TIME)

The Department of Economics is home to the Trinity IMpact Evaluation Unit (TIME) which brings together economics researchers, development practitioners, and policy makers in a collective effort to estimate and understand the impact of development aid and investments.

TIME's vision is to provide strong evidence of what works, so that better investments with a real impact on the development process can be made. The research group aims to produce research of the highest academic standard while at the same time facilitating the dissemination of research more widely and providing training to development practitioners on rigorous methods of impact evaluation.

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Trinity Migration and Employment Research Centre (MERC)

The Trinity Migration and Employment Research Centre is a group of researchers at Trinity College Dublin with research interests in migration and employment policies, trends, experiences and outcomes in Ireland and Europe. Located within the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy and associated with the Department of Sociology, MERC carries out funded research projects and actively promotes discussion between Irish and international academics, policy makers and other relevant social actors via our newsletters and project reports

If you are interested in collaborating with MERC or would like to be added to its mailing list to receive updates on its work please contact the MERC Director Dr Camilla Devitt on