Dorothy Watson is a Research Professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute. She received a Bachelor's degree in Social Science from University College Cork; and her MSc and PhD (both in sociology) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She was a Research Fellow of the ESRI from 1983 to 1986.
Her areas of interest are Social Inclusion, Equality, Quality of Life, Values and Belief Systems and Survey Methodology. She is joint co-ordinator of the programme of research on Social Inclusion and Equality.
Her current research projects include research on the significance of social risk and social class for trends in poverty and deprivation since 2004; a study of differences in quality of life between social risk groups and social classes; an analysis of employment-related transitions among people with a disability in Ireland between 2010 and 2015 and a study of factors shaping social and economic outcomes for Travellers in Ireland.
The ESRI works towards a national vision of ‘Informed policy for a better Ireland’. This means producing high-quality analysis to provide robust evidence for policymaking, with the goals of research excellence and policy impact.
The ESRI produces research that contributes to understanding economic and social change in the new international context and that informs public policymaking and civil society in Ireland.