Dorothy Watson

Dorothy Watson

Social Research | Associate Research Professor
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.
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Tel: +353 1 8632000
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Latest Publications:
  • Social housing in the Irish housing market
  • Poverty dynamics of social risk groups in the EU: an analysis of the EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions, 2005 to 2014
  • Evaluation of PLC programme provision
  • Non-monetary indicators and multiple dimensions: the ESRI approach to poverty measurement
  • A study of gender in senior civil service positions in Ireland
  • Poverty transitions in Ireland: An analysis of the Central Statistics Office (CSO) Longitudinal Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC), 2004-2015
  • The experience of economic stress among families with children during the Irish recession
  • Projections of demand for healthcare in Ireland, 2015-2030: First report from the Hippocrates Model
  • Child Poverty in a Period of Austerity
  • Poverty, economic stress and quality of life: lessons from the Irish case

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  • Programmes and Projects:
  • Examination of the Experiences of Playing Senior Inter-County Gaelic Games: 2016 Players
  • Evaluation of the National Youthreach Programme
  • Research Study on Career Paths in the Civil Service
  • Employment Transitions among People with a Disability in Ireland
  • Research Programme on Equality and Integration with the Department of Justice and Equality
  • Families of children with disabilities
  • Research Programme on Health, Safety and Well-being at Work
  • Analysis and measurement of poverty and deprivation in Ireland based on the 'Consistent Poverty' measure developed by the ESRI and the possible implications for policy
  • Monitoring Trends in Poverty - Analysis of the 2001 Living in Ireland Survey
  • Employment and People with Disabilities

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