Frances McGinnity

Frances McGinnity

Social Research | Associate Research Professor
Frances McGinnity is an Associate Research Professor at the ESRI and Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin. She is joint coordinator of the research areas Social Inclusion & Equality and Migration, Integration & Demography at the ESRI.

She received her doctorate from Nuffield College Oxford in 2001 and came to the ESRI in 2004 from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany. Most of her research to date has examined labour market inequality, often from a comparative perspective. She is also interested in work-life balance, childcare, discrimination and migrant integration.

She was co-coordinator of a major research programme on Equality and Discrimination, funded by the Equality Authority, and continues to coordinate research in the area. There have been 15 reports in the Equality area published since 2008 on a wide range of themes including discrimination, time-use and gender differences in the Irish labour market.

Dr McGinnity has also been working in the area of work-life balance, both within Ireland, and in the EU. With Helen Russell, she co-coordinated an international team of researchers on Reconciling Work and Family Life: the results from this collaboration are published in a special issue of the US quality-of-life journal Social Indicators Research, of which Dr McGinnity is a guest editor. She has more recently contributed two comparative chapters in a book edited by Professor Duncan Gallie on Work, Family and Recession. She was also lead author on a report on childcare using data from the Growing Up in Ireland study.

Another key research interest is in migrant integration and racism. She headed a team which conducted the first large-scale survey of migrants in Ireland and led the first field experiment on discrimination in recruitment in Ireland. She is collaborating with EU colleagues on a NORFACE project examining early socio-cultural integration patterns of migrants. She developed and led the Irish Integration Monitor, which focuses on the economic, social and cultural integration of migrants into Irish society.

Dr McGinnity is an associate editor of Work, Employment and Society and a lead author on the International Panel on Social Progress (Visit for more information).
Contact Details:

Tel: +353 1 8632000
Direct Line: +353 1 8632066

Latest Publications:
  • Monitoring report on integration 2018
  • Maternal employment and the cost of childcare in Ireland
  • The future of work — Good jobs for all
  • Attitudes to Diversity in Ireland
  • Gender equality in the Irish labour market 1966-2016: unfinished business?
  • Who experiences discrimination in Ireland? Evidence from the QNHS Equality Modules
  • An Irish welcome? Changing Irish attitudes to immigrants and immigration: the role of recession and immigration
  • The experience of discrimination among newly arrived Poles in Ireland and the Netherlands
  • Social inequality in cognitive outcomes in Ireland: What is the role of the home learning environment and childcare?
  • Monitoring report on integration 2016

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  • Programmes and Projects:
  • Human Rights and Equality Research Programme 
  • International Panel on Social Progress
  • Research Programme on Community Development and Social Inclusion
  • Research Programme on Equality and Integration with the Department of Justice and Equality

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