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Emma Calvert

Emma Calvert BA (Hons) MSocSc PhD

Lecturer in Sociology

Room G21, 6 College Park 

Tel. +44 (0) 28 9097 3958


Research Interests

My primary research interests include education and the labour market. I obtained my PhD from Trinity College Dublin in 2011. My doctoral research was a quantitative study investigating the sectoral patterns in workplace bullying in Ireland and aimed to contextualise workplace bullying in terms of current debates relating to the sociology of work and new public management. I am also interested in work-life conflict and have carried out comparative research with a particular focus on social inequality.


Before joining Queen’s, I held a research position at University College Dublin, working on the EU 7th Framework funded project GINI. I continue to be involved in this project, which investigates both the drivers and impacts of income inequality. I have also held a research position at the Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, and was involved in a range of projects with a strong policy focus. These included a longitudinal, mixed methods study of second level students, a mixed methods study exploring the costs of third level participation, as well as a quantitative workplace survey.

Other previous research positions include the ESRC Centre for Population Change, at the University of Southampton, where I am currently Research Associate.

I am Vice-Coordinator of the European Sociological Association’s Research Network Gender Relations in the Labour Market and Welfare State.


Research Methods
Contemporary Irish Society

Selected Publications

Smyth, E & E. Calvert (2011) Choices and Challenges: Moving From Junior Cycle to Senior Cycle Education. Dublin: Liffey Press.

Smyth, E, Banks, J & E. Calvert (2011) From Leaving Certificate to Leaving School: A Longitudinal Study of Sixth Year Students. Dublin: Liffey Press.

Heath, S. & Calvert, E. (2011) The role of family and friends in the housing pathways of single young adults. CPC Briefing Paper No. 6, ESRC Centre for Population Change, University of Southampton, UK.

Calvert, E. (2010) Young People's Housing Transitions in Context. CPC Working Paper Series No. 8, ESRC Centre for Population Change, University of Southampton, UK.

McCoy, S., Calvert, E., Smyth, E. & M. Darmody (2010) Costs of Participating in Higher Education. Dublin, Higher Education Authority.

McGinnity, F. & E. Calvert (2009) Work-life Conflict and Social Inequality in Western Europe. Social Indicators Research Journal. Vol. 93 No. 3.

O’Connell, P.J., Calvert, E. & D. Watson (2007) Bullying in the Workplace: Survey Reports 2007. Dublin, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment