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Roma and Sinti in Ireland: Participatory Action Research

   Faculty of Science and Health

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About the Project

This is a Masters by Research project.

Supervisors: Dr Grainne Ketelaar & Dr Karin White

Project Summary:

It is proposed that the project is initially undertaken as an MA, with an option to upgrade to PhD subject to student performance. The following research objectives are proposed at MA level:

  1. A detailed, desk-based literature review in order to explore and document the political, economic, social and cultural and anthropological dimensions of different Roma/Sinti identities in historical and contemporary perspectives, taking into account Roma/Sinti groups in historical, economic, social and political contexts and evaluating current policies, legislation and policies in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the EU.
  2. ascertain information about the diverse identities among Roma/Sinti groups currently living in Ireland (32 counties) and explore the relationships between the various Roma/Sinti groups.
  3. identify and analyse experiences and needs of undocumented Roma/Sinti in the 32 counties and of those who do not self-designate as Roma/Sinti taking into consideration the various Roma culture/kin/language groups
  4. gather rich detailed cultural information that might be useful in better educating a wide range of civil servants and frontline professionals, particularly including educators who have a role and mandate in supporting the integration of and meeting the needs of Roma people in the 32 counties.

Candidate Qualifications/Requirements:


  • At least 2:1 at Undergraduate level in Social Sciences, Humanities or Arts subjects
  • High standard of English - verbal and written (samples of written work should be submitted along with application)


  • Previous experience of Research Methods
  • Applications from the Roma/Sini community would be particularly welcome

Candidate will be asked to prepare 5min presentation on the Roma/Sinti community for interview.

Application Process

  1. To apply for this Masters by Research project, please send your CV and cover letter to the [Email Address Removed] by 5:00pm, Thursday 9th June. Please include "MR.10" in the subject of your email.
  2. Candidates should hold or expect to hold at least an Honours Degree in a relevant discipline and meet the University’s English Language requirements (minimum IELTS Level 6.5 or equivalent)
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