PhD Research Opportunity – College of Arts & Tourism, TU Dublin Gender diversity in Irish courtrooms: the impact of women’s representation on the Irish judiciary

Wed, 15 May 2019 14:21:00 IST

Objectives of project

This PhD project will be the first mixed-methods study examining the impact of gender diversity in the Irish judiciary, investigating whether the increasing proportion of women judges has affected judicial decision-making in Ireland.

The project has two objectives:

1. To collate and analyse the views of Irish women judges (through interviews and surveys) on whether and if so, how, the increased level of women’s representation in the Irish judiciary has impacted judicial approaches, decision-making processes and/or court decisions in Ireland, and,

2. To analyse a sample of Irish court decisions to establish whether women judges decide particular types of cases differently to their male colleagues.

Stipend and academic fee waiver

The successful applicant will receive a stipend of €16,000 per annum through TU Dublin’s College of Arts & Tourism Postgraduate Research Scholarship Scheme for the project’s duration (up to a maximum of four years).

The cost of EU academic fees will be covered for the duration of the project (subject to successful annual evaluations). Non-EU applicants are eligible to take up the project; however, they will be required to fund the fee differential.

The aforementioned stipend and EU academic fee waiver constitute part of a scholarship, and not part of a contract of employment. The successful candidate will be a student, rather than an employee of TU Dublin. 

The candidate


Candidates will be either:

-          a Masters graduate in law, political science, psychology, sociology or related discipline awarded at 2.1 or higher; and/or,

-          an outstanding (minimum upper 2:1) Bachelors graduate in law, political science, psychology, sociology or related discipline with evidence of high quality research potential.


Background, knowledge or experience in quantitative research.

Background, knowledge or experience in qualitative research (interviews / surveys etc.).

Background, knowledge or experience in legal research.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted to Dr Brian Barry by email at

 A complete application includes:

i)                    A full curriculum vitae,

ii)                   A personal statement outlining motivations for pursuing PhD research and research experience (maximum 500 words), and,

iii)                 A sample of the candidate’s written work (these will not be returned).

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Start date

Students should be available to start in September 2019.

Further information

For further information or informal discussion regarding the project, contact