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Funded by the European Union  

Project Title: Intersectionality in victims’ experiences of hate incidents

Host: University of Limerick, IRELAND. The ESR position is hosted by the European Centre for the Study of Hate, and jointly supervised through the Departments of Sociology and Law.

Supervisor: Dr Jennifer Schweppe and Dr Amanda Haynes.

Enrolment in Doctoral Degree:  University of Limerick

Time to complete Doctoral Degree:  3 years

Description of the ESR position:

The University of Limerick is recruiting an Early Stage Researcher to complete an MCSA ITN funded PhD on the topic “Intersectionality in victims’ experiences of hate incidents”. The objectives of the research are to (1) Gain insight into victims’ experiences of hate incidents that manifest prejudice against two or more identity groups (2) Gain insight into the diversity of experience within a single identity group, based on variation in manifestations of hate according to the membership's other personal characteristics (3) Examine the impact of intersectionality on victims’ experiences of support services and organisations. The successful candidate will be expected to meet milestones, and provide interim deliverables in a timely fashion. Key deliverables include the completed thesis, to be delivered in month 36, and the development of a bespoke and victim oriented training package for support services and organisations interacting with victims of intersectional hate incidents.

The contract is for a period of 36 months, and maternity leave is unpaid.

Required characteristics

  • A 2.1 honours primary degree or 2.1 masters (or equivalent) in sociology, law, social psychology, criminology, criminal justice, or a highly cognate discipline.
  • Must not have been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • Must satisfy the entrance requirements for the doctoral programme at the University of Limerick.
  • Must not have resided in Ireland for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the appointment unless the candidate is seeking, or has sought, international protection.

Desirable characteristics

  • Excellent academic writing skills 
  • Familiarity with scholarly literature on hate crime and incidents.
  • Familiarity with intersectional theory.
  • Familiarity with literature and regulations on research ethics.
  • Training in / experience of qualitative data collection and analysis.
  • Experience of using computer aided qualitative data analysis software.
  • Experience of working/volunteering with minority communities.

University of Limerick

The University of Limerick (UL) with over 15,000 students and 1,400 staff is an energetic and enterprising institution with a proud record of innovation and excellence in education, research and scholarship. The dynamic, entrepreneurial and pioneering values which drive UL’s mission and strategy ensures that we capitalise on local, national and international engagement and connectivity. We are renowned for providing an outstanding student experience and employability and conducting leading edge research. Our commitment is to make a difference by shaping the future through educating and empowering our undergraduate and postgraduate students. UL is situated on a superb riverside campus of over 130 hectares with the River Shannon as a unifying focal point. Outstanding recreational, cultural and sporting facilities further enhance this exceptional learning and research environment. The University of Limerick has endorsed the European Charter and Code for Researchers and has been recognised as an excellent environment for MSCA fellows by the European Commission. 

The successful candidate will be supervised by the co-directors of the University of Limerick European Centre for the Study of Hate. The ECSH, which incorporates the Hate and Hostility Research Group, is an interdisciplinary research unit. Dr Jennifer Schweppe (Senior Lecturer in Law) and Dr Amanda Haynes (Senior Lecturer in Sociology) will be co-supervisors. Their publications include Critical Perspectives on Hate Crime: Contributions from the Island of Ireland (with Taylor); the EU funded report Lifecycle of a Hate Crime: Comparative Report (with Walters) and the ICCL funded Out of the Shadows: Legislating for Hate Crime in Ireland (with Carr, Carmody and Enright). The co-directors have presented their research to international bodies such as the EU High Level Group on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Other Forms of Intolerance, the European Commission on Racial Intolerance, the OSCE ODIHR, and are members of the expert group advising on the Northern Ireland review of hate crime legislation. Dr Haynes has expertise in qualitative research and is the EU Fundamental Rights Agency Social Expert on Fieldwork Research for Ireland. Dr Schweppe is a founder and co-director of the International Network for Hate Studies. She has expertise in legal research and in 2017, accepted the Eva Lassman Take Action Against Hate Award from the Gonzaga Institute of Hate Studies on behalf of the International Network for Hate Studies, of which she is a co-Director.


The successful candidate will spend a period of 3 months seconded to the project’s NGO partner, Doras. This period will particularly serve to inform fieldwork for the project. Established in 2000, Doras is an independent non-profit organisation, working to promote and uphold the human rights and well-being of migrants through personal advocacy, integration development and collaborative advocacy campaigns at the local and national level. With a staff of full-time and part-time employees, supported by a team of volunteers, the organisation is headquartered in Limerick.

Doras provides a free and confidential advice and legal information service on immigration-related issues including asylum applications; Direct Provision; Family Reunification; employment rights and reporting racism. Doras campaigns at local, national and international level for change in policy and legislation relating to Protection & Direct Provision, Anti-Trafficking and Anti-Racism. Doras is a member of the Coalition Against Hate Crime (Ireland). Doras is registered as a company and has charitable status.

Further information:

Informal queries may be made in regards to this ESR post – contact either  Dr Jennifer Schweppe at or Dr Amanda Haynes at


Please submit application materials to and  A CV and sample of academic writing should be included with applications.