Lucy Michael Research, Training and Consultancy is a consultancy research and training group with expertise on inclusion and equality, experienced in working with a wide range of communities and organisations to produce effective policy outcomes. Our work addresses a range of equality and human rights concerns, from international protection to migrant and minority experiences in employment, education and policing, including discrimination and violence, and the roles of statutory institutions and civil society in combating discrimination across multiple and intersecting equality grounds. We are a diverse team employing two full-time staff as well as 6 project staff, based in Dublin, Galway and Belfast.
Our expert team offer a strong set of collective knowledge, skills and experience, particularly:
- Established reputation in the area of discrimination and exclusion, particularly working with racialised and migrant groups including international protection applicants and refugees
- Research and training experience on structural and institutional bias and exclusion mitigation
- Expertise in the design and use of diverse quantitative and qualitative methods to explore and evidence inequalities and responses to inequalities, designed with and including affected groups and service providers
- Working directly with public and private sector organisations to reduce barriers to accessing services and opportunities, and to develop new solutions to address discrimination
- Rigorous methodological approach informed by social policy, legal & sociological perspectives
- Skilled researchers expert in the use of participatory approaches to align capacity-building and research outcomes, to identify particular gaps in knowledge and to create strong advocacy pathways.
- Experienced writer of toolkits and guides for non-specialist audiences
As an independent research and training organisation, we are involved in a range of projects for governmental and non-governmental organisations collecting and analysing data on integration and equality.
We also offer training on integration policy and interventions, public sector duties and legislation affecting the private sector, as well as bespoke consultation on diversity planning for your organisation.
All of our work is evidence-led, and we apply robust and rigorous research methods approaches to all data collection and analysis. Our work has incorporated sociology, law and criminology, and has involved collaborations with other disciplines including planning, media, public administration and communications.
We are always happy to receive enquiries about how we can work with you.
Our current team includes:
- Dr Lucy Michael – Director
- Dr Niloufar Omidi –Researcher (Policy & Human Rights)
- Dr Marta Kempny – Researcher (Social Analysis)
- Dan Reynolds – Project Administrator
We also work with a range of partner researchers and consultants to provide you with the precise range of skills and experience you need.
Current external delivery partners include:
Dr Lucy Michael is an expert on integration, diversity and equality in Ireland, the UK and Europe. Her work has addressed a range of equality and integration concerns, from the workplace and education to policing, racist discrimination and violence, the experiences of victims, and the roles of statutory institutions and civil society in combating discrimination and exclusion.
She has worked with the International Organization for Migration-the UN Migration Agency, Home Office and a wide range of executive and local authority bodies responsible for integration and equality in the UK and in Ireland. Her work has been commended by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency and utilised by ODIHR, ECRI, European Commission and the United Nations as well as by a wide range of Irish governmental and non-governmental organisations.
She is a member of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (2020-2025) and a former President of the Sociological Association of Ireland (2017-2019). Lucy previously held the position of Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Hull 2008-2014, based in the UK and in Hong Kong, and was Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Criminology, Hong Kong University, thereafter Lecturer in Sociology at Ulster University 2014-2019.
Dr Niloufar Omidi holds a PhD in International Human Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, School of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway. Her doctoral thesis, “Peoples’ Right to Peace: Enforcement through International Law Instruments”, laid a legal-philosophical groundwork for the realisation of the right to peace as one of the essential prerequisites for a democratic and equitable international order. She also holds an LL.M. in International Law and has conducted research into international arbitration and completed international arbitration training courses with a focus on the Iran-US Claims Tribunal. Following her doctoral work, she expanded her research on a right to peace beyond ‘the absence of war’ to the right to live in an inclusive, just, and peaceful society (also known as the right to positive peace). She has conducted extensive socio-legal research on minority issues as a way to promote inclusive societies. She worked as a Community Development Worker at the Galway Traveller Movement (GTM) and authored policy position papers on the right to education, the right to health, and the right to mental health to address the existing inequality and discrimination against this ethnic minority group in Ireland. She has also carried out analytical research on minorities’ cultural rights in Iran.
Dr Marta Kempny is a social anthropologist and she obtained her Ph.D. at Queen’s University Belfast in 2010. Her primary research interests focus on the areas of ethnicity, mobility, migration policy, community relations, and urban studies. Since 2006, she has been engaged in research on different aspects of Polish migration to the UK/Ireland. Research topics include first and second generation identities, transnationalism, and constructions of space and place in the context of sectarian divide of Belfast. Following the EU exit referendum, Dr Kempny’s research focussed on East European migration strategies in the context of Brexit. She has also undertaken research on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on migrant transnational practices and mobilities in Northern Ireland. In 2013 she was a visiting lecturer at the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos, Cuernavaca, Mexico where she conducted fieldwork among a group of Azteca dancers in the locality of Alpuyeca focussing on people’s claims to indigenous heritage. Dr Kempny is actively engaged with the community and voluntary sector in Northern Ireland and has worked very closely with the Migrant Centre NI as a bilingual support provider from 2019 to 2021. In 2020 she coordinated Migrant Lives project, which included storytelling and arts methods to elicit migrant stories about their memories of homeland, their present realities and their fears/hopes for the future (www.migrantlives.co.uk). She co-authored the Irish Network Against Racism Alternative Report on Racial Discrimination in Ireland: Collective Civil Society Perspective (with Lucy Michael) in 2019.