Mairéad is a postgraduate researcher and lecturer in sociology, at Trinity College Dublin. In 2015, she was awarded her doctorate, a study on the housing experiences and identities of (at that time) new immigrants in rural Ireland. She also holds an M.Sc. in European Public Affairs from University College Dublin. Her broader research interests include the sociology of migration; employment studies; and social policy. Previous publications have focused on the immigration of international students to Ireland and on job quality across the European Union.