Reana Maier (Researcher)
Dr. Reana Maier is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences in the 21st Century. She is currently working on the EU-funded Horizon 2020 IMMERSE project, which examines the socio-educational integration of refugee and migrant children. The project has six country partners: Ireland, Greece, Germany, Belgium, Italy, and Spain. Dr. Maier, working under the Principal Investigator for the Irish research team, Dr. Shirley Martin, will use qualitative data from focus groups with key stakeholders in the Irish education system, such as students, parents, teachers, education administrators, and policy-makers, to develop holistic integration indicators that will form the basis of large-scale data collection. This data can then be compared across all partner countries to form a more complete picture of this vulnerable population.
As an early career researcher, Dr. Maier has begun to develop a portfolio of equity-related research projects on education using a wide range of methodological approaches. While a postdoctoral research fellow at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, she worked with Dr. Karen Robson, an Ontario Research Chair in Educational Achievement and At-Risk Youth, and participated in analyses of large-scale datasets to examine the determinants of transitioning to university and college. These papers paid particular attention to historically underprivileged and underrepresented groups in post-secondary education, such as lower income students, students with special education needs, and students from certain racial backgrounds, and how these characteristics affected their chances of educational advancement. Dr. Maier also conducted qualitative studies of student experiences of transferring between educational institutions and race/equity related education policy in select Canadian provinces. She received her doctorate at the University of Cambridge, where she conducted a study of citizenship and global citizenship education in urban and rural schools in southern England.