DIAMOND: Revealing fair and actionable knowledge to support and increase women’s employment in transport systems

Technological University Dublin

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  • TU Dublin City Campus, Aungier Street
    Technological University Dublin
    Mar 6, 2019

Supervisor names & contact details:

Mary Kinahan

Maria Chiara Leva

Alberto Caimo

Research Centre Name and Website (if applicable)


School of Environemental Health

School of Business

Please indicate if the intention is to transfer from the Masters programme to the PhD programme (if applicable)


Funding Arrangements

✓ Fully Funded (DIAMOND)


Funding Agency

Horizon 2020

Funding Details

Student Stipend                  € 16,000 p.a

Materials/ Travel etc         € 2,000 p.a

Fees                                      € covered

Subject Area (max 2 keywords)

Women, transport

Title of the Project

DIAMOND: Revealing fair and actionable knowledge to support and increase women’s employment in transport systems

Project Description (max 300 words)

Despite the increase of women’s participation in the labour force, women continue to be underrepresented in certain masculine dominated sectors, such as the transport. Across the European Union, despite equal opportunitity initiatives, women are consistently underrepresented with women representing only 22% of the total workforce in transport. Moreover, within the transport sector, there is gender segregation with female employees typically placed in gender-typical positions, such as administration or support services. For example, in the rail sector, 60% of employees employed in the Human Resource Management department were female compared to only 3% of train drivers (European Commission, 2016). To our knowledge, there are no current transport systems that sufficiently take into account physical and social characterisics of women in the design of  products and services, and in fostering  women’s employability in the industry. As a result, a multipartnered European project was developed between academic insititutes and stakeholder partners called DIAMOND.

DIAMOND’s main goal is to turn data into actionable knowledge with notions of fairness, in order to progress towards an inclusive and efficient transport system. Building on the lack of fit model (Heilman, 2001) and other theories, the Phd project will seek to provide a novel explanation for why women are underrepresented in the transport sector through technologies such as data mining and analytics, together with the use of elicitation techniques to gather and analyse information from different stakeholders. DIAMOND will exploit such technological advances and innovations, to (i) analyse real-world scenarios where these open issues exist, and (ii) take concrete action, to create a fair and inclusive transport system. Thus, from the lack of fit perspective and within the DIAMOND framework, the main aim of the research is to provide a novel explanation for women’s underrepresentation in transport roles by examining possible underlying psychological mechanisms and barriers faced by potential female candidates and current female employees in the transport sector.

Please indicate the student requirements for this project

Min Requirement: 2.1 BSc/BA in Psychology (Hons) or other scientific discipline with data analyticial skills

Desirable: MSc in Psychology / Gender Studies / Sociology/ Statistics/ Engineering

Deadline to submit applications (only for funded projects)