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Dr. Margret Fine-Davis

Visiting Research Fellow (Sociology)

 


Dr Margret Fine-Davis is Senior Research Fellow (Emerita) and currently Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, School of Social Sciences & Philosophy, and Director of the Social Attitude and Policy Research Group. Her primary research interests are changing gender-role attitudes and behaviour; attitudes to family formation; and social policy issues related to women's employment. She is author of the book, "Fathers and Mothers: Dilemmas of the Work-Life Balance," a collaborative cross-cultural study of working parents in four European countries (Kluwer, 2004; Italian: Il Mulino, 2007), supported by the European Commission and the Irish Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. From 2002-2005, she directed the Work-Life Balance project under the EU EQUAL Initiative, which piloted innovative forms of flexible working and examined attitudes to work-life balance and social inclusion. A social psychologist, Dr. Fine-Davis was a member of the staff of the Department of Psychology from 1980-89, and co-founded the Centre for Women's Studies in 1990. She was the Centre's first Acting Director (1990-94) and a member of its staff until 2006 when she was invited to establish the Social Attitude and Policy Research Group in the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy. She recently completed a nationwide study of Attitudes to Family Formation, with support from the Family Support Agency. She is currently synthesising her research on gender role attitudes in Ireland spanning a 35 year period.
  Child care   Childcare   Discrimination   Employment   Gender Equality in Employment   Gender Roles   Gender role attitudes & behaviour   Mental Health   Political Culture   Psychology of Women   Quality of Life   Social Policy   Social Psychology   Social attitudes   Social indicators   Survey research   Well-being   Women's studies   Work Life Balance   Work-life balance
Changing Gender Role Attitudes and Behaviour: Implications for Family Formation in Ireland
Equality and Diversity in the European Classroom: A Six Country Study (ALLTALL - All Teachers and Trainers as Lifelong Learners)
An Evaluation of the FÁS Initiative for Parents in Receipt of the One Parent Family Payment
Psychological Effects of Abortion on Women
Childcare Policy in Ireland

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Irish Representative, Common Development Effort 13a [Co-ordinating Group for the Comprehensive Survey], Social Indicators Development Program, OECD, Paris. 1978-80
Irish Representative, Working Group on Subjective Social Indicators, Statistical Office of the European Communities, Luxembourg. 1975-80
Irish Representative, Working Group on Values and Social Problem Indicators in Contemporary Europe, sponsored by the European Science Foundation. 1977-83
Member of National Advisory Group, EC European Network on Childcare 1987 -
Member of Supervisory Board, EU Grotius Project, The Legal Process and Victims of Rape, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre and the School of Law, Trinity College 1998
Member of the Board, Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital 2005 - present
Member of the Board, Well Woman Centres 1996-2002
Member of the Editorial Board, Social Indicators Research 1991-1996
Member of the Ethics Committee of the Board, Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital 2007-present
Member of the Government Working Party on Child Care Facilities for Working Parents (Independent member nominated by the Minister for Labour). 1981-83
Member of the International Advisory Board, European Journal of Women's Studies. 1993- Present
Member of the Research Subcommittee of the Board, Crisis Pregnancy Agency 2003 to 2007
Member of the Research and Policy Subcommittee of the Board, Crisis Pregnancy Agency 2007 - 2011
Member of the Research/Research Ethics Committee, Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital 2006 - 2007
Member, Organising Committee, and Co-Chair, Scientific Programme Committee, Third International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, Trinity College, Dublin. 6-10 July, 1987. 1984-87
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American Psychological Association (Div. 9 SPSSI - Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and Div. 35 Psychology of Women)
European Network for Women's Studies (ENWS) (a Network of Scientific and Technical Co-operation of the Council of Europe) [Co-ordinator, 1995- ;Board Member,1993- ;Irish National Contact,1989-90]
International Society for Political Psychology( ISPP)(Governing Council 1985-87)
International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS)
Psychological Society of Ireland
Trinity Research Staff Association (TRSA) Founding member and Treasurer (2005 -)
Margret Fine-Davis and Daniel Faas, Equality and Diversity in the Classroom: A Comparison of Students' and Teachers' Attitudes in Six European Countries, Social Indicators Research, 2014, p1-27 , Journal Article, IN_PRESS
Gender Role Attitudes, Family Formation and Well-being in Ireland in, editor(s)L. Eckermann , Gender, Lifespan and Quality of Life: An International Perspective, New York and Heidelberg, Springer, 2013, pp1-25 , [Margret Fine-Davis], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
Margret Fine-Davis, Attitudes to Family Formation in Ireland: Findings from the Nationwide Study, Dublin, Family Support Agency and Social Attitude and Policy Research Group, Trinity College, December, 2011, i, 144, Report, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Margret Fine-Davis, Attitudes to Family Formation in Ireland: Preliminary Findings: The Qualitative Study, Dublin, Social Attitude and Policy Research Group, Trinity College and Family Support Agency, September, 2009, 1, 223, Report, PUBLISHED
Fine-Davis, M., J. Fagnani, D. Giovannini, L. Hojgaard, and H. Clarke, Padri e madri: i dilemmi della conciliazione famiglia - lavoro: Studio comparativo in quattro paesi europei, (Ital. ed.), Bologna, Il Mulino, 2007, 1 - 418pp, Book, PUBLISHED
Margret Fine-Davis, Psychological Effects of Abortion on Women: A Review of the Literature, Dublin, Crisis Pregnancy Agency, December, 2007, (Report No. 20), 1, 49, Notes: [ISBN: 1-905199-20-1], Report, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Fine-Davis, M., Craven, F., McCarthy, M., Holzworth, A. & O'Sullivan, M., An Evaluation of the FÁS Initiative for Parents in Receipt of the One Parent Family Payment , Dublin, FÁS and Social Attitude and Policy Research Group, Trinity College, October, 2007, ii-ix, 1-77, Report, PUBLISHED
Work-Life Balance of Irish Parents: A Cross-National Comparative Study in, G. Boucher and G. Collins , The New World of Work- Labour Markets in Contemporary Ireland, Dublin, Liffey Press, 2005, pp17 - 41, [M. Fine-Davis], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Fine-Davis, M. Fagnani, J., Giovannini, D., Hojgaard, L. and Clarke, H. [with preface by G. Esping-Andersen], Fathers and Mothers: Dilemmas of the Work-Life Balance - A Comparative Study in Four European Countries, Dordrecht, Boston and London, Kluwer Academic Publishers [now Springer], 2004, v-xxxiii, 1-349pp, Notes: [Italian ed - (Bologna, Il Mulino, 2007)], Book, PUBLISHED
Équilibre Travail - Famille en Irlande: Attitudes Sociales et Évolution des Débats Politiques in, editor(s)Istace, É., M. Laffut, R. Plasman and C. Ruyters , Sphères Privée et Professionelle - Vers une recomposition des rôles et des actions, Bruxelles, Boeck, 2004, pp63 - 78, [Fine-Davis, M.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
  

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Fine-Davis, M., Craven, C. and Holzworth, A. - in collaboration with Mayer, G., Herrón, A., Sánchez, M., Novell, E., González, R., Martín T., Walker, J., Gooding, J., Carrolaggi, P., Simola, S., Manca, S, Kalnina, R and Upmane, M., Equality and Diversity in the European Classroom: A Six Country Study. Final Report to the EU Leonardo Da Vinci Programme. , Dublin and Palma, Trinity College Dublin and Balear de Desarrollo y Formación, Spain., September, 2007, 1, 170, Notes: [Also translated into French, Spanish, Italian and Latvian], Report, PUBLISHED
Fine-Davis, M., M. McCarthy, G. Edge and C. O'Dwyer, Work-Life Balance and Social Inclusion in Ireland: Results of a Nationwide Survey, Dublin, National Flexiwork Partnership(TCD, IBEC, ICTU, FAS, Age Action Ireland, Aware), December, 2005, i-vi; 1-150, Report, PUBLISHED
Fine-Davis, M., McCarthy, M., Edge, G. and O'Dywer, C., Mental Health and Employment: Promoting Social Inclusion in the Workforce., Dublin, National Flexi-work Partnership (TCD, IBEC, ICTU, FAS, Age Action Ireland, Aware), December, 2005, i-vii; 1-72, Report, PUBLISHED
Fine-Davis, M., O'Dwyer, C. McCarthy, M., Edge, G., O'Sullivan, M. & Wynne, K., Men in Childcare: Promoting Gender Equality in Children - Evaluation of a Pilot Project., Dublin, National Flexi-work Partnership (TCD, IBEC, ICTU, FAS, Age Action Ireland, Aware), September, 2005, 1-31, Report, PUBLISHED
Fine-Davis, M., McCarthy, M., O'Dwyer, C., Edge, G., & O'Sullivan, M. , The Effects of Flexible Working on Work-life Balance and Social Inclusion: An evaluation of a series of pilot projects. , Dublin, National Flexi-work Partnership(TCD, IBEC, ICTU, Age Action Ireland, Aware) , October, 2005, i-v; 1-51, Report, PUBLISHED
Fine-Davis, M., H. Clarke and M. Berry, Fathers and Mothers: Dilemmas of the Work, Life Balance - Conference Proceedings, Dublin: Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Trinity College, June, 2002, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Fine-Davis, M. and H. Clarke, Ireland and Cross-National Comparisons, Fathers and Mothers: Dilemmas of the Work-Life Balance - Conference Proceedings, Dublin: Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Trinity College, June, edited by Fine-Davis, M., H. Clarke and M. Berry , 2002, pp51 - 69, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Fine-Davis, M., Fagnani, J., Giovannini, D., Hojgaard, L. and Clarke, H., Fathers and Mothers: Dilemmas of the Work-Life Balance. Final Report to the European Commission and the Irish Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Dublin, Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Trinity College, 2002, Report, PUBLISHED
Fine-Davis, M., Balancing Work and Family in Ireland: Social Attitudes and Evolving Policy Debates, Private and Professional Spheres: Towards a Recomposition of Roles and Actions, Gembloux, November 8-9, 2001, Notes: [Hosted by Belgian Presidency of the EU], Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Fine-Davis, M., and Clarke, H., Mental Health and the Workplace: Challenges and Opportunities, Conference Proceedings and Recommendations, Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Trinity College, Dublin, August, 2000, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED

  

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Dr Fine-Davis is a social psychologist with an interest in social attitudes, gender issues, social policy and well-being. Her primary research interests are changing gender-role attitudes and behaviour; attitudes to family formation; and social policy issues related to women's employment, including work-life balance and child care.