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Name Mahon, Evelyn
Main Department Sch Office - Social Work & Social Policy
College Title Associate Professor
College Tel +353 1 896 2314
Dr Evelyn Mahon was educated at NUIG, the London School of Economics, and University of London. She Lectured at the University of Limerick until 1991 when she joined the Department of Sociology at TCD. Her early research interests and publications were in women's movements, gender equity in the workplace, and feminist theory. Between 1995 and 1997 she was Director of the influential 'Women and Crisis Pregnancy' Study and since then has retained a focus on the sociology of reproduction and changing family lives. She is currently the Principal Director of a HRB funded longitudinal study of couples undergoing infertility treatment in Ireland. In addition, she has recently completed a study of 'Post-Separation Parenting: A Study of Separation and Divorce Agreements made in the Family Law Circuit Courts of Ireland and their Implications for Parent-Child Contact and Family Lives', funded by the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (OMCYA). Dr Mahon founded the M.Sc. in Applied Social Research in TCD in1997 and remained its Director until 2010. She is an elected Fellow and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Work and Social Policy.
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CONVENOR, “Gender Inequality and the European Regions”, European Science Foundation, Trinity College in July 3-6th. 1997. The programme included sessions on male violence; gender and cultural representation and changing gender identities and sexualities. 1997
CONVENOR, “New Forms of Patriarchy”, European Sociological Association, University of Essex, 27-30 August. 1997
Member of the European Science Foundation funded Network on “Gender Inequalities in the Regions.” 1996-Present
Research Network on Gender, Politics and the State (RNGS), convenors are Prof. D.Stetson -McBride and Prof. A.Mazur (USA) 1994-Present
JOINT CONVENOR of “Workshop on Families, Labour Markets and Gender Roles”, (with E. Drew and R. Emerek) funded by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. 1994
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Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
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Member of European Sociological Association
Member of WISE, European Women’s Studies Association
Member of the British Sociological Association
Awards and Honours
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Fellow of Trinity College Dublin 2003
Berkeley Scholar, Trinity College, Dublin. 2000
Visiting Fellow, J.F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard. 1999
Awarded an ERASMUS travel grant in Women’s Studies to investigate the development of Women’s Studies in the Netherlands, Greece and Britain and to initiate plans for student mobility. 1990
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Description of Research Interests
FUNDED POLICY ORIENTATED RESEARCH I am an active researcher and have been highly successful in obtaining research funds through competitive tenders. Since 1995, I have generated almost £550,000 of research funding from both EU funding and government funding. The largest and most important of these was £220,000 for a research project on WOMEN AND CRISIS PREGNANCY. The report Women and Crisis Pregnancy was published by the department of Health and was covered extensively by the media, regularly referred to as ‘the Trinity report’. This was my greatest research challenge to date and I was very pleased with its reception. It also led to the establishment of the Crisis Pregnancy Agency. ACADEMIC CONTRIBUTION TO EXTERNAL COMMITTEES: I was an assessor for the Humanities and Social Research Councils Scholarship scheme. I served on the Epidemiology, Health of the Population and Primary Care Committee of the Health Research Board. I am a member of the Department of Education’s Gender Equality Unit’s Research Committee, Chairperson of the Research Committee of the Homeless Agency, a member of the Committee of the National Social Work Qualification Board. At the invitation of HRB, I made a critical response to their policy document Making Knowledge Work for Health, at a national conference on health strategies in Dublin Castle. INVITED KEYNOTE SPEAKER: I have been an invited keynote speaker at conferences organised by the following: Women in Management in the Civil Service Network; Network Ireland, The National Women’s Council, The Health Research Board, Irish Medical Organisation. CONFERENCES PAPERS: Since the publication of the Women and Crisis Pregnancy study, I have addressed the annual conferences of CURA and LIFE; a conference on teenage pregnancies organised by the South Eastern Health Board and a North-South conference on Policies for Lone Parent. INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION: I am well known internationally and was the only Irish academic asked to convene a session at the European Sociological Association conference in 1996 in Essex. I was also an invited discussant to the session organised by Research Committee 19 of the 14th world Congress of Sociology on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy which took place on Friday July 31st 1998 in Montreal. The theme of the session was “A new division of Labour: Family Policy, Work and Care in Different Welfare Systems.” I have chaired a session on Comparative Policy Research at the American Political Science Association conference in September 1998. This is part of my on-going work with the Research Network on Gender, Politics and the State (RNGS). We have already produced an edited collection entitled Comparative State Feminism (1995), and further publications are in press.
Research Interests
Abortion Assisted Reproduction Changing Fathers Children's Rights
Divorce & Separation Divorce and new family formations Families & Social Change Lone Mothers & Welfare
Women & Employment
Research Projects
Project title Infertility in Ireland
Summary This is a longitudinal study of couples undergoing fertility treatment. The researcher is Noelle Cotter.
Funding Agency Health Research Board
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Date from 2005
Date to 2008
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Project title Education and Training Provision for Teenage Mothers
Summary Part of a team led by Dr. N. Dawsonp.
Funding Agency LEONARDO
Type of Project
Date from 1997
Date to 2000
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Project title Consultant to the EU Commission
Summary Completed a national evaluation of "Women’s Participation in European Social Funded" training for DGV.
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Date from 1991
Date to 1991
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Project title Pathways to and Effects of Methadone Maintenance in Dublin City
Funding Agency Forbairt
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Project title Early School Leavers and Educational Disadvantage in a Small Town
Summary An evaluation of a community based health centre service and an evaluation of a GP skills training initiative funded by the Irish College of General Practitioners.
Funding Agency Department of Education
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Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Mahon Evelyn and Elena Moore, Post-Separation Parenting , Dublin , Government Publicatations , Jan , 2011, 1, 90
Notes: [Post-Separation Parenting: A study of separation and divorce agreements made in the Family Law Circuit Courts of Ireland and their implications for parent-child contact and family lives. The study and report was funded by the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs]
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