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College Photo Name Fine-Davis, Margret
Main Department Sociology
College Title Visiting Research Fellow
E-mail mfdavis@tcd.ie
College Tel  
Web http://www.social-phil.tcd.ie/SAPRG/Margaret_Fine_Davis.php
 
Biography
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.
 
Representations
Details Date
Member of the Board, Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital 2005 – present
Member of the Ethics Committee of the Board, Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital 2007-present
Member of the Research/Research Ethics Committee, Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital 2006 - 2007
Member of the Research and Policy Subcommittee of the Board, Crisis Pregnancy Agency 2007 - 2011
Member of the Research Subcommittee of the Board, Crisis Pregnancy Agency 2003 to 2007
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Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS)
American Psychological Association (Div. 9 SPSSI - Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and Div. 35 Psychology of Women)
International Society for Political Psychology( ISPP)(Governing Council 1985-87)
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]
Psychological Society of Ireland
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Languages
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Medium Medium Medium
 
Description of Research Interests
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.
 
Research Interests
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 Attitudes
Social Policy Social Psychology Social attitudes Social indicators
Survey research Well-being Women's studies Work Life Balance
Work-life balance
 
Research Projects
Project title Changing Gender Role Attitudes and Behaviour: Implications for Family Formation in Ireland
Summary This study examined attitudes to family formation in the context of changing gender role attitudes and behaviour. It consisted of an initial qualitative study (N=48),followed by a nationwide survey of 1,404 men and women in the childbearing age group. The results of the qualitative study were published in 2009 and main study was published in December, 2011 by the Family Support Agency and the Social Attitude and Policy Research Group, Trinity College.
Funding Agency Family Support Agency
Programme Research Support Programme (€366,880)
Type of Project qualitative research and quantitative survey
Date from 2008
Date to 2011
Person Months


Project title Equality and Diversity in the European Classroom: A Six Country Study (ALLTALL - All Teachers and Trainers as Lifelong Learners)
Summary Scientific Co-ordinator of a six-country project being carried out in Spain, France, Italy, the UK, Latvia and Ireland. Project will identify through research the new skills and competencies needed by teachers and trainers in dealing with a multi-cultural, ethnically diverse, and gender balanced classroom. Qualitative and quantitative phases will be carried out, studying the reciprocal attitudes of teachers, students, trainers and trainees; results will be analysed cross-culturally. Stakeholders in each country will contribute to project design and dissemination. Results will feed into professional development programmes. The final report of this project will be available in five languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian and Latvian.
Funding Agency EU
Programme Leonardo da Vinci
Type of Project Attitudinal survey research on a sample of 1,002 students, teachers, trainees and trainers
Date from 2005
Date to 2007
Person Months


Project title An Evaluation of the FÁS Initiative for Parents in Receipt of the One Parent Family Payment
Summary This study involved an attitudinal survey of single parents in receipt of the One Parent Family Payment to ascertain the perceived barriers to training and employment. The research was carried out with a view to informing future policy initiatives for this group so as to facilitate their social inclusion in the labour force.
Funding Agency FÁS
Programme Social Inclusion Unit
Type of Project Policy Related Survey Research
Date from 2007
Date to 2007
Person Months


Project title Psychological Effects of Abortion on Women
Summary
Funding Agency Crisis Pregnancy Agency
Programme
Type of Project Review of the peer reviewed literature
Date from 2007
Date to 2007
Person Months


Project title Childcare Policy in Ireland
Summary A review and analysis of current childcare policy in Ireland with recommendations for the future. Commissioned as part of ICTU's contribution to European Year of Equal Opportunities
Funding Agency Irish Congress of Trade Unions
Programme
Type of Project Policy analysis
Date from 2007
Date to 2007
Person Months


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Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
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
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]
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
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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]
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