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Dr. Pablo Gracia

Associate Professor (Sociology)

Pablo Gracia is Professor in Sociology at Trinity College Dublin. He obtained his PhD in Sociology at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona (2008/12) and got further PhD training at the University of Oxford (2010/12). Prof. Gracia has been Postdoctoral Researcher at the Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies from the University of Amsterdam (2012/15) and Max Weber Fellow from the European University Institute in Florence (2015/17). He has been visiting scholar at New York University, University College London, Berlin Social Science Centre (WZB), University of Mannheim (MZES), and the National Institute for Demographic Studies (INED) in Paris, among other leading academic institutions in his research fields. At Trinity, Prof. Gracia is leading a scientific team researching Families and Inequalities. He has received more than €3 million as PI or country-level PI to lead multiple projects funded by prestigious international and national funding agencies, such as the European Research Council, Irish Research Council, and the Spanish State Research Agency. Since arriving to Trinity in 2017, Prof. Gracia has received funding as senior PI from the Trinity Provost Project Award (2017), Enterprise Ireland (2018, 2022), TCD Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund (2018, 2019), Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action Programme (2019), the European Commission Horizon 2020 as Irish PI (2020), the IRC Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship (2020, 2022), and the European Research Council with an ERC Consolidator Grant (2023). Prof. Gracia's ongoing research focuses on four main areas: 1) Social Inequalities in Child Development; (2) Impacts of Digital Use on Adolescent Well-Being; (3) Adolescents' Daily Activities across Micro-Macro Contexts; and (4) Gender Inequalities in Parents' and Children's Time Use and Well-Being. Prof. Gracia has published at high impact journals across Sociology (e.g., European Sociological Review, Journal of Marriage of Family, Social Science Research), Demography (e.g., European Journal of Population, Advances in Life Course Research, Demographic Research) and Media (New Media & Society). He is currently Associate Editor of the journal 'European Societies', and editorial board member of 'Social Inclusion' and the 'International Journal of Time Use Research'. His research is disseminated across multiple national and international media platforms, and it also involves active collaborations with various stakeholders, including the Irish NGO 'One Family' as part of a project that promotes mothers' and children's mental health in lone-parent families. At Trinity College, Prof. Gracia teaches undergraduate and post-graduate courses on areas like Families and Gender, Social Inequalities, Comparative Sociology and Research Design. He has also had multiple relevant institutional roles in Trinity over the past years, including School Deputy Research Director, Department Coordinator of Research, Department Coordinator of Exchange Studies, Department Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies, and College Tutor.
  CHILD & ADOLESCENT WELL-BEING   Digital Media   FAMILIES   GENDER   MENTAL HEALTH   Social Inequalities   Sociology
 DIGINEQ: Digital Time Use, Adolescent Well-Being and Social Inequalities
 Gender Inequalities in Mental Health across Parenthood Transitions: A Life-Course Approach
 Consequences of Nonstandard Work Schedules for Parent and Child Wellbeing: A Cross-Country Comparison
 DIGYMATEX: Establishing A Comprehensive Understanding and Taxonomy of Children's Digital Maturity
 Social Inequalities in Child Time Use and Development in Ireland: A Mixed-Methods Longitudinal Approach

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Associate Editor, European Societies (journal) 2022 - to date
Advisor on Family Policies, IVALUA Institute (Catalan Government) 2016
Expert Evaluator, ERC Starting Grant Scheme (European Commission) 2015
External PhD Dissertation Committee (3 PhD theses) 2014 - to date
Conference Organiser, Family Conditions and Child Outcomes (University of Amsterdam) 2014
Expert Evaluator, SONATA Funding Scheme (Polish National Science Centre) 2014
AMCIS Working Paper Series Editor, University of Amsterdam 2013 - 2015
Peer-reviewed referee: more than 50 peer-reviewed journals, including leading journals on sociology, demography and family research (i.e., Child Development, Demography, European Sociological Review, Journal of Marriage and Family, Sociology of Education, Social Forces). 2011 - to date
Chair and Discussant, International Conferences in Sociology and Demography (Selection: European Consortium for Sociological Research Conference, International Association for Time Use Research Conference) 2010 - to date
Expert Evaluator, La Caixa Obra Social Foundation [ LL2020_1 Call; Social Impact of Covid-19) 2020
Expert Evaluator, La Caixa Obra Social Foundation [ INPhINIT Call for PhD Project Applications) 2020
Editorial Team, Social Inclusion (Journal) 2019 - to date
Editorial Team, Journal of Time Use Research (Journal) 2019 - to date
Expert Evaluator, Science State Agency Research Projects (Spanish Ministry of Science) 2019 - to date
Panel Evaluator, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme (European Commission) [Expert Evaluator & Rapporteur] 2018 - to date
Conference Organising Board, Gender Inequalities in the 21st Century (European University Institute, Florence) 2017
Expert Evaluator, FWO Research Foundation Flanders Scheme (Flemish Science Foundation) 2017
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Catalan Fluent Fluent Fluent
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
Italian Fluent Fluent Fluent
Spanish Fluent Fluent Fluent
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American Sociological Association 2010 2012
Journal of Time Use Research (Journal Editorial Board) 2019 to date
International Association for Time Use Research 2010 to date
Max Weber Fellows Programme, European University Institute 2015 2017
Population Association of America 2013 to date
RC28 on Social Stratification and Mobility (ISA) 2010 to date
Social Inclusion (Journal Editorial Board) 2019 to date
Spanish Sociological Association 2013 2014
Trinity Research in Childhood Centre (TRiCC) 2018 to date
Dutch/Flemish Association of Sociology 2013 2014
EAPS Network on Child and Adolescent Development 2020 to date
EqualSoc Network of Excellence 2008 2012
EU Kids Online, Team Member (Ireland team) 2022 to date
European Association of Population 2016 to date
European Societies (Journal Associate Editor) 2022 to date
European Consortium for Sociological Research 2012 to date
Global Research Network on Children in the 24/7 Economy (GRNCE) 2017 to date
Gracia P., Bohnert, M. & Celik, S. Digital Inequalities, Time Use and Adolescents' Well-Being: The Role of Gender and Socioeconomic Status in, editor(s)Skopek , Research Handbook on Digital Sociology, Edward Elgar, 2023, [Gracia, P., Bohnert, M. & Celik, S. ], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Gracia, P., Children's and Adolescents' Daily Activities: A Micro-Macro Approach in, editor(s)Sullivan, O. & Bittman, M. , Research Handbook on Time-Use and Society. Edward Elgar, Edward Elgar, 2023, [Gracia, Pablo], Book Chapter, APPROVED
Han, W.H., Gracia, P. & Li, J., Parental Work Schedules and Hours in 29 European Countries, 2005-2015: A Welfare State Comparison in, editor(s)Repo, K., Tammelin, M. & Eerola, P. , Families with Children in a Turbulent Era, Edward Elgar, 2023, [Han, W.H., Gracia, P. & Li, J. ], Book Chapter, APPROVED
Bohnert, M. & Gracia, P. , Digital Use and Socioeconomic Inequalities in Adolescent Well-Being: Longitudinal Evidence on Socioemotional and Educational Outcomes, Journal of Adolescence, 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Metzger, S. & Gracia, P. , Gender Differences in Mental Health following the Transition into Parenthood: Longitudinal Evidence from the UK, Advances in Life Course Research , 2023, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
Chambers, D. & Gracia, P. , A Sociology of Family Life: Change and Diversity in Intimate Relations, Polity Press, 2022, Book, PUBLISHED
Cano, T. & Gracia,. P., The Gendered Effect of Divorce on Mothers' and Fathers' Time with Children and Children's Developmental Activities: A Longitudinal Study, European Journal of Population, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Gracia, P., García-Román, J., Oinas, T., & Anttila, T., Gender Differences in Child and Adolescent Daily Activities: A Cross-National Time Use Study, Acta Sociologica, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
García-Román, J. & Gracia, P., Gender Differences in Time Use Across Age Groups: A Study of Ten Industrialized Countries, 2005-2015, PLoS ONE , 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Gracia, P., García-Román, J., Oinas, T., & Anttila, T. , Gender Gaps in Child and Adolescent Time Use: A Cross-National Comparison, Population Association of America (Online), 2021, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED

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Gracia, P. , Parental Separation, Parent-Child Time, and Children's Daily Activities in Australia: A Longitudinal Study, Population and Health Research Group Seminars , University of St Andrews, 2021, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Metzger, S. & Gracia, P., Transition to Parenthood, Gender and Well-being: A Longitudinal Study of the United Kingdom. SocArxiv., 2021, Working Paper, PUBLISHED
Tipp FM Radio Interview, 'Interview with Pablo Gracia on the impact of children's digital use on their socioemotional well-being ', 2020, -, Broadcast, RELEASED
Gracia, P., Does Parental Separation Impact Children's Daily Activities? A Longitudinal Study., Sociology Seminars, University of Oxford , 2020, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Gracia, P. & Bohnert, M. , When does digital use harm child mental health and socioemotional well-being?, Population Europe (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, München) , 2020, Report, APPROVED
Keane, J., Thinking of the children: Why Trinity College and IBM are researching how kids use tech [Interview with Pablo Gracia on the project DIGYMATEX and study of Irish children's digital use and well-being] , Fora [Interview with Pablo Gracia on the project DIGYMATEX and on study on Irish children's digital use and well-being] , 2020, Report, PUBLISHED
Hilliard, M., Screen time linked to rising mental health issues in children - study, The Irish Times [interview and coverage of study by Pablo Gracia and Melissa Bohnert], 2020, Report, PUBLISHED
Thompson, S., How to manage your children's screen time, The Irish Times [coverage of study by Pablo Gracia and Melissa Bohnert], 2020, Report, PUBLISHED
Torres, A., La epidemia agrava la brecha educativa: las familias con menos recursos gestionan peor el estrés, El Pais [Newspaper interview with Pablo Gracia on the impact of COVID-19 on social inequalities in children's education], 2020, Report, PUBLISHED
D'Arcy, N., On Research, the Pandemic Has Widened a Troubling Gender Gap, University Times [Newspaper interview with Pablo Gracia on the impact of COVID-19 on gender inequalities in academia], 2020, Report, PUBLISHED


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Award Date
Erasmus + Visiting Lecturer, University of Mannheim (MZES) 2022
Visiting Scholar. Institut National d'Études Démographiques 2017
Max Weber Fellowship Prize. European University Institute 2015
Visiting Scholar. Autonomous University of Barcelona, Centre for Demographic Studies 2015
Visiting Scholar. University of Antwerp, Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy 2014
ECSR Project Award. European Consortium for Sociological Research 2014
Aage Sorensen Research Award. Research Committee 28 on Social Stratification and Mobility (ISA) 2011
Visiting PhD Researcher. University of Oxford 2010, 2011 & 2012
Fundacion Alternativas Youth Prize. Alternativas Foundation. 2009
FPU PhD Scholarship. Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation 2008
Irish Research Council, Government of Ireland Postgraduate Grant (Senior PI) 2020
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, IRC Cofund (CAROLINE) (Senior PI) 2019
Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund. Trinity College Dublin 2018 & 2019
Visiting Scholar. Pompeu Fabra University 2018 & 2019
Visiting Scholar. New York University 2018
Enterprise Ireland Project Grant. Enterprise Ireland/IRC. 2018 & 2022
Provost Research Award Competition (for PhD Project Supervision). Trinity College Dublin 2017
Visiting Scholar. University College London, Institute of Education 2017