Margret Fine-Davis
Visiting Research Fellow, Sociology

Biography

Margret Fine-Davis, a social psychologist, is Senior Research Fellow (Emerita) and currently Visiting Research Fellow in the 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 related social policy issues. She is author of the book, Gender Roles in Ireland: Three Decades of Attitude Change (Routledge, 2015), which synthesises her research over the last 35 years. Her most recent study, on attitudes to family formation, was published in July 2016 by Manchester University Press (Changing Gender Roles and Attitudes to Family Formation in Ireland). Dr Fine-Davis previously directed a collaborative cross-cultural study of work-life balance among working parents in Europe (Fine-Davis, M., Fagnani, J., Giovannini, D.,Hojgaard, L. and Clarke, H., Fathers and Mothers: Dilemmas of the Work-Life Balance - A Comparative Study in Four European Countries (Kluwer, 2004; Italian: Il Mulino, 2007), supported by the European Commission and the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. From 2002-2005, she was Director of 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. Margret Fine-Davis was a member of the Department of Psychology from 1980-89. She was a co-founder of the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies in 1990 and was its first Acting Director (1990-94); she was a member of the Centre's research and teaching staff until 2006 when she was invited to establish the Social Attitude and Policy Research Group in the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Margret Fine-Davis, Changing Gender Roles and Attitudes to Family Formation in Ireland, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2016, v - 224pp Book, 2016

Margret Fine-Davis, Gender Roles in Ireland: Three Decades of Attitude Change, London, Routledge, 2015, 1-242pp Book, 2015

Margret Fine-Davis and Dinara Yessimova, Singlehood and Loneliness among Well-Educated, Middle Aged Men and Women: Findings from Ireland and Kazakhstan, 12th International Conference of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS), Berlin, 15-18 September 2014, 2014 Conference Paper, 2014

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, 119, (3), 2014, p1319 - 1334 Journal Article, 2014

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, 2014, pp203 - 227, [Margret Fine-Davis] Book Chapter, 2014

Margret Fine-Davis, Changing Gender Roles, Family Status and Well-Being , 11th International Conference of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS), Venice, 1-4 November 2012, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

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, 2011 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, 2009

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, 2007

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 Report, 2007 TARA - Full Text

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, 2007

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, 2005

Fine-Davis, M., The Childcare Policy Debate in Ireland, Administration, 52, (2), 2004, p36 - 56 Journal Article, 2004

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 Book, 2004

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, 2004

Fine-Davis, M., Developing Indicators of Work-Life Balance - A Study of Working Parents in 4 European Countries, Meetings of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies, Frankfurt, 21 July, 2003 Conference Paper, 2003

Fine-Davis, M. and McCarthy, M., Results of an Experimental Programme to Reduce Depression, Enhance Psychological Well-being and Facilitate Re-entry to Employment, Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland, Kilkenny, 13-14 November, 1998 Conference Paper, 1998

Die Mitwirkung der Frau an gesellschaftlichen. Entwicklungen in einem traditionell katholischen Land - Das Beispiel Irland in, editor(s)B. Schaeffer-Hegel and H. Kopp-Degethoff , Vater Staat und seine Frauen: Studien zur politischen Kultur, Pfaffenweiler, Centaurus-Verlagsgesellschaft, 1991, pp99 - 111, [Fine-Davis, M.] Book Chapter, 1991

Davis, E.E. and Fine-Davis, M., Guest Editors, Social Indicators of Living Conditions in Ireland, with European Comparisons, Social Indicators Research, 25, (2-4), 1991, p103 - 365 Journal Article, 1991

Fine-Davis, M., Attitudes toward Environmental and Peace Issues: Is there a Gender Gap in Ireland?, Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Tel Aviv, 18-23 June, 1989 Conference Paper, 1989

Weir, S. and Fine-Davis, M., Dumb blond and temperamental redhead: The effect of hair colour on some attributed personality characteristics of women, The Irish Journal of Psychology, 10, 1989, p11 - 19 Journal Article, 1989

Fine-Davis, M., Attitudes toward the role and status of women as part of a larger belief system, Political Psychology, 10, (2), 1989, p287 - 308 Journal Article, 1989

Fine-Davis, M., Gender Role Attitudes in Ireland 1975-1986: Implications for Electoral Behaviour, Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, New York, July, 1988 Conference Paper, 1988

Fine-Davis, M., Employment Status and Psychological Well-Being in Women: Results from Representative Samples in 8 European Countries, Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, New York, 28 Aug - 1 Sept, 1987 Conference Paper, 1987

Fine-Davis, M. and Davis, E.E., The Divorce Referendum in Ireland: Attitudes and Voting Patterns, Third International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, Trinity College, University of Dublin, July, 1987 Conference Paper, 1987

Fine-Davis, M., The Effect of Employment Status on Women's Well-Being in 8 European Countries, Third International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, Trinity College, University of Dublin, July, 1987 Conference Paper, 1987

Fine-Davis, M., Convenor and Chair, Symposium on Changing Gender Role Attitudes and Behaviour: Implications for Politics, Social Change and Peace, Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Amsterdam, 29 June - 3 July, 1986 Conference Paper, 1986

Housework vs. employment: Quality of working life and psychological well-being among Irish married women in, editor(s)M. Safir, M. Mednick, D.N. Israeli, and J. Bernard , Women's worlds: From the new scholarship, New York, Praeger, 1985, pp105 - 116, [Fine-Davis, M.] Book Chapter, 1985

Fine-Davis, M., Women, work and well-being in the European Community, Social Europe [Brussels], 2, (85), 1985, p45 - 49 Journal Article, 1985

Fine-Davis, M., The woman's role in Ireland: Studies of attitude change, Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, University of Toronto, June, 1984 Conference Paper, 1984

Fine-Davis, M., Changing sex-role attitudes in Ireland, Second International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, April, 1984 Conference Paper, 1984

Fine-Davis, M., Social attitudes and beliefs in Ireland and their relationship to women's behavioural intentions regarding employment, Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, St. Catherine's College, Oxford, July, 1983 Conference Paper, 1983

Fine-Davis, M., A society in transition: Structure and determinants of attitudes toward the role and status of women in Ireland, Psychology of Women Quarterly, 8, (2), 1983, p113 - 132 Journal Article, 1983

Fine-Davis, M. and Davis, E.E., Predictors of satisfaction with environmental quality in eight European countries, Social Indicators Research, 11, 1982, p341 - 362 Journal Article, 1982

Davis, E.E. and Fine-Davis, M., Social indicator surveys: Their implications for educational programmes, International Congress of Applied Psychology, Edinburgh, July, 1982 Conference Paper, 1982

Davis, E.E., Fine-Davis, M. and Meehan, G., Demographic determinants of perceived well-being in eight European countries, Social Indicators Research, 10, 1982, p341 - 358 Journal Article, 1982

Bolger, N., Fine-Davis and Davis, E.E., Housewives' intention to enter the labour force: A demographic and attitudinal profile, Symposium on Occupational Psychology. Presented at the 11th Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland, Wexford, November, 1981 Conference Paper, 1981

Davis, E.E. and Fine-Davis, M., Predictors of satisfaction with environmental quality in eight European countries, Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Los Angeles, August, 1981 Conference Paper, 1981

Davis, E.E. and Fine-Davis, M., Predictors of satisfaction with housing and neighbourhood: A nationwide study in the Republic of Ireland, Social Indicators Research, 9, 1981, p477 - 494 Journal Article, 1981

Fine-Davis, M., Social-psychological predictors of employment status of married women in Ireland, Journal of Marriage and the Family, 47, (1), 1979, p145 - 158 Journal Article, 1979

Davis, E.E. and Fine-Davis, M., Predictors of satisfaction with housing and neighbourhood: A nationwide study, Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, New York, September, 1979 Conference Paper, 1979

Davis, E.E. and Fine-Davis, M., On the relationship between objective and subjective social indicators: Implications for social planning in Ireland, Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, XXIV, (1), 1979, p91 - 131 Journal Article, 1979

Fine-Davis, M., Personality correlates of attitudes toward the role and status of women in Ireland, Journal of Personality, 47, (3), 1979, p379 - 396 Journal Article, 1979

Fine-Davis, M., Davis, E.E. and Meehan, G., Demographic determinants of perceived well-being in eight European countries, Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, New York, September, 1979 Conference Paper, 1979

Fine-Davis, M. and Davis, E.E., Continuing survey in Ireland: Social indicators and social policy attitudes, Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, 28 Aug - 1 Sept, 1978 Conference Paper, 1978

Fine-Davis, M., Sex-role attitudes and behaviour in Ireland: Some empirical findings, Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, 28 Aug - 1 Sept, Toronto, 1978 Conference Paper, 1978

Fine-Davis, M., Social-psychological and personality correlates of sex-role attitudes of Dublin adults, Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland, Dublin, October, 1977 Conference Paper, 1977

Fine-Davis, M. and Davis, E.E., The Continuing Social Survey: A nationwide study of subjective social indicators and related public attitudes, Administration, 25, (4), 1977, p503 - 518 Journal Article, 1977

Davis, E.E., Fine-Davis, M., Breathnach, A. and Moran, R., A study of the factor structure of attitudinal measures of major social psychological constructs in an Irish sample, The Economic and Social Review, 9, (1), 1977, p27 - 50 Journal Article, 1977

Fine-Davis, M, McGowan, J. and Franklin, M., A factor analytic study of students' perceptions of occupations and their characteristics, The Irish Journal of Psychology, 3, (2), 1976, p146 - 158 Journal Article, 1976

Fine, M., Interrelationships among mobility, health and attitudinal variables in an urban, elderly population, Human Relations, 28, (5), 1975, p451 - 474 Journal Article, 1975

Davis, E.E. and Fine, M., The effects of the findings of the US National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders: An experimental study of attitude change, Human Relations, 28, (3), 1975, p209 - 227 Journal Article, 1975

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

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 Report, 2007

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, 2005 TARA - Full Text

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, 2005 TARA - Full Text

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, 2005 TARA - Full Text

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, 2005 TARA - Full Text

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, 2002

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, 2002

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, 2002

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 Conference Paper, 2001

Fine-Davis, M., Welcome Address, Mental Health and the Workplace: Challenges and Opportunities, Trinity College, Dublin, 13 March, 2000 Conference Paper, 2000

Fine-Davis, M., McCarthy, M., Langheld, A. and Clarke, H., The Trinity Horizon Project II: Final Research and Evaluation Report , Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, April, 2000 Report, 2000

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, 2000

Fine-Davis, M. and Langheld, A., Trinity Horizon Project: Final Research and Evaluation Report to the Department of Enterprise and Employment, July, 1998 Report, 1998

Fine-Davis, M., Managing Diversity in the Workplace: Implications of the Employment Equality Bill 1998, Conference on Managing Diversity in the Workplace, Irish Management Institute, Dublin, 15 May, 1998 Conference Paper, 1998

Fine-Davis, M., Changing Attitudes to the Role of Women, European Research Workshop on Families, Labour Markets and Gender Roles, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, Shankill, Co. Dublin, 7-9 September, 1994 Conference Paper, 1994

Fine-Davis, M., Equality as a Factor in Social and Economic Development, PHARE Democracy Project Training Programme: Monitoring and Achieving Women's Equal Rights, Mediterranean Women's Studies Institute, (Greece) Centre for Women's Studies, Trinity College, Dublin (Ireland) and Vyskumny Ustar Pedagogicky (Slovak Republic), Bratislava, 11-20 April, 1994 Conference Paper, 1994

Fine-Davis, M., Changing Gender Role Attitudes in Ireland: 1975-1986 .Vol. IV: Attitudes to Environmental and Peace Issues: An Exploration of the Effects of Gender, Report to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Women's Rights, December, 1993 Report, 1993

Fine-Davis, M., Attitudinal and structural barriers to women's full participation in employment. Report to the Second Commission on the Status of Women, Dublin, Second Commission on the Status of Women, February, 1993 Report, 1993

Fine-Davis, M., Davis, E.E., Lambert, J.B., O'Carroll, I., Clear, C., Women and the construction industry: A study of issues relevant to the promotion of equality of opportunity. Report to FÁS, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Construction Industry Federation, Dublin, FÁS, April, 1993 Report, 1993

FINE-DAVIS M., Irish Secretariat, Global Forum of Women, 9-12 July, 1992, Dublin Meetings /Conferences Organised, 1992

Fine-Davis, M., Psychology and Women's Studies, Annual Conference, Psychological Society of Ireland, Cork, 12-15 November, 1992 Conference Paper, 1992

Fine-Davis, M., Organisation, problems and impact of gender studies, Proceedings of Workshop on Establishing Gender Studies in Central and Eastern European Countries, Wassenaar, The Netherlands, November 5-8, 1992, pp33 - 35 Conference Paper, 1992

Fine-Davis, M., Organisation, Problems and Impact of Gender Studies, European Network for Women's Studies/Council of Europe Workshop on Establishing Gender Studies in Central and Eastern European Countries, Wassenaar, The Netherlands, 5-8 November, 1992 Conference Paper, 1992

Fine, Davis, M., Irish Women: Implications of 1992, Conference on Greek Women Facing the Challenge of 1992, Mediterranean Women's Studies Institute, Athens, 25-30 June, 1990 Conference Paper, 1990

FINE-DAVIS M., Annual Scientific Meeting, International Society of Political Psychology, 1989, Tel Aviv Meetings /Conferences Organised, 1989

Fine-Davis, M., The Economic and Social Benefits of Childcare in the Workplace, Annual Women's Conference of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Dublin, 23-25 February, 1989 Conference Paper, 1989

Fine-Davis, M., The Evolving Participation of Women in a Traditional Catholic State: The Case of Ireland, Presence of Women in Representative States - 70 years of Universal Suffrage in Germany, Technische Universität, Berlin, 14-20 November, 1988 Conference Paper, 1988

Changing Gender Role Attitudes in Ireland: 1975-1986 Vol. I: Attitudes toward the Role and Status of Women, 1975-1986 in, First Report of the Second Joint Oireachtas [Parliamentary] Committee on Women's Rights (P. 5609), Dublin, The Stationery Office, 1988, pp1 - 100, [Fine-Davis, M.] Book Chapter, 1988

Changing Gender Role Attitudes in Ireland: 1975-1986 Vol. III: "Attitudes Towards Moral Issues in Relation to Voting Behaviour in Recent Referenda in, Third Report of the Second Joint Committee on Women's Rights. (Pl. 5796), Dublin, The Stationery Office, 1988, pp1 - 80, [Fine-Davis, M.] Book Chapter, 1988

Changing Gender Role Attitudes in Ireland: 1975-1986 Vol. II: Issues Related to Equal Employment Opportunity in, Second Report of the Second Joint Committee on Women's Rights. (Pl. 5673), Dublin, The Stationery Office, 1988, pp1 - 66, [Fine-Davis, M.] Book Chapter, 1988

Fine-Davis, M., Integrating Women's Studies into the Mainstream Curriculum, Fourth Annual Conference of the Women's Studies Association of Ireland, Dublin, 5 November, 1988 Conference Paper, 1988

Fine-Davis, M., Convenor and Chair, Symposium on Womb Envy: The Implications for War and Peace, Third International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, Trinity College, University of Dublin, July, 1987 Conference Paper, 1987

Fine-Davis, M., A Review of European Foundation Studies 1977-1984: Implications for Women, Dublin, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, 1986, i-xvii, 1-145pp Book, 1986

Fine-Davis, M., Attitudes toward the Role of Women as part of a Larger Belief System, Mediterranean Women's Studies Institute Summer Program, Spetses, Greece, 22 June - 6 July, 1986 Conference Paper, 1986

Fine-Davis, M., Working Life and Well-being among Men and Women in the European Community: Representative Results from 8 Countries, Brussels, Commission of the European Communities [V/611/86-EN], 1985 Book, 1985

Fine-Davis, M., Women, Work and Well-Being in the European Community: Nationwide Results for 8 Countries, Brussels, Commission of the European Communities [V/55/85-EN], 1984 Book, 1984

Fine-Davis, M., Women and Work in Ireland: A Social Psychological Perspective, Dublin, Council for the Status of Women, 1983, i-xiv, 1-236pp Book, 1983

Mothers' Attitudes toward Child Care and Employment: A Nationwide Survey in, editor(s)Working Party on Child Care Facilities for Working Parents , Report to the Minister for Labour, Dublin, Stationery Office, 1983, pp73 - 168, [M. Fine-Davis] Book Chapter, 1983

Fine-Davis, M., Davis, E.E. and Bolger, N., The quality of working life in the European Community: Multivariate analyses of the Irish data. Final Report to the Statistical Office of the European Communities, Luxembourg, October, 1981 Report, 1981

Davis, E.E., Fine-Davis, M., Meehan, G. and Downey, G., Health, housing and life in general in the European Community: Comparative multivariate analyses of subjective social indicators. Final Report to the Statistical Office of the European Communities, Luxembourg, March, 1980 Report, 1980

Davis, E.E. and Fine-Davis, M., On the relationship between objective and subjective social indicators: Implications for social planning in Ireland, Statistical and Social inquiry Society of Ireland, Dublin, March, 1979 Conference Paper, 1979

McGowan, J., Franklin, M., Fine, M. and Moore, M., A study of attitudes towards the executive officer grade in the civil service (2 vols.), Dublin, Institute of Public Administration, June, 1978 Report, 1978

Fine-Davis, M., The public service and its environment: A nationwide study of attitudes to the public service. Report to the Department of the Public Service, Dublin, Institute of Public Administration, June, 1978 Report, 1978

Fine-Davis, M., Attitudes toward the Status of Women: Implications for Equal Employment Opportunity - Report to the Department of Labour, Dublin, Department of Psychology, Trinity College, University of Dublin, 1977 Report, 1977

Fine, M., The impact of transportation on the mobility and life satisfaction of the aging: A preliminary evaluation of an innovative transportation program, New York, Office of the Mayor, New York City Office for the Aging, January, 1973 Report, 1973

Research Expertise

Description

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.

Projects

  • Title
    • Loneliness among well-educated, single, urban middle aged men and women in Kazakhstan
  • Summary
    • This project,supported by the Higher Education Support Program, Central Asia and Caucasus Research and Training Initiative of the Open Societies Foundations, is designed to facilitate the development of young scholars. My role has been to mentor an early career academic from Kazakhstan who has common research interests to my own. Dr Dinara Yessimova, National Eurasian University, Astana, is carrying out research on loneliness among well-educated, single, urban middle aged men and women. Our collaboration has involved her spending Hilary Term, 2013 as a Visiting Academic in the Department of Sociology and my visiting her university in 2015. We presented a joint paper at the international conference of the International Society of Quality of Life Studies, Berlin in 2015 and are collaborating on a research paper which presents comparative data from Kazakhstan and Ireland.
  • Funding Agency
    • Open Societies Foundation, Budapest
  • Date From
    • 2013
  • Date To
    • present
  • 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. A book presenting the qualitative and quantitative findings was published by Manchester University Press (Fine-Davis, M. Changing Gender Roles and Attitudes to Family Formation in Ireland. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016). Findings were also presented at the International Society for Quality of Life Studies in Venice, 2012, and in a book chapter (Fine-Davis, 2014).
  • Funding Agency
    • Family Support Agency
  • Date From
    • 2008
  • Date To
    • 2011
  • 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 carried out in Spain, France, Italy, the UK, Latvia and Ireland. Project identified through comparative 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 were carried out, studying the reciprocal attitudes of teachers, students, trainers and trainees; results were analysed cross-culturally. Stakeholders in each country contributed to project design and dissemination. Results are designed to feed into professional development programmes of teachers and trainers. The final report of this project is available in five languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian and Latvian. The project has also led to more recent publications (i.e., Fine-Davis and Faas, 2014 and Fine-Davis and Faas, 2016 in preparation).
  • Funding Agency
    • EU
  • Date From
    • 2005
  • Date To
    • 2007
  • 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
  • Date From
    • 2007
  • Date To
    • 2007
  • Title
    • Psychological Effects of Abortion on Women
  • Funding Agency
    • Crisis Pregnancy Agency
  • Date From
    • 2007
  • Date To
    • 2007
  • 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
  • Date From
    • 2007
  • Date To
    • 2007
  • Title
    • The Work-Life Balance Project
  • Summary
    • A research project to examine the effects of flexible working on social inclusion and work-life balance of working parents, older people and people with mental health problems. The project involved a nationwide representative survey of attitudes to work-life balance in the Irish population (N = 1,212); a survey of work-life balance and mental health (N = 133); the design and evaluation of pilot projects to test the effects of flexible working on work-life balance and social inclusion; and a pilot project concerning men in childcare. Partners in the project included Trinity College, IBEC, ICTU, FÁS, Age Action Ireland and Aware. Four final reports are available in pdf and hard copy: 1.Work-Life Balance and Social Inclusion in Ireland: Results of a Nationwide Survey; 2.Mental Health and Employment: Promoting Social Inclusion in the Workforce; 3.The Effects of Flexible Working on Work-Life Balance and Social Inclusion: Evaluation of a Series of Pilot Projects; 4.Men in Childcare: Promoting Gender Equality in Children - Evaluation of a Pilot Project. The funding for this project was €1.2m
  • Funding Agency
    • EU, European Social Fund/Irish Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment
  • Date From
    • 2002
  • Date To
    • 2005
  • Title
    • Fathers and Mothers - Dilemmas of the Work-Life Balance: A Comparative Study of 4 European Countries
  • Summary
    • A cross-national, comparative study of working parents in Ireland, France, Italy and Denmark and the issues they face in reconciling work and family life. All respondents were employed, with at least one child under six, and living in a couple with a partner/spouse who was also employed. The sample was stratified by country, sex, socio-economic status and employment in the public vs. private sector. The results are reported in a book: Fine-Davis, M., J. Fagnani, D. Giovannini, L. Hojgaard and H. Clarke (2004)Fathers and Mothers: Dilemmas of the Work-Life Balance - A Comparative Study in Four European Countries. Kluwer Academic Publishers (Dordrecht, Boston and London). (Italian translation to be published by Il Mulino, January, 2008). The funding for this project was €250,000.
  • Funding Agency
    • European Commission (DGV) & Irish Dept. of Justice, Equality and Law Reform
  • Date From
    • 2001
  • Date To
    • 2002
  • Title
    • Trinity Horizon Project II
  • Summary
    • A research and training programme to facilitate the entry/re-entry to employment of women recovering from depression. This was a development upon the first Trinity Horizon Project (1996-97). Refinement of the programme took place, including the development of a mentoring programme with employers. Research was carried out in further areas including employers' attitudes to mental health issues. Collaboration with IBEC, Aware, ICTU and FAS. The funding for this project was £370,270.
  • Funding Agency
    • Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment/ European Social Fund
  • Date From
    • 1998
  • Date To
    • 2000
  • Title
    • Trinity Horizon Project
  • Summary
    • The project involved the design and evaluation of an innovative training programme to facilitate the re-entry to employment of women recovering from depression. An experimental design was employed and the experimentals were found to be twice as likely to enter employment or third level education as the matched controls. Collaboration with IBEC, Aware, ICTU and FAS. The funding for this project was £237,438.
  • Funding Agency
    • Dept. of Enterprise and Employment/ European Social Fund
  • Date From
    • 1996
  • Date To
    • 1997
  • Title
    • A National Child Care Survey of An Post Employees
  • Funding Agency
    • An Post
  • Date To
    • 1994
  • Title
    • Attitudes to Environmental and Peace Issues: An Exploration of the Effects of Gender
  • Funding Agency
    • Joint Oireachtas Committee on Women's Rights
  • Date To
    • 1993
  • Title
    • Structural and Attitudinal Barriers to Women's Participation in Employment.
  • Funding Agency
    • Second Commission on the Status of Women
  • Date From
    • 1991
  • Date To
    • 1992
  • Title
    • Qualitative Research of Women Managers' Attitudes towards Career Advancement and Equality Issues
  • Funding Agency
    • An Post
  • Date To
    • 1991
  • Title
    • A Study of Issues Relevant to the Promotion of Equal Opportunity in the Construction Industry.
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Construction Industry Federation, and FÁS
  • Date To
    • 1991
  • Title
    • The Economic and Social Benefits of Child Care in the Workplace.
  • Summary
    • A literature review concerning the economic and social benefits of child care in the workplace. The resulting publication is available.
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish Congress of Trade Unions
  • Date To
    • 1988
  • Title
    • A Study of Attitude Change Concerning the Role and Status of Women in Ireland: 1975-1986
  • Summary
    • The results of this research were published in a series of three reports by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Women's Rights through the Stationery Office in 1988.
  • Funding Agency
    • Joint Oireachtas Committee on Women's Rights
  • Date From
    • 1986
  • Date To
    • 1988
  • Title
    • A Review of European Foundation Studies 1977-1984: Implications for Women.
  • Funding Agency
    • European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, Dublin
  • Date To
    • 1985
  • Title
    • Women and Work in the European Community: Cross-National Multivariate Comparisons
  • Summary
    • Comparative statistical analysis, interpretation and write up of harmonised data from nationwide representative samples in eight European countries. Two reports were prepared: "Working Life and Well-being among Men and Women in the European Community" and "Women, Work and Well-being in the European Community: Nationwide Results for 8 Countries." Data collection had been supported by the Statistical Office of the European Communities, in connection with its harmonised survey of subjective social indicators of the quality of working life.
  • Funding Agency
    • Commission of the European Communities
  • Date From
    • 1983
  • Date To
    • 1984
  • Title
    • Women and Work in Ireland: A Social Psychological Perspective.
  • Summary
    • Analysis and interpretation of nationwide data concerning the quality of working life of Irish women, working inside and outside the home and their attitudes to social issues. The total sample consisted of 1,862 individuals; this study primarily focused on the data of women working in the home (n=672) and employed women (n=235). Some of the data were collected as part of a harmonised study of the quality of working life in Europe carried out in 8 EU countries and some of the data was unique to Ireland. Original data collection supported by the Statistical Office of the European Communities. This project resulted in a report: Women and Work in Ireland: A Social Psychological Perspective.
  • Funding Agency
    • Council for the Status of Women, Ireland
  • Date From
    • 1982
  • Date To
    • 1983
  • Title
    • Nationwide Survey of Mothers' Attitudes Toward Child Care and Employment
  • Summary
    • Nationwide representative survey of mothers' attitudes to child care and employment. Sample consisted of 1,021 mothers, of whom 581 were employed and 440 were non-employed; all had at least one child under 15. Results of survey were published as part of the Report to the Minister for Labour by the Working Party on Child Care Facities for Working Parents(1983).
  • Funding Agency
    • Department of Labour
  • Date From
    • 1981
  • Date To
    • 1983
  • Title
    • Quality of Working Life in Ireland, with particular Reference to Women's Labour Force Participation
  • Funding Agency
    • Committee for Social Science Research in Ireland
  • Date To
    • 1981
  • Title
    • The Quality of Working Life in Ireland
  • Funding Agency
    • Committee for the Administration of the Ford Foundation Grant for Social Science Research in Ireland
  • Date To
    • 1980
  • Title
    • The Quality of Working Life in the European Community: Multivariate Analyses of the Irish Data
  • Funding Agency
    • Statistical Office of the European Communities, Luxembourg
  • Date To
    • 1980
  • Title
    • Multivariate Analyses of Nationwide Data from 8 Countries Participating in EEC Harmonised Survey of Subjective Social Indicators of Health and Housing
  • Funding Agency
    • Statistical Office of the European Communities, Luxembourg
  • Date To
    • 1977
  • Title
    • Attitudes toward the Status of Women, with particular Reference to Attitudes which may Constitute Barriers to Equal Employment
  • Summary
    • Following a pilot study and a pre-test, the main study consisted of a stratified, random sample of 420 male and female Dublin adults, aged 18-65. Measures of attitudes towards the role and status of women in Ireland were developed using factor analysis. The demographic determinants and personality and other social psychological correlates of these attitudes were examined. The implications of the attitudes for equal opportunity policy were discussed.
  • Funding Agency
    • Department of Labour, Ireland
  • Date To
    • 1975

Keywords

Childcare; Discrimination; Employment; Gender Equality in Employment; Gender role attitudes & behaviour; Gender Roles; Mental Health; Political Culture; Psychology of Women; Quality of Life; Social attitudes; Social indicators; Social Policy; Social Psychology; Survey research; Well-being; Women's studies; Work-life balance

Recognition

Representations

Member of the Board, Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital 2005 - 2014

Member of the Ethics Committee of the Board, Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital 2007-2014

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

Member of the Board, Well Woman Centres 1996-2002

Member of the International Advisory Board, European Journal of Women's Studies. 1993- Present

Member of the Editorial Board, Social Indicators Research 1991-1996

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 National Advisory Group, EC European Network on Childcare 1987 -

Member, Organising Committee, and Co-Chair, Scientific Programme Committee, Third International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, Trinity College, Dublin. 6-10 July, 1987. 1984-87

Member of the Government Working Party on Child Care Facilities for Working Parents (Independent member nominated by the Minister for Labour). 1981-83

Irish Representative, Working Group on Subjective Social Indicators, Statistical Office of the European Communities, Luxembourg. 1975-80

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 Values and Social Problem Indicators in Contemporary Europe, sponsored by the European Science Foundation. 1977-83

Memberships

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

Trinity Research Staff Association (TRSA) Founding member and Treasurer (2005 -)