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TRiCC Researchers: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Trinity's Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences comprises 12 Schools and 25 Disciplines, over 5000 undergraduate students and a large number of Master's programme students and PhD researchers.

TRiCC is led by the ethos of collaboration and comprises members from 6 schools within the faculty, as well as collaborators from wider afield. We invite you to explore their research interests. If you are interested in learning more or in collaborating with a particular member, contact them directly by following their profile linkas below.

Department of Economics, School of Social Sciences and Philosophy

School of Education

Research undertaken by staff in the School of Education demonstrates a great diversity of scholarship with impact on policy and practice locally, nationally and internationally. This is illustrated by our current ranking of 88th in the QS world rankings for education. Staff at the School of Education conduct high quality research with children and young people on their learning, wellbeing and lived experiences. We have a track record of leading and participating in national and international research with projects funded by the EU, the IRC, the NCSE, the NCCA, the DES and DCYA among others.

The work of staff associated with TRiCC spans the formal and informal education sectors from early years to higher education and investigates a range of topics and curricular areas including the arts, languages and STEM education, inclusion, bullying and ICT in education. We work with children, parents, teachers, principals and policy-makers in order to have a positive impact on the educational experiences of children and young people in Ireland and beyond.

School of English

School of Law

Founded in 1740, Trinity School of Law is one of the leading Law Schools in Europe, consistently ranked as one of the top 100 Law Schools in the world. The Law School is a scholarly community of staff, students and alumni, dedicated to the pursuit of legal knowledge and critical engagement with the legal challenges that confront modern communities.

Staff at the Law School undertake research in relation to children and the law in a number of diverse areas, including children’s rights, family law, medical law, health and food law and refugee and immigration law.

School of Linguistics, Speech and Communication Sciences

School of Psychology

The School of Psychology has long supported high quality, original research with children on their development and lived experiences. In 1995, along with the School of Social Work and Social Policy, it supported the establishment of the Children’s Research Centre, the predecessor of TRiCC, under the directorship of Psychology Professor Sheila Greene.

Today, staff at the School of Psychology associated with TRiCC apply their expertise using quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to investigate a wide range of topics such as early first language acquisition, child and adolescent health and wellbeing, peer relationships, the family as a context for children's development, clinical anxiety and physiological reactivity in children with Autism Spectrum Conditions, and the impact of early life experience on brain function, behaviour, and long-term mental health outcomes.

School of Social Work and Social Policy

The School of Social Work and Social Policy has long supported high quality, original research with children, including the policies and professional practices designed to improve their lives. In 1995, along with the School of Psychology, it supported the establishment of the Children's Research Centre, the predecessor of TRiCC.

Today, staff at the School of Social Work and Social Policy associated with TRiCC are involved in number of innovative research projects, including the study of the impact of early adversity on later health and social circumstances, and the identification of resilience factors, so as to better inform early interventions. Work on specific social issues such as young people leaving state care, the impact of domestic violence, and youth homeless sit alongside studies seeking to better understand children's lived experience in the context of interfamilial and intergenerational relationships.

Department of Sociology, School of Social Sciences and Philosophy

Researchers in the Department of Sociology have long been interested in the role of childhood in shaping a child’s educational experience and their subsequent experience in life. Much of this interest was initially to understand the reproduction of social and economic inequalities in industrialised countries. The key issue was: is Ireland a meritocracy where children from all social background can succeed on an equal basis? The first professor of Sociology in the late 1960s, John Jackson, carried out the very first survey of social class mobility in Ireland (north and south) in 1973 to examine this question and discovered that Ireland was far from being a meritocracy.

An interest in social mobility and equality of opportunity is still alive in the Department, but the current generation of researchers now use highly detailed longitudinal data gathered through child cohort studies to examine how household of origin shapes a child’s development and subsequent success in life.

TRiCC Collaborators and Associates

  • Mairéad FinnResearch Fellow, Centre for Global Health, School of Psychology Research Interests / Projects: Programme Coordinator, Perform2Scale. Research includes social policy, qualitative research methodologies, migration, integration. Worked with Professors Trevor Spratt and Carol Newman on the project "Challenges facing girls with disabilities in West Africa"