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Jane Gray

Jane Gray

Senior Lecturer

Sociology, Maynooth University

DRI Role

Maynooth University Co-Principal Investigator of the Digital Repository of Ireland

Research Interests
Sociology of families and households, comparative-historical sociology, life history analysis, qualitative research methods, qualitative data sharing and re-use

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Jane Gray is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and a Research Associate in the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis, both at Maynooth University. She is the project leader for the Irish Qualitative Data Archive which is housed in NIRSA. Her current research, funded by the Irish Research Council, aims to develop a new understanding of family change in Ireland, drawing on qualitative data that have been recently deposited in IQDA. She has published extensively on families, households and social change. She is a core researcher for Maynooth University in Strand Two of the Digital Repository of Ireland project, and will also lead the IQDA Demonstrator Project for DRI on ‘Irish Lifetimes.’ She will co-ordinate a workshop on qualitative data as part of the FP7 Project DASISH: Data Infrastructure for the Social Sciences and Humanities.

Selected Publications

Gray, J. & O'Carroll, A. (2012). Education and class formation in 20th century Ireland: A retrospective qualitative longitudinal analysis. Sociology. Published online before print April 18, doi: 10.1177/0038038511428750

Gray, J. & O'Carroll, A. (2010/11). Qualitative research in Ireland: archiving strategies and development. IASSIST Quarterly (34)(3 & 4 and 35) (1 & 2), 18–22.

Gray, J. (2010) Poverty and the life cycle in twentieth century Ireland: changing experiences of childhood and the transition to adulthood. Dublin. Combat Poverty Agency Research Working Paper Series 10/04.

Corcoran, M.P., Gray, J. & Peillon, M. (2010). Suburban affiliations: social Relations in the greater Dublin area. Syracuse (NY): Syracuse University Press.

Corcoran, M.P., Gray, J. & Peillon, M. (2007). Ties that bind: The social fabric of daily life in new suburbs. In Fahey, T., Russell, H. & Whelan, C.T. (Eds.), Best of times? The social impact of the Celtic Tiger (pp. 175–197). Dublin: Institute of Public Administration.