Dr. Jenny Dagg

Postdoctoral Researcher

Ph.D. in Sociology

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Jenny holds a PhD in Sociology from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her doctoral work explored the subject position of asylum seekers in Ireland as they seek recognition within the refugee process and received funding under PRTLI 4. Her research interests lie at the intersection of sociology and politics and continually explore the dynamics of power; agency and subjectivity; exclusion and marginalisation; along with qualitative research methods including biographical interviews, narratives, life histories and lifelines, and visual methods. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher on the Re(al) Productive Justice project that explores the legal framework and lived experiences of disabled people in Ireland in making reproductive decisions.

Previously, as postdoctoral researcher, she has worked on international and nationally funded projects at Maynooth University, Ireland. The FP7 funded project “RESCuE: Citizens’ Resilience in Times of Crisis” (www.rescueproject.net) was a cross-national qualitative European project involving nine countries. Between 2014-2017 RESCuE explored how families facing adversity in Europe as a result of the crisis are resilient, concentrating upon those who appear to be doing better than others under similar circumstances of adversity. She is co-editor or the RESCuE project book forthcoming in 2019.

In 2017, she worked on “Migrant Integration and Settlement Services in contemporary Ireland”, a one-year project funded by the Irish Research Council. The project aimed to understand integration at a sub-national level, both spatially and among different immigrant groups i.e. EU13, returning Irish emigrants, Rest of World. She has published in the area of power, agency, and refugees; on biographical interviews and lifelines; coping with poverty; social resilience; and migration.  


Research Interests

Broadly, her research interests lie in theories of power, social ontology and human capacity. Her work has focused on migration and migrants, social resilience and low income families, and now reproductive justice and disabled people. She has primarily used qualitative research methods including visual methods.

Research Publications

Policy Reports and other material