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Ms. Mary Greene

Job Title: 
PhD Student

Mary obtained a first class undergraduate degree in Geography and Psychology Studies from NUI Galway, followed by an MSc degree in Environment, Science and Society from University College London in 2010. Succeeding this Mary worked as a research associate at the Irish Centre of Social Gerontology before commending her current doctoral study in 2012. Mary is now a PhD candidate at the School of Geography and Archaeology and Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, where her research is exploring dynamics in domestic practice throughout the lifecourse.

Under the working title ‘Careers of domestic practice throughout the lifecourse’, Mary’s PhD research is adopting a biographic, practice-based approach to exploring, describing and analysing dynamics of domestic practice over biographical time in Irelnd. This research focuses on addressing a gap in understandings of the dynamics of domestic energy demand as it plays out over the lifecourse. In doing so, it seeks to address the challenge of researching multiple scales and temporalities in the evolution of domestic practice in the in the context of individual biographies, everyday practice and wider societal change in Irish society. This research is funded by the Irish Research Council and Hardiman scholarship (Supervisors: Prof. Thomas Scharf and Dr Frances Fahy.)

BA in Geography and Psychological Studies, NUIG. MSc in Environment, Science & Society, University College London.
Research Interests: 

As a human geographer with a background in psychology and sociology, Mary’s interests span a range of societal phenomena. However, as time has progressed she has become increasingly interested in the social and cultural consequences of environmental change and has tailored my learning, research and action in line with this. Through her experience to date, she has developed an interdisciplinary perspective on concepts and methods for conceptualising social and environmental change across multiple scales and temporalities.

Mary’s current research interests focus on understanding everyday practices and their dynamics over time and space and can be situated at the interface between human geography, environmental sociology, environmental psychology, lifecourse studies and science and technology studies. Mary is specially interested in the inter-relationships between socio, cultural and technological change and evolution of social practices in peoples’ everyday lives (such as food and mobility). Her current work seeks to situate these dynamics biographically to explore how practices change over peoples’ life courses within a changing Irish society.

Research Projects: 

‘Poverty and the lifecourse: developing material deprivation indicators for a diverse older population in Ireland’