Dr Aileen O'Carroll

Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI), National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA), IQDA

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Biography

Aileen O’Carroll is the Policy Manager at the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI). She is based in the Maynooth University Social Science Institute (MUSSI), where she manages the Irish Qualitative Data Archive (IQDA).  This role involves the development and implementation of standards for deposit and access to qualitative data (text based, audio and visual) in line with emerging international and EU standards. She additionally advises researchers on best practice in managing and archiving research projects, both to ensure that ethical commitments are met and that the data gathered is of the highest standard to facilitate optimal re-use by a variety of audiences.

Aileen is also attached to the Life History and Social Change project, based at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. This project gathered a database of life history interviews, calendars and network charts, drawn from a nationally representative sample of respondents to a survey of employment, family and living conditions. The aim is not simply to recover the voice of those who lived through social change but also to provide a richer understanding of the rationalities and vocabularies of social actors’ motives and how these are shaped by specific socio-historical and socio-spatial contexts.

Aileen’s research is concerned with working time, particularly the organisation of working time in knowledge workplaces.

Her publications can be found at her orchid id https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4038-1026

Research Interests

My interests are centred on: technology, labour processes and work organisation, time & culture, class and life history.
My work in the field of digital data is concerned with research methods, ethics & privacy, research data management .

My research is concerned with working time, particularly the organisation of working time in knowledge workplaces and I have published a book with Palgrave Macmillian which is based  on this research. This is called 'Working Time, Knowledge Work & Post-Industrial Society: Unpredictable Work '.

The Dublin Docker,  an occupational history of Dublin dockers, was published by the Irish Academic Press in 2017.

I am attached to the Life History and Social Change project, based at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. 

This project gathered a database of life history interviews, calendars and network charts, drawn from a nationally representative sample of respondents to a survey of employment, family and living conditions .The aim is not simply to recover the voice of those who lived through social change but also to provide a much richer understanding of the rationalities and vocabularies of social actors’ motives and how these are shaped by specific socio- historical and socio-spatial contexts.

When working in the Employment Research Center in Trinity College Dublin I produced research on the experience of women IT workers.


Books

  Year Publication
2015 Working time, knowledge work and post-industrial society: unpredictable work.
O'Carroll, Aileen (2015) Working time, knowledge work and post-industrial society: unpredictable work. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2005 'The Long and the Short of it: Working Time in the Irish IT Sector'
Aileen O'Carroll,Gerry Boucher,Grainne Collins (2005) 'The Long and the Short of it: Working Time in the Irish IT Sector' In: The New World of Work: Labour Markets in Contemporary Ireland. Dublin: Liffey Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2012 'Education and Class Formation in the 20th Century: A retropective qualitative longitudinal analysis'
Jane Gray,Aileen O'Carroll, (2012) 'Education and Class Formation in the 20th Century: A retropective qualitative longitudinal analysis'. Sociology, 46 (4):696-711 [IR Link] [Details]
2008 'Fuzzy Holes and Intangible Time Time in a knowledge industry'
O'Carroll, Aileen (2008) 'Fuzzy Holes and Intangible Time Time in a knowledge industry'. Time \& Society, 17 (2-3):179-193 [Details]
2006 'Work Organisation, Technology, Community and Change: the Story of the Dublin Docker'
O'Carroll, Aileen (2006) 'Work Organisation, Technology, Community and Change: the Story of the Dublin Docker'. Saothar, 31 :45-53 [IR Link] [Details]

ANET/COS

  Year Publication
2010 A Life History and Mixed Methods approach to examining Turning Points as the Intersection between Biography and History.
Aileen O'Carroll,Jane Gray (2010) A Life History and Mixed Methods approach to examining Turning Points as the Intersection between Biography and History. ANET/COS [IR Link] [Details]