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Research Statement

My background is in Sociology (BSsc), Women's Studies (MA.), and Education (PhD). In 2012, I completed a PhD part-time, in the School of Education, entitled: 'Children drawing their own conclusions: Transgenerational transmission of experiences of conflict and peace in Northern Ireland'. It explored whether and to what extent parents' views and experiences on the Troubles influence children's understandings on their country's past and present. In 2005, I started working at Queen's University Belfast, in the School of Social Work. I worked for over two years in a project looking at the effectiveness of services provided by community groups to those affected by the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Following that post, I worked in the third wave of the 'Care Pathways and Outcomes' study, a longitudinal study following a population of children who were under 5 years old and in public care in Northern Ireland on 31st March 2000. I also worked on the 'At home in care' study, looking at the experiences of children living with birth parent/s on a Care Order, and on the Regional Variations study, looking at regional variations in the placement of children in care in Northern Ireland. Then, I went on to work in the fourth wave of the Care Pathways and Outcomes Study, which focuses on the early adulthood stage. Following that, I have been working in an evaluation of a mentoring programme for care leavers in South Africa, an evaluation of a post-adoption service for families, and a literature review on the legacy of the NI conflict on children and young people from a rights-based perspective. I am currently working on a project focusing on small rural schools in Northern Ireland.

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Fostering Stability

Fargas, M., 01 Jun 2019, In : Foster journal. 7, p. 5-16 12 p.

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    Mental health law assessments: interagency cooperation and practice complexities

    Davidson, G., Fargas, M., Hamilton, B., Connaughty, K., Harvey, K., Lynch, G., McCartan, D., McCosker, J. & Scott, J., 26 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Mental Health. 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    Regional variations in care planning in Northern Ireland: An infringement of the children’s rights

    Fargas Malet, M. & McSherry, D., 10 Apr 2019.

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    • 1 Invited or keynote talk at national or international conference
    • 1 Invited talk
    • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar

    Fostering stability

    Montserrat Fargas (Advisor)

    03 Oct 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference


    The Care Pathways and Outcomes study: The Teens and Early Adulthood: Preliminary findings

    Montserrat Fargas (Advisor)

    31 Oct 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar


    Invited seminar on Care Pathways study at Nottingham Trent

    Dominic McSherry (Advisor), & Montserrat Fargas (Advisor)

    30 Jun 2007

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


    Children drawing their own conclusions: Trans-generational transmission of experiences of war and peace

    Author: Fargas, M., Nov 2011

    Supervisor: Dillenburger, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy