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About the Ageing Cluster

The Ageing Research Cluster brings together researchers with interests in the social science of ageing, from a wide range of disciplines, including Adult and Continuing Education, Applied Psychology, Applied Social Studies, Architecture, Economics, Medicine, Music, Nursing and Midwifery, Occupational Sciences, Public Health.

Aims and Objectives:

Inform views on ageing in Ireland and policy making

  • To contribute to positive, active constructions of ageing within Irish society.
  • To address the multi-factorial influences on the experience of ageing.
  • To support the translation of research into effective policy and practice.

Excellence in ageing research

  • To make a significant contribution to ageing research nationally and internationally.
  • To develop novel methodological approaches.
  • To foster strategic collaborative links and partnerships with key stakeholders and civil society
  • To develop research capacity within UCC in ageing research.

Cluster Events

Let's Talk About Climate Change, 20 September 2022

The Ageing Research Cluster was delighted to collaborate with Cork County Council and the School of Applied Psychology in the organisation of a webinar on the SDGs, as part of European Sustainable Development Goals Week 2022. The webinar is available to view at:

Agency and Ageing in Place in Rural Ireland: Exploring the housing preferences of older people in rural areas, 15 March 2022

In this seminar, Dr Siobhan O'Sullivan (School of Applied Social Studies, UCC) reported on the views of older people living in rural areas on where they choose to live, and the enablers or barriers they face to remain in their homes and local areas as they age. The seminar was based on the findings of a collaborative research project conducted from 2020 to 2021 with Age Action and funded by the Irish Research Council. Details on the project are available at the following link: AAPRI

Climate Action Across Generations, 30 April 2021

This online event explored climate activism and attitudes to environmental issues across different generations. Speakers included Dr Tracey Skillington (Department of Sociology & Criminology, UCC), Frank Dorr and Eileen Lynch (Elders for Earth/SHEP Earth Aware) and Terri Morrisey, Chair and Director of This Is..., an international organisation and leadership development practice. The discussion with Elders for Earth was led by Asha Woodhouse, Environmental Studies student & incoming president of the UCC Students' Union. Further details and a recording of the seminar are available here

Challenges in Current Ageing Research, 10 April 2019

In April 2019 the Ageing Research Cluster organised a half-day workshop to discuss current themes in ageing research in Ireland and foster networking between researchers interested in different aspects of ageing. Keynote speeches were delivered by Seán Moynihan (CEO, ALONE) and Cathal McCrory (The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, TILDA), followed by a series of short presentations from researchers and PhD students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, including psychology, biochemistry, public health and music. Further details available here

Cluster Members & Speakers at the Challenges in Current Ageing Research Workshop

Research Projects

ISS21 research projects linked to the themes of the Ageing Research Cluster include:

SMILE - Sensors for monitoring isolation and loneliness among older people: New pathways for early identification and support (2023-2024)

CO-AGE: Exploring the Potential for the Development of Care Co-operatives to Support Older People to Age Well at Home (2021-2022)

AgeACTED: Ageism Challenged Through EthnoDrama (2021-2022)

AAPRI: Agency and Ageing in Place in Rural Ireland (2020-2021)

EMNaH: Elderly (non)migrants’ Narratives of Home: a Comparative Study of Place-making in Ireland and Slovakia (2023)

Caring for Family Members with Dementia (2018-2019)

Age, Income and Food (2010-2011) 

Cluster Membership

For a list of cluster members, please click on the following link: Cluster members 

New cluster members are always welcome. Please contact cluster leaders, Dr. Annalisa Setti ( and Dr. Edel Walsh (, or the ISS21 Research Coordinator (  

Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century (ISS21)

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