About the Ageing Cluster

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

Our research interests include: caregiving (including social care, informal care, social networks, daily activity); socio-economic issues, work, retirement and pensions; successful ageing, quality of life, age-friendly society and intergenerational relations; dementia; lifelong learning and educational gerontology; transitions in care (hospital/community interface); palliative care/advanced care; built environment, inclusive design and design for dementia. 

Cluster Aims & Objectives

  • To contribute to positive, active constructions of ageing within Irish society
  • To make a significant contribution to ageing research nationally and internationally
  • To deliver research on ageing that transcends disciplinary boundaries in order to address the multi-factorial influences on the experience of ageing
  • To develop research capacity and excellence within UCC in regard to ageing research and to demonstrate this through the development of novel methodological approaches
  • To foster strategic collaborative links and partnerships with key stakeholders including national and international research centres and civil society organisations
  • To support the translation of research into effective policy and practice
  • To facilitate interdisciplinarity within ageing research at UCC
  • To identify research priorities and themes within the cluster
  • To apply for research funding in the field of ageing
  • To facilitate consultation and participation within and beyond the cluster to ensure an inclusive research process
  • To support research capacity through peer review, skills development and networking

Cluster Events

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

Research Projects

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

EMNaH: Elderly (non)migrants’ Narratives of Home: a Comparative Study of Place-making in Ireland and Slovakia (2020-2021)

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

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 

If you are interested in joining the cluster, please contact the cluster leaders, Dr. Annalisa Setti ( or Dr. Edel Walsh ( 

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

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