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.

For information on cluster members, click on 'Members' below.

Ageing Research Cluster Aims and Objectives

Cluster Aims

  • 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

 Cluster Objectives

  • To facilitate interdisciplinarity within ageing research at UCC
  • To identify research priorities and themes within the cluster
  • To establish working groups within the cluster to address these specific research themes
  • To successfully obtain research funding to complete research projects
  • 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.
  • To support the communication and dissemination of research findings to promote translation into effective policy and practice

Current Research Interests

  • 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

Ageing Research Cluster Recent Projects

Cluster members are involved in a wide range of research projects - go to Members' Profiles for more information.


Age, Income and Food

A recent project of the ISS21 Ageing Research Cluster was the Age, Income and Food project, funded by CARDI (Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland).

For more information on the project: click here or here.

Ageing Research Cluster Members

For more details on the research interests of members of the Ageing Research Cluster, please follow the links below.

Dr. Eleanor Bantry White (School of Applied Social Studies)

Dr. Alice Coffey (School of Nursing and Midwifery)

Dr. Siobhan Cusack (Office of Vice-President for Research and Innovation)

Cathy Dalton, Cork Centre for Architectural Education

Mary Rose Day (School of Nursing and Midwifery)

Ms. Marian Elders (Centre for Adult and Continuing Education)

Dr. Siobhan Fox, Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation

Linda Horgan (School of Occupational Therapies and Occupational Sciences)

Prof. Jeanne Jackson (School of Occupational Therapies and Occupational Sciences)

Prof. Patricia Kearney (School of Epidemiology and Public Health)

Dr. Carol Kelleher (Dept of Management and Marketing)

Prof. John McCarthy (Applied Psychology)

Ms. Vera McCarthy (School of Epidemiology and Public Health)

Grainne McHale (School of Music and Theatre)

Dr. Aileen Murphy (Economics)

Dr. Edel Walsh (Economics) (Joint Cluster Leader)

Micheal O'hAodain (School of Applied Social Studies)

Ms. Sheila O'Driscoll (Centre for Adult and Continuing Education)

Clare O'Sullivan (School of Occupational Therapies and Occupational Sciences)

Dr. Annalisa Setti (School of Applied Psychology) (Joint Cluster Leader)

Dr. Suzanne Timmons  (Medicine)

Dr. Brian Turner (School of Economics)

Dr. Teresa Wills (School of Nursing and Midwifery)

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