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

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

Recent 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 Se├ín 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 Ageing Cluster include:

Age, Income and Food


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

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