Caring Working Group
The ISS21 Caring Research Working Group was formed in 2017. Working closely with carer representative organisations, charitable and voluntary organisations and social and health care professionals, the group provides a forum of collaborative research and projects, learning, mutual support and feedback for UCC staff and postgraduate students and national and international researchers/research groups involved in caring research. Research and contributions to date include analysis of supports and experiences of family carers, caring in particular contexts, and transitioning from caring roles as well as inputs to consultations on carers.
Within UCC, members are drawn from a range of disciplines across the university including Applied Social Studies, Nursing and Service Design/Service Research.
We meet on a regular basis each semester and welcome new members including doctoral students, external researchers, public bodies, CVOs and social care/healthcare professionals.
Aims and Objectives
- To make a significant contribution and impact inter-disciplinarity research on caring – formal and informal - nationally and internationally
- With carer stakeholder to meaningfully impact on carers’ lives, experiences, policy development and practice.
- To identify participatory action research priorities, through stakeholder partnerships and collaborations, to highlight formal and informal carer voices in research and policy to foster ongoing partnerships and collaborations.
- To successfully obtain research funding to build multidisciplinary capacity in relation to caring research nationally and internationally.
- To support the communication and dissemination of research findings to promote translation into effective policy and practice, public and societal awareness of carer issues.
Bringing the Voice of the Elderly Onstage: an ethnodrama on everyday lived experience of living in a nursing home, October 2019
On 1 October 2019 the ISS21 Caring Working Group hosted a seminar with Dr Catharina Von Koskull on the use of creative methodologies in an ethnographic study conducted in a Finnish eldercare setting. Further details on this event are available here
Maximising the Potential of Carer Research and Knowledge, June 2018
On June 19 the Caring Working Group and Care Alliance Ireland hosted a seminar with guest speaker Dr. Mary Larkin (Open University, UK) to discuss international developments in family care research and the launch of the Carer–related Research Evidence Exchange Network.
Post-Caregiving Workshop, November 2017
In November 2017 the Caring Research Working Group held a half-day seminar on family caring in Ireland, with a particular focus on the experience of carers after their care-giving role had ceased. Reports from two IRC New Foundations research projects were officially launched at the event. Presentations from the project directors – Dr. Carol Kelleher and Dr. Jacqui O’Riordan – were followed by a panel discussion with Senator Colette Kelleher, Mick Barry (TD) and representatives from ISS21, Care Alliance Ireland, Family Carers Ireland and West Cork Carers Support Group.
CARE21, or ‘Caring in the 21st Century’, is a significant social sciences research programme to be hosted by the Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century (ISS21).
Funded by the Carolan Research Trust, CARE21 will advance interdisciplinary and social scientific understandings of care, caring relations and care practices in contemporary society, and is a major, strategic intervention to develop and consolidate caring research and capacity in ISS21 over a long term basis. Specifically, CARE21 aims to (i) advance a programme of innovative research, dissemination and dialogue as a common resource for academics, advocates, policymakers, community and voluntary organisations and others concerned with caring relations; (ii) raise awareness of the significance of care research as an interdisciplinary endeavour, and forge networks and collaborations nationally and internationally; (iii) build the longer term sustainability of ISS21 as a centre for expertise in interdisciplinary social research on the changing dynamics of care and caring in the 21st century.
The Institute is currently recruiting two Research Fellows (who will be known as ISS21 Carolan Research Fellows for a period of 27 months), who will play a key role in advancing interdisciplinary research and engagement around care and caring in its broadest sense, and will seek to further develop ISS21 as a focal point for collaborative research expertise in the social sciences in Ireland. Each Fellow will develop, manage, and conduct a specific research project in relation to one or more of the following CARE21 themes:
- care, care relationships and identities as they relate to different groups in society (older people, families, children, people with disabilities, migrants, caring in the context of gender, for example);
- research which questions understandings of, or reframes, how we think about care in contemporary society;
- the ethics and politics of care and caring;
- geographies and spaces of care (including formal and informal spaces), care mobilities, and transnational caring;
- the relationship between care and technology;
- innovative and creative methodologies in care research.
For more details about the posts, please go to http://ore.ucc.ie. More information about the posts is available from Dr. Claire Edwards, Director ISS21, or one of the ISS21 Caring Working Group convenors, Dr. Carol Kelleher, or Dr. Jacqui O’Riordan.