Agency and Ageing in Place in Rural Ireland

Project Aims

This project involves a collaboration with Age Action to explore the housing preferences of older people in rural Ireland and identify how to build capacity in rural communities to meet these preferences.

Age-friendly initiatives and sheltered housing primarily concentrate on urban areas, whereas it is far less understood how best to respond to the unique housing needs of dispersed ageing rural dwellers. A participatory survey and focus groups with Age Action will identify the views of older rural dwellers about ageing in place and the enablers and barriers they face, which will inform the role of civic, voluntary and state organisations in facilitating ageing in place. 

The project will be supported by an inter-sectoral advisory group, including Age Action, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare, HSE and academics from Social Work and Applied Psychology in UCC.

Project Funding and Dates:

This project is funded by Irish Research Council's New Foundations Programme and runs from May 2020 - December 2021.


Dr Siobhan O'Sullivan (PI), ISS21 & School of Applied Social Studies, email: siobhan.osull@ucc.ie  

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

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