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I am open to PhD applications in the fields of: - Social policy and ageing - Social gerontology - Gender - Cultural gerontology


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Research Statement

Equality Officer, University and College Union, 2022-23. 

Disciplinary Lead, Social Policy, 2020-2022.

Programme Directory, Social Policy, 2018-2021.

International Liaison, Executive Committee of the British Society of Gerontology 2015 -2020.

Editorial board, Ageing & Society 2018- present.

I am a social and cultural gerontologist who works across disciplines to explore human ageing. Since moving to Queen's from the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology in 2014, I have developed a range projects around the inter-disciplinary studies of ageing with colleagues from the ARK Ageing Programme and, more recently, the Science and Culture Research Group. Initiatives include the Lively Project funded by the Wellcome Trust, which used material culture to explore the meaning of living a long life and an AHRC funded project called Dementia in the Minds of Characters and Readers.

Previous work made a contribution to policy formulation and critique in the area of civil society engagement with the State, in particular on corporatism and policies for disadvantaged groups in the Republic of Ireland. I was also one of team of researchers on Changing Generations, a longitudinal, grounded theory study of solidarity between generations in the Republic of Ireland (http://www.sparc.tcd.ie/generations/). In recent years, my work has taken a more global focus, idetifying policy responses to ageing populations as problematic in a range of country context. 

I am keen to support applications for postgraduate research in any of the above areas but especially on furthering our understanding of ageing and older people, cultural gerontology, politics of ageing or gender scholars with an interest in ageing societies. 


I am currently supervising Angel Leira Pernas whose work builds on the Lively Project and is funded by DfE award and Murchana Kaushik who is researching intergenerational transmission of sectarian values through the Tezpur-QUB knowledge exchange programme. 

I am interested in supervising PhD students on social policy in ageing societies, cultural gerontology and projects relating to lifecourse issues which use either qualitative or participatory research methods. 

Published textbook Critical Questions for Ageing Societies, September 2020 (with Paul Nash at the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California, USA). This book has been nominated for the Richard Kalish Award 2021 for innovation in research and publication in aging. 

Student nominated University Teaching Award, 2019.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • social policy
  • social gerontology
  • gender


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