• Room 0G.005 - 1 College Park East

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

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


Research output per year

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile


I have been a member of the ARK Ageing programme at Queen's since 2014. I have found the Faculty of Arts and Humanities an extremely fruitful environment in which to work and so have developed a range of inter-disciplinary studies of ageing with colleagues Paula Devine, Leonie Hannan and Sian Barber. Initiatives include the Lively Project funded by the Wellcome Trust, which used material culture to explore the meaning of living a long life. I am also collaborating with Jane Lugea on an AHRC funded project called Dementia in the Minds of Characters and Readers.

Former projects have included Arts, Humanities Research Council research network grant with the Chinese University in Hong Kong, and Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at QUB. Paula Devine and I also established the Northern Irish branch of the British Society of Gerontology with colleagues in Ulster University in 2015. I was elected serve on the Executive Committee of the British Society of Gerontology in 2015 and was re-elected in 2018. I am responsible for international liaison for BSG. I am a member of the editorial board of Ageing & Society. My work has been published in Ageing and Society, Journal of Aging Studies, Action Research, Critical Social Policy, Journal of Women and Aging, Life Writing, the European Journal of Ageing and Gender & Soceity. 

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. 


In 2019 I was awarded a University Teaching Award in the student nominated category for excellence in my teaching in social policy and gerontology.

This award was the culmination of my work since joining the social policy team at QUB in January 2014, when I set out to embed social gerontology in the teaching programme at QUB. Social gerontology is now an optional module in level 2 through my module SPY2009 Ageing and the Lifecourse. I have also led the updating of entry level social policy through devising and convening Introducing Social Policy, which attracts over 100 first year undergraduate students.  In 2017, I convened Advanced Qualitative Research Methods. My latest innovation is a cross Faculty module on ageing called Questions for an Ageing World, which I am co-convening with Leonie Hannan at HAPP. I have written a textbook on social policy and ageing with Paul Nash at the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California, USA. The book will be published by Policy Press in September 2020. 

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. 

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Gemma Carney is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.


Research Output

Women (Re)Negotiating Care across Family Generations: Intersections of Gender and Socioeconomic Status

Conlon, C., Timonen, V., Carney, G. & Scharf, T., Oct 2014, In : Gender & Society. 28, 5, 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 31 Citations (Scopus)
    528 Downloads (Pure)

    Commission on the Voluntary Sector and Ageing: a policy review

    Carney, G. M., Jul 2014, In : Voluntary Sector Review. 5, 2, p. 203-211 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • ‘Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt’: Solidarity between generations in the Irish crisis

    Carney, G. M., Scharf, T., Timonen, V. & Conlon, C., Aug 2014, In : Critical Social Policy. 34, 3, p. 312-332 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 11 Citations (Scopus)
    692 Downloads (Pure)

    ‘A View from Old Age’: Women’s lives as narrated through objects

    Hannan, L., Carney, G., Devine, P. & Hodge, G., 02 Jan 2019, In : Life Writing. 16, 1, p. 51-67 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 98 Downloads (Pure)

    Are public attitudes towards older people changing?

    Devine, P. & Carney, G., 22 Jun 2018, ARK.

    Research output: Other contribution

  • Prizes

    Queen's University Teaching Award 2019

    Carney, Gemma (Recipient), 29 Jun 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Broad Curriculum Teaching Fellowship

    Carney, Gemma (Recipient), 2002

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Entrance Exhibition to Trinity College Dublin

    Carney, Gemma (Recipient), 1994

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Luker Cobbe Bursary for postgraduate study

    Carney, Gemma (Recipient), 2004

    Prize: Other distinction

    Postdoctoral research fellowship

    Carney, Gemma (Recipient), 01 Jul 2008

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively


    British Society of Gerontology

    Gemma Carney (Chair)

    01 Sep 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Framing Ageing

    Gemma Carney (Speaker)

    26 Mar 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Dementia Platforms UK: Enabling large-scale multi-cohort longitudinal research

    Gemma Carney (Organiser), , Paula Devine (Organiser), & Sarah Baurermeister (Speaker)

    09 Oct 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Twenty years of active ageing - does extending working lives mean the end of retirement?

    Gemma Carney (Invited speaker)

    14 Aug 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

    Press / Media

    Coronavirus: why young and old must pull together to survive this

    Gemma Carney


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Paying the Price to be a Pensioner in the 21st century.

    Gemma Carney


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Blog: Imagining their future selves

    Katrina Lloyd, Paula Devine & Gemma Carney


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities