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Dr Áine Ní Léime

Job Title: 
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow

Áine Ní Léime is currently located at the Department of Sociology at Case Western Reserve University (mentor, Professor Dale Dannefer) spending the first two years of a Marie Sklodowska-Curie International Outgoing Fellowship from 1st February, 2015 to 1st February, 2017 (funding of €365,000).  She will spend the final year of the fellowship (Feb, 2017 to Feb, 2018) at the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (mentor Professor Tom Scharf).  Prior to that she held the post of Research Fellow in the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology since Jan 2014;she was a post-doctoral researcher at ICSG since January, 2011 and researcher since April, 2006. She holds an MA in Economics from NUI Galway and was awarded a PhD in Sociology from the University of Dublin, Trinity College in 2010 for a thesis entitled ‘Decision-making among older workers in the Irish Civil Service’.  Áine holds a BA in Economics and Sociology with a concentration on women’s studies from NUI Galway.

In April, 2015 she was elected Chair of COST Action IS1409 (Gender and Health Impacts of Extended Working Life) which currently has a network of researchers from 26 countries www.cost.eu.  The Cost Action has funding of €436,000 and runs for 4 years from April 2015 - April, 2019.

She has directed the Diploma in Social Gerontology and has designed and taught the module, Social Perspectives on Ageing and co-teaches the module, Research Skills.  Áine was responsible for civic engagement and has initiated and participated with colleagues in a number of activities including facilitating ICSG’s consultative committee of older people and running a conference and courses with and for older people in the community. She has worked with a variety of community, statutory and university colleagues to initiate events and to facilitate consultative projects such as Galway’s  ‘Healthy Ageing Cities’ project with colleagues from the HSE, Galway city partnership and Galway City Council. She has co-facilitated the psycho-educational course Ageing with Confidence with Christine De Largy with older adults in an urban (Galway, with Galway City Partnership) and a rural community setting (Clifden – with Forum) during 2010/2011. She has co-facilitated “On-Track” a community development programme for older people in Clifden in Spring, 2012. Áine is co-convenor of the research cluster “Gender and Public Policy” through the Gender ARC, an advanced research consortium of NUI Galway and University of Limerick since July, 2011. She is Chair of Research Network 14 of the European Sociological Association (Gender the Labour Market and the Welfare State) from 2011-2013 and held an international conference at NUI Galway in September, 2012. She has been awarded over €475,000 in funding. She has published articles in peer-reviewed  journals including  Ageing and Society, Action Research, Voluntary Sector Review, UNESCO Multidisciplinary Journal in the Arts and is an invited reviewer for prestigious peer-reviewed journals in the fields of ageing and of employment and for the Gerontological Society of America. She has presented and chaired symposiums at international conferences including the ESA, the BSG and the GSA as well as to several community groups and Active Retirement Associations.

Research Interests: 

Sociology of ageing; gender, ageing and the labour market, creativity and ageing; end-of-life care; equality issues; research methodologies; (including lifecourse approaches); critical theory.

Research Projects: 

She is Principal Investigator on a comparative, qualitative sutdy on the impact of Extended Working Life policies for older workers in the USA and Ireland, funded by EU, FP7 Marie Sklodowska Curie International Outgoing Fellowship, at the Dept of Sociology at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio Feb, 2015 - Jan, 2017 and ICSG, Feb, 2017 - Jan, 2018.

Principal Investigator on a mixed methods national research study evaluating the impacts of membership of Active Retirement Ireland on the lives of older people, February 2012 – November, 2012. Report launched November, 2012. Commissioned by Active Retirement Ireland.

Co-director of a  research project using a lifecourse approach (with Dr. Nata Duvvury of the Global Women’s Studies Centre at NUI, Galway) on Older Women Workers and Pensions in Ireland. This project is funded by CARDI, completed and launched, February, 2012.

Researcher on the IRCHSS-funded Life Cycle Research Project which used a Participatory Action Research methodology. Aine is co-author of the report entitled ‘Community Engagement in Ireland’s Developmental Welfare State: a study of the life cycle approach,’ which was launched in May 2011.

Commissioned by Age & Opportunity to write ‘Well into older age – age & opportunity and the evidence. What research says about the value of promoting participation of older people’, Dublin, Age & Opportunity. (with Professor Eamon O’Shea)

Commissioned by Age & Opportunity to conduct an Evaluation of the Bealtaine Festival (with Professor Eamon O’Shea). Aine is lead author of the report entitled ‘An evaluation: The Bealtaine Festival, A celebration of older people in the Arts’, Dublin: Age & Opportunity published in 2008

Aine has conducted qualitative research for a national multi-disciplinary project on End-of Life Care for older people and is co-author of the report ‘End-of-life Care for older people in long-stay care settings in Ireland’, 2007 (with O’Shea, E., Murphy K, Casey D., Larkin, P., Payne, S, Froggatt, K. and Keys, M.)

Links to selected research

Carney, G., Dundon, T, and Ní Léime, Á, (2012). Participatory action research with and within community activist groups: capturing the collective experience of Ireland’s Community and Voluntary Pillar in social partnership Action Research 10: 3, 313-339.
 To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1476750312451279

Carney, G., Dundon, T, and Ní Léime, Á (2012) ‘Protecting the most vulnerable’ in an economic crisis: a participatory study of civil society organisations in Ireland Voluntary Sector Review 3: 3 , 489–506.
 To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/110.1332/204080512X658045

O'Shea, E. and Ní Léime, Á. (2012) The impact of the Bealtaine Arts Programmes on the quality of life, well-being and social interaction of older people in Ireland, Ageing and Society, 32, pp 851-872 doi:10.1017/S0144686X11000717

Casey, D., Murphy, K. , Ní Léime, Á. et al. (2011) Dying well: factors that influence the provision of good end of life care for older people in acute and long stay care settings in Ireland, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 20, 1824-1833

Ni Léime, Á., O’Shea, E., Murphy, K., Larkin, P., Casey, D., Payne, S., & Froggatt, K., (2010), ‘End-of-Life care in acute and long-stay care settings in Ireland: communication, quality of care and “a good death’, Irish Journal of Anthropology 13 (2)

Payne, S., Froggatt, K., O’Shea, E., Murphy, K., Larkin, P., Casey, D., & Ní Léime, Á, (2009) ‘Improving palliative care for older people in Ireland: a new model and framework for institutional care’, Journal of Palliative Care 25 (3): 218-226.


Ni Léime, Á., Callan.,A,, Finn, C., & Healy, R (2012) Evaluating the impact of Active Retirement Ireland on the lives of older people, Dublin, Active Retirement Ireland.

Duvvury, N., Ni Léime, Á., Callan.,A, Price, L, & Simpson. M (2012)Older Women Workers’Access to Pensions: Vulnerabilities, Perspectives and Strategies. Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, National University of Ireland Galway. ISBN: 978-1-908358-04-2.

Carney, G., Dundon, T., Ní Leime, Á., & Loftus C. (2011) Community Engagement in Ireland’s Developmental Welfare State: a study of the life cycle approach. Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, National University of Ireland Galway.

Ni Léime, Á., O’Shea. E. (2010) Well into older Age – Age & Opportunity and the Evidence: what research says about the value of promoting participation of older people, Dublin, Age & Opportunity.