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Dr Kieran Walsh

Job Title: 
Acting Director

Dr. Kieran Walsh is Acting Director of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, and Project Director of Project Lifecourse at the Institute for Lifecourse and Society in NUI Galway. Kieran has over 15 years’ experience in interdisciplinary social gerontology and life-course research and has consistently worked in an interdisciplinary team environment, designing and leading original research projects on key societal challenges. Kieran leads multi-disciplinary research teams and manages research programmes on aging and the life-course. In his current roles, he is also instrumental in the strategic development of the study of social gerontology and thematic work programmes on life-course related topics within NUI Galway. Kieran’s research interest and expertise focus on: social exclusion in later life; place and life-course transitions and trajectories; influence of structural forces and institutional life course; informal and formal infrastructures of care, and care relationships; and intersecting ageing and migration processes. Kieran is also the main proposer and Chair of COST Action CA15122 on ‘Reducing Old-Age Exclusion in Europe’. With more than 80 international experts from over 30 nations, this Action aims to advance and co-produce (with policy stakeholders) interdisciplinary conceptual innovation in the area of old-age exclusion. The Action will run from 2016 to 2020 and host conferences, workshop-policy events, short-term placements, and training schools across Europe, and beyond.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Warburton, J., Scharf, T., Walsh, K. (2016). Flying under the radar? Risks of social exclusion for older people in rural communities in Australia, Ireland and Northern Ireland. Sociologia Ruralis, DOI: 10.1111/soru.12129

Walsh, K., O’Shea, E., Scharf, T., Shucksmith, M. (2014). Exploring the impact of informality on social exclusion and age-friendliness for older people in rural communities. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 24:1, 37–49.

Cangiano, A., Walsh, K. (2014). Recruitment Processes and Immigration Regulations: The Disjointed Pathways to Employing Migrant Carers in Ageing Societies. Work, Employment & Society, 28:3, 372-389.

Walsh, K., Shutes, I. (2013). Care relationships, quality of care and migrant workers caring for older people. Ageing & Society, 33 (3), 393-420.

Burholt, V., Scharf, T., Walsh, K. (2013). Imagery and imaginary of islander identity: Older people and migration in Irish small-island communities. Journal of Rural Studies, 31, 1-12.

O’Shea, E., Walsh, K., Scharf, T. (2012). Exploring community perceptions of the relationship between age and social exclusion in rural areas. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 13:1,16-26.

Walsh, K., O’Shea, E., Scharf, T., Murray, M. (2012). Ageing in changing community contexts: Cross-border perspectives from rural Ireland and Northern Ireland. Journal of Rural Studies, 28, 347-357.

Shutes, I., Walsh, K. (2012). Negotiating User Preferences, Discrimination, and Demand for Migrant Labour in Long-Term Care. Social Politics, 19:1, 78-104.

Walsh, K., Gannon, B. (2011). Perceived Neighbourhood Context, Disability Onset and Old Age, The Journal of Socio-Economics, 40, 631-636.

Walsh, K., Callan, A. (2010). Perceptions, preferences, and acceptance of ICT in older-adult community care settings in Ireland: a case-study and ranked-care program analysis. Ageing International, 36:1, 102-122.

Walsh, K., O’Shea, E. (2010). Marginalised care: migrant workers caring for older people in Ireland. Journal of Population Ageing, 3:1-2, 17-37.

Walsh, K., Waldmann, T. (2010). Exploring the impact of nursing home life: routines, dependency and measurement. Irish Journal of Anthropology, 13:2, 13-21.

Walsh, K., O'Shea, E. (2008). Responding to rural social care needs: older people empowering themselves, others and their community. Health and Place. 14, 795-803.

Walsh, K., O'Shea, E. (2008). Voluntary care for older people: policy and practice concerns. Administration. 55, 137-158.

Walsh, K., Waldmann, T. (2008). The influence of nursing home residency on the capacities of low-dependency older adults. Ageing & Mental Health,12:5, 528-535.

Edited Volumes

Kieran Walsh, Gemma Carney, Áine Ní Léime (2015). Ageing through Austerity: Critical Perspectives from Ireland. Bristol: Policy Press.

Book Chapters

Walsh, K. (2016). Creating, maintaining and losing home: productions of ageing and migration in Ireland. In: Katie Walsh and Lena Näre (eds). Re-thinking Home. Transnational Migration and Older Age. New York and Abingdon: Routledge.

Scharf, T., Walsh, K., O’Shea, E. (2016). Ageing in Rural Places. In: Mark Shucksmith and David Brown (eds), International Handbook of Rural Studies. Routledge: London & New York.

Walsh, K.,Carney, G.,Ní Léime, A.(2015). Introduction – Social policy and ageing through austerity. In: Kieran Walsh, Gemma Carney, Áine Ní Léime (eds),Ageing through Austerity: Critical Perspectives from Ireland. Bristol: Policy Press.

Walsh, K. (2015). Interrogating the ‘age-friendly community’ in austerity: myths, realties and the influence of place context. In: Kieran Walsh, Gemma Carney, Áine Ní Léime (eds), Ageing through Austerity: Critical Perspectives from Ireland. Bristol: Policy Press.

Walsh, K., O’Shea, E., Scharf, T., (2015). Ageing in farm communities in Ireland: changing agricultural resources – changing lives. In: Mark Skinner and Neil Hanlon (eds), Ageing Resource Communities: New Frontiers of Rural Population Change, Community Development and Voluntarism, Routledge: London & New York.

O'Shea, E., Walsh, K. (2013). Transforming long-stay care in Ireland. In: Graham Rowles and Miriam Bernard (eds). Environmental Gerontology: Making Meaningful Places in Old Age, 125-151, Springer Publishing Company.

Competitively Won and Peer-Reviewed Reports

Ward, P., Walsh, K., Scharf, T. (2014). Measuring old-age social exclusion in a cross-border context: findings of a comparative secondary analysis in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, Galway. ISBN: 978-1-908358-19-6.

Walsh, K. Scharf, T. Cullinan, J., Finn, C. (2012). Deprivation and its measurement in later life: findings from a mixed-methods study in Ireland. Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, Galway. ISBN: 978-1-908358-08-0.

Walsh, K., O’Shea, E., Scharf, T. (2012). Social exclusion and ageing in diverse rural communities: findings of a cross-border study in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, National University of Ireland Galway. ISBN: 978-1-908358-03-5

Walsh, K. et al. HARC Members (2010). Older people in rural communities: exploring attachment, contribution and diversity in rural Ireland and Northern Ireland.

International MCW Project Team (2010). The role of migrant care workers in ageing societies: report on research findings in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada and the Unites States. International Organisation for Migration – IOM  Research Series, No. 41.

Walsh, K, O’Shea, E (2009). The role of migrant care workers in ageing societies: context and experiences in Ireland. National Report.

Working Papers (2016)

Walsh, K., Scharf, T., Keating, N. (2016). Social exclusion of older persons: A scoping review and conceptual framework. WP-01-2016-ICSG.

Walsh, K., Rowles, G., Scharf, T. (2016). Constructing home over the life course: toward a model of At-Oneness. WP-02-2016-ICSG.

Walsh, K., Rowles, G. (2016). Remaking home and community: the lived experience of older adults in a rural Irish community. WP-03-2016-ICSG.

Skinner, M., Walsh, K., Scharf, T. (2016). Rural ageing, social exclusion and voluntarism: a view from Ireland. WP-04-2016-ICSG.

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