British Society of Gerontology Northern Ireland (BSGNI)


The British Society of Gerontology (BSG) provides a multidisciplinary forum across the UK for researchers and other individuals interested in the situations of older people, and in how knowledge about ageing and later life can be enhanced and improved.  As a learned society, its aim is to advance gerontological research, education, theory and practice. BSG is also active in raising the profile of ageing and in drawing attention to its social, economic and policy implications.

We are very pleased to announce a new branch of BSG in Northern Ireland (BSGNI), which will bring together practitioners, educators, policy-makers, students and older people.  The aim of the society in Northern Ireland is to increase awareness of social gerontology, and to develop a vibrant, cross sector, social gerontology research network within Northern Ireland. Areas of interest will include social and behavioural sciences; humanities; medicine; health; housing; social care; nursing; policy arenas and voluntary agencies.

Photograph of BSGNI committee members. From left: Mabel Stevenson, Lynn Johnston, Paula Devine and Gemma Carney
Founder members of BSGNI. From left: Mabel Stevenson, Lynn Johnston, Paula Devine and Gemma Carney


The programme group for BSGNI comprises Gemma Carney (Queen’s University Belfast), Paula Devine (Queen’s University Belfast),  Lynn Johnston (Linking Generations) and Alexandra Chapman (Ulster University).

For 2017/8, the Chair is Gemma Carney, Paula Devine is the Treasurer, and the secretary is Lynn Johnston.  Gemma and Paula are also members of the Executive Committee of the British Society of Gerontology.

Click here to find out about BSGNI activities.



To find out more about gerontology, have a look at a discussion by Paul Nash (Centre For Innovative Ageing at Swansea University) which is available in the videos section of our Resources webpage. Julia Twigg has recorded a video exploring dress and the rise of cultural gerontology.