Dr Gemma Carney

Dr Gemma Carney joined the ARK Ageing Programme team in January 2014, and is a lecturer in Social Policy and ageing in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, Queen’s University Belfast.

Tel: 028 9097 3749, email g.carney@qub.ac.uk


From 2008-2013, Gemma was part of a multi-disciplinary team of researchers at the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology at the National University of Ireland Galway. Her research explores the potential that extended life expectancy offers for social citizenship, social policy development. The core objective of this research is to advance our understanding of the human life course from birth to death.

Gemma began her work in the ageing sector in 2007, when she was appointed as the first ever Policy Analyst at the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament, based in Dublin. In this position, she produced policy relevant and applied research papers which were used by older people to lobby the Irish government. She has continued to work with the voluntary and community sectors through a variety of projects, most notably through leading an action research project comparing lobbying for children, older people and people with disabilities in the Republic of Ireland. Gemma continues to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, investigating critical issues for social policy in ageing societies.

Key projects include: Comparing Third Sector Lobbies in the Developmental Welfare State; Changing Generations (http://www.sparc.tcd.ie/generations/); and Active Citizenship at a Time of Crisis (http://www.psai.ie/specialist/PSAI-ebook-citizens-voices.pdf).

Her work has been published in Ageing and Society, the European Journal of Ageing, Critical Social Policy and the Voluntary Sector Review. With colleagues from the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology she co-authored a book titled Ageing through Austerity: critical perspectives from Ireland, which was published by Policy Press in March 2015.  For a full list of Gemma’s publications, click here.

From Spring 2015 she has been delivering Ageing and the Life Course, which is a second year module on the BA programme at the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queen’’s University Belfast.

In February 2017, Gemma joined the Editorial Board of Ageing and Society.