Irish Centre for Social Gerontology

The Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (ICSG) is a multidisciplinary research centre on ageing at NUI Galway. ICSG focuses on research, education and training in the field of social gerontology in Ireland and internationally. There is a specific research focus on rural gerontology, the economics of ageing and on technology and ageing.

ICSG aims to develop and promote social and economic aspects of ageing in Ireland with a view to supporting a holistic and positive view of ageing, which emphasises participation and empowerment for older people at all levels of society. The first centre of its kind in Ireland, ICSG offers research expertise and practical support to public, private and voluntary agencies involved in the formulation and implementation of public policy for older people at international, national, regional and local levels.

KEY ACTIVITIES
The Irish Centre for Social Gerontology focuses on four areas:

  • RESEARCH
    ICSG aims to broaden the scope and depth of social gerontological research in Ireland, by undertaking qualitative and quantitative research, the output of which will be available to inform policy-makers. With three full-time researchers, there is a specific research focus on rural gerontology, the economics of ageing and on technology and ageing.
  • EDUCATION
    The ICSG aims to develop social gerontology as a subject at diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate levels, educating future policy makers, public servants and leaders of private industry on ageing issues. The first education initiative is a new Diploma in Social Gerontology, a part-time programme commencing in September 2006.
  • SKILL DEVELOPMENT AND INFORMATION SUPPORT
    ICSG offers training in research and policy analysis for people working in the ageing sector, in the form of training programmes, workshops, policy workshops and conferences. ICSG is committed to disseminating relevant information and interpreting research for different audiences.
  • POLICY ANALYSIS
    With an interest in raising awareness of older persons' issues and influencing the formulation and implementation of public policies for older people in Ireland and the wider European Union, ICSG provides assistance to voluntary groups making policy submissions, providing background support and access to and interpretation on relevant research results.

Contact Information: 

Irish Centre for Social Gerontology
Irish Centre for Social Gerontology
Institute for Lifecourse & Society
Corrib Village
NUI Galway,

Ph: +353 91 495461
Fax: +353 91 512516

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Date Entered/Updated: 

10/07/06

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