Symposium Series: Marginalised Ageing and Inclusive Systems

14 January 2021


Symposium Series: Marginalised Ageing and Inclusive Systems

This series of online meetings run from December 2020 until May 2021

Second Meeting: Thursday, January 14th 2021.  15.00-16.30

Targeting Disadvantage and Inequality in Ageing Societies

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Marginalised Ageing and Inclusive Systems During COVID-19

Informing new directions in public policy through research with diverse and vulnerable older adult groups

This webinar, Targeting Disadvantage and Inequality in Ageing Societies, investigates the pervasiveness of complex forms of disadvantage across the life course for older populations, and how the COVID-19 outbreak has altered these patterns. It presents the findings of three empirical research studies conducted during the pandemic on different kinds of inequality: health and gender implications for older workers; age discrimination and safeguarding access to services; exclusion from social relations for older men and women.

Speakers will interrogate processes of economic, social and symbolic deficit, and present an analysis based on the direct lived experiences of older adults. While the concentration will be on Irish evidence, each study incorporates a cross-national design.


Welcome      Prof Rose Anne Kenny, President of the Irish Gerontological Society

Introduction      Prof Kieran Walsh, Director of Irish Centre for Social Gerontology and meeting Chair

Exploring Exclusion from Social Relations for Older Men and Women      Celia Sheridan (ICSG)

Health and Gender Considerations for Older Workers      Dr Áine Ní Léime (ICSG)

Age Discrimination in Accessing Goods and Services     Stefan Hopf (ICSG and Age Platform Europe) 

Respondent     Prof Andreas Motel Klingebiel (Linköping University, Sweden)

Panel Discussion with Q & A


Professor Rose Anne Kenny holds the Chair of Medical Gerontology and is Head of the academic department of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin. Previously Professor of Cardiovascular Research and head of geriatric medicine at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Rose Anne is now director of Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) at St. James’s Hospital Dublin. She is the founding Principal Investigator of Ireland’s largest adult population study on the experience of ageing in Ireland – for The Irish LongituDinal study on Ageing  (TILDA), now in its 12th year of data collection.

Prof Kenny has published over 600 scientific publications to date, including 440 research articles, 52 reviews, 4 textbooks and 57 book chapters. She is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (M.R.I.A); Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (F.R.C.P.E.): London (F.R.C.P.), Ireland (F.R.C.P.I.); Fellow of Trinity College Dublin (F.T.C.D); Fellow if the European Society of Cardiology (F.E.S.C). She has over 50 medal awards and keynotes, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, WCFP, Kuala Lumpur 2019; Health Hero, The Irish Times, 2018; and Trinity Innovation Award, 2017.

Kieran Walsh is Professor of Ageing & Public Policy in the Discipline of Economics, and Director of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology at the National University of Ireland Galway. He has served as Chair of the European COST Action CA15122 on 'Reducing Old-Age Social Exclusion - Collaborations in research and policy' - ROSEnet. His research focuses on social exclusion in later life, critical transitions in older age, and the mediating role of place and community in processes of exclusion.

Andreas Motel-Klingebiel is Professor of Ageing and Later Life at Linköping University’s Division Ageing and Social Change (ASC) and a Sociologist and Gerontologist. His research targets the multi-level interdependencies between social change, life courses, human ageing and old age with an emphasis on quality of life, diversity, distributions, social inequality and exclusion. 

Áine Ní Léime is Deputy Director at the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, NUI Galway. Her recent research focuses on gender, ageing and extended working life. She is currently PI for Ireland on an EU – funded cross-national project on older workers, Dynamics of Accumulated Inequalities for Seniors in Employment (DAISIE) (2018-2021).

Celia Sheridan joined the Irish Centre of Social Gerontology (ICSG) as a PhD candidate in 2019.  Celia has an MA in Gender, Globalisation and Rights from the Centre for Global Women’s Studies, also at NUIG.  Her PhD research is an investigation of the gendered exclusion from social relations in later life and the implications of major life events.

Stefan Hopf is a staff member of AGE Platform Europe and is a PhD candidate at the ICSG, as a part of the EuroAgeism PhD Training Network. His PhD focuses on age discrimination in accessing goods and services. He received his Master's degree in sociology from the University of Vienna. Stefan’s research interests include socio-legal issues of domestic violence and security research.

Recording of this event:

00:48 Welcome by Prof Kenny and Introduction by Prof Walsh

10:25 Celia Sheridan (ICSG)

26:50 Dr Áine Ní Léime (ICSG)

43:16 Stefan Hopf (ICSG and Age Platform Europe)

59:20 Prof Andreas Motel Klingebiel (Linkoping University, Sweden)

1:11:30 Panel Discussion with Q & A