Dr. Kieran Walsh

Dr. Kieran Walsh
(HARC Lead Researcher)
Research Officer Irish Centre for Social Gerontology,
National University of Ireland Galway

Dr Kieran Walsh completed his PhD in 2004 on “The Effects of Nursing Home Institutionalisation on the Cognitive, Sensory and Sensorimotor Abilities of Low Dependency Older Adults” at the University of Limerick (UL).

Since joining ICSG in April 2006 as Research Officer, Kieran has worked on a variety of research projects in the areas of environmental gerontology and infrastructures of care. These have included studies on older adult community and voluntary activity in rural areas, the impact of assistive technology on the lives of older people and the interaction between elements of place, technology and community. Kieran also has responsibility for coordinating the Irish field research in the ‘role of migrant health and social care workers in ageing societies’ cross-national research project, which is a collaborative study involving the ICSG, the University of Oxford (UK), Georgetown University (US) and Ottawa University (Canada). Kieran is the lead researcher and coordinator of the Healthy Ageing in Rural Communities research network.

Kieran’s current research interests include older adult ability functioning and decline, older person-environment congruency with respect to rural/urban community and planned settings, intergenerational relationships and the interaction between migratory and ageing processes for older adult well-being.