Professor Eamon O’Shea
Irish Centre for Social Gerontology,
National University of Ireland Galway
Eamon O’Shea is a personal Professor in the Department of Economics and member of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (ICSG) at the National University of Ireland Galway. He holds an MA from University College Dublin, an MSc from University of York and a PhD from University of Leicester. He has had 39 papers published in refereed journals over the period 1990 to 2007 inclusive, including publications in top-ranked journals such as the Journal of Health Economics, Social Science and Medicine, Applied Economics, European Journal of Public Health, Age and Ageing, Ageing and Society, Health Policy, Economic and Social Review, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and the Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics. Professor O’Shea has also published inter-disciplinary work in other highly-ranked journals such as: the Journal of Parasitology; Dementia; International Journal of Rehabilitation Research; and the Journal of Clinical Nursing.
Professor O’Shea has authored/co-authored 14 books and monographs, mainly in the field of ageing and social policy. He has been responsible for 16 commissioned policy reports. These reports were commissioned by national and international agencies, including the National Council on Ageing and Older People, The Department of Health and Children, Health Research Board, the European Commission and the European Council. He has also contributed 22 chapters to various books, mainly on ageing and inequality issues. Professor O’Shea was Chair of the National Economic and Social Forum Expert Group on Care of the Elderly in 2005/06. His work has been influential in setting the agenda for the ongoing reform of the long-stay sector in Ireland.
Welcome to the Healthy Ageing in Rural Communities (HARC) research network, which is comprised of members of the National University of Ireland Galway, Queens University Belfast, FORUM Letterfrack, the Rural Community Network (RCN) and the Public Health Agency Northern Ireland.
HARC is a cross-border initiative funded by the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) and seeks to bring together expertise on rurality and ageing from Ireland and Northern Ireland for the purposes of information sharing and the generation of research capacity.
As a part of this process, this web-site has been designed to inform practitioners, policy makers, academics, researchers, and other interested parties of the importance of ageing in rural communities and of the objectives and on-going activities of the HARC research network.
Aim and Objectives
The aim of HARC is to establish an interdisciplinary cross-border research network on healthy ageing in rural communities.
The network will draw on the interdisciplinary expertise of academic and stakeholder groups from both the ageing and rural sectors – thereby including both theoretical and applied perspectives and increasing the capacity for rural ageing research in the fields of ageing and rurality in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
HARC has five fundamental objectives, which are as follows;
1. To share existing knowledge on rural ageing in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
2. To enhance the capacity for research on rural healthy ageing in ageing and rural sectors across the island of Ireland.
3. To identify key research questions on healthy ageing in rural communities in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
4. To develop a coordinated interdisciplinary research programme for healthy ageing in rural communities across the island of Ireland.
5. To act as a dissemination and discussion network for future research in the area of healthy rural ageing