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Social Policy and Ageing Research CentreResearch Funder/Centre

Type of institution

Research centre



SPARC was established in 2005 with the view to analysing the social policy ramifications of population ageing in Ireland and in the comparative perspective. Fundamental to the Centre's work is the belief that research has a central role to play in making Ireland a better place to grow old in.


Production of high-quality, comparative and policy-relevant research into the social policy impacts and implications of ageing. The main vehicle for disseminating this is publication in international peer-reviewed journals and books.

Using research findings to generate policy advice and insights that can in turn be used by policy makers and practitioners to improve the lives of older people. The main vehicles for this purpose are concise Policy Briefings and seminars / conferences.

Fostering a new cohort of social gerontologists trained to PhD level. SPARC hosts a community of young researchers and provides them with the physical infrastructure and networks to reach both policy makers and practitioners in Ireland, and fellow researchers in other countries

Main research areas

The School of Social Work and Social Policy has key research strength and capacity (organised in research centres / programmes) in the following areas:

  • Ageing

    • Social Policy & Ageing Research Centre

    • Living with Dementia

    • Care and Connect

  • Children

  • Drug and Alcohol Policy

  • Intellectual Disability


In addition, one or more School members have research interests and expertise in the following areas:

  • Crime and social policy

  • Family Life and reproductive fertility patterns

  • Family policy

  • History of social policy

  • Housing and Homelessness

  • Immigration

  • Lone parents

  • Poverty and social security

  • Social security

  • Social work

Research disciplines



Trinity College Dublin
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+353 1 896 1000

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