Dr. Carmel Gallagher



B. Soc. Sc UCD); M. Sociology (UCD); PhD (NUI Galway)

Teaching Areas

Teaches Sociology and Social Policy on the BA Hons in Social Care and on the MA in Child, Family and Community Studies.  She is currently Coordinator of the MACFC. She has developed CPD training for staff who are responsible for providing activities programmes in day and residential centres for older people. She has corrected, supervised and advised on M.Phil, MA dissertations and PhD theses. She has acted as external examiner and programme reviewer in a number of IOTs.


Carmel has a particular research interest in older people in Irish society. Her PhD was a study of the participation of older people in their communities published as The Community Life of Older People in Ireland

She is a member of the ‘Together Old and Young’ (TOY) consortium, an EU funded action research project on intergenerational learning involving older people (55 years +) and young children (0- 8 years) in 7 European countries which ran in two phases (2012-2014 and 2016-2018). The first publication of the 2-year project - The TOY Project Consortium (2013) Intergenerational Learning Involving Young Children and Older People, Leiden: The TOY Project - is available at www.toyproject.net

She is supervising the following PhD studies:

  • ‘Investigating the ‘social club’ model:  how day care can be developed in Ireland to promote the social integration of older adults’
  • ‘Defining the Student Experience: how the concept of the Student Experience is understood at Irish Universities.’

 Selected Publications

Gallagher, C. & Fitzpatrick, A. (2018). “It’s a win-win situation” – Intergenerational learning in preschool and elder care settings: An Irish perspective. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 16, 26-44.

Gallagher, C. (2016). The Socrates Café: Community Philosophy as an empowering tool in a day centre for older people. Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies, 16 (1), 64-78.

Bowden, M., Gallagher, C., Halpenny, A.& Seymour, M. (2016) (eds.) New Irish research in Criminology, Law, Childhood, Family and the Community. School of Social Sciences and Law, Dublin Institute of Technology. Available at http://arrow.dit.ie/

Gallagher, C. & Edmondson, R. (2015). Identifying Key Elements of Social Care Practice in Successful Care Settings for Older People in Ireland: Steps towards ‘Wise’ Social Care. Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies. 15(1), 56-69.

Gallagher, C. (2012) Connectedness in the lives of older people in Ireland. Irish Journal of Sociology, 20(1), 84-102.

Gallagher, C. (2013) ‘Social Care and the Older Person’, in P. Share and K. Lalor (eds.), Applied Social Care – an Introduction for Students in Ireland. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan.

Gallagher, C. (2012) ‘Connectedness in the lives of older people in Ireland’, Irish Journal of Sociology, 20 (1), pp. 84-102.

Gallagher, C. (2009) ‘Social practices, moral frameworks and religious values in the lives of older people’, in R. Edmondson and H. von Kondratowitz (eds.) Valuing Older People: A Humanist Approach to Ageing. Bristol: Policy Press.

Gallagher, C. (2008) The Community Life of Older People in Ireland, UK: Peter Lang.

  • Involved in developing educational training and programmes for social care sector for older people
  • Presents regularly at conferences in Ireland and abroad.
  • Has acted as External Examiner to other IOTs and as examiner for PhD work.
  • Has been a member of the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) Postgraduate Government of Ireland Scholarship Renewals Committee.
  • International volunteering experience
  • Facilitates learning projects under the Students Learning with Communities programme (SLWC) in DIT