WELCOME TO THE INSTITUTE FOR LIFECOURSE AND SOCIETY

The Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS), under directorship of Professor Pat Dolan, is a newly designated research institute for the applied social sciences at NUI Galway. The Institute supports applied research that informs policy development and practice to make a positive difference to people’s lives. ILAS brings together existing work in relation to targeted populations, such as older persons, children and families, and persons with disabilities into one domain of research, teaching and policy. The core function of the Institute is the pursuit of interdisciplinary research in the social sciences by creatively integrating the rich and diverse intellectual resources from within the University and beyond. 

Message from the Director

Welcome to the Institute for Lifecourse and Society, a new specially designated research institute in applied social sciences in NUI Galway. Here at ILAS we are really interested and focused on research that positively affects people’s lives. Apart from our interest in Human Flourishing, Wellbeing and Intergenerational Connections, we are also interested in research that focuses on Civic Participation. Importantly we want to advance people’s lives in Ireland and internationally who face issues with older life, living with disability, children, youth and parents who are vulnerable in social and other contexts.

The research at the Institute is underpinned by academic staff and researchers who are keen the work we do makes a difference. We are based in the new Institute for Lifecourse and Society building. Here starts our new beginning and important cross-roads in our development.

Building on existing capacities of a range of Centres, all funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies, Ireland, and with support of NUI Galway and the Galway University Foundation, we have developed and started new and enthralling ways of thinking about the problems society faces.

We aim at building on human capacity as opposed to seeing people as having problems. Research being produced here apart from its academic quality will be strongly focused on influencing policy and practice in real and tangible ways. Our research will be inclusive of people’s voices that we are interested in working with. These include people who live with disability, older people who are vulnerable in society and children, youth and parents who are in need of support both from the state and community and wider civic communities.

 

Research Themes

The Institute is supporting applied research that informs policy development and practice that makes a positive difference to people’s lives. Its initial focus is to bring together existing work in relation to targeted populations, such as older persons, children and families, and persons with disabilities as a baseline to expand.

The Institute is supporting applied research that informs policy development and practice that makes a positive difference to people’s lives.  Its initial focus is to bring together existing work in relation to targeted populations, such as older persons, children and families, and persons with disabilities as a baseline to expand.  

The four broadly conceived thematic interests of the Institute are:

  • Life Transitioning & Human Flourishing
  • Intergenerational Relations
  • Social Health & Wellbeing
  • Civic Engagement & Participation

ILAS Members

The Institute for Lifecourse and Society was established in part on the commitment, expertise and track record of its three constituent research Centres in NUI Galway

The Institute for Lifecourse and Society was established in part on the commitment, expertise and track record of its three constituent research Centres in NUI Galway - UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, Irish Centre for Social Gerontology and Centre for Disability Law and Policy. Additional research communities committed to joining the Institute include the Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research (ICAN), Health Economics and Policy Analysis (HEPA) and Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI). Additionally, a range of stakeholders, including research centres, research clusters, community demonstration projects and individual academics drawn from an impressive range of Colleges, Schools, and Disciplines (including health, law, economics and sociology) within NUI Galway have formally expressed an interest in joining the Institute.