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Professor Virpi Timonen

Professor (Sch Office - Social Work & Social Policy)
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Having left Finnish Lapland (Rovaniemi) at the age of 16, I completed my schooling at the United World College of the Atlantic (Atlantic College for short) in Wales, and went on to study at the University of Heidelberg; Durham University (BA, St. Mary's College) and Oxford University (MPhil and DPhil, Magdalen College). My doctoral thesis and early publications analysed welfare state restructuring in the Nordic context, ensuing from the 1990s recessions in Finland and Sweden. I started lecturing in social policy in Trinity in 2003 and founded the Social Policy and Ageing Research programme in 2005. My current research focuses on intergenerational solidarity, experiences of and roles in old age, and policy pertaining to older adults, but I also have an interest in the entire life course, especially in the context of intergenerational family relations. Examples of latter include my research on grandparenthood (in particular, in the context of nuclear family breakdown); on the never-married older adults; and on how parents socialise their children in matters pertaining to sexuality and relatioships. These elements of my research agenda complement each other as some are micro-, others macro-focused. This sensitivity to individual and family level experiences in the context of social policies and welfare state structures invests my work with the ability to illuminate the inter-relationship of policy structures and individual agency in ageing societies. I also have extensive experience of working in inter-disciplinary contexts, most recently with health sciences researchers in a project trained at mapping out optimal care for people with motor neurone disease. I have published 60+ peer-reviewed articles in ISI-ranked international journals and chapters in books by major academic publishers. The leading journals I have published in include Social Science & Medicine, Ageing & Society, Family Relations, Qualitative Health Research, Journal of Aging Studies, Social Politics, Research on Aging, Health and Social Care in the Community, the Journal of Family Issues, the Journal of Social Policy, Qualitative Research and the European Journal of Ageing, among other important journals; I have authored or co-authored five books including a major introductory textbook titled Ageing Societies: A Comparative Introduction (Open University Press, 2008); and co-edited (with Prof. Sara Arber) the first book on grandparenting in global contexts (Policy Press, 2012). I have collaborated in the Irish Longitudinal Study of Ageing (TILDA), with a focus on the social engagement, contributions and care of older adults. I have undertaken policy-relevant research for several government bodies, been a visiting researcher at the University of Turku, Finland and at the Australian National University, and participate actively in international scholarly organisations, in particular the International Sociological Association (ISA) Research Committee 11 (Sociology of Ageing). I was elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin (FTCD) in May 2009 in recognition of achievements in research. In 2012, following peer-review, I was granted the title of Adjunct Professor, Social and Public Policy, at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. In addition to supervising PhD students at Trinity (eight successful completions to date), I am a member of PhD supervision panels at the University of Jyväskylä, and the University of British Columbia (Canada).
  Ageing and the life-course   Community Services   FAMILY   FAMILY STUDIES   Globalization   Governmental Functions   Immigrants   Intergenerational Solidarity   Migrant care workers   Migration   National Planning/Policy   OLDER ADULTS   OLDER PEOPLE   OLDER PERSONS   Politics of the welfare state   Senior Citizen Service Programs   Social Services   Social Services Delivery   Social Services Planning/Policy   Social Welfare Planning/Policy   Social security policy   Welfare Reform
Living and dying with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: A Population based Analysis of Palliative Needs, Services and Outcomes in non-malignant terminal illness
Research with parents
Intergenerational Solidarity and Justice in Ireland
Living Independently at Home: Reforms in Organisation and Governance of European Home Care for Elderly and Disabled People
TILDA - the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing - Social engagement, intergenerational transfers & informal care provided and received by older people

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Adjunct Professor, Social and Public policy, University of Jyväskylä, Finland 2012-
Associate Chairperson, Trinity Consortium on Ageing January 2006 -January 2008
Board Member, European Social Policy Association (ESPAnet) 2007 -
Board member, Board of St James's Hospital, Dublin 2013-2016
COST EU expert committee on Health and Social Care for Migrants and Ethnic Minorities in Europe 2007 - 2011
Chairperson of the Translational Research and Policy Implementation sub-committee of TILDA 2009 - 2012
Chairperson, Board sub-committee on Quality, Safety and Risk, St. James's hospital, Dublin 2013 -
Co-Chairperson, Research Committee on Sociology of Ageing (RC11), International Sociological Association (ISA) conference, Yokohama, Japan. 2013 - July 2014
Director of Research, School of Social Work and Social Policy 2008 -2010
Executive Committee member, Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (www.tilda.tcd.ie) 2005 - 2013
Member of Research Ethics Approval Committee, School of Social Work and Social Policy 2008 -2010
Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Aging Studies
Member of the Steering Committee overseeing the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding between Trinity College Dublin and the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) 2010-
Officer-at-large, Research Committee on Ageing, International Sociological Association July 2006 -
Organising committee, Research Committee on Ageing (RC11), World Congress of the International Sociological Association, 2010 (Gothenburg); Program committee for RC11 for the XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology 2014(Yokohama, Japan). . 2008-2014
Policy Standing Committee, National Council on Ageing and Older People (replaced in 2009 by the National Office for Older People, Department of Health and Children) January 2004 - 2008
Programme Committee Member, ISA World Forum of Sociology 2008 (Barcelona), RC11 (Ageing Research) 2007
Steering Committee member, Trinity Consortium on Ageing 2004 - 2010
Visiting Researcher, National Europe Centre, Australian National University April - August 2007
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
Finnish Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Medium Basic Basic
German Fluent Medium Medium
Swedish Fluent Basic Basic
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European Social Policy Association (ESPAnet), Board member
Gerontological Society of America
International Sociological Association (ISA) Research Committee 11 (Sociology of Ageing)
Sustainability of the Nordic model in the face of population ageing in, editor(s)Harper, S. and Hamblin, K. , International Handbook of Ageing and Public Policy, Cheltenham and Northampton, Edward Elgar, 2014, [Timonen, V. and Kautto, M.], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
Grandparenting in, editor(s)Twigg, J. and Martin, W. , Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology, London, Routledge, 2014, [Arber, S. and Timonen, V.], Book Chapter, APPROVED
Conlon, C., Timonen, V., Carney, G. and Scharf, T., Women (re-)negotiating care across family generations: Intersections of gender and socioeconomic status, Gender & Society, forthcoming Oct 2014, 2014, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
Foley G, Timonen V, Hardiman O, Understanding psycho-social processes underpinning engagement with services in motor neurone disease: A qualitative study, Palliative Medicine, 28, (4), 2014, p318 - 325, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Carney, G., Scharf, T., Timonen, V. and Conlon, C., 'Blessed are the young for they shall inherit the national debt': Solidarity between generations in the Irish crisis, Critical Social Policy, 2014, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
Foley, G., Timonen, V. and Hardiman, O., Exerting control and adapting to loss in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis , Social Science & Medicine, 101, 2014, p113 - 119, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Foley G, Timonen V, Hardiman O., Acceptance and decision making in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis from a life-course perspective, Qualitative Health Research, 24, (1), 2014, p67 - 77, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Back to basics or into a brave new world? The potential and pitfalls of biomarkers in explaining the pathways between social engagement and health in, editor(s)Hoque, N., McGehee, M.A. and Bradshaw, B.S. (eds) , Applied demography and public health [Applied demography series volume 3], New York, Springer, 2013, pp313 - 336, [Kamiya, Y., Timonen, V., Romero-Ortuno, R. and Kenny, R.A.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Powerless observers? Policymakers' views on the inclusion of older people's interest organizations in the policy process in Ireland in, editor(s)Linden, T.S. and Ervik, R. , The Making of Aging Policy: Theory and Practice in Europe, Cheltenham and Northampton, Edward Elgar, 2013, [Doyle, M. and Timonen, V.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Timonen, Virpi, Conlon, Catherine, Scharf, Thomas and Carney, Gemma, Family, state, class and solidarity: Re-conceptualising intergenerational solidarity through the Grounded Theory approach, European Journal of Ageing, 10, (3), 2013, p171 - 179, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
  

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Scharf, T., Timonen, V., Conlon, C. and Carney, G., Changing Generations - Findings from new research on intergenerational relations in Ireland, Dublin and Galway, Trinity College Dublin and National University of Ireland Galway, April, 2013, 20 pp., Report, PUBLISHED
Kamiya, Y., Murphy, C., Savva, G. and Timonen, V., Profile of Community-Dwelling Older People with a Disability and their Caregivers in Ireland, Dublin, The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing and the Department of Health and Children, May, 2012, Report, PUBLISHED
Alan Barrett, George Savva, Virpi Timonen and Rose Anne Kenny (eds), Fifty plus in Ireland 2011: First results from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, May, 2011, Report, PUBLISHED
Pierce, Maria and Timonen, Virpi, A Discussion Paper on Theories of Ageing and Approaches to Welfare in Ireland, North and South, Dublin & Belfast, CARDI, 2010, Report, SUBMITTED
Kenny, R.A., Whelan, B.J., Cronin, H., Kamiya, Y., Kearney, P., O'Regan, C., Ziegel, M. (authors), Barrett, A., Finucane, C. and Timonen, V. (eds.) , The Design of the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing., Dublin, 2010, 135 pages, Report, PUBLISHED
Pierce, Maria, Fitzgerald, Siobhan and Timonen, Virpi, Summary and Comparison of Key Social Provisions for Older People in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, 2010, Working Paper, SUBMITTED
Timonen, Virpi, Martha Doyle and David Prendergast, No Place Like Home: Domiciliary Care Services for Older People in Ireland., Dublin, Liffey Press, 2006, 233 pagespp, Book, PUBLISHED
Nolan, Anne, Brendan Whelan, Hilary Cronin, Jane Grimson, Yumiko Kamiya, Rose Anne Kenny, Amilcar Moreira, Claire O'Regan and Virpi Timonen, The Development of a Draft Framework for the Collection of Information About the Older Population., Dublin, National Council on Ageing and Older People, 2006, 110 pages, Report, PRESENTED
Timonen V M, Ireland in low-spending, high-poverty EU club, Poverty Today, 8, 2005, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Timonen, Virpi, Celtic Tiger Ireland: How Have the Irish Economy and Society Evolved During the Period of Prosperity?, Special Issue titled 'Reformfaehigkeit and Reformstau - ein europaeischer Vergleich' In: Seidel Foundation 'Berichte und Studien' Series, 45, 2005, p63 - 71, Journal Article, PUBLISHED

  

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Fellow of Trinity College Dublin Elected May 2009
My current research focuses on intergenerational solidarity, experiences of and roles in old age, and policy pertaining to older adults, but I also have an interest in the entire life course, especially in the context of intergenerational family relations. Examples of latter include my research on grandparenthood (in particular, in the context of nuclear family breakdown); on the never-married older adults; and on how parents socialise their children in matters pertaining to sexuality and relatioships. These elements of my research agenda complement each other as some are micro-, others macro-focused. This sensitivity to individual and family level experiences in the context of social policies and welfare state structures invests my work with the ability to illuminate the inter-relationship of policy structures and individual agency in ageing societies. I also have extensive experience of working in inter-disciplinary contexts, most recently with health sciences researchers in a project trained at mapping out optimal care for people with motor neurone disease. I have published 60+ peer-reviewed articles in ISI-ranked international journals and chapters in books by major academic publishers. The leading journals I have published in include Social Science & Medicine, Ageing & Society, Family Relations, Qualitative Health Research, Journal of Aging Studies, Social Politics, Research on Aging, Health and Social Care in the Community, the Journal of Family Issues, the Journal of Social Policy, Qualitative Research and the European Journal of Ageing, among other important journals; I have authored or co-authored five books including a major introductory textbook titled Ageing Societies: A Comparative Introduction (Open University Press, 2008); and co-edited (with Prof. Sara Arber) the first book on grandparenting in global contexts (Policy Press, 2012). Examples of international collaboration include participation in an EU framework project on welfare reform and societal change in seven EU countries (WRAMSOC) and pan-European research networks focusing on migrant labour in the elder care sector (MILES)and on home care policies for older people (LIVINDHOME). I have supervised eight PhDs to successful completion and currently supervise four PhD students. I am open to supervising postgraduate research students who wish to conduct qualitative primary or secondary (data archival) research. Most of my work has been on ageing and older adults, but I would be happy and capable of supervising qualitative PhDs pertaining to any part of the lifecourse, especially in the context of intergenerational family relationships.