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Dr Devine is co-director of ARK, which is a joint Queen’s University and Ulster University resource facilitating increased accessibility and use of academic data and research ( Her main focus is on recording the attitudes of people of all ages living in Northern Ireland to key social issues.

This research has included the development of ARK’s suite of three annual Life and Times Surveys. Paula also coordinates the ARK Ageing Programme, which explores what it means to grow old in Northern Ireland. A key project focused on services for socially isolated older men in Belfast

The objective of the research activity is to provide easily accessible survey data and other evidence to inform public and policy debate.

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Open to PhD applications in the field of 

  • Ageing
  • Social Isolation
  • Social Attitudes
  • Recording Public attitudes
  • Good Relations
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Research students

PhD title: Inside Ageing : A Critical Review of Health and Wellbeing as Experienced by Older men held in Custody in Northern Ireland

Name: Sarah Lawrence
Years of Study: 2014 - present
Country: Northern Ireland



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Grace Kelly

PhD title: Poverty and social exclusion: a subjective measure

Years of Study: 2010 - 2014
Country: Northern Ireland
Current position: Researcher, School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, Queen’s University Belfast


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