Professor Norah Keating is a social gerontologist whose theoretical and empirical research has created evidence, challenged discourses and influenced policy in global, social and physical contexts of ageing. She has placed this work on the international stage through the Global Social Issues on Ageing which fosters collaboration and critical thinking about ageing at the interfaces of regional issues and global trends. Professor Keating holds academic appointments in 3 world regions.
Social contexts of ageing. Professor Keating has created evidence of the extent and consequences of family care; and has contributed to conceptual innovation in lifecourses of family care. This body of work has made family care and its consequences visible and has challenged discourses of family care as normative, ideal and cost free. Her extensive interactions and consultations with governments have brought to policy makers attention the fragility of the family care sector and have contributed to legislation and programs to support family carers.
Community contexts of ageing. Professor Keating’s longstanding programme of theoretical, empirical and policy work on ‘place’ has challenged beliefs about rural communities as good places to grow old and has informed the global agenda on age-friendly communities. Her seminal theoretical work on Critical Human Ecology Theory provides a template for reducing inequalities and improving quality of life of older people through determining the ‘best fit’ between older persons and the places where they live.
Global contexts of ageing. Professor Keating’s research and critical analyses of key global contexts and trends have brought her international prominence and opportunities to build collaborative structures and processes. She challenges gerontologists to focus on macro trends such as climate change, economic recession and political instability to increase visibility of their disproportionate influence on older persons.