Professor Norah Keating
Centre for Innovative Ageing
Telephone: (01792) 606397
Room: Office - 19
Ground Floor
Haldane Building
Singleton Campus

Dr Norah Keating is Professor of Rural Ageing, Swansea University.  She is a social gerontologist whose professional life has been devoted to enhancing quality of life of older adults. She has an international reputation for her work in families, liveable communities and care.

Dr Keating is often called on by governments and NGOs to provide evidence to inform social and health policy. Recent consultations include a report on intergenerational relationships for the UK government and technical advising to the World Health Organization on two initiatives: The World Report on Ageing and Health and Community-based Initiatives to Support Older Adults in Low Income Countries. She works with the FTP Ministers Responsible for Seniors and on Canada’s national campaign to reduce loneliness and social exclusion of older adults. Her extensive experience with Veterans Affairs Canada includes membership on the Gerontology Advisory Committee to the department and conducting research that informed the provision of ongoing benefits to caregivers after the death of the veteran.

Dr. Keating is Co-Director of Research on Aging, Policies and Practice at the University of Alberta; and Extraordinary Professor, North-West University, South Africa. As part of her international research and capacity building activities, she directs the International Association on Gerontology and Geriatrics’ (IAGG) Global Social Initiative on Ageing. She has served as President of the Alberta Association on Gerontology and the Canadian Association on Gerontology; and as Chair of the North American Region, International Association on Gerontology and Geriatrics.


  1. Keating, N., Funk, L., Fast, J., & Min, J. Life course trajectories of family care. International Journal of Care and Caring
  2. Warth, L., Officer, A., Beard, J., & Keating, N. Age-friendly environments and their role in supporting Healthy Ageing. Oxford Textbook of Geriatric Medicine 3 edn.Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.
  3. Keating, N. Collecting data with older people. Sage Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection (pp. 632-651). Sage
  4. Salma, J., Hunter, K., Ogilvie, L., & Keating, N. An Intersectional Exploration: Experiences of Stroke Prevention in Middle-Aged and Older Arab Muslim Immigrant Women in Canada. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 084456211876007
  5. Walsh, K., Scharf, T., & Keating, N. Social exclusion of older persons: a scoping review and conceptual framework. European Journal of Ageing, 14(1), 81-98.

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  • The role of social support networks in the dementia literacy of older adults in Wales. (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Dr Martin Hyde
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby
    Other supervisor: Prof Vanessa Burholt
    Other supervisor: Prof Norah Keating
  • 'Social Exclusion among Older People in Rural Areas: A multilevel and lifecourse perspective' (awarded 2018)

    Other supervisor: Prof Norah Keating
    Other supervisor: Prof Vanessa Burholt

External Responsibilities

  • Chair, International Association on Gerontology and Geriatrics

    2007 - 2011

  • Director of the Global Social Initiative on Ageing, International Association on Gerontology and Geriatrics

    2011 - Present

  • Extraordinary Porfessor, North-West University, South Africa

    2011 - Present

  • Co-Director of Research on Ageing, Policies and Practice, University of Alberta

    2011 - Present