DR Martha Doyle

Jt Lecturer



Dr. Martha Doyle is a lecturer in Social Policy and Research Methods within the School of Business & Social Sciences at IT Sligo. She lectures on the BA(Hons) Sociology and Politics, BA(Hons) in Social Care  and MA in Leadership and Advocacy in the Early Years and is a research supervisor at Masters and PhD level.

Her major research interests are in the area of health care service planning and delivery; the interpersonal and affective components of care work and the intersection of health, ageing, and social policy design. She is currently Co-PI on a HSE funded research project evaluating the implementation of Integrated Care Programme for Older people (ICPOP) at three national sites (2020-2022).

Prior to joining IT Sligo in 2016, Dr Doyle held the position of National Co-ordinator of the Dementia and Neurodegeneration Network of Ireland and lectured part-time in the Wicklow campus of the Institute of Technology, Carlow. From 2005 to 2013, she was a Research Fellow, in the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College. During this time, working in a small team in the Social Policy and Ageing Research Centre, she conducted extensive research on the organisational aspects of home care services (nationally and internationally) as well as the care workers (Irish and non-Irish) who work within the home care and residential care sector. She also conducted research on the role of grandparents in divorced and separated families, with colleagues from the Trinity Longitudinal Study on Ageing  worked on two research projects looking at ageing and the life course and acted as a PI on a community based participatory research project which sought to examine the service needs of older people in a Dublin suburb.

She has co-authored in excess of 30 publications, the majority in high ranking journals include, The Gerontologist, Ageing and Society, Ageing and Mental Health, the Journal of Social Policy and Health and Social Care in the Community. Her PhD, which she converted into a monologue, published by Manchester University Press, examined the collective action of older people and the mechanisms through which older people’s interest groups exercise their social and political rights.

Additional post graduate experience includes; an internship with the Equality Authority, employment with the National Advisory Committee on Drugs as a Research Officer, work as a Quantitative Project Manager with Consumer Link, New Zealand and employment with the
Australian Guidance and Counselling Association, where as a Research Officer, she was tasked with the analysis of evaluations of social and emotional intervention programs for secondary school students with high support needs in the area of mental health.