Michael Foley is the Research and Development Officer with the Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability (TCAID). His role is to promote the work of TCAID and to support collaboration between the Centre and its many stakeholders across the public, private and NGO sector.
He completed his MSc in Applied Social Research in Trinity College Dublin in Sept 2017. Using the IDS-TILDA dataset, he explored how older people with ID enhanced and supported the lives of those around them through activities such as formal or informal volunteering. His primary degree is in Education and is a qualified librarian.
Prior to his role in TCAID, Michael worked as a senior manager for Age & Opportunity, the Irish NGO that runs national arts, sport and personal development programmes for older people. He ran the National Disability Authority's Research Library for a number of years. His freelance work includes copywriting, editing and research work for clients such as Teagasc and the Irish Hospice Foundation. As an editor, he has experience in developing Easy Read publications for people with low literacy levels.
He has a professional interest in research dissemination and translation, with a particular focus on how public policy, the NGO sector and the research sector interact. He is also the research module coordinator on the Masters in Mediation and Conflict Resolution in the Edward M Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention in Maynooth University.