Dr Shana Cohen
Dr Shana Cohen is the Director of TASC.
She studied at Princeton University and at the University of California, Berkeley, where she received a PhD in Sociology. Her PhD analyzed the political and social consequences of market reform policies in Morocco for young, educated men and women. Since then, she has continued to conduct research on how economic policies have influenced political and social identity, particularly in relation to collective action and social activism.
She has taught at George Washington University, the University of Sheffield, and most recently, University of Cambridge, where she is still an Affiliated Lecturer and Associate Researcher. Her areas of teaching have included global social policy, globalization, and human services.
Before coming to TASC, she was Deputy Director of the Woolf Institute in Cambridge. In her role at the Institute, she became engaged with interfaith and intercultural relations in Europe, India, and the Middle East.
Beyond academic research, Shana has extensive experience working with NGOs and community-based organizations in a number of countries, including Morocco, the US, the UK, and India. This work has involved project design, management, and evaluation as well as advocacy. She has consulted for the World Bank, the Grameen Bank Foundation, and other private foundations and trusts.
- Economy and society
- Social policy and inequality
- Enhancing civil society impact and capacity
- Evaluation and programme design
- International development
(2021) “The evolution of civil society in Morocco,” in Handbook on the Maghrib, edited by George Joffe, New York: Routledge.
(2021) “The local political and social consequences of austerity,” in Handbook on Austerity, Retrenchment and the Welfare State, edited by Bent Greve, London: Edward Elgar Publishing.
(2019) “Solidarity and Democracy: Lessons from Social Activism Under Austerity in the UK,” Journal of Anthropological Theory: Anthropological Theory Commons, December 9, 2019.
(2019) “Global Policy and Social Solidarity: Making the link for social change,” special issue of Global Social Policy in memoriam for Bob Deacon, Ed. Alexandra Kaasch.
Dr Robert Sweeney
FEPS TASC Researcher on Inequality
Robert Sweeney is the FEPS TASC policy analyst and researcher on economic policy. He is currently the lead researcher on a project examining economic inequality in Ireland and Europe. His work focuses on inequality in Ireland, and how Ireland compares to other European small, open economies.
- Economic inequality
- Low pay
Robert has a PhD in economics from University of Leeds in which he examined the growth of the financial sector in Europe. He also has degrees from Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University. He has published and refereed in international journals in economics and political economy.
Sean is developing a workstream on Just Transition. This work aims to identify and address knowledge and capacity deficits that must be overcome in order to include workers and their communities the design, planning and implementation of a fair transition to sustainable economies and societies. The findings will help to inform people-centred climate action and sustainable development in Ireland and Europe.
- Just Transition
- Sustainable development
- People-centred climate action
- Intergenerational equity
- Migration and integration
Sean holds an B.Sc in Applied Physics from Dublin City University and an M.Sc. in Development Practice awarded by Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin. Prior to joining TASC, Sean worked as a Policy Officer with the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice for five years. During this time he engaged with the negotiations leading to the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He also led the Foundation’s work on intergenerational equity. Sean spent five years working in the private sector, as a catastrophe risk analyst with Renaissance Reinsurance. He also spent 2 years working in a hospice in Kolkata, India, and worked with the Environmental Protection Agency in Sierra Leone building the agencies capacity in Geographic Information Systems.
Dr Amie Lajoie
Senior Researcher and Head of TASC's Social Inclusion Research Stream
Amie leads TASC's "Social Inclusion" research stream and manages projects that investigate the ways public services and institutions in Ireland can better serve the needs of socially, economically, and culturally excluded persons and groups. For example, she has carried out participatory research with Irish Travellers, adults with unmet literacy needs, low-pay workers, lone parents, and rural communities. These projects are intersectional and span a range of socio-economic and cultural areas, including education, financial inclusion, health, employment, housing and more.
- Economic and social policy
- Financial inclusion and household debt
- Human rights and gender
- Quality work and the wellbeing of workers
Amie joined TASC in January 2019 and has extensive research experience using both quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection and analysis. She completed her PhD in Political Science at NUI Galway and her doctoral research was fully funded and focused on women and human rights activism, building upon well-known feminist critiques of the international human rights project. She has an MA in Human Rights from the University of York (York, UK) and a BA in International Relations from the University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, VA USA). Amie has also completed legal and policy research on issues such as reproductive justice, child labour and child marriage, and the human right to housing.
Tyler West is a program officer and researcher on democracy and society. He is broadly interested in the formation of technology policy and the impact of communication technology on society. Tyler also contributes to TASC's public outreach, grant writing, and project procurement initiatives.
- Digital Democracy
- Deliberative Forums
- Technology Policy
- Technology and Society
Tyler holds an MA in Global Communication from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and BAs in Journalism and International Studies from Elon University in North Carolina. He is currently pursuing a PhD at Dublin City University, where he is researching the emerging relationship between users and social media and how inclusive tech policy frameworks can ensure greater human agency in relation to future technologies.
- Stories of the Pandemic: Millenial and Generation Y Workers in Ireland
- Stories of the Pandemic: Covid-19 and Job Loss in Ireland
- Learning from the Irish Assemblies: Key Lessons from Three National Forums
- Ireland must find its voice in protecting global policy (TASC Blog)
Diana is a research fellow at TASC. She is currently involved in a project relating to prospects for social inclusion of low-paid migrant workers across Europe and in Ireland. She has previously conducted qualitative research involving health and wealth inequalities in Ireland.
- Wealth Inequality
- Social inclusion and integration
- Health inequality
Diana joined TASC in June 2019. She completed a BA in Politics and International Relations with a minor in Social Justice from University College Dublin. The subject of her bachelor's thesis was a LGBTQ+ Asylum claims through an intersectionality and vulnerability theory lens. She will pursue a MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration in Oxford University in 2020.
Tate is an Assistant Researcher with TASC’s ‘Just Transition’ research team where he works to identify how the transition to a low carbon economy can be driven by community-led local development that benefits all members of society. Tate has contributed to research projects by engaging with farmers to understand their challenges and the future of agriculture, exploring employment potentials in a de-carbonised rural economy, and developing a Local Wealth Building model for use in rural areas.
- Just Transition
- Rural regeneration
- Sustainable development
- People-centred climate action
Tate joined TASC in 2019. He is currently completing his BA in Economics & Mathematics in Trinity College Dublin. He also sits on the National Executive Committee of the Green Party and was the youngest candidate in the country in the 2020 General Election.
Nick’s main research area is the privatisation and marketisation of healthcare systems, with particular focus on the home care sector. He also contributes projects related to health inequalities and social policy & inclusion. In addition to his role at TASC, Nick is a part-time Research Assistant UCD where he assists with projects related to the growth of private home care providers in Ireland.
- Privatisation and marketisation of health and social care systems
- Healthcare inequalities
- Social policy and inclusion
Nick holds an MA in Geopolitics and Global Economics from UCD and a BA in History & Geography from UCD. He has submitted a journal article based on his MA thesis which focused on privatisation in Irish home care to social policy journal Social Policy and Administration, with publication anticipated in late 2020.
- TASC Policy Brief: The home care sector post-Covid-19
- Stories of the Pandemic
- Privatisation, Precarity and Pandemic
- Literacy for Life: A whole-of-government approach for investing in adult literacy, numeracy and digital skills for an equal and resilient Ireland
- Reducing Health Inequalities: The Role of Civil Society
TASC Office Administrator
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John comes to TASC with a background in senior office administration.
He has previously worked in large academic, health and government organisations in both Australia and Ireland.
With specialist experience in corporate event management for local government and the charity sector he is a key staff member for TASC fundraising activities.
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