TASC Staff

_TC80261 Dr Shana Cohen

Email: scohen@tasc.ie

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.

_TC80224 copy-2 Sinéad Pembroke

FEPS TASC Researcher
Email: spembroke@tasc.ie

Current Research

Sinéad’s research explores precarious working conditions in Ireland. Not only does her research map the nature and extent of precarious employment in Ireland, but it also looks at how these working conditions affect employees' lives outside of the workplace, as well as the scope for policy interventions. Her research addresses questions such as: What are the implications of precarious work on health and access to healthcare services? What impact does it have on securing housing and starting a family?  What policy interventions are needed to address precarious employment and why?

Research Themes

  • Precarious work
  • Working conditions
  • Catholic Church-run Industrial and reformatory schools and Magdalene Laundries
  • Health
  • Social justice
  • Inequality
  • Qualitative (people focused) research


Prior to joining TASC, Sinéad was awarded an Irish Research Council (IRC) postgraduate scholarship for her PhD, which she completed in 2011 in the Department of Sociology, University College Dublin (UCD). Sinead has since worked as a lecturer and postdoctoral research fellow at both UCD and Trinity College Dublin (TCD) on projects related to social justice and health.


_TC80159 copy Robert Sweeney

FEPS TASC Researcher on Inequality
Email: rsweeney@tasc.ie

Current Research

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.

Research Themes

  • Economic inequality
  • Low pay
  • Financialisation


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. 


_TC80169 Marcos González Hernando

FEPS TASC Researcher on the ‘Top 10%’ in Europe
Email: mgonzalez.hernando@tasc.ie

Current Research

Marcos’ current research is on the composition, social attitudes, and conduits for political participation of the richest 10% of the income and wealth distribution in Ireland, Spain, Sweden, and the UK. Through a mixed-method comparative approach, the ultimate aim of this project is to propose policies at the local, national, and European level that might be able to increase the level of social solidarity of this segment and help confront inequalities without its opposition.

Research Themes

  • Composition and characteristics of economic and political elites
  • Views of economic and political elites on inequality and the economy
  • Policy expertise and policy advisory systems
  • Intellectual change since the 2008 global financial crisis


Marcos holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Cambridge, where he is an affiliated researcher, and degrees from the LSE, Goldsmiths, and Universidad de Chile. Before joining TASC, Marcos was Visiting Lecturer at City, University of London; Research Assistant at INTERCO-SSH – a project tracing an international history of the social sciences – and a string of Education-focused NGOs; and editor for a number of academic and semi-academic publications.


_TC80098 Tyler West

FEPS TASC Researcher for the Project on Multinationals and Tax in Ireland and the EU
Email: twest@tasc.ie

Tyler contributes to projects on trade, multinational corporations, and inequality. Tyler is also broadly interested in the impact of communication technology on society, especially as it relates to democratic participation and freedom of expression. He holds an MA in Global Communication from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and a BA in Journalism and International studies from Elon University in North Carolina.

_TC80146-2 Kirsty Doyle

FEPS TASC Researcher on Health Inequalities in the EU
Email: kdoyle@tasc.ie

Current Research

Kirsty conducts comparative research on health inequalities in Europe by focusing on access to healthcare services. The results of her qualitative research will be used to help inform best-practices on improving early access to healthcare services and thus reducing health inequalities.

Research Themes

  • Health inequalities
  • Healthcare access
  • Health promotion
  • Changing economic policy and its impact on healthcare, working life, alcohol and the night-time economy.


Kirsty holds an MA in Sociology and Geography from Maynooth University. She is currently finishing her PhD in Sociology at the Waterford Institute of Technology, where she was awarded a PhD Scholarship for her research on the regulation of alcohol-related behaviour in the night-time economy. Before joining TASC, Kirsty worked as a Research Assistant in the Health Promotion Research Centre (HPRC) at the National University of Ireland, Galway. During her time at the HPRC, Kirsty conducted a qualitative evaluation of the Galway Healthy Cities Alcohol Strategy.

_TC80192 Arnaud Hubert

Policy Analyst Fellow Actiris International Belgium
Email: ahubert@tasc.ie

Current Research:

Arnaud conducts research on Board Level Employee Representation (BLER) within Irish state-owned companies. His role is to investigate and to write the forthcoming report about worker participation on Boards. The purpose of his research is to make the worker directors’ role more visible and to develop new ways to make workers from the ground more involved in the decision-making processes.


  • Labour Politics
  • Board Level Employee Representation
  • Worker Participation
  • Alternative Business models (cooperative system, shareholder activism,…)


Arnaud received an MA in European Affairs from Universite Catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Belgium where he wrote his memory thesis on a quantitative analysis of the economic evolutions in Western Europe from a Marxist perspective. After graduating, he worked at European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) in Brussels as a Research Fellow where he conducted an impact assessment of EU policies on national social models over European countries, as well as an analysis of the outsourcing phenomenon across Europe.




_TC80116 John White

TASC Office Administrator
Mobile: 01 6169050
Email: contact@tasc.ie

John comes to TASC with a background in senior office administration. He has worked in large academic, health and government organisations. He has specialist experience in corporate event management for local government and the charity sector.

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