TASC Staff

_TC80261 Dr Shana Cohen

Director, TASC
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.


  • Economy and society 
  • Social policy and inequality 
  • Enhancing civil society impact and capacity 
  • Evaluation and programme design
  • International development 

Forthcoming publications

(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. 

Recent publications

(2019) “Solidarity and Democracy: Lessons from Social Activism Under Austerity in the UK,” Journal of Anthropological TheoryAnthropological 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.


_TC80159 copy Dr Robert Sweeney

FEPS TASC Senior Economic and Policy Analyst
Email: rsweeney@tasc.ie

Current Research

Robert Sweeney is the FEPS TASC Senior Economic and Policy Analyst. 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. 


Profile Photo IG Sean McCabe

Executive Manager, TASC Climate Justice Centre
Email: smccabe@tasc.ie

Current Research

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.

Research Themes

  • 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.


IMG_9038 Dr Amie Lajoie

Senior Researcher and Head of TASC's Social Inclusion Research Stream
Email: alajoie@tasc.ie

Current Research

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, physical and mental health, employment, housing and more. 

Research themes

  • Social inclusion 
  • Financial resilience and household debt
  • Human rights and gender equality 


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.

Recent publications

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TASC Office Administrator
Tel: +35316169050
Email: contact@tasc.ie

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.

System administrator for Salesforce CRM for TASC. 

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