TASC Staff

Shana Cohen 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.

Sinead Pembroke 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.


Sweeney, Robert Robert Sweeney

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

Robert Sweeney is our FEPS TASC researcher on inequality. He conducts policy analysis on inequality in Ireland and the EU. He has a PhD in economics from University of Leeds, which concentrated on financial markets and investors, banking, international macroeconomics, and housing. He is also interested in debates on alternative schools and methodology in economics, and ownership.

Capture Marcos 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.


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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.

Kirsty Image 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.

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

Arnaud comes from Brussels and has a Master’s degree in European Studies from “Universite Catholique de Louvain (UCL)” in Belgium. He completed his master thesis on the economic trends in Western Europe from World War II up to now from a Marxist perspective and is especially interested in changes in capitalism forms. He has previously worked in the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) as a research trainee in Brussels, working on the assessment of the outsourcing mechanism and the transfer pricing process within the European Union.

John White Image 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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