Sara Singleton is our new Senior Researcher on Social Inclusion. She has worked extensively in programme management in the community and voluntary sector, including with refugees, migrants and at-risk young people and currently coordinates the Sociology and Social Policy Module for the Trinity Access Programme. She has a MA in International Politics and Human Rights from London City University and a PhD in Sociology from Trinity College Dublin where she researched trust and cohesion in post-conflict communities using qualitative and quantitative methods.
Emily Murphy is our new Senior Researcher on Health Inequalities. Over the past decade, Emily has carried out research in several European countries; a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and Oxford University, she has a PhD in economic sociology from the University of Lausanne. She brings a wide-range of methodological expertise to her role at TASC, and an in-depth understanding of conducting studies on inequality in national and international contexts.
TASC BLOG: Rise in inflation should not last by Paul Sweeney
Irish Consumer Prices had actually fallen by 1.5% in the year to October 2020, and price levels at end of 2020 were the same as twelve years earlier in 2008. Thus we enjoyed more than a decade of price moderation. This was in stark contrast to soaring inflation of sometimes over 20% in the 1970s and 1980s. Read on here
CommEUnication – Youth Engagement for Communicating the EU
On the 15 January TASC in partnership with FIDU Italy held a youth workshop on Climate Action in the EU. The initiative was aimed at students and young professionals aged between 18 and 35 years, holders of EU citizenship and with a working level of English.
Some of the questions discussed in the training were: ● What do you think EU climate policy should look like? ● What influence would you want EU climate policy to have on your daily life as a young EU citizen? What changes in behaviour and lifestyles do you think EU policy should be affecting? ● Are policies like a climate housing policy important to you? What similar policies do you think are important?
Global inflation masks home-grown problems by Rory O'Farrell
While the ebb and flow of petrol and electricity prices grab the headlines, there is a deeper problem in the economy. Ireland’s domestic service sector is overheating. Ireland now has second highest rate of inflation in services in Western Europe, with only Iceland faring worse. It is this change relative to our neighbours that puts Ireland’s competitiveness at risk, and ultimately jobs. Read on here