Eoin Carroll - Chair
Eoin is Social Policy and Communications Co-ordinator at the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice. He previously worked with Focus Ireland. Eoin's policy focus is in criminal justice, housing and homelessness, and the voluntary sector. He has an MSc in Social Policy (LSE) and an MA in Criminology (DIT). In 2014, Eoin co-edited Re-imagining Imprisonment in Europe: Effects, Failures and the Future (Liffey Press, Dublin).
He previously served as Secretary of the ISPA for three years.
Eithne Fitzgerald - Vice Chair
Eithne served as Head of Policy and Research at the National Disability Authority 2003 until 2016. She previously worked in the Department of Finance, the National Economic and Social Council, at Threshold, and as a lecturer in the social policy at both University College Dublin and Trinity College, Dublin. She is a former Minister of State, and introduced the Ethics in Public Office Act and the Freedom of Information Act. She was a member of the Commission on Social Welfare and chaired the Task Force on Violence Against Women. She is a board member of the National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities.
Dr. Marcella O'Dowd - Secretary
Marcella is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at ARCH (Applied Research for Connected Health), an industry-driven technology centre for connected health research, based at University College Dublin. She is interested in how connected health can enable the implementation of integrated care, by providing innovative self-management and access solutions for service users and more complete timely health information for clinicians and policy makers.
She previously served as Postgraduate Officer of the ISPA.
Michelle Murphy - Treasurer
Michelle is Research and Policy Analyst with Social Justice Ireland. She has done several pieces of research on social policy, with particular focus on the European Union and on issues realted to income distribution, poverty and social inclusion. She has two Masters degrees, one in Social Justice & Public Policy (DCU) and one in European Studies (UCD). She is a member of the steering committee of Basic Income Ireland, and a trustee of Feasta.
Dr. Ann Stokes - Newsletter Officer
Ann is a Postdoctoral Researcher with the ENRICH research programme at the Department of Psychology, Maynooth University. She was awarded her PhD by Trinity College in 2015 for her thesis exploring the experiences of men who provide care in the context of dementia. She also holds a BA in Social Science and an MA in Social Policy from University College Dublin. She has a vast range of research experience, including with the Care Alliance Ireland, the School of Nursing and Midwifery (TCD), the Institutes of Technology of Ireland, the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice, and University College Dublin.
Megan A. Curran - Postgraduate Officer
Megan is Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholar and PhD student at University College Dublin's School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice. She has legislative, policy development, and advocacy experience in the United States and Europe with expertise in child and family policy, anti-poverty strategies, public benefits, and women's equality issues.
Eamon Murphy - Website Officer
Eamon is Economic and Social Analyst at Social Justice Ireland, and he lectures in Political Economy at Maynooth University. He holds a BA in Economics and Politics from UCD, and an MA in Social Justice & Public Policy from DCU. His research interests include labour market economics, welfare reform, international trade, pension reform, and taxation. He is a committee member of the Pension Policy Research Group, and a former Secretary of the Comhlamh Trade Justice Group. He has been Website Officer for the ISPA since 2013.
Dr. Vivienne Byers
Vivienne lectures in health policy and planning in the College of Business at Dublin Institute of Technology. She also lectures as adjunct faculty in University College Dublin in healthcare management. Her research is in health, as well as sustainability policy. She is currently undertaking a number of funded research projects in healthcare policy, sustainability, consumption & health, as well as ICT implementation in collaboration with Ulster University, TCD and Eastern Michigan University. She publishes and presents extensively, including internationally, in the area of policy and management.
Dr. Micheál Collins
Micheál is Assistant Professor of Social Policy at University College Dublin, prior to which he was a Senior Economist at the Nevin Economic Reserach Institute. He was a member of Ireland’s Commission on Taxation (2008-2009) and the Government’s Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare (2011-2014). Currently a member of the National Competitiveness Council, the TCD Pensions Policy Research Group and the Living Wage Technical Group, he is also a fellow of the Regional Studies Association (FeRSA). He has served on the ISPA committee in a number of roles since 2004, including as Chair from 2013 to 2016.
Dr. Geoffrey Cook
Geoffrey is an occasional lecturer in Social Policy at Maynooth University. He previously taught at University College Dublin for several decades, and is a long-serving ISPA committee member.
Dr. Nat O'Connor
Nat is an Associate Member of the Institute for Research in Social Sciences (IRiSS) and a Lecturer of Public Policy and Public Management at Ulster University. Since 2005, he has also been an occasional lecturer in Policy Analysis at Maynooth University. From 2009 to early 2015, Nat worked with the independent, progressive think-tank TASC in various roles including Director. Prior to TASC, he led the research team in Dublin’s Homeless Agency.
Dr. Lorna Roe
Lorna is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Centre for Health Policy and Management, Trinity College Dublin. Lorna's research interests include health policy, health economics and social gerentology. She was previously ISPA secretary for three years, and has also served as Vice-chair.
Other committee members are Dr Catherine-Anne Field, Padraig Rehill and Justyna Szewczyk