Former Intern (Research)
Maeve McKiernan joined UNRISD in March 2018 to assist Senior Research Coordinator Ilcheong Yi and Research Analyst Kelly Stetter with the Social Policy and Development programme, and in particular with the project “New Directions in Social Policy: Alternatives from and for the Global South”.
Maeve holds a Bachelor of Laws from Independent Colleges Dublin, and is currently completing a Masters of Science in Development Practice, jointly awarded by Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin. Maeve’s thesis research is on the implementation of direct income supports for vulnerable populations in Uganda.
Maeve has also undertaken research placements with an Irish civil society umbrella body (on the implications of merger activity for civil society organizations) and with a development consultancy in Uganda. Her research has been presented at the International Conference on Sustainable Development (New York, 2017) and the Development Studies of Ireland Conference (Dublin, 2018).
In addition to her academic experience, Maeve spent six years working in South Africa with an NGO supporting community based organizations to care for vulnerable children, and left this organization as Chief Operations Officer to undertake her postgraduate studies.
Maeve’s primary research interests include the design and implementation of social protection measures, income inequality, child protection and organizational development.