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Dr. Helen Johnston joined NESC as Senior Social Policy Analyst in July 2007. Since then she has worked on issues of well-being and social reporting, social regulation and standards, the social consequences of the crisis, as well as undertaking work for the OECD on social disadvantage.  Helen was previously Director of the Combat Poverty Agency.  A native of Northern Ireland, Helen has previous experience working in the Northern Ireland civil service. She is currently Chair of the Centre for Cross Border Studies and serves on the National Statistics Board.  Helen has qualifications in Environmental Science and Town and Country Planning, a Masters in Business Administration, and a Doctorate in Governance, where she examined the implementation of mental health policy in Ireland.

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Current Projects

NESC Work Programme: Jobless Households and the Quality of Supportive Services

OECD LEED study: People & Places – Weaving Together Policies for Social Inclusion in Ireland

Selected Bibliography

Johnston, H. (2014) ‘All Vision but no Change? Determinants of Implementation: The Case of Ireland and Mental Health Policy’. Dublin: Institute of Public Administration.

Johnston, H. (2013) ‘Rebuilding a Flourishing Society’ in Administration, vol. 61, No. 1, pp. 81-97.

Johnston, H. (2010) ‘Instruments for Implementation’ in EAPN Ireland and the European Social
Inclusion Strategy. Dublin: EAPN.

Johnston, H. (2009) ‘Well-being Matters in Measuring Social Progress’ in Reynolds, B. and Healy,
S. (Eds.) Beyond GDP: What is prosperity and how should it be measured? Dublin: Social Justice

Johnston, H., Logue, P. and McGeeney, A. (2009) ‘The Legacy of Combat Poverty in Building
Peace and Reconciliation’ in O’Flynn, J. (Ed.) Poverty Policy and Practice: Combat Poverty 1986-
2009. Dublin: Institute of Public Administration and Combat Poverty Agency.

Johnston, H. (2007) ‘Ireland – A Society based on Solidarity? A Review of the Irish National Anti-
Poverty Strategy’ in Herrmann, P. & Herrenbrueck, S. (Eds.) Changing Administration-Changing
Society: Challenges for Current Social Policy. New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Johnston, H. (2006) ‘Ending Child Poverty – A Shared Responsibility’ in Mulholland, J. (Ed.) The
Soul of Ireland – Issues of Society, Culture and Identity: Essays for the 2006 MacGill Summer
School. Dublin: The Liffey Press.

Johnston, H. (1999) ‘Poverty in Ireland’ in Kiely, G., O’Donnell, A., Kennedy, P. & Quin, S. (Eds.)
Irish Social Policy in Context. Dublin: University College Dublin Press.