Building Sustainable, Resilient and Thriving Rural Places



National Economic and Social Council, Ireland

Policy Analyst


Dr Helen Johnston joined the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) as a Senior Social Policy Analyst in July 2007. Since then she has worked on a range of issues including: well-being and social reporting; social regulation and standards; the social consequences of the 2008 economic crisis; social disadvantage; jobless households; and the future of the Irish social welfare system. Currently, Helen is leading a wide-ranging research project on Shared Island. A native of Northern Ireland, Helen has previous experience working in the Northern Ireland civil service. She was previously Director of the Combat Poverty Agency, and Chair of the Centre for Cross Border Studies. 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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