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Lisa Wilson is an Economist at the Nevin Economic Research Institute. Her main research interests lie in the areas of income distribution, poverty, public expenditure, living standards and well-being.

Lisa is keen to continue to conduct research examining the impact of economic and social policy both at macro- and micro-economic levels. Furthermore, she is interested in exploring ways in which economic and social inequalities can be reduced and in developing policy recommendations to these ends. Lisa has previously worked on numerous short-term research projects within the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queens University, Belfast. She also taught extensively across sociology (and in particular quantitative methods) and social policy degree programs.

Lisa has just recently completed her PhD in Sociology titled ‘Income inequality and well-being in the United Kingdom’ which she carried out in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queens University, Belfast. 

Is low pay the reason for the working poor? Low pay and in-work poverty in Ireland today.

Posted on April 23, 2018 by Lisa Wilson

There has long been an assumption that work is the best and most effective route out of poverty. This maxim however has been questioned recently by a report published by Social Justice Ireland who posit that there is over 104,000 people in employment in Ireland who are living in households with an income which is less than the official poverty line - about €250 per adult per week. The working …

Towards ‘better jobs’ for all: Why we need to listen to the women's movement

Posted on March 08, 2018 by Lisa Wilson

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Recently we have seen increased attention being given to the nature of employment and in particular to the quality of employment. There is hardly a day that passes that when we pick up the newspaper or turn on the radio that we do not hear talk of ‘precarious work’, ‘insecure jobs’, ‘zero hours contracts’, ‘the gig economy’, ‘contingent employment’ or some variation of these …

Posted in: Gender

Job insecurity is not a necessary trade-off to job flexibility

Posted on September 25, 2017 by Lisa Wilson

In the Autumn of 2016 Prime Minister Theresa May commissioned Matthew Taylor to undertake a review to consider how employment practices need to change in order to keep pace with modern business models. One of the central aims of the review was to consider the extent that emerging business practices put pressure on the ‘trade-off between flexible labour and benefits such as higher pay or greater …

Posted in: IncomeJobsLiving wageNorthern Ireland Wages

Northern Ireland’s draft Programme for Government revealed all of the signs of a power-sharing government on the brink of collapse

Posted on March 06, 2017 by Lisa Wilson

In the months leading up to Martin McGuinness’s resignation as Deputy First Minister and refusal to immediately nominate a replacement calling to a halt power-sharing in Northern Ireland, and the triggering of Assembly elections there was growing skepticism and concern as to why it was taking so long to clarify, publish and sign off on all of the necessary components needed to pursue the …

Posted in: Northern Ireland

Improving wellbeing: But what is it and who’s responsible? Northern Ireland’s new approach to governance

Posted on December 16, 2016 by Lisa Wilson

In Northern Ireland’s new draft Programme for Government (2016-2021) ‘wellbeing’ is embedded as the central concept on which the Executive seeks to base its new approach to governance. On the first line of the introduction to the draft document it is said that the ‘Programme for Government is designed to help deliver improved wellbeing for all our citizens.’. Moreover, the overarching …

Posted in: Northern Ireland

Measuring what matters: Alternative measures of progress for Northern Ireland

Posted on December 01, 2016 by Lisa Wilson

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What is the yardstick by which the progress of countries and societies ought to be measured and judged? This is the question which, for some years now, has acted as the lynchpin behind the many conversations taking place across the globe concerned with whether or not we are measuring what really matters for our people, our economies, our societies or our environment. While it might come across as …

Posted in: Northern Ireland

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