Clare’s research examines the role played by ideas in policy-making; specifically, the impact, if any, of ideas of ‘rights’ in the formulation of social assistance policies. This is explored via a comparative analysis of the determinants of policies on unemployment assistance and income support for lone parents in both the UK and Ireland (1985-2015).
Before embarking on her doctoral research, Clare worked in the fields of human rights, social policy and criminal justice in both the UK and Ireland, where she held a variety of positions in the statutory, voluntary and governmental sectors. Clare holds an LL.B in Law from Trinity College Dublin (2000) and an MS.c. in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford (2008).