Meet the team

We have a highly experienced team of researchers with academic, policy and practice backgrounds, and strong networks in their areas of expertise. We have staff based in the UK and Ireland, and work internationally. We are passionate about using research to improve people’s lives and are keen to work with clients, whatever their budget, to achieve these goals. If you work with Just Economics we ensure that you will be working with senior, experienced staff at all times. 

Dr Eilís Lawlor

Dr Eilis Lawlor Just Economics

Eilis is a director of Just Economics. She has over fifteen years experience of working in research, evaluation, policy and methodology development. At Just Economics she is responsible for business development, client liaison and project management. She also contributes to all parts of the research process, including conducting fieldwork overseas. Most recently she has worked on an evaluation of Finnfund. She was previously a senior manager at the New Economics Foundation where she worked on policy and media campaigns, and oversaw the development of the SROI methodology. She has also worked as an associate for Eftec and taught statistics at the University of Sussex. Eilis is widely published and holds an MA in politics, an MSc in research methods and a PhD in economic sociology.

Dr Stephen Spratt

Dr Stephen Spratt Just Economics

Stephen is a director of Just Economics. He specialises in finance, international development and climate finance, including the evaluation of DFIs. He is currently working on evaluations of Finnfund, the Prosperity Fund and the CDC. Previously, he has been a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, Head of the Sustainable Markets Group at IIED, Research Director at the New Economics Foundation and a Lecturer in international finance and development at the University of Reading. He has also worked in the private sector in the City of London, as Head of Research at Intelligence Capital Limited, Senior Investment Analyst with Global Asset Management Limited and a Visiting Fellow in the Global Research Department at State Street Bank & Trust. Stephen holds a BA from the University of East Anglia, an MSc from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and a DPhil from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. 

Dr Eva Neitzert

Dr Eva Neitzert Just Economics

Eva is a director of Just Economics. She is a highly experienced researcher and policy analyst. As well as co-founding Just Economics, Eva has held executive roles in leading UK equalities organisations, including the Fawcett Society and Women’s Budget Group. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics. Eva has authored more than 50 publications for a range of audiences, including government departments, thinktanks, academia, and the general public. She is experienced at policy influencing and campaigning, having led several public campaigns around equalities and social justice. Eva contributes to all aspects of the research process for clients such as the Cabinet Office, the Scottish Government and Itad. Eva is a Visiting Fellow at the LSE's Marshall Institute, where she convenes an MSc course on social impact evaluation. 

Dr Sue Campbell

Dr Sue Campbell Just Economics

Sue is a senior researcher at Just Economics with a wealth of experience in research, evaluation, training and facilitation. She was previously Chief Executive of The Elizabeth Foundation, a charity which supports young children with hearing loss and their families. Prior to this she was Head of Learning and Training at Bond, the UK network for international development organisations. She holds a PhD in Psychology, and has a variety of publications, including in peer-reviewed academic journals. She has experience of conducting research with a range of client groups, including vulnerable adults, healthcare professionals, parents, and young children. She has worked for Just Economics since 2015, where she has led on quantitative methods, data analysis, and literature reviews for clients such as the Scottish Government, Microsoft and BT.

Kim Harper

Kim Harper Just Economics

Kim has over a decade of professional experience in national and international NGOs, representing vulnerable and disadvantaged groups across a range of social welfare issues including health, child poverty, human rights, refugees and internally displaced persons, education, homelessness, and youth justice. Kim is a Cambridge University graduate with a master’s degree in Health from the London School of Economics. Her work for Just Economics includes project development, client liaison, economic modelling, developing theories of change, and conducting fieldwork in the UK and overseas. Clients have included BT, Microsoft and the Women’s Budget Group, covering topics such as rural healthcare in Africa, digital literacy, skills training and projects for vulnerable women in the UK.

Dr Alasdair Jones

Dr Alasdair Jones Just Economics

Alasdair is Assistant Professor in Qualitative Research Methodology at the London School of Economics. His research background is in the fields of urban planning, transport and public health. An expert in qualitative methods, Alasdair has experience of working on multi-year and mixed-methods evaluation studies. He was previously a Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and holds a first class degree and MPhil from Cambridge and PhD from the London School of Economics. In 2012, Alasdair was awarded a prestigious Fulbright scholarship. Alasdair contributes to Just Economics projects on health and transport.

Niamh Bowen

Niamh Bowen Just Economics

Niamh is a highly experienced qualitative researcher and facilitator with over 20 years experience of working in disadvantaged communities in the UK and Ireland. At Just Economics, Niamh leads on qualitative research, and has worked on projects relating to disability, gender, homelessness, youth issues and digital inclusion. She also has experience of developing and piloting survey tools, workshop facilitation and theory of change development. Her clients have included Focus Ireland, Youthwork Ireland and the Good Things Foundation. She has previously worked for Headway and as a community researcher for a European Capital of Culture bid. She holds a degree in Psychology from Trinity College, Dublin and an MA in Women's Studies from the University of Limerick.

Dr Eileen Brosnan

Eileen Brosnan Just Economics

Eileen started her career as a Child Protection Services Social Worker and has since worked for over eighteen years in mental health as a clinician and researcher developing, implementing and evaluating evidence-based programmes within frontline service settings. She has extensive experience in outcomes research, quantitative and qualitative data collection, quality monitoring, programme implementation, integration of evidence in practice settings and supporting continuing professional development with frontline staff. She has worked as a practitioner researcher for the Mater Hospital Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and School of Medicine, University College Dublin (UCD) where she completed her PhD on the development, implementation and evaluation of a multimedia based mental health programme. In her role with UCD she also worked on several technology-based mental health care projects and was based for a time with Media Lab Europe in Dublin.

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