Meet our Directors

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. 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

Eilís has over 20 years’ experience of working in research and evaluation. Prior to founding Just Economics, Eilis worked for the New Economics Foundation in London, where she was head of the team developing the Social Return on Investment (SROI) methodology and co-authored the UK’s Cabinet Office Guide to SROI. She has also previously worked as a project manager for Pilotlight, a UK-based capacity building charity and as a researcher for Dublin City University.

At Just Economics, Eilís provides research and evaluation in areas such as theory of change development, measurement frameworks, quantitative and qualitative data collection, economic analysis and literature reviews. She has conducted fieldwork across Europe, Africa and Asia. Previous clients have included the OECD, Microsoft, Focus Ireland and Barnardos. She also specialises in the using economic methodologies to explore social and environmental issues. 

Eilís is an experienced trainer and facilitator. She has taught research methods at the University of Sussex and the London School of Economics and trained numerous organisations in impact measurement and SROI. Her doctoral studies focused on national measures of progress and the relationship between GDP and societal well-being in Ireland in recent decades. 

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. 

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