MENASP Network Database

Social Policy Database

Database of Middle East North Africa Social Policy Expertise

Dr. Shana Cohen

The majority of my work has focused on North Africa, especially Morocco. I have conducted research on the implications of economy policy for social and political identity and on social action. In addition, I have worked with a number of NGOs and community organisations in evaluating their work and improving their services.

Doctorate, University of California Berkeley
Current or most recent Employer

Executive Director (CEO)

Think Tank for Action on Social Change
Time in Post - 2

Organisation Type: Consultancy and research - including think-tanks (not for profit)

Regional Expertise


Disciplinary or professional background

Development Studies, Evaluation research, Policy/political advocacy (including human rights), Social/Public Policy, Sociology

Contact Info


101 Lower Baggot St Dublin 2 Ireland
Current Areas of Policy Interest


Poverty or deprivation reduction

Poverty or deprivation measurement

Public Finance

Governance (National)

Governance (Local Governance and Decentralization)

Public Policy

Health policy

Social protection

Social safety nets

Labour and employment policies

Social security systems


Economic development

Innovative finance (New modalities in financing social sectors e.g. impact bonds)

Work relates to groups

Youth ( 30 years )

Areas of Policy Interest over the last ten years

Areas of Policy Interest researched, programmes designed and/or delivered in the last ten years

Public Policy

Poverty/deprivation reduction

Poverty/deprivation measurement


Governance (National)

Governance (Local & Decentralization)

Health policy (Including health insurance)

Labour and employment polices

Economic development

Public finance


Academic publications

Academic conferences

Professional or Trade Press



Social Media

Policy Reports
Top 10% and social solidarity in Europe (forthcoming) Migrants in low skill work and social inclusion in the EU (forthcoming)

Policy Briefs
For my current position as director of a think tank

Consultancy Reports
Evaluation of citizen engagement in Morocco for the World Bank

In my current role at TASC