MENASP Network Database

Social Policy Database

Database of Middle East North Africa Social Policy Expertise

Ms. Tamara A. Kool

Tamara A. Kool is a PhD fellow at Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and UNU-MERIT. She has a particular interest in the impact of conflict on society and the role of social policy and civil society in fragile contexts. Her current work focuses on the inclusion of regional-based refugees in the labour market in the Middle East, particularly in Jordan. Furthermore, she has supported various institutional consultancies in the field of refugees, social policy and humanitarian contexts for UNICEF, IOM and UNU-MERIT; and taught postgraduate courses on social protection and human development. Prior to joining MGSoG, she worked as a program officer and independent research consultant for various non-governmental organisations and international platforms, where she also contributed to advocacy efforts on gender, peace and security related topics. She obtained her MSc Public Policy and Human Development from Maastricht University and UNU-MERIT (cum laude) and amongst others a BA in General, Comparative and Intercultural Literature from Leiden University.​

Masters (including MRes, MBA, MPA), Maastricht University & UNU-MERIT
Current or most recent Employer

PhD Research Fellow

Maastricht Graduate School of Governance & UNU-MERIT
Time in Post - 4

Organisation Type: University

Regional Expertise


Disciplinary or professional background

Development Studies, Humanities, Social/Public Policy


English (Spoken), English (Written), English (Primary Writing Language), French (Primary Writing Language), Other* (Spoken), Other* (Written),
Other *Dutch

Contact Info


UNU-MERIT/Maastricht Graduate School of Governance Boschstraat 24 6211AX Maastricht
Social Media

@TamaraAKool (Twitter)

Public Profiles​

Current Areas of Policy Interest

Inequality ( 5 years )

Poverty or deprivation reduction ( 5 years )

Poverty or deprivation measurement ( 5 years )

Governance (National) ( 7 years )

Public Policy ( 5 years )

Education policy ( 1 years )

Gender equality

Social protection

Social safety nets ( 5 years )

Labour and employment policies ( 3 years )

Social security systems ( 5 years )

Humanitarianism & emergency relief

Work relates to groups

Children ( 1 years )

Youth ( 1 years )

Refugees ( 4 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

Education policy

Gender equality

Social protection

Labour and employment polices

Humanitarianism & emergency relief

Conflict & Security


Academic publications

Academic conferences

Policy Reports

Consultancy Reports
Forthcoming - study on OOSCI and Evaluation Drop Out Programme Jordan