Deirdre Heenan is Professor of Social Policy at Ulster University and a member of the Institute for Research in Social Sciences. Her research interests include the integration of health and social care, devolution, and mental health. She has published widely on politics and healthcare and is a Senior Research Associate with the Nuffield Trust. She is also Senior Research Fellow at Pivotal, Northern Ireland’s public policy forum. Deirdre is a regular political commentator for the BBC, RTE and UTV on both television and radio, as well being a regular columnist for the Sunday Business Post.
A Distinguished Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, Prof Heenan is Course Director for Social Policy at Ulster University. She is part of the newly established ARINS Project, and has been appointed to serve on a number of boards.