Before joining Cork City PPN in March 2019, Yvonne worked in a client-facing role with Cork Simon Community’s Employment & Training Project and as a member of the lecturing staff of UCC’s Department of Government and Politics where she is also a PhD Candidate in the area of Political Science. Her research focus is on non-traditional routes into political decision-making bodies, examining the institutional factors that influence the decision to enter, leave, or avoid politics, political institutions, or parties. Having also studied Geography and Irish Law at undergraduate level before completing an LLM in International Human Rights Law, Yvonne’s varied academics complement her equally varied professional background in the community & voluntary, education, political, and private sectors.
Yvonne’s professional specialism is in the area of public participation and decision-making. Having worked in the Oireachtas for a number of years, first as a Parliamentary Assistant and then as Technical Group Coordinator, she has an expertise in legislative research, policy development, public affairs, and public representative support. Combined with her time as a voluntary political campaign worker and member of the student politics movement, she brings a varied knowledge of public participation and representative democracy to her role as Coordinator of Cork City’s Public Participation Network – a growing network of community & voluntary groups and organisations that have come together to bridge the gap between civil society and local government decision-making.