Ciara Fitzpatrick
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Ciara Fitzpatrick is a Researcher and Lecturer at Ulster University School of Law and the Transitional Justice Institute. Her primary area of interest is social security law and social justice. Her current research focuses on intersections between gender and the administration of social security benefits, specifically Universal Credit (UC) main income replacement benefit in Great Britain. Ciara is also interested in co-production and has worked with UC:Us, a group of UC claimants who are using their lived experience to influence policy change. Ciara's research also explores the historic and contemporary treatment in the law of people who are in destitution. Ciara has founded the All-Island Social Security Network (AISSN) - "A network bringing together researchers to imagine a new future for social security on the island of Ireland." 

Alongside academic endevours, Ciara is also a committed social justice advocate and campaigner. She is currently an academic adviser to the Cliff Edge Coalition, which is pushing for a strengthened social security system in Northern Ireland. She is on the Board of the Northern Ireland Anti-Poverty Network, Northern Ireland Rural Women's Network and the Ardoyne Association (a welfare rights organisation). She sits on a Ulster University Working Group, led by the Dean of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, Professor Ian Montgomery. She is a frequent commentator on issues of poverty and social security on the local media.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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