Professor Deirdre Heenan is a respected author, researcher and political commentator. She is a Professor of Social Policy at Ulster University and the former Pro Vice Chancellor of Communications. She has researched and published widely on areas such as health policy, the integration of health and social care, cross-border healthcare and devolution and has extensive experience of critically assessing developments in health policy.
She is a co-founder and former co-director of the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey and a National Teaching Fellow. In 2011 she was appointed by the then health minister to join a five strong panel of experts to oversee a radical review of Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland. In 2012 she was appointed to the Irish President’s Council of State as one of the seven personal nominees of President Michael D Higgins. She is currently the NI lead on the ESRC £15 million project IMPACT which aims to build capacity in the area of social care.