Dr. Cliona Loughnane


Cliona Loughnane is a postdoctoral researcher on the CARE-VISION project. Funded by the Carolan Research Trust, the aim of CARE-VISION is to reflect on care experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic to explore and reimagine how we might envision future care relations, practices and policies in Ireland.The project team is made up of Dr. Claire Edwards, Dr. Jacqui O’Riordan, Dr. Carol Kelleher, Dr. Felicity Daly and Dr. Cliona Loughnane.

Previously, Cliona has worked for more than a decade in research and policy positions in the health and social care sector (HSE Clinical Strategy and Programmes Division, Irish Heart Foundation, Rehab Group). Mostly recently, Cliona worked as women’s health coordinator with the National Women's Council, working to improve women’s health outcomes and experiences of healthcare. Cliona was a member of the Government’s Women’s Health Taskforce, co-chair of the Women’s Mental Health Network, and with NGO and academic colleagues, established the Health Reform Alliance. With a commitment to advocacy and policy change, Cliona has been a spokesperson on national media, including RTE’s Morning Ireland, Drivetime and Six One News, Virgin Media’s Ireland AM and Newstalk. Throughout her career, Cliona has been active social researcher, leading and involved in a wide-range of projects, including: women’s mental health in their own words; evidence review of women’s health in Ireland; national stroke services audit; national survey of stroke survivors living in the community; examining the proposal for Universal Health Insurance; and women’s experiences of caring during COVID-19. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, edited academic collections and reports. She has also been a member of research steering/advisory groups, such as for the HSE/TCD Unplanned Pregnancy and Abortion Care (UNPAC) study and an ESRI universal healthcare project. 

Cliona undertook her Doctorate at the School of Applied Social Studies, UCC. Her research was a critical discourse analysis problematising Big Food’s involvement in obesity policymaking. Her research interests include women’s health, inequitable access to health and social care, and public/patient involvement in health reform.  

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