Rebekah joined Involve in April 2018, and leads on Involve's work in Northern Ireland. Her focus is on developing the awareness, understanding, and use of participatory and deliberative tools across government and civil society.
Her inaugural project was to develop the first Citizens’ Assembly for Northern Ireland - a democratic innovation designed to put the views of Northern Ireland's citizens into the heart of decision making on the reform of social care for older people, which ran in October/ November 2018.
Prior to joining Involve, Rebekah worked for 6 years in the voluntary sector in Northern Ireland, developing programmes and projects with a focus on community participation, education, and research.
Rebekah began her academic career with a degree in Marketing from Dublin Institute of Technology. Her undergraduate thesis looked at the phenomenon of ethical consumerism, an interest that eventually led her to pursue graduate studies in Anthropology. She graduated with a PG-Dip in Anthropology from Ireland’s Maynooth University in 2008. She then undertook a PhD funded by the Irish Research Council. She's an experienced ethnographer, conducting fieldwork in New York City, the US-Mexico border regions, and Belfast.
Outside of Involve, Rebekah is a Director of the Northern Ireland Open Government Network and campaigns for more transparent and participatory urban planning in Belfast. She's also mother to a young daughter and loves getting out into the wild landscapes of Northern Ireland as much as possible.