Dr. Nikki Dunne, PhD

Research Manager, Family Carers Ireland

Dr Nikki Dunne PhD is the research manager with Family Carers Ireland, the national charity supporting the 500,000 family carers across the country who care for loved ones such as children or adults with physical or intellectual disabilities, frail older people, those with palliative care needs or those living with chronic illnesses, mental ill-health or addiction.

As research manager, Nikki leads Family Carers Ireland’s programme of research and evaluation, managing a diverse range of qualitative and quantitative projects relating to family carers, including the bi-annual State of Caring survey. She is particularly focusing on building and coordinating research involvement and engagement among family carers, researchers and other stakeholders. Nikki has a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, where she was based at the Centre for Families and Relationships. Prior to joining Family Carers Ireland, Nikki has worked in academic research on projects relating to gender and care worker migration, diversity in large organizations and archival research methods.