Dr. Tamara A. Kool

Affiliated researcher

Research group(s):
7. Social Protection
6. Migration and Development

Dr. Tamara A. Kool is specialist in gender, social (protection) policy and forced displacement, with a regional focus on the Middle East. With evidence-based policy research at the core of her work, she has supported various institutional consultancies in different capacities in the field of social (protection) policy and humanitarian contexts for amongst others UNHCR, WFP, Economic Research Forum, UNICEF, IOM, and ILO. In addition, she has taught courses and gave professional trainings on social protection and human development. Her wide array of experiences enables her to work on the multiple facets that come with research projects, from the logistical and organisational management to research and communication to various stakeholders.

Recently, she obtained her PhD at Maastricht University on the role of refugee-related policies in shaping inclusion of regional-based refugees in the Jordanian labour market. In addition, she holds a MSc Public Policy and Human Development from Maastricht University and UNU-MERIT (cum laude) where she specialised in social protection and, amongst others a BA in General, Comparative and Intercultural Literature from Leiden University. Prior to her PhD, she worked on advocacy efforts and consultancies related to gender, peace and security.

Selected publications by Tamara A. Kool

Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Kool, Tamara A. , 2022, Promotiebespreking: Tamara A. Kool, ESB, 107(4809): 195-195
Ammann, Theresa A. & Tamara A. Kool, 2021, A Systematic Literature Review of Gendered Human Security Approaches, Journal of Human Security, 17(1): 91-105, DOI: 10.12924/johs2021.17010091, More information
Gasper, D., R. Jolly, G. Koehler, Tamara A. Kool & M. Simane, 2020, Shake and stir: Adding human security and human resilience to help advance the SDGs agenda, Journal of Human Security Studies, 9(3): 45-74, More information

Book chapters
Kool, Tamara A. & Zina Nimeh, 2021, Refugees and Social Protection, in: E. Schüring and M. Loewe (eds), Handbook of Social Protection Systems, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, DOI: https://doi.org/10.4337/9781839109119

UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Kool, Tamara A. & Zina Nimeh, 2024, Labour market integration for refugees: A social justice framework, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2024-012
Kool, Tamara A. , Giulio Bordon & Franziska Gassmann, 2021, Access to social protection for platform and other non-standard workers: A literature review, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2021-002
Nimeh, Zina, Tamara A. Kool, Francesco Iacoella & Alex Hunns, 2020, Rethinking humanitarian aid & making the case for humanitarian social protection: A response to the 2019 Global Refugee Forum, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2020-053
Chongcharoentanawat, Patima, Kaleab Haile, Bart Kleine Deters, Tamara A. Kool & Victor Osei Kwadwo, 2016, The affordability of the Sustainable Development Goals: A myth or reality?, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2016-027
Kool, Tamara A. , 2015, Moving beyond the UNSCR 1325 framework: Women as economic participants during and after conflict, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2015-034
Freeman, Ian, Charles Low, Sam Salsal, Emilia Toczydlowska & Tamara A. Kool (eds.), 2015, Inside the Black Box: Contributions to the discussion on official development assistance, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2015-014

External working papers
Kawar, Mary, Zina Nimeh & Tamara A. Kool, 2022, From Protection to Transformation: Understanding the Formal Landscape of Social Protection in Jordan, ERF Working Paper No 1590, More information
Gasper, D.R., R. Jolly, G. Koehler, Tamara A. Kool & M. Simane, 2020, Adding human security and human resilience to help advance the SDGs agenda, ISS Working Paper Series / General Series No. 665, More information

Research reports
Kool, Tamara A. & Franziska Gassmann, 2022, Essential Needs Analysis & Programming: A global review of WFP’s approach and experience to-date, Report commissioned by WFP Rome
Gassmann, Franziska, Eszter Timar, Tamara A. Kool, Zina Nimeh, Teresa Janz & et al., 2020, Jordan Country Report on Out of School Children, report commissioned by UNICEF Jordan, More information

Kool, Tamara A. , 2022, Beyond the Right to Work: Labour Market Engagement of Protracted Refugees through a Social Exclusion Lens, PhD dissertation Maastricht University / United Nations University. DOI: https://doi.org/10.26481/dis.20220519tk, More information

Kawar, Mary, Zina Nimeh & Tamara A. Kool, 2022, The Importance of the Transformative Angle for Advancing the Social Protection Agenda in Jordan, The Mapping of social protection programmes discussed in this brief highlights that programmes are mainly reactive in nature, and an overarching harmonization is still missing. In moving forward, transformative social protection policies and programmes in Jordan should incorporate both development and humanitarian objectives. This, More information

Other (editorship, media appearance, keynote, etc.)
Merkle, Ortrun & Tamara A. Kool, 2015, Women, Peace & Security: 15 Years since UNSCR 1325, More information