Tamara A. Kool

PhD fellow

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

Tamara A. Kool is a Research fellow at Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and UNU-MERIT in the finalising stages of her PhD. Her research interests pertains to the potential of social (protection) policy in fragile contexts, with a focus on marginalised communities. She holds a particular regional interest in the MENA. Next to her doctoral research on the inclusion of regional-based refugees in the Jordanian labour market, she has supported various institutional consultancies in the field of  social (protection) policy and humanitarian contexts for UNICEF, IOM, ILO and UNU-MERIT; and taught postgraduate courses on social protection and human development. 

Prior to joining UNU-MERIT, she worked as a program officer and independent research consultant for various non-governmental organisations and international platforms, where she also contributed to advocacy efforts on gender, peace and security related topics. She obtained her MSc  Public Policy and Human Development from Maastricht University and UNU-MERIT (cum laude) and amongst others, a BA in General, Comparative and Intercultural Literature from Leiden University.




Selected publications by Tamara A. Kool


Articles (journal, professional, popular)
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


UNU-MERIT Working Papers
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
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


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


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