The Society and Public Policy beacon represents a core, multidisciplinary research focus of Maynooth University, centred upon the intricate relationships between societal transformation and the development, implementation, and evaluation of public policies. We seek to understand the complex challenges faced by contemporary societies and to generate evidence-based insights that guide the formulation and assessment of public policies.  

We work collaboratively with government agencies, advocacy groups, think tanks, and international organisations to develop recommendations and solutions that improve public policies, enhance the well-being of individuals and communities, and address pressing societal issues. The "Society and Public Policy" research beacon recognises the profound impact of policy decisions on people's lives and seeks to foster a more informed and responsive approach to addressing the evolving needs of societies in an ever-changing world