Goretti Horgan is a Lecturer in Social Policy at Ulster University and Director of ARK’s Policy Unit. ARK is a joint Ulster University/Queen’s University initiative, which aims to promote evidence-based policy making.
Before joining the University in 2003, Goretti was a Senior Research Officer with the National Children’s Bureau, and then Save the Children. She is also a director and former chair of the Northern Ireland Anti Poverty Network. She researches and writes about child and family poverty, as well as children’s and women’s rights generally.
She is currently the Principal Investigator on ESRC funded study "Buying abortion through the internet; exploring the social harm of criminalising abortion in Northern Ireland and the UK."
Goretti is a long standing and active member of the University and College Union and served as Vice President (2012-13) and President (2013-14). She is also a board member of the NI Anti Poverty Network (NIAPN), and previously served on the board of Jordanstown Schools for Visually & Hearing Impaired Children (1998-2004) and on the management committees of several community groups.