Since September 2019, Kate has served as the Communications Officer for the Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Resarch, where she works on knowledge translation between the academic and policymaking communities and produces a regular blog series in which she interviews academics in the fields of politics, cybersecurity, transnational organised crime, and conflict studies about their work.
Kate McNeil was also the Communications Coordinator for the Centre for Science and Policy from September 2019 to July 2021. Throughout this period, she supported the Centre's work by conducting interviews, writing news stories and reports, and managing the centre's online and social media presence. During her time at CSaP, Kate took a particular interest in the politics of health policy, and wrote reports on topics including health promotion and drug discovery during pandemics. Her work at CSaP also included showrunning and producing the first four series of CSaP: The Science & Policy Podcast, which explored topics ranging from policymaking during the covid-19 pandemic, to the challenges facing policymakers in aiming to achieve a green recovery.
Kate has also previously worked in various roles in Canadian politics, including roles working for Members of Parliament, and serving as Executive Assistant to a New Brunswick premier. Kate holds a BAH (Distinction) in Political Studies and History from Queen's University at Kingston, in Canada and an MSc (Distinction) in Health and International Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her dissertation explored factors influencing medical humanitarian decision-making in determining the termination point of emergency assistance in areas experiencing conflict or disaster. She is also a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and and an alumnus of the European Forum Alpbach.
In October 2021, Kate will join the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge as a doctoral researcher, where her work will explore the politics of health policy during crises.