Dr Gráinne McKeever is a Professor of Law and Social Justice at Ulster University Law School. She has published widely on issues of social justice, predominantly on social security and access to justice. Her research focuses on how individual citizens access their legal entitlements, particularly those who experience difficulties in accessing state systems of support. She has been awarded over £0.6 million in grant income from the British Academy, the Nuffield Foundation and other funders, for empirical research on access to justice and social rights. Gráinne has worked closely with the advice sector throughout her academic career as former Chair and Executive Director of Law Centre NI and as Co-Director of the Ulster University Law Clinic. She was appointed by the Minister for Communities in Northern Ireland to Chair the Independent Review of Discretionary Support, which published its report in March 2022. She is the Joint Editor of the Journal of Social Security Law, a member of the UK Social Security Advisory Committee, and a member of the academic panel advising the UK Administrative Justice Council.