Dr Irene McMaster

Senior Knowledge Exchange Fellow

European Policies Research Centre

Personal statement

She has undertaken several major evaluation and research studies of EU territorial and spatial development policies, including the ex ante evaluations of the 2014-2020 Northern Periphery and Arctic and North Sea Region Programmes,  ex ante and ongoing evaluations of the 2007-2013 Northern Periphery Programme and a study on implementation arrangements for the 2007-13 Ireland, Northern Ireland and Western Scotland Cross Border Territorial Cooperation Programme. She has also been involved in the ex post evaluation of the impact of Structural Funds on management and implementation on behalf of DG Regio; and ESPON studies of the spatial and urban dimensions of the 2000-2006 Objective 1 and 2 programmes and ‘European Territorial Cooperation as a Factor of Growth, Jobs and Quality of Life’. She participated in the 2010 OECD territorial review of the NORA region (2011) and has been appointed as a specialist advisor to a House of Lords Regional Marine Co-operation Inquiry (2014). She is also involved in research on the Central and East European EU Member States, writing on the regional economic development policy in Central and Eastern Europe and the management and implementation of Cohesion policy.


Strategic Environmental Assessment : Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2021-2027
Wergles Nathalie, Fonseca Liliana, McMaster Irene
Operational Evaluation of the 2014-2020 Interact Programme
McMaster Irene, Vironen Heidi, Wergles Nathalie
Coronavirus and the NPA
Fonseca Liliana, McMaster Irene
Supporting the Development of the 2021-2017 PEACE Plus Programme
McMaster Irene, Vironen Heidi
Working with SCOs and Engagement with Small Organisations
McMaster Irene, Vironen Heidi, Gal Fabian
Transition to a Low-carbon Europe : the Supporting Role of Cohesion Policy
Vironen Heidi, McMaster Irene, den Hoed Wilbert
IQ-Net Thematic Paper IQ-Net Thematic Paper, Vol 44, No. 2 (2019)

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Professional activities

Programme Cooperation in The Arctic’
Northern Periphery Territorial Cooperation Programme (External organisation)
'Brexit... What Next...?
Interreg Programmes post 2020 - What Next?
European Territorial Cooperation post 2020
Arctic territorial Cooperation: Reflections on Progress

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Impact Evaluation of Interact
McMaster, Irene (Principal Investigator) Vironen, Heidi (Research Co-investigator)
27-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2022
The Role of Territorial Cooperation in Supporting Just Transition
Vironen, Heidi (Principal Investigator) McMaster, Irene (Research Co-investigator)
07-Jan-2021 - 22-Jan-2022
Research into the Potential to Build Collaborations Established under the Ireland Wales INTERREG Programme to cover other Regions Bordering the Irish Sea
McMaster, Irene (Principal Investigator) Michie, Rona (Research Co-investigator)
29-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021
McMaster, Irene (Principal Investigator)
11-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2021
Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2021-2027
Fonseca, Liliana (Researcher) McMaster, Irene (Principal Investigator) Vironen, Heidi (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2027
Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014-2020
Fonseca, Liliana (Researcher) McMaster, Irene (Principal Investigator) Vironen, Heidi (Principal Investigator)
The Northern Periphery and Arctic 2014-2020 forms a cooperation between 9 programme partner countries. The NPA 2014-2020 is part of Interreg, supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and ERDF equivalent funding from non EU partner countries. Despite geographical differences, the large programme area shares a number of joint challenges and opportunities that can best be overcome and realised by transnational cooperation.

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European Policies Research Centre
Graham Hills

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