Dr Niamh Mulcahy

Special Supervisor

College Roles

  • Special Supervisor in Sociology

University Roles

  • Executive Director, Centre for the Study of Financial Insecurity; CRASSH


Email: nagm2@cam.ac.uk


Dr Niamh Mulcahy is an economic sociologist specialising in the study of financial inequality. She is currently Executive Director of the Centre for the Study of Financial Insecurity (CSFI), housed at CRASSH, having previously been the Alice Tong Sze Research Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College and CRASSH from 2019 – 2023. Her PhD, which examined the spread of financial risk to household finances through consumer debt and personal investment, was completed in the Department of Sociology at Cambridge in 2019.

Research Interests

Dr Niamh Mulcahy works on the problem of financial insecurity among households and communities, examining the problems it poses for the sustainability of local economies in the UK. Her research is concerned with the changing nature of welfare provision as increasing numbers of households seek assistance due to growing debt and limited savings, at the same time as funding for social support is diminished. As Executive Director of the CSFI, she works with local authorities to think about economic regeneration through the lens of community improvement. Within the Department of Sociology, her teaching experience covers topics ranging from introductory sociology and the study of social problems, to social theory, methodology, and political economy.