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Dr. Kevin Mulligan is a Lecturer in Strategy at the Department of International Business, Entrepreneurship, and Marketing (IBEM). He is an applied economist, whose research interests include the economics of innovation and science policy, and evaluating the impact of public funding for Research and Development (R&D) on firm-level outcomes (e.g. innovative new products and processes, exports, value added, employment growth).

In previous roles, Dr. Mulligan worked on a research project titled ‘Evaluating the impact of innovation and science policy on the economy and society: A national evaluation and international benchmarking of innovation and science policy in Ireland’. This project is funded by Science Foundation Ireland, under its Science Policy Research Programme. As part of this project, Dr. Mulligan co-authored a paper published in the academic journal Research Policy, the leading journal in the field of innovation studies. This study focuses on evaluating the impact of firm collaborations with publicly-funded research centres, on firms' R&D investment. An earlier version of this paper won the Best Paper award in SME Growth and Performance: Quantitative Perspectives, at the 2019 Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) conference.

In 2015 Dr. Mulligan was one of four PhD students in Ireland awarded a Postgraduate Scholarship in Science Policy and Innovation offered by the Irish Research Council (IRC) and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) following a competitive open-call.

Dr. Mulligan received the Regional Studies Association award for the best paper published in the journal Regional Studies, Regional Science in 2020 (see:

Dr. Mulligan is committed to the concept of achieving policy impact from quality academic research. From his PhD through to today, Dr. Mulligan has worked collaboratively as part of a research team to reach project goals, producing several co-authored studies. In 2023 and 2018, his research with was cited by the European Commission (JRC ‘Industrial Innovation for Open Strategic Autonomy - leaving no one and no place behind’ report; Research and Innovation Observatory 2017 Country Report: Ireland). In 2019, the Irish Senate's Public Consultation Committee Report on Small and Medium Sized Businesses in Ireland, also cited Dr. Mulligan's research. In addition, Dr. Mulligan has presented his co-authored research to key Irish policymakers in Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (by invitation), as well as Irish and international policymakers in Science Foundation Ireland.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure


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