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    Research Interests

    Economic History, Business History, Topics in Contemporary Business Economics (e.g. Brexit, Regions and Devolution), Applied Institutional Economics, Economic Organisation of Violence, Communicating Economics (e.g. pedagogy and public understanding).

    Achievements and Distinctions

    PhD    Queen's University of Belfast, Economics                                    December 2002

    Dissertation: 'Institutional Change and the Two Irelands 1945-1990: an application of North's institutional economics External Examiner: Professor Nick Crafts, FBA (Warwick University, then LSE)

     

    BA      University of York, Economics and Economic and Social History           July 1994

                Graduated with First Class Honours

     

    Plenary Lecturer Economic History Society Annual Conference, April 2019 (Lecture entitled: "Back to the Failure(s)? Delorean and Northern Ireland's Other Troubles". (The EHS is probably the world's largest annual conference in economic and social history).

    Editor, Irish Economic and Social History (since 2012).

    Elected Member, Royal Irish Academy Social Sciences Committee (2018-22). Elected member in order to contribute on an all-island basis for guiding the RIA's engagement in the areas of social science research. Membership also involves a policy formulation role as it relates to national, European and international levels.     

    Research Associate, Queen's University Centre for Economic History (since 2012). QUCEH is one of the UK's leading research centres in economic history. Most of the world's leading economic historians have presented papers at QUCEH. 

    Member, Urban and Regional Economics Seminar Group (URESG) (since 2016). The URESG for more than 40 years has been one of the leading forums for presenting research in the area of regional economics. I have presented invited papers to URESG.

    External Examiner, Undergraduate Economics Programmes, University College Cork (2013 -2016). Offered advice on undergraduate economic progarmmes at UCC. Asked to stay on for an additional year when my term ended (2015). 

    Member, Nevin Economic Research Institute Research Review Panel (since 2013). NERI is an all-Ireland research organisation supported by unions affilated to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU). I've presented invited papers to NERI as well as offered research advice.

    Remote Evaluator, Irish Research Council (since 2018). Provided assessment on PhD research proposals and associated grant requests. 

    Teaching

    Current Teaching

    ECO 1007 Economics of Organisations/An Introduction to Economics (semester 2 2011/12-)

    ECO 3013 Economics of Corporate Strategy (semester 2 2016/17-)

    PAI 2045 Politics and Economics of UK Devolution (semester 2 2010/11-)

    Doctoral Examination

    External examiner: Geoffrey Brooke “Three Essays on Economic History” University of Auckland (2012).

    External Examiner:  Frank Conlon “Industrial Finance in Independent Ireland: The Trade Loans (Guarantee) Acts, 1924-1939”, National University of Ireland, Galway (2017).

    Internal Examiner: Thomas Agbonkpolor (May 2009), Wen Wen Zhen (October 2009) and Clive Walker (June 2012).

    Chair of PhD differentiation committee: Gareth Campbell (June 2007), Wen Wen Zen (June 2007) and Victoria Maier (May 2012).

    Particulars

    Office Hours: by arrangement.

    Research Interests

    My research interests cover both historical and contemporary topics within applied institutional economics. So my research interests can be summarised into the five overlapping areas of Economic and Business History; Contemporary Business Economics; Applied Insitutional Economics; Economic Organization of Violence and Communicating Economics. 

    Research Statement

    My research interests are overlapping so my research statement reflects that overlapping set of interests. My core interest covers both economic and business history. In addition, institutional approaches to such topics interest me.  So we can think about my research programme as involving both general and specific elements. The specific aspect of my research programme involves creating an institutionally-rich interpretation of Irish economic and business history. In more general terms I am concerned with issues of methodology and application in producing economic history. So topics surrounding archives and counterfactuals are also areas in which I have written. For example, I have produced a widely read paper in the Journal of Economic Methodology on the evolution of Douglass North's thinking.

    The second area is contemporary business economics. I'm concerned with how real world businesses use economics and react to economic conditions. So my research in this area covers topics such as Brexit, devolution and regional economics. My work with Dr Budd on supply chains and Brexit is an example of this part of my research programme.  

    The third area is applied institutional economics. This interest overlaps with business economics. I have for instance with Dr Esmond Birnie worked on the comparative institutional economics of the Nordics and the lessons they provide for Northern Irish competitiveness. Likewise, the paper within Regional Studies on tax devolution, again with Dr Birnie, examines when devolution of tax setting powers to devolved assemblies are more or less appropriate. Such an examination ultimately takes us back to institutions and history.   

    The fourth area is the economic organization of violence. The paper published in the Journal of Institutional Economics with Professor Dnes on the evolution of violent Irish Republicanism reflects this part of my research programme. Likewise, my work on counterterrorism economics, as exemplified by my 2012 paper in Terrorism and Political Violence, considers that resources need not only be allocated by voluntary exchange and that policymakers will trade-off between economic, political and militrary objectives.     

    Communicating Economics is my last research interest. I'm interested in the way economists persuade each other, teach students and talk to the public. So to this interest the emergence of a literature since the economic crisis of 2008 of the way economic education can be improved are important issues for society as well as economic education. Pedagogy and the more general public understanding of economics are thus of profound interest to me. My ongoing work with Dr Colvin and Blum reflects this part of my research agenda.    

    Achievements and Distinctions

    Plenary Lecturer Economic History Society Annual Conference, April 2019 (Lecture entitled: "Back to the Failure(s)? Delorean and Northern Ireland's Other Troubles". (The EHS is probably the world's largest annual conference in economic and social history).

    Editor, Irish Economic and Social History (since 2012).

    Elected Member, Royal Irish Academy Social Sciences Committee (2018-22). Elected member in order to contribute on an all-island basis for guiding the RIA's engagement in the areas of social science research. Membership also involves a policy formulation role as it relates to national, European and international levels.     

    Research Associate, Queen's University Centre for Economic History (since 2012). QUCEH is one of the UK's leading research centres in economic history. Most of the world's leading economic historians have presented papers at QUCEH. 

    Member, Urban and Regional Economics Seminar Group (URESG) (since 2016). The URESG for more than 40 years has been one of the leading forums for presenting research in the area of regional economics. I have presented invited papers to URESG.

    External Examiner, Undergraduate Economics Programmes, University College Cork (2013 -2016). Offered advice on undergraduate economic progarmmes at UCC. Asked to stay on for an additional year when my term ended (2015). 

    Member, Nevin Economic Research Institute Research Review Panel (since 2013). NERI is an all-Ireland research organisation supported by unions affilated to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU). I've presented invited papers to NERI as well as offered research advice.

    Remote Evaluator, Irish Research Council (since 2018). Provided assessment on PhD research proposals and associated grant requests.

    Particulars

    Associate Director of International Communication, QMS, (July 2018 -). This post involves contributing towards EQUIS accrediation application and is concerned with raising the international media profile of the research developed at Queen's Management School.

    Erasmus Coordinator for QMS, QMS, 2012-16

    • Administration of existing relationships and creation of new exchange relationships eg University of Konstanz (Germany)

    Programme Director BSc Economics, QMS, 2009-12

    Programme Director BSc Business Economics, QMS, 2009-12

    • 2009-10 worked on review of undergraduate economics pathways and completed paperwork for syllabus review

    Elected Member of School Management Board, QMS, 2010-15

    • Elected to represent non-professorial academic staff in decision-making with QMS

    Economics member of Undergraduate Education Committee, QMS, 2007-15

    • Represented economics group within teaching group

    Other

    Doctoral level (passed already)

    Supervisor for Owen Sims with dissertation entitled “Economics of networks” (passed in November 2016). Now working a Senior Policy Advisor for Confederation of British Industry.

    Supervisor for Eimear Smyth with dissertation entitled “The economics of waiting list’ (passed making minor revisions after viva in January 2017). Now an Economic Advisor (Grade 7) at HM Treasury.

    Supervisor for Gary Chapman with dissertation entitled “Examining the Attitudinal and Intention Additionality of Innovation Vouchers: A Conceptualisation and Empirical Examination” (Passed after minor corrections after viva in November 2018). Now working as a Lecturer in Business and Management at De Montfort University.

    Doctoral level (viva to come)

    First Supervisor for David Jordan PhD student since September 2015 “"The economics of devolution: evidence from Northern Ireland, 1920-1972”. 

    Supervisor for Andrew Godden PhD student since September 2015 “Neoliberal Rights and Western Constitutionalism”. 

    Peer-Reviewed Articles for:

    Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Australasian Journal of Economics Education, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Business History, Economic History Review, Irish Economic and Social History, Irish Historical Studies, Journal of Institutional Economics, Managerial and Decision Economics, Public Choice, Regional Studies, Terrorism and Political Violence.

    Other refereeing

    Cambridge University Press, New Zealand Association of Economists Conference 2006 and 2009, Oxford University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Pearson (FT Prentice Hall). Irish Research Council (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) 2018.

    Willingness to take PhD students

    Yes

    PhD projects

    I'm interested in supervising in a wide range of topics in economic and business history as well as contemporary topics. Interested students should email me to discuss supervision possibilities.

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