Cathal O'Donoghue is Head of the Rural Economy Research Centre. He has studied at UCC, UCD, Oxford and the London School of Economics, taking degrees in Mathematics, Statistics, Economics and Social Policy. Prior to joining RERC Cathal spent a number of years at the Department of Economics at NUI Galway, Ireland. His research is mainly in the area of applied public economics, focusing on the impact of household sector, tax and social policy on poverty, inequality, work incentives and environmental pollution. In addition, this work has extended into labour economics, economic demography and environmental economics.
Dimitris Ballas is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield and Deputy Director of the University of Sheffield research Centre for Health and Well-being in Public Policy (CWiPP). He is an economist by training (1996, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece) and also has a Master of Arts (with distinction) in Geographical Information Systems (1997, University of Leeds, UK) and a PhD in Geography (2001, University of Leeds, UK). He has extensive experience and expertise in the use of Geonformatics and GIS in the Social Sciences. His current research interests include economic geography, social and spatial inequalities, social justice, exploring geographies of happiness and well-being and socio-economic applications of GIS. He is the lead author of the book Geography matters: simulating the impacts of national social policies and a co-author of the books Post-Suburban Europe: Planning and Politics at the Margins of Europe's Capital Cities and Poverty, wealth and place in Britain, 1968 to 2005. He has also published his research widely in peer-reviewed international academic journals, peer-reviewed edited book chapters and conference papers.
Graham Clarke is Professor of Business Geography at the School of Geography, University of Leeds. He has worked extensively in GIS and applied spatial modelling, focusing on many applications within urban/social geography. A major research interest is spatial microsimulation, a technique for estimating ‘missing data’ and producing detailed household data sets for use in a wealth of social science simulations. The second major research area has been retail geography. Graham has been involved with strategic planning and management within the School of Geography, most notably as Head of School 1998-2001. Between 2003 and 2011 he was appointed Executive Director of the Regional Science Association International.
Stephen Hynes is a Senior Researcher and Head of the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has previously worked as an environmental economist in the Rural Economy Research Centre, Teagasc and as a lecturer in Economics in the Department of Economics, NUI Galway. He has a B.Com., a M. Econ. Sc. and a Ph.D. (Economics) from the National University of Ireland, Galway and a Ph.D. (Environmental Economic) from the University of Stirling, Scotland. Stephen’s main research interest is in microeconomic behaviour analysis, related to marine/natural resource/environmental and rural development policy and his work has been published by a number of the top ranked journals in the fields of environmental and natural resource economics.
Karyn Morrissey is a lecturer in human geography in the School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool. Her PhD entitled ‘Access to Health Care Services in Rural Ireland’ is from the School of Geography, University of Leeds. An economist (B.A. Economics and Sociology and Politics, National University of Ireland, Galway and MA in Economics and Social Policy and Planning, National University of Ireland, Galway) she specializes in computational methods, particularly spatial microsimulation and small area level analysis. Her current research focuses on health and health service provision, regional development, natural resource evaluation and cluster development.