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The Research Affiliate scheme is aimed at strengthening links with key researchers who are engaged in active and ongoing collaboration with ESRI researchers. Research Affiliate status is conferred for 3 years, and is renewable for an unlimited number of times as long as the basic condition (active and ongoing collaboration) is still satisfied.
Kostas Mavromaras joined the National Institute of Labour Studies at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia, as its Director in August 2009. Between 2005 and 2009 he was Director of Labour Economics and Social Policy and Professor at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economics and Social Research, University of Melbourne. Kostas was previously employed at the University of Aberdeen (2000-2005) where he was also Director of the Centre for European Labour Market Research, and prior to that at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1991-2000). He is a Research Fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation, the IZA, and the Manchester School. Kostas has consulted governments and organisations widely at the international level (Germany, UK, Greece, EU, CEDEFOP, OECD) and, since 2005 within Australia (including DEEWR, NCVER, DoHA, FaHCSIA, Skills Australia, DVA, DFEEST and others), on issues relating to labour and education economics and policy, and social policy. Kostas has published consistently in top national and international applied economics and econometrics journals.
Claudia Aravena Novielli
Claudia Aravena Novielli is a post doctoral researcher in Energy and Environmental Economics at the Department of Economics in Trinity College, Dublin. She completed her PhD at Queen’s University, Belfast (UK), and was also a visiting student in the Environmental Economics Unit at University of Gothenburg (Sweden). She holds a BA in Economics and MS in Environmental and Resource Economics from Universidad de Concepcion (Chile), where she was also part time lecturer in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Development Economics. She has worked extensively in the field of environmental valuation, specifically stated preference methodologies applied to the valuation of externalities related to different energy sources. Her research interests are in the areas of renewable energy sources; energy efficiency; electric vehicles; energy policy; environmental valuation and behavioural economics.
Olivier Bargain is Professor of Economics at the Aix-Marseille School of Economics. He was previously Lecturer at University College Dublin (2006-2011) and Research Associate at IZA (2004-2006). He received his PhD from the Paris School of Economics (formerly DELTA). His research covers subjects in public/labor/family economics, with a particular interest in intra-household inequalities, child poverty, optimal taxation, labor supply and the efficiency-equity analyses of tax-benefit systems.
John Cullinan is a Lecturer in Economics and Director of the BA in Public and Social Policy degree programme at NUI Galway. He completed his doctoral studies at NUI Galway in 2009, where his work focussed on the valuation of environmental public goods using econometric, spatial microsimulation and GIS techniques. John holds a primary degree in Actuarial and Financial Studies and an MA in Economics from University College Dublin, as well as an MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics. He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley in 2008. John’s research interests lie in the application of econometric and spatial modelling techniques in the fields of health economics, environmental economics and spatial economics and he is currently working on a number of programmes of research in these areas.
Eibhlin Hudson is a Health Economist at TILDA, Trinity College Dublin. Prior to joining TILDA she held a lectureship at the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT University, Australia. Eibhlin completed her PhD in Economics at University College Dublin (UCD). Her thesis examined the child and adolescent health and well-being. While completing her PhD she also lectured in Health Economics at UCD and served as Acting Project Manager for the Food and Health Panel Survey Study which was funded by the Department of Agriculture. Eibhlin's research interests lie in the area of health economics, with a particular interest in mental health and well-being, health perceptions, obesity and reporting heterogeneity.
Cathal McCrory is a research fellow at TILDA, Trinity College Dublin. He is examining socio-economic variation in mental health and well-being among the 50+ population in Ireland, and exploring the pathways through which socially mediated risk factors come to influence psychological health over the life-course. His initial focus is the impact of stress on individuals and the possible mechanisms through which disadvantaged social circumstances may precipitate the onset of disease.Prior to joining TILDA, Cathal was employed by the ESRI as a research analyst on the Growing Up in Ireland study (2006-2012). He was involved with the planning, design, implementation and analysis of the data from the study. He previously worked as a research analyst/manager of the Surveys and Indicators Unit at Forfas. He obtained his Primary Degree in Psychology (1999) and Doctorate in Psychology (2002) from Queens University, Belfast. He was awarded his PhD for his work examining the relationship between putative measures of neurological processing speed and psychometric intelligence.
Mirko Moro is a Lecturer at the Division of Economics, University of Stirling , UK . He received his PhD from the University College Dublin, his MSc from the University of York, UK and he graduated at the University of Milan, Italy. His research interests cover environmental economics and happiness economics, with particular interest in the relationship among well-being and the environment.
Irene Mosca joined TILDA (The Irish Longitudinal Study of Ageing)in July 2010 as a research fellow in Economics. She received her Master and Doctoral Degrees in Economics from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. Her main research areas are population and labour economics and she wrote her PhD dissertation on the impact of population ageing on the Italian labour market. She is now assessing the economics domain within TILDA. Among the topics being investigated are labour market issues including labour force participation; employment situation and job history; planning for retirement and life long learning; sources of incomes; earnings; pensions and asset holdings; intergenerational transfers; and health care utilisation.
Vincent O’ Sullivan is an Economics Research Fellow at TILDA. His research interests are in empirical micro-economics. He has particular interest in micro-econometrics and the use of quasi-experimental methods in estimating causal effects. Vincent studied for his PhD in Economics at the University of Warwick. His thesis examined the causal relationship between parental education and child outcomes as well as policy interventions targeted at lower socio-economic groups. Prior to his doctoral studies he completed an MSc in Economics at University College London and a BSc in Economics & Finance at University College Dublin. He has worked as a Research Assistant at the Geary Institute at UCD and has taught economics and econometrics at UCD and the University of Warwick.
Sue Scott retired from the ESRI in October 2009. Her work has concentrated on environmental issues including pricing, taxation, demand projections, efficiency, investment and distributional issues, applied to policy on climate, energy, water and waste services, agriculture, forestry and transport. While head of the ESRI's Environment Policy Research Centre her group laid research foundations for many environmental issues in Ireland today.
Justin van de Ven
Justin van de Ven began work at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research in 2002, and has been a Research Fellow since 2005. He came to the NIESR from the D. Phil. (Economics) programme at the University of Oxford . His Doctoral thesis, entitled Redistribution During the Working Lifetime, is concerned with measurement issues associated with inequality and tax progressivity. His research interests include the behavioural and redistributive effects of fiscal policy, pension policy and sustainability, and decision making in the context of uncertainty. Dr. van de Ven has published a number of articles, the most recent of which appear in the Economic Journal, the Bulletin of Economic Research, and Fiscal Studies. van de Ven is technically proficient in a wide range of computing applications, including Gauss, Fortran, Matlab, Excel, SPSS, and Stata.
Brendan Whelan was Director of the ESRI from 1996 to 2006, having previously been head of the survey unit at the Institute. He holds first class honours B.A. and M.A. degrees in economics from University College Dublin and obtained a master's degree in statistics from the London School of Economics in 1972. He has taught on a variety of courses at under-graduate and graduate level in Ireland and on international training. From 2007 until his retirement in 2009 he was research director of the TILDA project.
Christopher T Whelan
Christopher T. Whelan joined the School of Sociology in UCD in April 2009 and became Head of School on 1 September 2009. He was formerly a Research Professor at the ESRI.. He acted as Chair of the Standing Committee for the Social Sciences of the European Science Foundation from 2002 to 2006 and of the Governing Council of the EU Economic Change, Quality of Life and Social Cohesion (EQUALSOC) Network of Excellence from 2005-2009. From 1 January 2010 he will act as Chair of the European Consortium of Sociological Research. His research interests include the causes and consequences of poverty and inequality, quality of life and social mobility and inequality of opportunity. He has published on these topics in leading international academic journals and has contributed as author and editor to a number of volumes dealing with economic and social change in Ireland . He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy , associate editor of the European Sociological Review and a member of the editorial board of Longitudinal and Life Course Studies.