Lecturer in Economics in Sustainable Business


The Lecturer in Economics will have a track record of research as evidenced through publications in refereed journals of substantial international standing (publications in the 3 and 4 star ranked journals by the Chartered Association of Business Schools will be preferred), and whose research will be aligned with the United Nations SDGs. Candidates with teaching and research experience in any area of economics that is aligned to sustainable business are especially encouraged to apply, for example, environmental economics, applied microeconomics, financial economics, economic growth, etc.

Candidates will also demonstrate their experience in delivering high quality teaching across undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education levels in the discipline of Economics and which is aligned with our vision of creating more responsible business leaders that design and deliver more sustainable organisations and work for the longer-term benefit of society, business and individuals.

Duties of the Post

In accordance with the University’s strategic objective as a research led institution, the duties of all academic staff will include research, research-led teaching and contributions to the university, the discipline and the community. The academic staff member shall teach and examine, undertake administrative duties and carry out other duties appropriate to the post under the general direction of the Dean of Cork University Business School or nominee.

The roles and responsibilities outlined below are to be interpreted in the context of the relevant Statutes and where there is any difference arising from interpretation, that statutory provisions take precedent. For the sake of clarity, the relevant elements of the statutes not already incorporated in the numbered sections are appended in italics under each subheading.

Research | Teaching and Examining | Contributions


  1. Engage in productive research and scholarship and contribute to the advancement of knowledge, participate in research activities and publish the research in appropriate peerreviewed publications, creative works or other forms of scholarship appropriate to the discipline;
  2. Supervise postgraduate research students (particularly PhD students);
  3. Undertake initiatives in generating research income as appropriate to the discipline;
  4. Engage in other scholarly activities relevant to the research discipline.

Teaching and Examining

  1. Contribute to and assist in the delivery of research led teaching, assessment and examining on courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level and where appropriate adult and continuing education courses across all areas of economics;
  2. Supervise research projects for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes;
  3. Undertake the development and regular evaluation of modules with reference to content, delivery and assessment;
  4. Participate in the development of new curricular initiatives;
  5. Demonstrate excellence in teaching and learning and apply innovative teaching and learning methodologies within Cork University Business School and within other academic units in the University, as appropriate;
  6. Contribute towards the maintenance of academic standards within his/her discipline
  • To give the students attending his/her ordinary lectures assistance in their studies, by advice, by informal instruction, by occasional and periodic examination, and otherwise, as s/he may judge to be expedient; also, to make such arrangements as s/he sees fit to make to meet students who have individual queries;
  • To give instruction to his/her students and assist them in the pursuit of knowledge;
  • To hold, or assist at, all University examinations in the subjects with which s/he is an examiner.


  1. Participate in the administrative activities of the department/school and the academic life of the College and University;
  2. Act as a member of such committees as may be required by the University;
  3. Develop links with professional bodies and external agencies, where appropriate;
  4. Promote the discipline both inside and outside the University and contribute to the overall intellectual life of the University and society;
  5. Carry out other duties appropriate to the post as may be assigned by the head of discipline/department/school.
  • To carry out administrative and other appropriate duties lawfully allocated to them within their department or other academic unit;
  • If a member of the Academic Council, to attend its meetings;
  • To serve upon all the committees to which s/he may be appointed by the Governing Body or the Academic Council, and to assist and co-operate with the Governing Body in such other reasonable ways as the Governing Body may prescribe, for the maintenance of discipline and good conduct among the students, or for the general business of the University.

The above listing is not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake duties as can reasonably be expected. All staff are required to be flexible, co-operative and professional within the needs of the post and the Discipline/Department/School, College and University. The University is undertaking a major reform of its internal structures which may necessitate possible future changes in the organisation of its activities.

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate will be expected to have:

Qualifications | Research | Teaching and Examining |  | ContributionsOther


  1. A doctorate or very near completion, equivalent professional qualification or research experience leading to publication in the relevant discipline. [ESSENTIAL]


  1. Evidence of appropriate research achievement as indicated by peer reviewed published work and other appropriate research outputs; [ESSENTIAL]
  2. Potential to attract funding through competitive research grants, with the potential for securing ERC grants, or other sources as relevant; [ESSENTIAL]
  3. Experience of or potential for research supervision (particularly PhD students); [ESSENTIAL]
  4. Evidence of other relevant scholarly activity; [DESIRABLE]
  5. Ability and willingness to collaborate with colleagues on research projects. [ESSENTIAL]

Teaching and Examining

  1. Relevant teaching experience or evidence of teaching potential; [ESSENTIAL]
  2. An ability to contribute across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes both in and outside the area of research specialisation; [ESSENTIAL]
  3. Evidence of a commitment to excellence in research led teaching; [ESSENTIAL]
  4. Evidence of an understanding of and willingness to use modern teaching technologies and potential for innovative teaching and curriculum development; [ESSENTIAL]
  5. Evidence of an ability to teach, inspire and supervise students, communicate ideas and concepts in a teaching and learning environment. [ESSENTIAL] 


  1. Administrative experience or evidence of ability to contribute to academic administration; [ESSENTIAL]
  2. Experience in or potential to participate in relevant academic and professional associations/bodies as appropriate; [DESIRABLE]
  3. The potential to participate in and contribute to the overall intellectual life of the University, the academic discipline and society at large; [ESSENTIAL]
  4. Experience in or potential to participate in further developing relations with international partners and developing new international relationships as appropriate. [DESIRABLE]


  1. Good communication and interpersonal skills; [ESSENTIAL]
  2. Evidence of ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team; [ESSENTIAL]
  3. Ability and willingness to work in a collaborative environment; [ESSENTIAL]
  4. An understanding of, and empathy with, the concerns of students and an ability and willingness to engage in pastoral care for students; [ESSENTIAL]
  5. A commitment to the long term development of the discipline. [ESSENTIAL]

For further information about this post please contact Prof Edward Shinnick at e.shinnick@ucc.ie.

Applications for this post

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