The Spatial and Regional Economics Research Centre (SRERC) arises from the extensive experience and research expertise in regional science developed by a cluster of staff in the Department of Economics, University College Cork. The Centre operates on the philosophy of research excellence and policy relevance. The members of the research centre have published more than 60 peer reviewed academic journal articles between them in leading journals in the field of regional economics including Environment and Planning A, Regional Studies, Papers in Regional Science, Cambridge Journal of Regions Economy and Society, and Spatial Economic Analysis.
The membership of the Centre Justin Doran (Director), Declan Jordan (Director), Jane Bourke (Theme Leader), Frank Crowley (Theme Leader), Marie O’Connor, and Noirin McCarthy.
The Centre focuses on three central themes:
 Spatial economic analysis
 Spatial analysis of Innovation and Firm Growth
 City and Regional Economics
The first theme is led by Justin Doran and focuses on the analysis of spatial phenomena. Its focus is the use of applied spatial and non-spatial econometrics, quantitative geographical information systems, and the geo-coding of data.
The second research theme focuses on the spatial effects of innovation and firm growth. This is led by Declan Jordan and Jane Bourke and focuses on the micro-economic underpinnings of regional development focusing on the firm as the unit of analysis.
The final research theme focuses on the City and Regional Economics. This is led by Frank Crowley and focuses on the development of, and role of, city regions. Given the central role economic development is to take in Ireland’s National Planning Framework this research theme will provide valuable insights and advice for policymakers.
SRERC will host, in August 2018, the 58th Annual Congress of the European Regional Science Association. The Congress Chair is Declan Jordan. Justin Doran, Frank Crowley, and Noirin McCarthy are members of the local organising committee. This Congress will be used to promote SRERC and will provide an impressive platform for SRERC to raise its profile internationally. The Congress is the largest regional science conference in the world, and will attract between 850 and 950 delegates over four days. The delegates will include the leading regional scientists in the world. The selection of Cork to host this event highlights the standing in which the centre members are held in the field of regional science. This will be the largest conference held in Cork and by hosting this event the centre will receive significant publicity which will benefit the centre, as well as CUBS, the College of Business and Law, and UCC.