The Centre currently has six members all based in the Department of Economics in University College Cork.  The two co-directors are Justin Doran and Declan Jordan.  Theme leaders are Jane Bourke and Frank Crowley.  The SRERC Working Paper Series is edited by Noirin McCarthy. More details on each member are available blow. 

Justin Doran - Director


Justin Doran is Director of the Spatial and Regional Economics Research Centre at UCC and a lecturer in the Department of Economics, Cork University Business School, UCC.

Justin's research interests lie in the areas of regional economics, economic resilience, applied and spatial econometrics, business innovation and firm performance. Justin has published 27 peer reviewed academic articles in such highly ranked journals as Environment and Planning A, the Cambridge Journal of Regions Economy and Society, Regional Studies, Papers in Regional Science, Spatial Economic Analysis, Industry and Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development and Economic Letters among others.

Justin is an active member of the Regional Science Association International - British and Irish Section and was elected to the societies committee in August 2012. In August 2016 Justin was elected as sectary of the RSAI-BIS. He is also a committee member, a past secretary and current Chair of the Regional Studies Association - Irish Branch, having been elected to the committee in December 2012, elected to the role of secretary from December 2013 to December 2016 and elected to the role of Chair in December 2016.

Justin is currently a Co-Editor of the journal Spatial Economic Analysis. He is also an editor of the Taylor and Frances Open Access journal Cogent Economics and Finance.

Justin's google scholar profile can be viewed here. As of September 2017 Justin's research has been cited 300 times and he has a h-index of 10 and an i-10 index of 10.



Declan Jordan - Director

Declan Jordan is a Senior Lecturer in Economics and a Director of the Spatial and Regional Economics Research Centre, UCC. Declan's research interests include innovation, regional development and competitiveness, innovation and enterprise policy, and sports economics. Prior to joining UCC, Declan gained substantial management and corporate experience, as Manager, Consulting with the leading Irish treasury and financial consulting firm in the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) and as Treasury Manager with Intel Ireland. He lectures at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and also has also organised Executive Workshops in Innovation for Competitiveness.


Declan has a PhD (Economics) from University College Cork. He graduated from University of Limerick in 1991 with an honours Bachelor of Business Studies degree. In 1993 he was awarded an honours Masters in Economic Science degree from University College Dublin.

Jane Bourke - Theme Leader

Dr. Jane Bourke is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at University College Cork and is the theme leader of the Spatial analysis of Innovation and Firm Growth section of the Spatial and Regional Economics Research Centre, UCC. Jane holds BComm and MEconSc degrees from University College Cork and a PhD from Warwick Business School. Since joining the Department in 2006, Jane has taught across a range of courses, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Jane's research interests are in the areas of innovation & technological change, adoption and diffusion of innovations, and health economics. Jane has presented her research at national and international conferences, and has recently published in Technovation, the International Journal of Innovation Management, the European Journal of Health Economics and Health Policy.

Frank Crowley - Theme Leader

Dr Frank Crowley is a lecturer in the School of Economics, UCC since 2007 and is the theme leader of the City and Regional Economics section of the Spatial and Regional Economics Research Centre, UCC. He has published research articles on the topics of innovation, firm performance, urban development, regional development, spatial economics, government policy intervention, management practices, consumer behaviour and public choice in International and National peer reviewed journals.

Frank's primary research interests are in the area of economic geography. Currently, his research work includes examining the role of the creative sector and the creative economy in Ireland; the role of industrial structures and spatial economic resilience in Ireland; And, the links between talent, tolerance, diversity, well-being and entrepreneurship in European Countries.

Frank has won best presentation and best paper at the annual Regional Science Association International - British and Irish Section and he frequently presents his research at International conferences. He is in his second term as a member of the committee for the Regional Science Association International- British and Irish Section (RSAI-BIS). He is also on the organising committee for the annual ERSA (European Regional Science Association) conference for 2018. His work is also practitioner based and focused and his work has been presented and disseminated to EU policymakers in the area of regional innovation policy. His work has also influenced national policy in the distribution of sports allocation grants. He has over 10 years’ experience supervising students conducting empirical research.

He is frequently invited to review academic papers for high quality scientific journals in Economics. Frank obtained his PhD training in the University of Groningen under the supervision of the world renowned regional economist Prof. Philip McCann. Frank lectures on economics, innovation, regional development, policy intervention and firm performance at undergraduate and postgraduate level in UCC.

Frank has undertaken consultancy work for local government and he also contributes regularly to national and local media on economic issues through his #classroom2community initiative. Frank's email is or follow him on twitter @frankgcrowley

Noirin McCarthy- SRERC Working Paper Series Editor

Noirin McCarthy is a lecturer in the School of Economics and currently teaches on the BA (Economics), Postgraduate Diploma in Economics of Business Practice and the M.Econ.Sc programmes. She is an undergraduate of University College Cork (B.Comm) and also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics and Evaluation Studies as well as a Masters Degree in Economics (M.Econ.Sc) also from University College Cork.

In 2016, Noirin completed her PhD at the University of Sheffield under the supervision of Prof. Peter Wright. Her thesis is titled "Essays on the Irish Labour Market." Her research interests include entrepreneurship, job churn and the labour market.

Marie O'Connor - Member

Marie O' Connor is a lecturer in the Department of Economics.  Marie is a graduate of UCC (Bcomm; MBS Business Economics) and completed her PhD at Queen's University Belfast.  Marie's research interests include patents, innovation, entrepreneurial opportunities, entrepreneurship, and income inequality. 

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