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Deirdre O'Connor

Lecturer

School Of Agriculture & Food Science
Agriculture and Food Science
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7167706
Email: deirdre.oconnor@ucd.ie

Biography

Dr. Deirdre O’ Connor is Lecturer in Resource Economics in the School  of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin.  Her research interests include agricultural and rural policy analysis, with particular reference to the impact of EU policy on rural communities; food policy – especially the issue of food poverty in Ireland and agri environmental policy analysis in the Irish and European context.  Her consultancy and research assignments include commissions from a number of national and international organisations  such as the European Commission, the Organsiation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, a range of national statutory agencies and the community and voluntary sector.

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2004.
Title: Visiting Professor University of Pisa, Italy
Year: 2007.
Title: Visiting Professor Senshu University 2007

Associations

Association: Healthy Food for All Initiative , Function/Role: Chair
Association: EU Cost Action 866 Green Care in Agriculture , Function/Role: Chair
     

Conference Contributions

Lara, A., Kelly, P.W., Lynch, P.B. and O' Connor, D. ; `Effects of Environmental and Animal Welfare Regulations on the Competitiveness of the Irish Pig Industry'. [N/A], Agricultural Research Forum, Tullamore, (September).2001, * .
O' Connor, D. and Dunne, W. ; Conceptualisation of Multifunctionality in Ireland ' Issues for Policy Design, Implementation and Evaluation. [International Refereed Conference], European Society for Rural Sociology, Kezthely, Hungary .
O' Connor, D. and Gorman, M.; The Role of Regional Quality Food Production in Rural Development in Ireland. [International Refereed Conference], European Society for Rural Sociology, Sligo, Ireland .
Gorman, M., Mannion, J., O'Connor, D., Kinsella, J. and Wilson, S. ; The Socio-Economic Impact of Rural Development on Farm Households. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Agricultural Economics Society of Ireland, Dublin Ireland .
Lara, A. Kelly, P.W., O'Connor D. and Lynch, B. ; Distributors' requirements for 'improved' animal welfare in pig production: added value or a net cost?'. [International Refereed Conference], 83rd EAAE SeminarFood Quality Products in the Advent of the 21st Century: Production, Demand Public Policy, Chania, Greece .
Gorman, M. and O'Connor, D. ; Ireland's Overseas Aid Programme and Agenda 21. [International Refereed Conference], Achievement and Challenge: Rio+10 and Ireland Dublin:, Dublin, Ireland .
Gorman, M. and O' Connor, D.; Environmental Management and Farm Household Livelihoods ' the Contribution of the Rural Environmental Protection Scheme (REPS) and Organic Agriculture in Ireland. [International Refereed Conference], Achievement and Challenge: Rio+10 and Ireland, Dublin: Ireland .
O' Connor, D. ; Modelling Policy Scenarios for the Irish and European Beef Sectors. [International Refereed Conference], Proceedings of the 56th European Agricultural Economics Seminar,, Paris .
O'Connor, D.; Measurement of the Support to Irish Agriculture. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Agricultural Economics Society of Ireland 1994/95, Dublin, Ireland .
Matthews, A. and O'Connor, D.; A SWOPSIM Model of the Irish Agricultural Sector. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Agricultural Economics Society of Ireland Proceedings 1992/93, Dublin, Ireland .
O'Connor, D.; The Use of the Producer Subsidy Equivalent (PSE) as a Measure of Support for Irish Agriculture. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Proceedings of the Irish Economic Association 9th Annual Conference, Cavan, Ireland .

Committees

Committee : Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the Faculty of Agriculture, UCD 1998-2001.
Committee : Member of Management Group - Egalitarian World Initiative
Committee : Member Partnership Board - Masters Urban Planning Degree
Committee : Chair, Management Committee, Healthy Food for All Initiative, Combat Poverty Agency
Committee : Member - Postgraduate Studies Committee, School of Biology and Environmental Science
Committee : Member, Working Group on Modularisation of Taught Programmes, College of Life Sciences

Employment

Employer: OECD
Position: Consultant
Employer: ESRI Dublin
Position: Research Assistant
Employer: Trinity College Dublin
Position: Teaching Assistant

Education

Year 2007 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 1990 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: BA Subject:
Year 1998 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 2007 Institution: City University London
Qualification: MSc Subject: Food Policy
         

Publications

Books

Di Iacovo, F. and O' Connor, D. ; (2009) Supporting Policies for Social Farming In Europe. Firenze: ARSIA. [Details]
O Connor, D,. Gorman, M., Renting, H. and Kinsella, J. (eds) (pp. 152); (2006) Driving Rural Development: Policy and Practice in Seven EU Countries. Assen:: Van Gorcum. [Details]

Book Chapters

Feehan, J. and O Connor, D. ; (2009) 'Agriculture and Multifunctionality in Ireland' In: John McDonagh, Tony Varley ans Sally Shortall (eds). A Living Countryside? The Politics of Sustainable Development in Ireland. Cornwall: Ashgate. , pp.123-138 [Details]
O'Connor, D; (2008) 'Policies for Farming for Health - Partners or Enemies?' In: Joost Dessein (eds). Farming for Health. Ghent: ILVO. , pp.45-53 [Details]
O'Connor, D., Renting, H., Gorman, M. and Kinsella, J.; (2006) 'The Evolution of Rural Development in Europe and the Role of EU Policy (Chapter 1)' In: O'Connor, D., Renting, H., Gorman, M. and Kinsella, J.; (eds). Driving Rural Development: Policy and Practice in Seven EU Countries. Assen, Netherlands: Van Gorcum. [Details]
O'Connor, D., M. Gorman, Wilson, S. and Kinsella, J.; (2006) 'At Home with the Cork Declaration: Rural Development in Ireland (Chapter 6)' In: O'Connor, D., M. Gorman, Wilson, S. and Kinsella, J.; (eds). Driving Rural Development: Policy and Practice in Seven EU Countries. Assen, Netherlands: Van Gorcum. [Details]
O' Connor, D., Tritz, J., Gorman, M., Mannion, J. and Wilson, S. ; (2004) 'Comunicazione e sviluppo rurale. Lo scenario irlandese' In: O' Connor, D., Tritz, J., Gorman, M., Mannion, J. and Wilson, S. ; (eds). Trasformare la comunicazione rurale ¿ scenari ed esperienze in alcuni paesi europei. Florence: ARSIA. , pp.3-26 [Details]
O Connor, D. ; (2003) 'Agriculture in Ireland North and South' In: O Connor, D. ; (eds). Encyclopaedia of Ireland. Dublin: Gill and MacMillan. [Details]
O'Connor, D. and Harley, M.; (1994) 'Farm Employment and Economic Adjustment in OECD Countries - Case Study - Ireland' In: O'Connor, D. and Harley, M.; (eds). Farm Employment and Economic Adjustment in OECD Countries. Paris: OECD. [Details]
O'Connor, D. ; (1994) 'Methods to Value Non-Market Environmental Goods' In: O'Connor, D. ; (eds). Agricultural Policy Reform: New Approaches ; The Role of Direct Payments. Paris: OECD. [Details]
FitzGerald, J. and O' Connor, D.; (1991) 'The Economic Consequences of CAP Reform' In: FitzGerald, J. and O' Connor, D.; (eds). ESRI Medium Term Review: 1991-1996. Dublin:: Economic and Social Research Institute. [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Duesberg, S., O¿ Connor. D. and Ni Dhubhain, A. (2013) 'To Plant or Not to Plant: Irish Farmers¿ Goals and Values with Regard to Afforestation'. Land Use Policy, 32 (1):155-164. [Details]
Duesberg, S., Upton, V., O¿Connor, D., and Ni Dhubháin, Á. (2014) 'Factors Influencing Irish Farmers¿ Afforestation Intentions'. Forest Policy and Economics, 39 :13-20. [Details]
Duesberg, S., Ni Dhubháin, Á. and O¿Connor, D. (2014) 'Assessing Policy Tools for Encouraging Farm Afforestation in Ireland'. Land Use Policy, 38 :194-203. [Details]
Dowler, E.A and O Connor,D. ; (2011) 'Rights Based Approaches to Addressing Food Poverty and Food Insecurity in Ireland and the UK'. Social Science and Medicine, . Available Online [Details]
NiDhubhain, A, Flechard, M., Moloney, R., O' Connor, D. and Crowley, T. ; (2009) 'Assessing the Value of Forestry to the Irish Economy - an Input Output Approach'. Forest Policy and Economics, 11 (1):50-55. [Details]
Ni Dhubhain, A., Flechard, M., Moloney, R., O Connor, D. and Crowley, T. ; (2009) 'Stakeholders' Perspectives of Forestry in Rural Areas - Two Case Studies in Ireland'. Land Use Policy, 26 (3):695-703. [Details]
O' Connor, D. and Dunne, W. ; (2009) 'Conceptualising Multifunctionality in the Irish Policy Context: Issues for Policy Formulation, Implementation and Evaluation'. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, . [Details]

Other Journals

Ni Dhubhain, A. & O'Connor, D. ; (2006) 'The Socio-Economic Contribution of Forestry in Ireland ' An Interdiscipliary Approach' . [Details]

Conference Publications

O' Connor, D. and Dunne, W. ; (2005) Conceptualisation of Multifunctionality in Ireland ' Issues for Policy Design, Implementation and Evaluation' European Society for Rural Sociology [Details]
O' Connor, D. and Gorman, M.; (2003) Thee Role of Regional Quality Food Production in Rural Development in Ireland European Society for Rural Sociology [Details]
Gorman, M., Mannion, J., O'Connor, D., Kinsella, J. and Wilson, S.; (2003) The Socio-Economic Impact of Rural Development on Farm Households Proceedings of the Agricultural Economics Society of Ireland 2001/2002 [Details]
Lara, A. Kelly, P.W., O'Connor D. and Lynch, B. ; (2003) Distributors' requirements for 'improved' animal welfare in pig production: added value or a net cost? Food Quality Products in the Advent of the 21st Century: Production, Demand and Public Policy [Details]
Gorman, M and O' Connor, D.; (2002) `Ireland's Overseas Aid Programme andAgenda 21, Achievement and Challenge' R + 10 and Ireland Conference, UCD,Dublin, (September) *, , pp.505-512 [Details]
Gorman, M. and O' Connor, D. (2002) ,; (2002) Environmental Management and FarmHousehold Livelihoods, the Contribution of the Rural Environment Protection Scheme and Organic Farming Rio +10 *, , pp.512-517 [Details]

Published Reports

O'Connor, D. Lai, M. and Watson, S. ; (2011) Overview of Social Farming and Rural Developoment Policy in Selected EU Member States. European Commission, Brussels. Available Online [Details]
O'Connor, D., Walsh, J. and Cantillon, S.; (2008) Rights-Based Approaches to Food Poverty In Ireland. Combat Poverty Agency, Dublin. Available Online [Details]
           

Reports

O' Connor, D. and A. Matthews,; (2001) `Construction of a Disaggregated Agro- Food Input Output Table for Ireland'. Reports [Details]
Sheehy, S.J and D. O' Connor; (1999) `Report on the Future of Irish Agriculture for the Joint Committee on Agriculture'. Reports [Details]
                                                           

Policy Contribution

Goodison, P. and O' Connor, D. ; (2003) Beyond Cancun: EU Agricultural Trade Policy and the Majority World. Policy Contribution [Details]
           

Research

Research Interests

Agricultural economics.
Rural development.
Food policy.
Environmental policy.
Agricultural policy analysis.

Research Projects

Sponsor : Teagasc
Title : The development of producer groups and networks and linking with innovation platforms
Start Date / End Date : 07-SEP-15 / 06-JUN-17
Sponsor : Teagasc
Title : The benefits and risks of categorising farmers. Categorising farmers at local level. Where can we get the data
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-14 / 30-JUN-16
Sponsor : Teagasc
Title : CRM - Identify categories of KT `need¿ among populations of farmers
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-13 / 30-JUN-15
Sponsor : EC Framework (FP7)
Title : TRANSMANGO
Start Date / End Date : 01-FEB-14 / 31-JAN-18
Sponsor : Teagasc
Title : Advisory methods to improve farmer engagement in farm health and safety
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-12 / 30-JUN-14
Sponsor : Teagasc
Title : An assessment of progress in inter farm contract rearing/ trading services
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-11 / 30-JUN-13
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : Research Report: Supporting the Development of Social Farming in the North West Region of Ireland
Start Date / End Date : 15-JUN-09 / 31-AUG-09
Sponsor : Advisory Board for Irish Aid
Title : Policy Coherence for development and agriculture
Start Date / End Date : 14-JAN-08 / 13-JAN-10
Sponsor : Advisory Board for Irish Aid
Title : Policy coherence for development and agriculture
Start Date / End Date : 14-JAN-08 / 13-JAN-10
Sponsor : Advisory Board for Irish Aid
Title : Policy coherence for development and agriculture
Start Date / End Date : 14-JAN-08 / 13-JAN-10
Sponsor : Advisory Board for Irish Aid
Title : Scoping research on key policy incoherence issues to be addressed by the Irish government
Start Date / End Date : 13-AUG-07 / 13-MAY-08
Sponsor : European Commission FP6 via Helsinki University
Title : Capitalisation of Research Results on the multifunctionality of agriculture and rural areas
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-04 / 28-FEB-05
Sponsor : IRD Duhallow Ltd.
Title : Imaging Rural Identities - Transnational Project
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAR-05 / 28-FEB-07
Sponsor : European Commission FP5
Title : Transforming Rural Communication
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-02 / 31-DEC-04
Sponsor : Teagasc
Title : Animal Welfare legislation: competiveness of pig industry
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-00 / 30-SEP-01
Sponsor : European Commission FP4
Title : The Socio-Economic Impact of Rural Development Policies: Realities and Potentials
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAR-99 / 28-FEB-02
Sponsor : Dept. of Agriculture, Food & Forestry
Title : A model of the agri-food industry in Ireland
Start Date / End Date : 01-JUN-98 / 30-DEC-99
Sponsor : Teagasc
Title : The economics of low-input cereal production
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-98 / 30-SEP-99
Sponsor : European Commission FP6
Title : Social Services in Multifunctional Farms - Social Farming (SOFAR)
Start Date / End Date : 01-JUN-06 / 30-JUN-10
Sponsor : Teagasc
Title : Assessing the impact of Multifunctionality
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-05 / 31-OCT-09
Sponsor : Institute for European Environmental Policy, UK
Title : Evaluation of less-favoured areas
Start Date / End Date : 01-JUN-06 / 30-JUN-10
Sponsor : Teagasc
Title : The cost effectiveness of ammonia emission mitigation measures and their influence on other nitrogen loss pathways
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-06 / 31-AUG-08
Sponsor : Combat Poverty Agency
Title : Rights-based approach to food poverty
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-06 / 30-JUN-10

Recent Postgraduates

Stefanie Duesberg - Ph D - supervised to completion - 2014

Colm Kelly - Masters in Agricultural Science - supervised to completion 2014

Current Postgraduate Students

Arya Pillai, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Achilana Mtingele, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Nana Osei Bonsu, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Secondary Supervisor
Stephen Robb, Agricultural Science (MAgrSc)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Paul Newman, Agricultural Science (MAgrSc)   -   Thesis Supervisor
John Greaney, Agricultural Science (MAgrSc)   -   Thesis Co-Supervisor

Teaching

 

Modules Coordinated

201500   RDEV20030     Rural Development: Applied Economic Analysis
201500   RDEV40540     Rural Development: Social Farming:Policy& Practic
201500   RDEV40230     Rural Development: Minor Thesis (Rural Dev)
201500   RDEV10040     Rural Development: Intro to Food & Agbus Mgmt
201500   RDEV10030     Rural Development: Ag Economics and Business
201500   RDEV40180     Rural Development: Management and Finance