Dr. Orla Doyle has been elected to a two year term of office as the President of the Irish Economic Association. Orla is an Associate Professor here in the school and also a Research Fellow at the UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy. The core focus of her research is the economics of human behaviour. She has developed, led, and consolidated a large research programme dedicated to evaluating the effectiveness of early childhood intervention programmes using experimental designs. She has generated over €2M in research funding to date and has published over 50 academic articles across multiple disciplines. Dr.Doyle is currently the Director of the UCD Childhood and Human Development Research Centre.