UCD faculty are at the forefront of research in all areas of economics and publish in leading journals. The School has particular strengths in labour economics, behavioural economics, international trade and economic history. 
In the first year, each student is matched with a preliminary supervisor based on mutual research interests. The final assignment of supervisors is done at the beginning of year 2. In addition to the supervisor, every student has a Research Studies Panel of three faculty members who provide feedback to the student once per term. 
Students have to present their work regularly in a weekly PhD seminar, where they receive constructive feedback from peers and faculty. UCD also encourages students to present at international conferences. 
The School of Economics runs a weekly seminar series and students are encouraged to discuss their work with the seminar speakers. In addition, the Geary Institute for Public Policy and UCD Behavioural Science Centre runs regular seminar series and workshops.