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Aditi Kharb


UCD School of Economics


Andrea Berger

Title: TBD

School of Business


Andy Finette

Title: Informational influence and reference dependent preferences

School of Economics

Aušra Čižauskaitė

Title: The Objective and Subjective Quality of Social Investment Interventions for Households with Children

School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice

Description: Aušra’s research focuses on the social investment framework with a specific focus on the quality of childcare services across the European Union. Her PhD dissertation aims to contribute to the social investment literature and debates on institutional public childcare services. It adopts and bottom-up approach to analyse satisfaction with childcare quality in Europe. The analysis includes two distinctive themes: objective childcare program quality and individual experiences of service users, i.e., households with small children. By combining subjective and objective indicators of quality her research seeks to contribute to research on the multidimensional approach to childcare services.

Chen Haochi

Title: Policies against Inequality? The Effects of China’s Fertility Policies on Intergenerational Mobility

School of Economics

Chenlong Wang

Title: Online Community Information Evaluation Mechanisms: Wisdom of the Crowds in the Context of Internet Question and Answer Platforms

School of Sociology

Description: The project focuses on the wisdom of the crowd phenomenon in the context of online platforms in which users interact with each other through a cycling mechanism: reading content, voting on the content, system ranking content according to votes, and reading the content again. The project utilises the agent-based simulation approach to test: to what extent the conditions of wisdom of the crowds can be satisfied, to what extent the collective opinions in these platforms can represent the wisdom of the crowds, and whether the online wisdom of the crowds is able to solve some problems difficult to tackle in the tradition ways.

Daire Crotty

Title: Selling a false dream.’ Does third level education necessarily result in a higher degree of earnings?

School of Economics

Dimitrios Argyros

Title: Essays in Demographic Economics: The role of the political environment and public policies in shaping family decisions: Evidence from developing countries

School of Economics

Francesca Eustacchi

Title: The impact of women land titles on children's well-being

School of Economics 

Description: Women’s empowerment and gender equality are integrated part of the 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals aimed at enabling global development by 2030 set out by the United Nations. The question is: does women’s empowerment have an impact on societal development? To answer to this question, I will analyse three different channels to empower women. First, the recognition of land titles to women on children’s educational attainment and nutritional security. Secondly, women’s participation in executive committees of community forest management on environmental conservation indicators and on child labor, and lastly the impact of women’s migration on girl’s academic performance.

Giacomo lo Conte

Title: TBD

School of Economics

Himani Pasricha

Title: Essays on Labour Economics

School of Economics

Inigo Aldama

Title: Understanding the Role of Social Welfare Systems on the Dynamics of Ethnic Conflict in European Regions: Evidence from the Great Recession

School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice

Johannes Scheuerer

Title: Essays on Taxation in the Global Economy 

School of Economics

Description: My main research interests lie in the field of empirical international economics, with a focus on foreign direct investment, industrial organization and international corporate taxation. In particular, my current work revolves around the profit shifting activities of multinational enterprises (MNEs). It is by now well-established that MNEs have the possibility to reduce their global tax obligations by shifting parts of their profits to low-tax countries. I analyze the drivers of such tax avoidance practices, their consequences for the wider society and the potential of countermeasures aimed at mitigating this behavior. 

Kira Finan


School of Economics

Lucie Martin

Title: Administrative burdens and inequality

School of Economics

Description: My research focuses on behavioural public policy. I study how behavioural barriers impact access, and equality of access, to government services such as social welfare benefits. My PhD research uses experimental surveys to measure administrative burdens (“sludge”) in citizen-state interactions. I show that burdens disproportionately impact disadvantaged groups’ time-use, wellbeing, and decisions. I am currently conducting a follow-up survey of administrative burden experiences and behaviours in 5 countries with 10,000 participants. I also work with policy partners such as the United Nations to design, implement, and analyse sludge measurement and reduction projects using field experiments and surveys

Manuel Estevo Lago Rodríguez

Title: How salient shocks quickly change social norms

School of Economics

Description: Previous research has documented the importance and persistence of social norms, but there is limited understanding of whether they are capable of changing in the short run. My research focuses on testing whether significant local shocks may push societies towards a deviation from their social norm, while similar societies remain static in the absence of such a disturbing force. Particularly, I examine the ability of attitudes towards women’s rights in the aftermath of the #MeToo movement to quickly shift, by exploiting individual-level surveys datasets.

Manvi Jindal

Title: The application of the framework of preferential treatment all-pay auction and contest theory treatment all-pay auction and contest theory

School of Economics

Marco Flores

Title: Queer Sexual Migration: Masculinities and Privilege among Gay American Expats in Dublin and Prague

School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice 

Description: This study analyses the lived experiences of transnational mobility for gay American expatriate men who reside in Dublin, Ireland and Prague, Czech Republic. Few studies on sexuality and migration have explored how privilege is reproduced or transformed among gay migrants across the Global North. The research endeavours to better understand how sexuality and migration organise gay men’s everyday lives. Gay men expatriates thrive to reimagine themselves through their travel and face destabilizing experiences in transnational spaces. The frameworks of sexual migration, transnational migration, and Critical Studies of Men and Masculinities (CSMM) elucidate intersections of gender, race and social class with globalisation, nationalism and colonialism manifested in the lived experiences of migrants. 

Marianna Lovato

Title: The (in)formal rules of the game: How member states navigate informality in EU foreign policy negotiations

School of Politics and International Relations 

Description: Marianna is a final-year PhD candidate at the School of Politics and International Relations (University College Dublin). Her PhD project focuses on the role of informality in EU foreign policy negotiations (CFSP/CSDP). She is also working on post-Brexit EU foreign policy cooperation, the effects of Russia's war of aggression on Europeanisation dynamics, and social relational conceptions of state power in international negotiations. Her research has appeared in the Journal of Common Market Studies and the Journal of European Public Politics. Marianna holds an MPhil in European Politics from the University of Oxford and a BA in Political Science from SciencesPo Paris. 

Mary Naughton

Title: Union and Social Movement Strategies in the Healthcare sector

School of Business

Matt Kennedy

Title: Transnormativity and the Everyday Lifeworlds of Young Trans Men in Ireland

School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice

Matthew Amalitinga Abagna

Title: Essays on International Trade and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

School of Economics

Michele Gubello

Title: Essays on inequality and human capital

School of Economics

Mohsin Javed

Title: The impact of automation technologies on workers with different skills

School of Economics

Nadiya Saba

Title: Factors influencing increased adoption of EV towards Decarbonisation of Transport sector in Ireland and Internationally

School of Economics 

Description: My research is part of an SFI-funded all-island project on Next Generation Energy Systems (NexSys), led by the UCD Energy Institute. We are aware that decarbonization of the transport sector plays a vital role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helps mitigate the impacts of Climate Change. To support such a transition towards net zero, as part of my research, I will be working toward the electrification of Commercial and Passenger Vehicles. I will also examine the uptake and use of EVs in commercial fleets; understand the behaviour of SMEs towards EVs and model a framework to understand the future capacity and demand for EV charging infrastructure for a cleaner transition.

Neeharika Kakunuri

Title: Partisan Politics, Inequality and Growth

School of Economics

Niall Costello

Title: An investigation into the effects of engagement in education and work on brain health across the life course

School of Education

Description: My research seeks to investigate the relationship between long term engagement with education and brain health throughout the life course. Studies routinely indicate that that there is a positive relationship between years in education and reduced risk of age-related brain and cognitive disorders. This is even when controlling for trait effects such as overall cognitive ability and personal disposition. Using longitudinal data from Ireland and the UK, I am investigating the life course mechanisms by which these affects occur. Specifically, how engagement in education can optimise overall life satisfaction and permit transition to suitable labour force opportunities which incur a brain health “dividend” in later life.

Nobuko Ijichi

Title: Community of Practice and Public Diplomacy – through Japanese cultural learning and exchange

School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice

Olivia Finan


School of Economics

Orla Dingley

Title: Energy Justice: addressing transport & residential energy deprivation

School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice

Description: My research is part of an SFI funded all-island project on Next Generation Energy Systems (NexSys), led by the UCD Energy Institute. It will identify groups at risk of energy deprivation in Ireland. Current measures of poverty in Ireland fail to capture both residential and transport energy deprivation, so the full extent of vulnerability is unknown. A key component of the project will be to identify and evaluate eco-social policies which address both the environmental and social challenges associated with energy. Such policies would protect vulnerable households, communities and nature as well as ensuring a just transition.

Philip Carthy

Title: Essays on the Environment, Health, and Human Capital

School of Economics 


My research interests lie at the intersection of environmental, health, and labour economics. My work attempts to explain variations in health and labour outcomes that arise due to environmental health risks such as air and noise pollution. I am particularly interested in documenting regional variations in outcomes and employing causal inference techniques to explain their root causes. I am also interested in explaining how unequal exposure to environmental hazards can have differential long-term impacts on individuals in terms of their health and economic well-being.   

Prachi Srivastava

Title: Inflation expectations and Monetary policy

School of Economics

Sam Deegan

Title: Feedback Effects of Financial Distress: A Study of the European Banking Sector (provisional)

School of Economics

Sara Ponce

Title: Early Childhood School Engagement and Socioeconomic Disadvantage: The Role of Emotion Coaching

School of Education

Shreya Swarnakar

Title: Globalisation and Women’s Health Outcomes: A Detailed Study

School of Economics

Sofia Ntaliou

Title: Local citizenship for immigrants: the cases of Athens and Dublin

School of Social Justice, Social Policy and Social Work

Description:This comparative multi-sited ethnographic research explores if and how local policies produce contingent (forms of) citizenship rights for the un(der)documented residents of Athens and Dublin. The aim of the project is to contribute both conceptually and empirically to local citizenship theory as well as to European scholarship on the approaches of the urban governance of immigrant policies and their relation to the national policies. Furthermore, it will provide new comparative policy-relevant data for the two cities which will facilitate the discussions around the role of cities in immigration and how it changes in different contexts.

Tatiana Bezdenezhnykh

Title: Economic shocks to healthcare and consequences for households

School of Economics

Theresa Schilling

Title: Queer Relationships and Masculinities: Friendship, Intimacy and Community Among Young Queer People in Ireland

School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice 

Description: This ethnographic research project examines the friendships of queer masculine young adults, between 20 and 30 years of age, living in Ireland. Through the use of two types of ethnographic interviews, this study investigates the various relationships of young queer masculine people, and the contexts which enrich and complicate these relationships, as well as differentiate these relationships from those which align with societal norms. These contexts encompass converging experiences of masculinity, experiences of queerness, and experiences of friendship, intimacy, kinship, and community-building. By approaching this research through the lenses of intersectional queer theory and Critical Studies of Men and Masculinities, this study aims to contribute to new understandings of the ways queer masculine people traverse systemically imposed boundaries of expression, eroticism, and connection.

Xidong Guo

Title: Provision of Health Care: The Road towards a Better System

School of Economics

Description: Xidong's research employs both theoretical and empirical approaches in health economics. He pays special attention to the optimal design of health payment systems among the government, hospitals, and medical consultants. His first paper (with Sarah Parlane) proposes a theoretical analysis of managing private care within public hospitals.Following the first paper, his second paper provides empirical evidence for assessing the outcome of the 2008 medical consultants’ contract reform in Ireland, and addresses the effectiveness of voluntary reform. His third paper studies to what extent should we invest in rural hospitals, and which payment system provides the proper motivation. 

Xuejing Yu

Title: Energy Economics

School of Economics

Yishan Shi

Title: Intergenerational mobility and educational inequality

School of Economics

Yuchen Zhang

Title: When Women Wear The Trousers: The Reversed Gender Role Distribution of households in China as Women’s Socioeconomic Status Raises

School of Sociology

Yung-Shiang Yang

Title: Motivation and Ranking: An Experiment

School of Economics

Description: Rankings appear everywhere in our lives. Most current research in management and education focuses on examining how its provision would affect performance while motivation is usually mentioned ex post as a potential mechanism to explain the results. The objective of my study is to elicit participants’ intrinsic/extrinsic motivation in different treatments to understand whether different kinds of motivation would be affected differently by the provision of ranking.

Zilong Li

Title: Revisiting the border effect

School of Economics

Description: My work focuses on international trade. This includes exploring the factors that affect the trade cost, examining the impact of trade policies as well as linking trade with other disciplines such as history, geography for interdisciplinary research. I am also interested in topics related to international money and finance. I am currently doing a paper regarding the border effect, which is mainly about how the administrative border affects the trade and the factors behind it.

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