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The Department has internationally competitive research strengths in macroeconomics, international development, cultural economics, energy economics and applied microeconomics. The Department has been successful in attracting financial support from IRCHSS, Irish Aid, Science Foundation Ireland, PRTLI, the EU Framework Programme, NORFACE, the World Bank, Fondation Banque de France and the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET).

The macroeconomics group includes Agustin Benetrix, Vahagn Galstyan, Paul Scanlon and Michael Wycherley. The international development area also has critical mass with staff members Fadi Hassan, Michael King, Tara Mitchell, Gaia Narciso and Carol Newman. John O'Hagan is prominent in the field of cultural economics, while Eleanor Denny is highly active in the field of energy economics. Sean Barrett, Francis O'Toole and Andrew Somerville are active in various fields of applied microeconomics (transport economics, competition economics, applied theory). For more detailed information on research activity, see the home pages of individual staff members.