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Faculty Research Interests

Below are the research interests of academic staff engaged in supervising PhD students within Trinity Business School. If you are interested in a particular research theme or a specific research project, please make direct contact with the staff member in question. In some cases, staff members may have access to funding for doctoral research purposes.

Supervisor:    Barry, Frank                                                            Email: frank.barry@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include foreign direct investment and economic, business and industrial history.

Doctoral research projects currently under supervision include aspects of economic development, foreign direct investment and international trade.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the following area:

Irish Economic and Business History:

  • Archival research on economic and business policy-making in Ireland.
  • Analysis of the evolution of industrial sectors and firms in Ireland from independence to the present day.

Supervisor:         Berrill, Jenny                                                                    Email: jberril@tcd.ie 

Areas of research interest include international finance and international business.

Doctoral research projects currently under supervision include (i) the benefits of indirect international portfolio diversification, (ii) comparing the performance and foreign exchange exposure of multinational companies versus domestic firms, and (iii) firm-level geographic sales analysis in international portfolio diversification.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the areas of (i) the regionalisation / globalisation debate in international business, (ii) investing in emerging markets and emerging market MNCs, (iii) indirect portfolio diversification and (iv) measuring performance of assets and portfolios.


Supervisor:         Brady, Mairead                                                                Email: mairead.brady@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include contemporary marketing practice with a digital orientation; social media, web traffic and data analytics; technology and third level education.

Doctoral research projects currently under supervision include understanding contemporary digital and web-based data challenges; investigating the deluge of data from social media and how organisations use technology to support decision-making; creating a model for firm generated users’ content to mediate customer-firm engagements; and exploring the role of technology in third level.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the areas highlighted above and/or; (i) Designing marketing and organisational processes for social media and web data utilisation; (ii) An analysis of the role of technology within contemporary marketing practice: a 20-year review; and (iii) Exploring the role of the student and technology within third level institutions.


Supervisor:         Brennan, Louis                                                                 Email: brennaml@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include Global Strategy, Supply Chain Management, International Business, Technology Management and Culture & Operations Strategy.

Doctoral research projects currently under supervision include Culture and Innovation Strategy, FDI, Internationalisation, and Manufacturing Policy & Strategy.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the following areas: Supply Chain Management, FDI and Internationalisation particularly relating to firms from the fast growing emerging economies entering the advanced developed countries.


Supervisor:         Browne, Sarah                                                                 Email: sarah.browne@tcd.ie

Sarah’s research interests have recently focused on strategic social marketing. While most methods of marketing are geared toward selling goods or services, the “product” in social marketing is human behaviour.  Social marketing is the development and integration of marketing concepts with other approaches to influence behaviours that benefit individuals and communities for the greater social good. Currently, Sarah is working on a research project exploring strategic social marketing approaches and the obesogenic environment.  Other areas of research interest include the interrelationship between ethics and marketing practice, consumer data privacy, consumption and risk perception, with ongoing research projects in these areas.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the areas highlighted above.


Supervisor:        Buciuni, Giulio                                                      Email:   buciunig@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include International Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Specific research focus is on the geography of innovation in global industries; the organization and evolution of global value chains (GVCs); and the internationalization strategies of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the areas highlighted above.


Supervisor:         Burke, Andrew                                                                 Email: Andrew.Burke@tcd.ie

Area of research interest is broadly Entrepreneurship but particularly: freelancers and the gig/project economy, venture finance, entrepreneurial strategy (economics based research), the economics of entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial performance and market density, risk management in new ventures, efficacy of business planning and enterprise policy.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the areas highlighted above.


Supervisor:         Campbell, Norah                                                             Email: norah.campbell@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include critical marketing, especially critical service marketing; aesthetics, especially in the area of advertising as well as new methods of visual culture; and the philosophy of technology, especially theory development around technology and consumption.

Vacancies exist for critically engaged, imaginative students in the areas outlined above.


Supervisor:         Cannon, Sheila                                                        Email: cannonsh@tcd.ie    

Areas of research interest include social entrepreneurship, non-profit organisations, organisational identity and neo-institutionalism.  I am currently interested in how social purpose organisations balance their missions with pressures of formal organisations, such as increasing commercialisation.  My research methods are qualitative, examining micro-processes of language and how institutional contexts are enacted.  Empirical contexts of particular relevance are organisations experiencing survival challenges, identity crises, or the sense of ‘mission accomplished,’ or redundancy of mission.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the areas outlined above.


Supervisor:         Coughlan, Paul                                                                 Email:   coughlnp@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include operations improvement, new product development and commercialisation of university research.

Doctoral research projects currently under supervision include new service development, design for aesthetics and inter-organisational collaboration.

No Vacancies for additional PhD students exist for the 2018-2019 academic year.


Supervisor:         Cullinane, Sarah-Jane                                                    Email: sarahjane.cullinane@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include organisational behaviour and human resource (HR) management. I am interested in employee well-being at work (e.g. work engagement, burnout and workaholism), and how jobs are designed by managers and crafted by employees to promote the quality of working life. I am also interested in how interventions such as mindfulness training can be used to reduce the effects of work-related ill-health and promote resilience and engagement for employees.

Doctoral research projects currently under supervision include the examination of social climate and employee health under work engaged vs. workaholic leaders, and the relationship between work environments, well-being and turnover in nursing. 

No vacancies for PhD students exist for the 2018-2019 academic year.


Supervisor:         Donnelly-Cox, Gemma                                                Email:   gdnnllyc@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include organisation theory, the non-profit organisational form and philanthropy: impact of blurring sectoral boundaries (public, private, non-profit) and hybridisation of organisational forms; the effects of social entrepreneurship in the European context; the impact of loss of support on organisational fields; and philanthropy and the public good

Doctoral research projects currently under supervision include: organisational survival and field-level transformations; institutional logics and field-level change processes; women and philanthropy.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the following areas: organisational hybridisation; social entrepreneurship in Europe: the effects of social entrepreneurship


Supervisor:         Di Pietro, Francesca                                                       Email:   Francesca.DiPietro@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest is broadly Entrepreneurship but particularly: entrepreneurial finance, start-up growth, crowdfunding, and geography of crowdfunding.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the areas highlighted above and in aligned and/or closely related topic areas.


Supervisor:         Dimitriu, Radu                                                                 Email:   radu.dimitriu@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include branding, consumer behaviour and psychology, social media marketing, CSR and prosocial behaviour, or consumer adoption of new products.

Previously supervised research projects included projects on consumer knowledge and perceived consumer value, on the psychology of consumer product returns, on employee and corporate branding and on consumer adoption of autonomous products.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the areas highlighted above.


Supervisor:         Fellenz, Martin                                                                                Email:   mfellenz@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include organizational behaviour (organisational justice and fairness, organisational change and adaptation, organisational capabilities for information processing (especially in innovative and service contexts), implications of the dual-process model of human information processing for management and organisational behaviour, and work motivation and engagement); higher education (student and study engagement and links to student progression and academic success, assessment for learning, process-oriented threshold concepts in higher education, the role of reflective practice in professional development in HE, and implementation challenges in curriculum development and design); management and professional education (identity development and change in the context of professional development and practice, the educational philosophy underlying management, medical, and other professional education and development, and the contemporary relevance of the concept of ‘Bildung’ in management education).

Doctoral research projects currently under supervision include work on the determinants of work engagement and performance.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in all of the above and in aligned and/or closely related topic areas.


Supervisor:         Friedland, Julian                                                Email:   J.Friedland@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include business applications of normative ethics, including professional obligation, moral psychology and epistemology, moral framing, and prosocial motivation linked to moral self-image. Also, ethics and technology, including algorithmic fairness and activating moral attention via AI choice architecture.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the areas highlighted above.


Supervisor:         Fu, Na                                                         Email:   funa@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include strategic human resource management, line manager’s implementation of HRM, HR analytics, knowledge-based innovation, high-performing teams, professional service firms.

Doctoral research projects currently under supervision include HR analytics, HR flexibility, and knowledge-based innovation.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the areas highlighted above.


Supervisor:         Huang, Yufei                                                                    Email:   Yufei.Huang@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include new product development and launch, supply chain management, entrepreneurial operations management, and quantitative marketing, using game theory, optimisation, statistics and econometrics.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the areas highlighted above.


Supervisor:         Jain, Tanusree                                                   Email:   Tanusree.Jain@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include corporate social responsibility (CSR), corporate governance, stakeholders, and comparative research (macro and micro) on these aspects within and across developing and developed country contexts. Some research questions that interest me include exploring configurations of corporate governance structures and mechanisms that impact firm social responsibility performance including environmental performance, corporate boards and CSR performance, and the impact of hard and soft laws on CSR behaviours and/or stakeholder performance.

Vacancies for high-calibre, passionate and motivated PhD students exist in or related to the areas highlighted above.


Supervisor:         Jayasekera, Ranadeva                                                                 Email:   jayasekr@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include corporate finance, capital structure, real options, market efficiency, default prediction, behavioural finance, and financial flexibility.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the areas highlighted above.


Supervisor:         Laing, Elaine                                                                                     Email:   elaing@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include risk management, international finance and corporate governance. 

Specific research themes include the investigation into the financial and operational hedging of foreign exchange rate exposure in multinational firms and the role of corporate governance and regulation in mitigating FX exposure.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in any of the above outlined above or closely related topic areas.


Supervisor:         Liang, Xiaoning                                                                                Email:   xiaoning.liang@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include marketing performance management, marketing analytics, dynamic capabilities, digital marketing and consumer behaviour. Some research questions that interest me include examining how companies can effectively measure marketing performance and use marketing metric information in decision making, how firms can develop their marketing analytical capability on the organizational or/and individual level, why motivations of electronic word-of-mouth communication are different across different countries, and how companies should adjust their online advertising budget allocation to maximise profitability.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the areas highlighted above.


Supervisor:         Lucey, Brian                                                                      Email:   blucey@tcd.ie 

Areas of research interest include behavioural finance, financial market contagion, the financial economics of precious metals and the bibliometric analysis of business research. 

Doctoral research projects currently under supervision include statistical arbitrage of precious metals, gold bubbles and lease rates, bimetallism in China and safe haven assets in financial crises.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the following areas: bibliometric analysis of the nature of collaborations and networks in management research literature; financial economics of precious metals, particularly high frequency analyses, the role of commodities and in particular precious metals as diversifiers; behavioural finance; and international financial integration.


Supervisor:         McDonagh, Joe                                                                Email: jmcdongh@tcd.ie 

Principal interest in the process of leading large-scale change across complex systems of organizations, particularly change enabled by the deployment of modern ICT systems. Specific research themes include the diverse roles of managerial groups in leading large-scale change; integrating organizational strategy, change, and ICT; and collaborative approaches to inquiry and change.

Doctoral research projects currently under supervision are focused on the manner in which managerial groups engage in (i) strategy-making and strategy-execution; (ii) integrating organizational and functional (e.g. ICT, HRD) strategies; and (iii) integrating technological and organizational change.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the areas highlighted above.


Supervisor:         McHugh, Gerard                                                             Email:   gmchugh@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include (i) the legislative/legal history of accounting & financial reporting regulation from 1844 to the present; and (ii) financial analysis of modern enterprises / industries, especially where such analyses can contribute to our understanding of industry change.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the above areas, and other business areas where financial analysis forms a key part of the proposed research.


Supervisor:         Muzellec, Laurent                                                              Email:   laurent.muzellec@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include: Digital Business Models; Value creation, value propositions and value capture for multi-sided digital platforms; Sharing Economy; and branding strategies on social network sites.

Doctoral research project currently under supervision includes investigating:

  • Value creation mechanism and network effect of Digital platforms (start-up),
  • Consumers’ reactance to mobile advertising.

Vacancies with funding opportunities for high-calibre PhD students exist in the areas of digital business models and two-sided networks; social media strategies; and fictional brands.


Supervisor:         Myrseth, Kristian                                                            Email: Kristian.Myrseth@tcd.ie

My research interests centre on the psychology of decision-making and judgment, and my work can be organised into two principal research programs. The first, pursued since my own doctoral studies, focuses on the theory and empirics of self-control, including its relation to altruism and cooperation. The second, initiated more recently, focuses on perceptions of risk and uncertainty, with current emphasis on consumer finance. 

No vacancies for PhD students exist for the 2018-2019 academic year.


Supervisor:         Nolan, Eimear                                                                  Email:   eimear.nolan@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include international human resource management, expatriate / migrant management and cross-cultural adjustment, recruitment and retention, leadership, health care system.

Doctoral research projects previously supervised focused on the influence of hostel service scapes on social interaction and service experience.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the highlighted above, and other management areas.


Supervisor:         O’Hagan-Luff, Martha                                                  Email:   ohaganm@tcd.ie  

I am conducting research in three main areas.  Firstly, I examine firm internationalisation, and the indirect international diversification benefits that can be gained by investing in multinational corporations.   This is linked to the phenomenon of home bias, investors’ reluctance to invest overseas.  Secondly, I am conducting research in the area of corporate social responsibility and firm performance, that is, the business case for socially responsible behaviour by the firm, in terms of risk and return.  In a similar vein I also examine the case for sustainable investing.  Finally, I am researching the financial determinants of and financial consequences of self-employment and entrepreneurship.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in these areas.


Supervisor:         Pak, Jongwook                                            Email:   pakj@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include strategic human resource management and organizational change & development. Particularly, my research focus lies in enhancing the implementation effectiveness of management practices and innovation programs.  Also, I am interested in technological and cultural issues in managing organizations.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in either highlighted above or related topics.


Supervisor:         Rhodes, Mary Lee                                                          Email:   rhodesml@tcd.ie

My research is aimed at understanding the nature of societal well-being and how public service systems contribute to individual and societal well-being over time.  Recently, I have developed a related interest in the development of impact investing as a hybrid approach to improving well-being.  In the main, my research has focused on housing and urban service systems, but I am also interested in other complex service systems such as health, education and social services.

Research projects currently under supervision include urban resilience, and urban service innovation systems.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the following areas:

  • Indicators for and drivers of well-being
  • Measures of risk and return for impact investing

Supervisor:        Roden, Sinéad                                                        Email:   rodens@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include supply chain risk and resilience (the mitigation of supply chain risk and the impact of supply base characteristics on supply chain recovery); behavioural operations; and supply chain innovation (the role of Big Data and Smart Cities in supply chain and operations innovation).

Doctoral research currently under supervision examines the application of Justice Theory in supply chain disruption recovery. 

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the areas outlined above.


Supervisor:         Ryan, Paul                                                                         Email: paul.ryan@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include International New Ventures; Born Global Firms; and Multinational Subsidiary Strategy.

Doctoral research projects currently or recently under supervision include: Born Global Networks; Multinational Subsidiary Management; and Industrial Clusters.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the areas outlined above.


Supervisor:         Sevic, Aleksandar                                                          Email:   a.sevic@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include international finance, various aspect of corporate governance, ownership structure, multinationality and sentiment-related aspects of cost of equity.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the following areas: corporate governance and M&A, emerging markets, and market microstructure.


Supervisor:        Shantz, Amanda                                                                Email:   shantz@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include work engagement, human resource management, corporate community involvement, and corporate volunteering.

Doctoral research projects currently or recently under supervision include human resource management, corporate community involvement, and corporate volunteering.

NO Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist for the 2019-2020 academic year.


Supervisor:         Van Stel, Andre                                                               Email:   vanstela@tcd.ie

Area of research interest is broadly Entrepreneurship but particularly topics within the economics of entrepreneurship, including entrepreneurial performance at the firm, regional and country levels.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the areas highlighted above.