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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 and foreign direct investment.

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

1. MNCs and Global Development:

  • How corporation tax affects the architecture of different country’s MNCs
  • Aggressive tax planning by MNCs

2. Irish Economic and Business History:

  • How did Irish versus non-Irish protectionist-era firms respond to the trade liberalisation of the 1960s and 1970s?
  • Analysis of the rise and demise of firms in Ireland up to the trade liberalisation of the 1960s
  • Archival research on economic and business policymaking in Ireland

3. Construction of measures of revealed comparative advantage (for Ireland) that correct for the import content of exports.


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 digital technologies and marketing practice; digital game-based learning; social media and social networking; and exploring data issues.

Doctoral research projects currently under supervision include – designing digital game-based learning environments; 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.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the areas highlighted above and/or; (i) Digital game- based learning; (ii) Technology in marketing; (iii) Social media and social networking; and (iv) Understanding data.


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

Areas of research interest include practice-based research in marketing and strategy. My current research focus is on strategy-as-practice perspectives, looking at the micro-level ‘doings’ of strategy making within organizations, particularly research exploring middle management practices. I am also interested in researching contemporary marketing practice, and the alignment/ misalignment of marketing and business strategy within organizations. I am also currently working in the area of business model innovation, with a particular interest in the customer identification and customer engagement components of business models.

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

Areas of research interest include Entrepreneurship generally but particularly: venture finance, entrepreneurial strategy, the economics of entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial performance and market density, risk management in new ventures, health & well-being of entrepreneurs, 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:         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 2016-2017 academic year.


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

Areas of research interest include organisational behaviour and human resource (HR) management. In particular, 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.

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


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

Areas of research interest include organisation theory, the nonprofit organisational form and philanthropy: impact of blurring sectoral boundaries (public, private, nonprofit) 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:         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:         Fu, Na                                                         Email:   funa@tcd.ie

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

Doctoral research projects currently under supervision include high-performance work systems and firm performance.

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


Supervisor:         Giblin, Majella                                                                 Email:   giblinma@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include industrial clusters (the evolution of high-tech regional clusters, ‘born-global’ clusters, regional innovation systems, the role of inward and outward FDI (foreign direct investment) in industrial clusters); entrepreneurship (aspects of the process of entrepreneurship, serial entrepreneurs, founders’ learning experience and network connections, entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurship policy), innovation (innovation policy, global and local inter-organisational networks for innovation) and MNE subsidiaries (relationships with HQ, advancement along the value chain within the corporation).

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in any of the areas outlined above, though preference will be given to students interested in the geography of industry, entrepreneurship or innovation.


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

Areas of research interest include corporate finance, capital structure, real options, market efficiency, default prediction, behavioral 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:         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 individual and groups engage in (i) strategy-making and strategy-execution as they relate to ICT; (ii) integrating organizational and ICT 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: business models and branding in a digital context; differences in business and value modules between B2B and B2C in two-sided Internet platforms (e.g. Google, Facebook, Twitter); and branding strategies on social network sites.

Doctoral research project currently under supervision includes investigation of e-WOM dynamics on social media sites (Facebook).

Vacancies 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 2016-2017 academic year.


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

Areas of research interest include international finance, international business, banking and derivatives. More specifically; home bias and the indirect diversification benefits that can be gained by investing domestically, the internationalisation patterns of MNCs.

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


Supervisor:         Regan, Padraic                                                                 Email:   reganpa@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include strategic decision-making, entrepreneurship, environmental uncertainty, cross-cultural management and academic integrity. My main focus at the moment is in the area of strategic decision-making processes and their key predictor variables.

My research industry concentration is on the aviation sector with a specific lens on airport management.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the area of investigating the relationship between strategic decision-making processes, entrepreneurial orientation, and corporate culture.


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

My research is aimed at understanding the nature of societal well-being and the role of governance and public service systems in urban management. Specific research topics include: defining and measuring social impact, modelling complex public service systems, processes of value co-creation and analytics for public service managers.

Research projects currently under supervision include urban resilience indicators, and ESG impact and financial performance.

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

  • Co-creation processes in collaborative urbanism (see COST TU1204 project)
  • Indicators and drivers of well-being in urban environments
  • Hybrid organisations in housing / homeless service sectors
  • Measures of risk and return in Social Investment markets
  • Analytics for public service managers

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

Areas of research interest include strategic supply chain management (the application of Behavioural Theory to examine strategic supply chain relationships and the impact of uncertainty and governance arrangements on performance); supply chain risk (the mitigation of supply chain risk and the impact of supply base characteristics on supply chain recovery); and supply chain innovation (the role of Big Data and Smart Cities in supply chain and operations innovation; managing supplier 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 and corporate governance.

Doctoral research projects currently under supervision include a) Financial Statement Fraud: The Impact of Social Status, Gender Diversity and Managerial Hubris, b) An Investigation into Estimating the Prospective Equity Risk Premium, and c) 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.