Meet The Grattan Scholars
The Grattan Scholars programme is developing as an internationally recognised scholarship programme which is helping attract the best and brightest students to Trinity. Since 2012 it has grown into community of international scholars - from eleven countries around the world - who are genuinely committed to understanding and improving society through their research, teaching and education.
Purnima Kanther - Financial and Political Behavioural in Developing Countries
“The Grattan Scholarship enabled me to undertake field work in India to develop the focus of my second PhD paper. In this research I am examining voter behaviour and government responses based on the visibility of public good provision in India.”
Purnima joined Trinity as a Grattan Scholar in 2014 and is researching 'Financial and Political Behavioural in Developing Countries’ under the supervision of Michael King, Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics. In her first paper, she examines short term behavioural changes as a pre-requisite for success of a financial inclusion scheme such as PMJDY in India. Her second paper explores democratic accountability. Purnima also lectures on the Introduction to Economic Policy module for first-year undergraduate students.
Purnima received an MSc in Economics from the University of Leicester in 2011 where she was awarded the best economics student award. Prior to her PhD, she worked as a Research Assistant at Euromoney Institutional Investors, London and as a Research Associate at CAFRAL, Reserve Bank of India, Mumbai.
Katharina Bergant - Financial Globalisation
"During 2016/2017 I was a visiting researcher in the Monetary Policy division at the Central Bank of Ireland where I co-authored two working papers and published an Economic Letter on "Quantitative Easing and Portfolio Rebalancing. I am currently a PhD Trainee at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt where I am continuing my research about the impacts of quantitative easing on investment behaviour. In addition to these remarkable research opportunities, the generous support of the Grattan Scholars programme has also allowed me to present my work at other universities, several conferences, other national central banks, and to even visit the Fed Board of Governors in Washington DC."
Katharina joined the Economics PhD programme as a Grattan Scholar in 2015 to undertake research which will advance the understanding of the topic of 'Financial Globalisation.' Some of the concrete research questions she will approach concern the determinants of global imbalances and the macroeconomic effects of capital flows. Analysing fiscal and monetary policies in current and past crises will be crucial in her policy orientated research. Her research is being supervised by Agustín Bénétrix, Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and Philip Lane, Whately Professor of Political Economy.
Before starting her PhD Katharina undertook a Masters in Economics at Trinity College and obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of Innsbruck in Austria.
Egle Gusciute - Who is Against Migration, and Why?
"My research centres on the causes of anti-immigration attitudes in Europe, in the light of current debates on migration in the media, and political and public circles this research is particularly timely and relevant. Throughout the course of my PhD I hope to investigate determinants of anti-immigration sentiment and to find out what factors can help us to better understand why such attitudes develop in some countries and not others."
Egle joined Trinity as a Grattan Scholar in 2015 and is researching ‘Who is Against Migration, and Why?’ under the co-supervision of Richard Layte, Professor of Sociology and Peter Mühlau, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. The project explores the causes of anti-immigration attitudes in Europe and aims to increase the understanding of the role of economic threat in anti-immigrant sentiment and to test an alternative explanation for such sentiment.
Before coming to Trinity as a Grattan Scholar, Egle was a Research Assistant on the European Migration Network team at the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). Egle has a BA in European Studies and an MPhil in International Peace Studies, both from Trinity College. She is currently a Teaching Assistant on Introduction to Social Research Methods and Researching Society undergraduate modules and a Sociology Tutor for the Trinity Access Programme. Last summer, Egle received a grant from the European Consortium for Sociological Research which allowed her to undertake a research visit to the Danish National Centre for Social Research in Copenhagen.
Gayane Vardanyan - The Age of Mass Migration and the Impacts of Migration
Gayane joined the Economics PhD programme to undertake research on 'The Age of Mass Migration and the Impacts of Migration' under the supervision of Associate Professor in Economics Gaia Narciso. The research strategy relies on the matching of different historical data sources, with the aim of constructing and exploring a unique dataset which combines individual socio-economic characteristics with migratory behaviour. Using the combined information about the Irish migrants to the US, the project will be able to identify the basic characteristics of Irish migrants during the Age of Mass Migration.
Before joining Trinity as a Grattan Scholar, Gayane completed an MSc in Economics at the University of Bern. Prior to this she undertook a Bachelor of Finance at the Armenian State University of Economics.
- Jan-Luca Hennig - Causes and Consequences of Inequality
"My first paper investigates how European regional labour markets respond to globalization exploiting China's rise since the end of the last century, and whether the effect depends on labour market settings. I am analysing variation on a regional and sectoral level to answer these questions. The Grattan Scholarship also allowed me to visit the Barcelona Summer School to learn about the latest developments for future research projects."
Jan-Luca joined Trinity as a Grattan Scholar in 2016 to undertake research on the role of institutions on wage and wealth inequality. His research, which is being supervised by Fadi Hassan, Assistant Professor in Economics, aims to increase understanding of the causes and consequences of widening income distributions and to provide policy recommendations to governments and their institutions when encountering wealth and income disparities.
Before starting his PhD at Trinity, Jan-Luca obtained an MSc in Economics from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and undertook a BSc in International Economics at the University of Tübingen, both in Germany.
- Elisa Maria Tirindelli - The Economics of City Regrowth
"My research aims to investigate broadly the dynamics of city size and their hierarchies. I am using a unique dataset on city size in Great Britain and Ireland and I am observing their dynamics over a hundred years. This has allowed me draw a model of city hierarchies behaviour that has the aim of helping us to understand how bigger cities become increasingly bigger."
Elisa joined Trinity's PhD in Economics programme to undertake research in urban development from a historical perspective, with a focus on Dublin. Her research, which is being supervised by Ronan Lyons, Assistant Professor in Economics, will explore the distribution of cities within countries, Ireland in particular, and on the within cities dynamics, with a focus on Dublin.
Before joining Trinity as a Grattan Scholar, Elisa undertook a joint Masters in Mathematical Economics between Paris I and Paris School of Economics and obtained her undergraduate degree in Economics at Bocconi University in Milan.
- Benoit Voudon - Vertical Relations and Market Performance
“The Grattan Scholarship allowed me to experience a rich and exciting first year of PhD studies at Trinity College Dublin. I completed my first paper on vertical integration and innovation and attended the Barcelona GSE Summer School in Competition Economics and Data Science. I intend to develop exciting research projects in New York next semester as I have been accepted as a visiting research student in Columbia University, under the supervision of Michael Riordan, a very influential researcher in the area of vertical relations.”
Benoit joined the Economics PhD Programme to undertake research which will develop the analysis of Vertical Relations in Industrial Organization. His first paper, called "Vertical Relations, Integration and Technology Adoption", investigates theoretically the impact of a market's vertical structure on the speed of technology adoption and innovation. Benoit’s research is being supervised by Francis O'Toole, Associate Professor in Economics and Head of the Department of Economics.
Before starting his PhD, as a Grattan Scholar, Benoit undertook a Masters in Economics and Public Policy at Sciences Po Paris, Ecole Polytechnique and ENSAE, in France. Prior to this, he obtained his undergraduate degree at Sciences Po Paris.
- Stefano Ceolotto - The Influence of Moral Licensing and Magnitude Effect on Pro-Environmental Behaviours
Stefano joined Trinity as a Grattan Scholar in 2017, to undertake research in the field of energy and environmental economics under the supervision of Eleanor Denny, Associate Professor in Economics. His research will analyse whether doing a pro-environmental deed makes individuals less inclined to engage in subsequent pro-environmental behaviours. In addition, Stefano intends to develop a theoretical microeconomic model which incorporates the magnitude effect in the demand for energy-using devices.
Stefano completed a Masters in Economics at Ca' Foscari University of Venice and spent six months at the University of Copenhagen as visiting student. Before that, he obtained Bachelors Degree in Foreign Trade at Ca' Foscari University. Prior to his arrival at Trinity, Stefano was also a Teaching Assistant in Microeconomics for undergraduate students and Ca' Foscari University.
- Friedrich Kreuser - The Role and Transmission of Technology in the Economy
Friedrich joined the Economics PhD programme to undertake research into the role and transmission of technology in the economy under supervision of Professor Carol Newman. Technology here is an encompassing term including machinery, software, and the internet as well as management styles, worker skills and even corporate structure. His first paper is on the role of firm level training programmes on worker embodied technological spill-overs in the context developing countries.
Before joining Trinity as a Grattan Scholar, Friedrich obtained a MSc in Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences through a Commonwealth Scholarship. In addition, he holds a Masters in Economics from Stellenbosch University where he also received his undergraduate degree in Commerce and Law.