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2012 Grattan Scholars

  • Christina Kinghan - Understanding The Foundations of Micro-Enterprise Growth and Expansion: A Development Perspective

"The aim of my research was to examine potential factors outside of mainstream topics such as formal access to credit and education to discern whether these could assist firms in enterprise development. This is particularly important in a developing country context where in the absence of stable waged employment, these enterprises represent a crucial additional source of income."

christinaInaugural Grattan Scholar, Christina Kinghan holds a 1.1 honors MA in Economics and Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) from UCD and Trinity College Dublin respectively. Christina undertook research in the field of Development Economics under the supervision of Professor in Economics Carol Newman. During her PhD studies, Christina spent a semester working at the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics. She also co-authored a chapter for a book on the Vietnamese economy which was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. In addition, she was a Teaching Assistant for the second year economics course, Economy of Ireland.

Part of her PhD focused on the importance of access to finance for households and firms in a developing country context. Since completing her PhD Christina is continuing this work in an Irish context, working in the Central Bank on projects around household access to finance in the Irish mortgage market. Christina hopes to continue her career in this area and to develop an expertise on household and SME access to credit by contributing to economic research and policy assessment in this arena.

  • Sara Mitchell - Synergies from Geographic Clustering of Creative Workers

"My research explored the synergies from geographic clustering of literary artists in historical UK and Ireland combining elements from cultural economics, urban economics and economic history to explore how geographic and social factors influence innovation and cultural production.

saraThe Grattan Scholarship was fundamental to my success during my PhD, as it enabled me to tailor my PhD experience to the needs of my research project. Perhaps more importantly, the Grattan programme has established a community of interdisciplinary scholars who support and challenge one another, allowing me not only to engage with talented researchers but also to develop friendships I hope to maintain long beyond college."

Inaugural Grattan Scholar, Sara Mitchell undertook research in the field of Cultural Economics under the supervision of Professor John O’Hagan in the Department of Economics. During her studies, Sara had the opportunity to present her research at a range of specialised workshops and conferences. She was also selected as one of just three young Irish researchers to attend the 5th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting of Economic Sciences. Inspired by these experiences, Sara collaborated with Trinity’s School of English to organise a conference on Creative Networks and Cultural Output.

Following her PhD Sara joined Indecon, an independent economic consulting firm, which provides independent economic research to voluntary organisations, government departments, local authorities and other clients. 

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2013 Grattan Scholars

  • Lisa Keenan – The Underrepresentation of Women in Political Life: the Case of the Republic of Ireland

"My research investigated the experience of women in Irish politics. It examined potential sites of resistance to women’s participation in political life, during electoral campaigns, at the ballot box, and after their election to Dáil Éireann."

lisaLisa joined Trinity's PhD programme as a Grattan Scholar in 2013 where she researched a dissertation entitled ‘The underrepresentation of women in political life: the case of the Republic of Ireland’ under the supervision of Gail McElroy, Professor of Political Science and Head of the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy. She co-authored a paper with Prof McElroy entitled ‘Who supports gender quotas in Ireland?’ which was published in IPS, the journal of the Political Studies Association of Ireland. During her studies, Lisa had the opportunity to present her research at a range of European conferences and workshops.

Lisa received a BA in Economics and Sociology in 2011 and an MLitt in Economics in 2013 both from Trinity College. She submitted her PhD thesis for examination in September 2017. She is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Trinity’s Department of Political Science.

  • Katarzyna Kozien - Types of Return Migrants and their Reintegration Patterns

kasia"My research focused on the consequences of Polish return migration on their life trajectories. This involved analysing the differences between migrants who stayed in the country of migration and those who returned to their country of origin in order to determine possible reasons behind their decisions."

Katarzyna's research was co-supervised by Elaine Moriarty and Peter Mühlau, Assistant Professors in the Department of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin. During the course of her studies, Katarzyna was a Teaching Assistant for the Social Movements and Researching Society modules.

Before studying at Trinity, Katarzyna worked in market research companies in Germany, Ireland and Poland. She also worked in the Polish Statistical Office in Krakow. Katarzyna holds an MA in Sociology from Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland) and also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Relations at Tischner University (Krakow, Poland).

  • Alan Walsh - Synergies from Geographic Clustering of Creative Workers

alan"The aim of my research was to explore why some cities developed as intellectual hubs and produced more eminent thinkers in Western philosophy than others and to try to quantify what impact coming into physical contact with these locations had on their artistic output."

Alan's research topic was 'Synergies from Geographic Clustering of Creative Workers' under the supervision of John O'Hagan, Professor of Economics. This work led to the publication, with his supervisor, of a refereed journal article in April 2017, entitled 'Historical Migration and Geographic Clustering of prominent Western philosophers', in the Springer (Berlin) publication, Homo Oeconomicus: Journal of Behavioral and Institutional Economics.

Alan received a BA in PPES (single honors Economics) from Trinity College, Dublin in 2012 and an MSc in Economics from the University of Edinburgh in 2013. Alan has been the Teaching Assistant (TA) for Economy of Ireland module for four years, for which received the Dermot McAleese Teaching Award in 2014 and 2016 and a College Postgraduate Teaching Award in 2015. Alan was also the TA for The Economics of Public Policy and An Introduction to Social Science for the European Studies Department in 2015/2016.

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