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Cian Allen
 Cian Allen is a PhD candidate at the Department of Economics under the supervision of Philip R. Lane. He is a Visiting PhD Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley for the year 2017/2018. His research focuses mainly on international macroeconomics, wealth and cross-border financial linkages. Cian's current work looks at the intersections between international and sectoral financial balance sheets. He is an Irish Research Council Scholar and Grattan Fellow and previously obtained an MRes in Economics (APE) at Paris School of Economics and a BSc in Economics from the University of Paris II.

Angelos Athanasopoulos
Angelos Athanasopoulos is a Provost's PhD Award scholar in his first year in the PhD program, working under the supervision of Davide Romelli. His research interests include central bank institutional design and communications, macro-finance and the role of credit in the business cycle, and economic history. Before joining Trinity College Dublin he has worked at the Banque de France and in the private sector in banking and asset management. He has previous degrees from University College Dublin, MIT and the University of Athens.

Katharina Bergant
Katharina Bergant is a Grattan Scholar in her fourth year of the PhD program working on her dissertation under the title “Financial Globalisation”. Her most recent research focuses on the application of microdata in international financial economics which she uses to analyse the determinants international capital flows and the role of valuation effects. She is spending the academic year 2018-19 at the Harvard Kennedy School as a research fellow under the sponsorship of Carmen Reinhart. Before that, she worked as a visiting researcher at Directorate General Economics at the European Central Bank as well as the Central Bank of Ireland. In the first two years of her PhD, Katharina taught the MSc. Macroeconomics tutorials and worked as a research assistant for Philip Lane and Agustin Benetrix.

Stephen Byrne
Stephen Byrne is a part-time PhD candidate supervised by Agustín Bénétrix. His research focuses mainly on international macroeconomics, labour markets and forecasting. He also works as an economist in the Economic Analysis division of the Central Bank of Ireland, where he works on the team responsible for producing forecasts for the Irish economy as well as conducting research. Stephen holds an M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Sussex.

Lorenz Emter
Lorenz Emter works as an Associate Economist at the Central Bank of Ireland and is a PhD Candidate supervised by Agustín Bénétrix. His research interests are focused on cross-border capital flows, in particular the determinants of cross-border banking. Lorenz has been a trainee at the European Central Bank and holds a MSc in Economics from Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg.

Donata Faccia
Donata Faccia is a part-time PhD candidate in Economics, with a research interest in financial globalisation and exchange rate economics. Her first PhD paper contributes to the new stream of literature on the trilemma, by looking at the interplay between credit growth and open macroeconomic policies in emerging market economies. Other ongoing work includes a study of spillovers based on a solid identification of country specific shocks.  Donata works as an economist at the European Central Bank in the European Institutions and Fora Division. Previously, she worked as an economist and speech writer in the office of the Deputy Governor - Central Banking at the Central Bank of Ireland, after having worked as associate economist in the Monetary Policy division. In her career, she also worked at the European Commission and in the International Policy Analysis division at the European Central Bank. Donata holds a Master degree from the College of Europe, Bruges campus.

Alexander Firanchuk
Alexander Firanchuk is a PhD student at the Department of Economics under the supervision of Prof. Paul Scanlon. His research concerns the effect of imported inputs on the exchange rate pass-through into export prices. Alexander had been working as a research fellow in the field of international trade at the Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy (Moscow) for three years before he started his PhD programme at Trinity. He holds an MSc degree in Theoretical Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (2011) and a MA degree in Economics (Trade and Policy) from the New Economic School (Moscow, 2013).

Jan-Luca Hennig
Jan-Luca joined Trinity in 2016 to undertake research on the role of institutions on income and wealth inequality under the supervision of Fadi Hassan. In his first paper, he addresses how European regional labour markets were affected by globalization and regional and national labour market settings. 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. Research interests include institutions, inequality, intergenerational mobility, and labour, housing and financial markets.

Asi Mbelu
Asi Mbelu is interested in applied macroeconomics, in particular marco-financial linkages and monetary policy. She previously worked at the South African Reserve Bank in which she studied the exchange rate pass-through over the business cycle for South Africa. Asi has also interned at the International Monetary Fund where she examined the impact of the declining oil prices on the banking system of African oil-exporting countries.

Jonathan Rice
Jonathan Rice is currently undertaking his PhD part-time, and working as an Economist at the Central Bank of Ireland. His research interests focus on differences between risk and uncertainty and the implications for capital flows, and the differing propagation and amplification of uncertainty shocks when these flows are split at a sector and instrument level.

Dora Tuda
Dora is from Croatia, where she graduated in Economics from Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Zagreb. She then moved on to Tilburg University, where she earned a MSc degree in Economics. After her traineeship with the research department at the European Central Bank, she joined the Economics Department at Trinity College Dublin as a PhD student. She is currently working on income inequality in European countries, trying to identify causes in rising income inequality, stemming from labour markets.