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Grattan Scholarships Awarded in Energy Economics and International Development

The School of Social Sciences and Philosophy awarded two prestigious Grattan Scholarships to postgraduate students at a reception in Trinity's recently launched Alumni Room. Grattan Scholarships are awarded to outstanding PhD students who are committed to understanding and improving society through their research, teaching and education. Sixteen scholarships have been awarded to students from eleven countries since the programme was established in 2012.

Grattan Scholars are undertaking important research which addresses some of the major challenges of our time such as migration, inequality and financial globalisation. In 2017, the breadth of the Scholars' research was further expanded with a scholarship being awarded in energy and environmental economics for the first time. In addition, The Grattan Scholars programme has now provided funding for four PhD students in field of development economics - helping to ensure that Trinity continues to undertake research, at the highest academic level, that contributes to the global debate on the economic development process and the underlying mechanisms at work.

The School wishes to recognise the extraordinary generosity of Declan Sheehan who, along with Trinity's Department of Economics, provided support for the 2017 Grattan Scholarships. Declan, a Trinity economics graduate, is also supporting 2015 Grattan Scholar, sociology PhD student Egle Gusciute who is researching on the topic of "Who is against migration and why?"

Professor Gail McElroy, Head of the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy commented that "the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy is delighted to welcome this year's scholars, Stefano and Friedrich, to Trinity. The Grattan Scholars programme has flourished since it was established by the School five years ago; it is now an international community of exceptional PhD students who are committed to understanding and improving society through their research and education. Examples of the excellent students we have attracted include a Ukrainian student who is researching child labour in Vietnam, an Irish student who is examining the causes of anti-immigration attitudes in Europe and an Italian student who is exploring the economics of city regrowth in Ireland. Of course none of this would have been possible without the extraordinary generosity of our donors, and we are truly grateful for their continued support."

2017 Grattan Scholars Welcomed to Trinity Carol Newman, Professor in Economics, 2017 Scholar Friedrich Kreuser, programme benefactor Declan Sheehan, 2017 Scholar Stefano Ceolotto and Eleanor Denny, Associate Professor in Economics

Recipients of the 2017 Grattan Scholarships are:

  • Stefano Ceolotto - who is undertaking research titled "The Influence of Moral Licensing and Magnitude Effect on Pro-Environmental Behaviours 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. Prior to this he obtained a Bachelors Degree in Foreign Trade also at Ca' Foscari University.
  • Friedrich Kreuser - who will undertake research into the role and transmission of technology in the economy under the supervision of Carol Newman, Professor in Economics. 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 Science 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.
About The Grattan Scholars Programme

The Grattan Scholars programme builds on the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy’s record of teaching and research excellence ensuring that Trinity continues to play a leading role in key areas of research expertise within the disciplines of economics, philosophy, political science and sociology.

The scholarship programme gives the best and brightest students from around the world the opportunity to develop their research and teaching skills and professional networks. Since the programme was established, sixteen scholarships have been awarded to students from eleven countries including Armenia, Austria, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Poland, South Africa, the Ukraine and the United States.

Funding for the Grattan Scholarships has been made possible thanks to the generous support of Trinity College alumni and friends, including Anke Heydenreich, Nicholas O'Donohoe, John Pearson, Rupert Pennant-Rea, Declan Sheehan, Peter Sutherland SC, Niall Coakley, Donal Donovan, David Kitterick, Susannah McAleese, Hamish and Frances McRae, Michael O'Higgins, Annrai O’Toole,  John Teahan, The UK Trust for TCD, University of Dublin Fund (US).

For further details regarding The Grattan Scholars programme, which honours the Irish statesman Henry Grattan a celebrated graduate of Trinity College, please visit the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy website