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Trinity and Queen’s awarded €3.8m to establish All-Ireland Centre of Excellence in Economics, History & Policy 


Trinity economists, in collaboration with colleagues in Queen’s University Belfast, have secured €3.8 million to establish the ground-breaking All-Ireland Centre of Excellence in Economics, History and Policy.

The Centre will play a leading role in contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals by connecting economic theories to real world applications, by building a durable and stimulating research and teaching infrastructure, and by engaging in outreach activities.

A research team composed of Associate Professor Gaia Narciso, Assistant Professor Marvin Suesse and TRiSS Director, Associate Professor Ronan Lyons, along with colleagues in Queen’s University Belfast, were awarded the grant under the North-South Research Programme, a collaborative scheme financed through the Government’s Shared Island Fund.

Understanding the deep historical roots of major challenges like global inequalities and climate change can help policymakers address their consequences, according to Prof Narciso. Taking history seriously will significantly enrich the study of economics and help to deliver policy outputs relevant to meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, she added.

The Centre will provide training to new generations of economic historians: from offering internship opportunities for undergraduate students, doctoral training and postdoctoral experience for early career researchers, as well as a series of outreach activities in secondary schools across the island.

Plans to launch the Centre in September 2022 are already underway. The Department of Economics at Trinity and Queen’s Management School will begin to advertise a series of high-quality academic and policy posts in the coming months.

Assistant Professor Marvin Suesse, Dean of Research Professor Wolfgang Schmitt, Associate Professor Gaia Narciso, Provost Dr Linda Doyle and TRiSS Director, Associate Professor Ronan Lyons