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The urbanising force of global warming

Tom McDermott, SEMRU

The global population is urbanising rapidly. Each year, cities around the world host tens of millions of new inhabitants, particularly in low and middle income countries. While traditionally urbanisation has been associated with a process of structural change and economic development, today many poor countries are urbanising faster and at a much earlier stage of… | Read on »

Examining the spatial distribution of marine employment

In order to examine the spatial distribution of marine industry employment, the study makes use of an existing spatial microsimulation model for the general Irish population; the SMILE (Spatial Microsimulation Model of the Irish Local Economy) model. SMILE is a static spatial microsimulation model designed to simulate regional welfare, income, and labour distributions in Ireland… | Read on »

The role of economic valuation and appraisal in marine policy making

There is now high-level recognition that the UN Sustainable Development Goals can only be achieved if the decline of ecosystems and biodiversity can be halted and reversed. This will require effective control of ongoing pressures, meaningful protection and enforcement of protected areas, and significant investments in ecosystem restoration. This research explores the possible use of… | Read on »

Older women in rural areas ‘not motivated by money to work’

Whitaker Institute member Dr Alison Herbert’s research has been featured in a recent article from the Irish Independent. Dr Herbert’s research found that women in their mid-40s to 60s living in rural Ireland are not motivated by money to continue working into older age, but instead by their life purpose and for social connection. Click here to… | Read on »

Used Car Prices

Used car prices have risen 56 per cent on average over the last two years, and rose by an average of 7.7 per cent over the last three months of 2021, according to a report authored by Whitaker Institute member Dr Tom Gillespie. Read more from The Irish Times, RTÉ News, Breakingnews.ie, Tech Register UK,… | Read on »

RTÉ Brainstorm – What’s stopping Irish farmers implementing climate action changes?

Whitaker Institute member Dr Doris Laepple, of the Environment, Development and Sustainability Cluster, has written a new article for RTÉ Brainstorm. The piece looks at the challenges for farmers in reducing agricultural emissions. What’s stopping Irish farmers implementing climate action changes? Analysis: a number of behavioural barriers provide a challenge for farmers in terms of… | Read on »

Local Authority Times – After Lockdown

Whitaker Institute members Dr Gerard Turley and Mr Stephen McNena, of the Performance Management cluster, have written a new article for the Local Authority Times winter edition. The piece looks at the local economy post lockdown and local authority finances. The article is available to read here (pg. 2).

Why older rural women in Ireland want to work: it’s not all about the money

Whitaker Institute member Dr Alison Herbert’s recent Policy Brief  Why older rural women in Ireland want to work: it’s not all about the money which found that women in their mid-40s to 60s living in rural Ireland are not motivated by money to continue working into older age, but instead by their life purpose and for social connection,… | Read on »

Public preferences for the development of offshore wind farms incorporating electricity trade

Recent advances in offshore wind technologies implies that bottom fixed and floating turbines can be deployed further from shore at lowering cost and several studies indicate that Ireland is particularly well placed to exploit this potential. However, factors which influence the acceptance of offshore renewables may differ to those of onshore projects, particularly if energy… | Read on »

Prof Philip Kotler on Social Marketing at 50

Most of us recognise that everyday life today is not the same as it was a few months ago let alone a few years ago what with climate change, the pandemic, social inequalities, digital technologies, global markets and so much more. It is a world shaped increasingly by collective as well as individual choice, and… | Read on »