Policy Briefs

Accommodating all applicants? School choice and the regulation of enrolment

Dr Valerie Ledwith

It is clear from research on school choice that the decision about where a student attends school is far from straightforward. Indeed, the body of work suggests that school choice is a double-edged sword, simultaneously improving educational access and outcomes for some, while undermining the quality of the educational experience for others. Much of the… | Read on »

Information and Communication Overload in the Workplace

Due to the novelty of social media technologies, and our experiences using them, research is only beginning to unveil how the hours dedicated to online interactions are impacting human behaviour. Enterprise social media (ESM) platforms such as Jive, Chatter, and Yammer are akin to the public Facebook but are employed for internal communication and social… | Read on »

Segmenting for Sustainability on the Island of Ireland

This research argues for a disaggregation of pro-environmental behaviour into habitual and occasional behaviour. The former captures routine everyday activities such as regularly buying organic food or habitually conserving water. The latter describes occasional activities such as installing insulation and purchasing energy-efficient household appliances. Drawing on a survey of 1,500 households in the Republic of… | Read on »

Two tiers emerging? Achievement disparities among migrants and non-migrants

Dr Valerie Ledwith

Despite the reversal of net inward migration to Ireland after the international economic recession beginning in 2008, a sizeable number of migrant families have settled in communities throughout Ireland and have children who are currently moving through various stages of the education sector. Research in countries with a longer history of in-migration highlights an achievement… | Read on »

Transferring the Family Farm: The Human Element

Intergenerational family farm transfer is a complex and highly topical issue that is increasingly seen as crucial to the survival, continuity and future prosperity of the agricultural sector, traditional family farm and broader sustainability of rural communities. While financial incentives to stimulate and entice the process are important, there are many more facets to the… | Read on »

Uncharted waters: What would Brexit mean for the Irish ocean economy?

The UK will hold a referendum on EU membership on the 23rd of June. If the UK votes to leave the EU (Brexit), the resulting changed relationship between the UK and the EU could have potentially far-reaching consequences for Ireland’s ocean economy. If the UK votes to exit, the UK then has two years in which… | Read on »

Preserving identity along the Wild Atlantic Way

Dr Liam Carr

Billed in 2014 as the world’s longest planned coastal touring route, the Wild Atlantic Way (WAW) is a €10m investment that is aimed at growing Ireland’s €3.5bn tourism economy. The goal of the WAW is to create an “overarching tourism brand for the west coast” that will lead to €5bn in revenues and ten million… | Read on »

Short-term international labour migration: Brazilian migrants in Ireland

Short–term low–skilled labour migration increased sharply during the two decades prior to the international economic recession of 2008, to fill deficiencies in local labour supply in developed countries. Ireland was one of the newer states to recruit labour internationally on a large scale between the late 1990s and 2008. Brazilian workers who were recruited initially… | Read on »

Greenways: public resources for sustainable tourism and recreation

Cycling is increasingly recognised as a key mode in reducing the environmental impact of transport, promoting physical activity and developing the tourism sector. The provision of safe and attractive cycling routes is an important part of encouraging uptake of cycling. Greenways, as traffic-free trails, are fast becoming a feature of the landscape with an emphasis… | Read on »