Stephen is a research officer in the Rural Economy
Research Centre and heads up the Environmental Modelling
Unit (EMU). The main objective of this unit is to carry
out research on the interactions between economic
activity and the environment in Irish rural space.
Stephen has also been previously responsible for
developing the spatial microsimulation modelling
research agenda in the organisation and the SMILE model.
He is also currently the principle researcher on 2
Research Stimulus Funded (Irish Department of
Agriculture) projects. The first of these projects
explores the effect of policy reform on the economic,
social and environmental sustainability of farms in
Ireland. Irish National Farm Survey data is used to
develop a number of indicators including all three
dimensions of sustainability.
The principal aim of the second project is to evaluate
the economic potential of open-air outdoor recreation
associated with improved public access to farm land for
walking using stated preference techniques.
Both of these projects are being conducted in
conjunction with the National University of Ireland,
Ph.D. in Environmental Economics. The University of
Masters in Economic Science. National University of
B. Comm. National University of Ireland, Galway.
European Association of Environmental Economists
European Regional Science Association