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Regional Resilience in Ireland after the recession

This work by Justin Doran (Director) of the Spatial and Regional Economic Research Centre, UCC and myself identifies that the urban areas in Ireland - resisted and recovered - the economic shock the best, relative to other areas after the Great Recession of 2008. Our analysis identified that Jacob diversities and structural change were the main determinants underlying the resistance and recovery in these areas.

Why Ireland's National Development Plan is doomed to fail

This first appeared on RTÉ Brainstorm at the link here. Opinion: the Ireland 2040 plan seeks balanced development throughout the country, but that's something which has historically proved elusive and stymies long term national growth For most of humanity, humans have predominantly worked the land and lived a rural lifestyle. Two centuries ago, only three per cent of the world population lived in urban areas. The past 65 years has brought unprecedented urban growth. The urban population was 746 million in 1950 and it is now 3.9 billion. We are in the age of mega cities and Tokyo is the world’s largest with a population of 38 million in an area of just 14000km2. In comparison, the greater Dub

UCC economist criticises boundary proposals

Kevin O'Neill A UCC economist has hit out at the proposed extension of Cork city, claiming that local interests have taken precedence over the benefit of the wider city region. Dr Frank Crowley, a lecturer in economics at Cork Business School in UCC, said that the expansion north-west from the city centre is focusing on the wrong areas. He said that a concentration around the harbour, including areas like Carrigaline and Passage, would make more sense than what is on the table. "The answer to where the city boundary should be is represented in commuting flows," he said. "Census commuting patterns indicate that people are predominantly travelling from Douglas, Ballincollig, Glanmire, Midleton

'Cities for People' Jan Gehl #placemaking

Jan Gehl is author of 'Cities for people'. A fantastic book for anyone involved in Urban planning and a must read and prescription. His not-for-profit institute website can be accessed here. And their tools for measuring public life are excellent starter kits for designing cities. Complete Guide can be obtained here. Watch their introduction video below to learn more.

The Cork Housing Market

Housing, housing, housing. It really is one of the main economic stories of 2017 and the problem is receiving a lot of attention in the media as the homeless crisis grows and millennials are finding it more difficult than previous generations, to get on the housing ladder. In the year to September, house prices at a national level increased by 12.8%. Overall, this national index is 27% lower than its highest level in 2007. However, since 2013 national house prices are up 70%, but the spatial divergence of house price changes across the country is increasing. There is a two story Ireland - East and West. Most roads are leading to the Dublin City Region. However, Cork is also experiencing in

Regional Resilience in Ireland

Presentation of exciting NEW work by my colleague Justin Doran and myself on #Regional #resilience in #Ireland at next weeks (WEDS, 6th of DEC) CUBS WINTER RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM. To register for the event here. Regional Economic Resilience Across Ireland – The Importance of Adaptive Resilience Justin Doran and Frank Crowley Spatial and Regional Economics Research Centre (SREIC) Department of Economics Cork University Business School University College Cork Abstract: This paper analyses the resilience of Irish regions to the 2007 economic crisis. The central focus of the paper is on the role of structural change in determining how resistant Irish regions were to the crisis and also regions’ ab

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