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Kieran Harrahill

Project Title: An Actor-Oriented Approach to understanding the Bioeconomy-Society Interface in Ireland.

Overview: The bioeconomy has been presented as a solution to economic and environmental issues facing Ireland and the wider world. It seeks to use natural resources to replace the need for fossil fuels in the production of goods. While the bioeconomy has the potential to boost economic well-being in rural Ireland, it faces many challenges. The development of a knowledge hub which includes the views of farmers and communities has the potential to overcome previous failures in attaining support for a novel industry at the grassroots level. I am interested in the topic of this study as I believe that while we must move away from practices which cause environmental damage, it is paramount that we do so in a manner which maintains the living standards of people working in pollutant industries. I am from a family farm in Co. Tipperary and have a great interest in sport, particularly Manchester United.

Programme Area: Rural Economy 

Supervisors: Áine Macken-Walsh, Eoin O’Neill and Michael Lennon

Location: Rural Economy Research Centre, Athenry 

Funding Source: Teagasc, SFI – BEACON: Bioeconomy Research Centre