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Emma Dillon

Research Officer

Research Interests

Emma’s research interests include agricultural policy modelling at the farm-level particularly in the area of sustainability and animal health and behavioural economics; most recently with regard to farmer’s attitudes to herd management practices and technology adoption. She has also been previously involved in research in the area of consumer behaviour, specifically with regard to acceptance of novel food technologies and in other research relating to employment trends in rural areas.

Current Projects

An economic analysis of the barriers to achievement of improved economic performance of the dairy farm sector – funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Joint FIRM/RSF Initiative.

A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of a Johne’s Disease Control Programme for the Irish Dairy sector – funded by Animal Health Ireland.


Ph.D. Economics, Trinity College Dublin.
B.A. Single Hons. Economics, Trinity College Dublin.

Professional Membership

Agricultural Economics Society of Ireland (Honorary Secretary, 2009 - to date).
Agricultural Economics Society (UK) (Ordinary member 2002 - to date).

Dillon, E.J., Hennessy, T., Buckley, C., Donnellan, T., Hanrahan, K., Moran, B. and Ryan, M. Measuring progress in agricultural sustainability to support policy making. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability. DOI: 10.1080/14735903.2015.1012413

Ryan, M., Buckley, C., Dillon, E.J., Hennessy, T., Donnellan, T., Hanrahan, K., Moran, B. and Kelly, E. (2015). The Most Economically Efficient Farms Produce Lowest GHG Emissions per kg of Product. EuroChoices 14(1).

Dillon, E.J., Hennessy, T. and Cullinan, J. (2015). The Role of Agricultural Education and Extension in Influencing Best Practice for Managing Mastitis in Dairy Cattle. The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension. DOI:10.1080/1389224X.2015.1063518

Dillon, E.J., Hennessy, T. and Cullinan, J. (2015).  “Measuring the economic impact of improved control of sub-clinical mastitis in Irish dairy herds.”  The Journal of Agricultural Science, DOI: 10.1017/S0021859614001178.

Hennessy, T., Kinsella, A. and Dillon, E. (2014). Forty years of common agricultural policy : The Irish farming experience. Administration Vol. 62, No. 2.

Howley, P., Dillon, E. and Hennessy, T. (2014). It's not all about the money: understanding farmers' labor allocation choices. Agriculture and Human Values Vol. 31, Issue 2.

Hennessy, T., Buckley, C., Dillon, E., Donnellan, T., Hanrahan, K., Moran, B. and Ryan, M. (2013). Measuring Farm Level Sustainability with the National Farm Survey.

Greehy, G., McCarthy, M., Henchion, M., Dillon, E. and McCarthy, S. (2013).  Complexity and Conundrums. Citizen’s evaluations of potentially contentious novel food technologies using a deliberative discourse approach.  Appetite, Vol. 70.

Henchion, M., McCarthy, M., Greehy, G., McCarthy, S., Dillon, E., Kavanagh, G and Williams, G. (2013). Irish consumer and industry acceptance of novel food technologies: Research highlights, implications and recommendations.

Peter Howley and Emma Dillon, (2012) "Modelling the effect of farming attitudes on farm credit use: a case study from Ireland",Agricultural Finance Review, Vol. 72:3.

Dillon, E.J., Hennessy, T. and Hynes, S. (2010). “Assessing the Sustainability of Irish Agriculture.” International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, Vol. 8:3.

Dillon, E.J., Hennessy, T. and Hynes, S. (2009). “Towards Measurement of Farm Sustainability.” Eurochoices, Vol. 8:2.

Dillon, E.J., Hennessy, T., Behan, J. and Meredith, D. (2009). “An Analysis of the Rural Labour Market in Ireland.” Report commissioned by the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.