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Kevin Heanue

Research Officer

Research Interests

Kevin Heanue is an economist specialising in innovation and technological change. His research in Teagasc focuses on understanding aspects of the Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation System (AKIS) such as the specific innovation systems that support farmers’ capabilities building; farmers’ technology and best practice adoption; and the knowledge transfer and extension programmes and methods through which Teagasc interacts with its clients.
Kevin’s additional research and publications include enterprise support and development; export-led growth; rural housing; education in rural areas; education-based tourism; rural social work; rural development; community radio; industrial & enterprise policy; and innovation in low and medium technology enterprises, particularly furniture manufacturing.
Kevin’s research is pursued in multidisciplinary projects with national and international partners funded by internal and external sources. He is supervising four PhD students researching various aspects of farmer innovation, technology adoption, innovation brokering, knowledge transfer and extension

Current Projects

2015-2018: Principal Investigator, Craft Reach Project, funded by the EU Northern Periphery and Artic Programme (NPA) total project budget €229,000

2014-2018: Principal Investigator, Early Career Farmer Barometer and Observatory, Teagasc core funded.

2013-2015: Principal Investigator, Joint Ventures to Enhance the Demographic Profile and Socio-Economic Sustainability of Irish Farming, Joint FIRM/RSF Initiative, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), total project budget €199,906

2013-2015: Project Coordinator, Understanding and Facilitating Farmers’ Adoption of Technologies, Joint FIRM/RSF Initiative, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), total project budget €199,847

2011-2014: Principal Investigator, Craft International, EU Northern Periphery Programme, total project budget €203,453

2012-2015: Principal Investigator. Understanding Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc core funded. 

Education

PhD Economics (DCU); MA Economics (NUI, Galway); BA. Economics & Sociology, (NUI, Galway)

Professional Membership

Irish rep on the EU SCAR AKIS collaborative working group.
Agricultural Economics Society (UK)
Regional Studies Association
Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
International Joseph Schumpeter Society

Heanue, K. and O’Donoghue, C. (2014) The Economic Returns to Formal Agricultural Education, Teagasc. Oakpark. ISBN: 978-1-84170-613-9 Download here 

O'Donoghue, C., Geoghegan, C., Heanue, K and Meredith, D. (2014). The Economic Structure of Towns in Ireland. Journal of Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, Vol XL111 pp 114- 135

O'Donoghue, C., Loughrey, J., Meredith, D., Geoghegan, C and Heanue, K (2014). Quantifying the Embeddedness of Business in the Local Economy Chapter 10 in O’Donoghue et al (eds) Rural Economic Development in Ireland. Teagasc IE pp 223 - 233 ISBN 9781841706092

O'Donoghue, C., Conneely, R., Frost, D., Heanue, K., Leonard, B and David Meredith (2014) (eds) Rural Economic Development in Ireland. Teagasc IE ISBN 9781841706092
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O'Donoghue, C., Meredith, D., Frost, Deirdre and Heanue, K (2014). (eds) CEDRA - Energising Irelands Rural Economy Report. Minister for Environment , Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA)

Buckley, C., Mechan, S., Macken-Walsh, A., Heanue, K., and Lalor, S. (2013), Nutrient Management Plan Development, TResearch, Volume 8, Number 3, (Autumn), pp. 38-39.

Bergeret, P., Poppe, K., and Heanue, K., (2013) Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS). In Knowledge Transfer Conference 2013 ‘Future of Farm Advisory Services: Delivering Innovative Systems’ (eds). Maher, P. Heanue, K., O’Sullivan, L., and Deane, A. pp. 20-22 (Invited contribution)

Maher, P. Heanue, K., O’Sullivan, L., and Deane, A. (2013) (eds) Knowledge Transfer Conference 2013 ‘Future of Farm Advisory Services: Delivering Innovative Systems’ Teagasc

C. Devitt, K. McKenzie, S.J. More, K. Heanue, F. McCoy (2013) Opportunities and constraints to improving milk quality in Ireland: Enabling change through collective action, Journal of Dairy Science, April 2013(Vol. 96, Issue 4, pp.2661-2670)

Heanue, K. Macken-Walsh, A. and Maher, P. (2012) (eds) Teagasc Best Practice in Extension Services Conference - Supporting Farmer Innovation, Teagasc, Oak Park, ISBN: 1-84170-593-4.

Ryan, C., Heanue, K. and Devitt, F. (2012). Evolving Innovation Support Arrangements: A Focus on Innovation Brokering. In Teagasc Best Practice in Extension Services Conference - Supporting Farmer Innovation .(eds) Heanue, K. Macken-Walsh, A. and Maher, P. p. 43. Teagasc Oak Park, ISBN: 1-84170-593-4.

Ryan, M., Heanue, K., Clarke, A., and Ni Dhubháin, Á. (2012) The Adoption of a New Forest Practice Needs More Than One Extension Approach. In Teagasc Best Practice in Extension Services Conference - Supporting Farmer Innovation. (eds) Heanue, K. Macken-Walsh, A. and Maher, P. p. 21. Teagasc Oak Park, ISBN: 1-84170-593-4.

Hennessy, T., and Heanue, K. (2012) The Impact of Discussion Groups on Farm Innovation and Performance. In Teagasc Best Practice in Extension Services Conference - Supporting Farmer Innovation. (eds) Heanue, K. Macken-Walsh, A. and Maher, P. p. 26. Teagasc Oak Park, ISBN: 1-84170-593-4.

Kelly, E., Heanue, K., and O’Gorman, C. (2012) Adopting Best Management Practices: The Influence of Farm Routines and Capabilities. In Teagasc Best Practice in Extension Services Conference - Supporting Farmer Innovation. (eds) Heanue, K. Macken-Walsh, A. and Maher, P. p. 46. Teagasc Oak Park, ISBN: 1-84170-593-4.

Heanue, K. P. and Macken-Walsh, A., (2012) Static Structures and Dynamic Processes of Participation and Access: A Case Study of Connemara Community Radio, Irish Communications Review, 13, 99-115.

Heanue, K., O’Donohue, K. and O’Neill, M. (2012) Rural Economic Development Through Collective Action, Administration, 60 (2), pp. 3-25

Hennessy, T. and Heanue, K. (2012) Quantifying the Effect of Discussion Group Membership on Technology Adoption and Farm Profit on Dairy Farms, Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension 18.1, 41-54.

Howley, P., O’Donoghue, C., and Heanue, K. (2012) Factors Affecting Farmers’ Adoption of Agricultural Innovations: A Panel Data Analysis of the Use of Artificial Insemination among Dairy Farmers in Ireland. Journal of Agricultural Science, 4, (6), pp 171-179.

Anthony Cawley (2014-2018) Understanding Knowledge Transfer. Co-supervised by Professor Maura Sheehan, Dept Management, NUIG. Four year PhD project funded by Teagasc’s Walsh Fellowship Scheme. Total funding €88,000

Jessica McKillop (2010-2014) Young Farmer Innovation Practices for Rural Development. Co-supervised by Dr. Jim Kinsella, UCD. Four year PhD project funded by Teagasc’s Walsh Fellowship Scheme. Total funding €88,000

Edel Kelly (2010-2014) The Adoption of Management Technologies in the Irish Dairy Sector. Co-supervised by Professor Colm O’Gorman, DCU. Four year PhD project funded by Teagasc’s Walsh Fellowship Scheme. Total funding €88,000

Christina Ryan (2010-2014). Improving the Innovation Performance of Ireland’s Dairy Industry: An Innovation Systems Approach. Co-supervised by Dr. Frank Devitt, NUIM. Four year PhD project funded by Teagasc’s Walsh Fellowship Scheme. Total funding €88,000