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New Head of Teagasc Rural Economy and Development Programme

Head of Teagasc Rural Economy and Development ProgrammeTeagasc has appointed Dr Kevin Hanrahan as the Head of its Rural Economy and Development Programme for a five year term. Based at the Teagasc, Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co. Galway, Dr Hanrahan will lead the organisation’s national economics and rural development, research and knowledge transfer programme. The appointment was approved by the Teagasc Authority last week.

Dr Kevin Hanrahan qualified with a degree in economics from Trinity College followed by a Masters in Trinity and then a doctorate in agricultural economics from University of Missouri Columbia.

He began his professional career as a tutor in economics and statistics in the economics department of Trinity College before he joined Teagasc as a research officer in 1995. He progressed in the organisation, and was promoted to Principal Research Officer. Dr Hanrahan is currently the acting Head of the Agricultural Economics and Farm Surveys Department in Teagasc. His research in agricultural economics has been largely based on the development and use of partial equilibrium models of agricultural markets (FAPRI-Ireland, AGMEMOD) to evaluate the economic impact of potential policy changes. The use of the FAPRI-Ireland model has changed the agricultural policy reform process in Ireland.

Congratulating him on his appointment Dr Frank O Mara, Director of Research in Teagasc said: “Kevin has a strong record of conducting very important research and economic analysis related to agricultural policy such as the Common Agricultural Policy, international trade, and the Irish beef sector, and he has published widely on these topics  in peer reviewed journals and books. He has presented at numerous academic and non-academic congresses, conferences, seminars and symposia and written national reports which have been important in the process of Irish agricultural policy change over the last 20 years.  His expertise and leadership will be particularly important in relation to Brexit and providing relevant economic and policy analysis for the agri-food sector.”

Speaking after his appointment, Dr Hanrahan said: “Teagasc’s Rural Development Programme is recognised as a primary source in Ireland of research based information and socio-economic and geospatial analysis of the Irish agri-food economy and rural space. The work of my Teagasc colleagues is used by Government, policy makers, industry stakeholders and the wider Irish society, for a wide variety of purposes. We will continue to work to improve the competitiveness of the agri-food sector, support sustainable farming and the environment, and encourage the diversification of the Irish rural economy and enhance the quality of life in rural Ireland.”

He is President Elect of the Agricultural Economics Society of Ireland (AESI), and is also a member of both the Agricultural Economics Society (AES-UK) and the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE).