Dr Catherine Kavanagh

Catherine Kavanagh


University College Cork
Cork University Business School

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Dr. Catherine Kavanagh is a Lecturer in Economics at UCC and received her PhD from the University of Aberdeen. Her research areas include compensation in the workplace, labour market policies, the skills and qualifications of workers, income distribution and measures of progress. Her most recent research focuses on monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and together with Professor Charles M.A. Clark (St. John's University, New York), she has published many reports that monitor the performance and achievement of the SDGs of the EU15 countries, including Ireland. Dr. Kavanagh is the Co-Director of the MSc in Business Economics programme in the School of Economics. She was formerly Manager of the Government appointed group, the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs and is a former member of the Council of the National Centre for Performance and Partnership. She has been a member of the Academic Council of Social Justice Ireland since 2016.  

Other Activities

  • 24/02/2021 - This report ranks 15 comparable EU countries based on their delivery of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Written by Prof. Charles M.A. Clark of St John’s University, NY and Dr. Catherine Kavanagh of UCC, the index compares 15 EU countries across all UN SDGs, assesses their performance on each individual SDG and creates a ranking table for performance overall.
  • 20/02/2020 - The conference focuses on the findings of the 2020 report on the progress of the EU15 countries on progress towards the UN's sustainable development goals
  • 25/02/2019 - The Sustainable Progress Index 2019
  • 20/02/2018 - The Sustainable Progress Index 2018
  • 22/02/2017 - The Sustainable Progress Index 2017
  • 01/09/2015 - Member of Academic Board, Social Justice Ireland
  • 01/09/2015 - Accreditation Board for MA in Social Justice & Public Policy in WIT
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Pedagogic Experiences

  • 2013 - Growth and Development in the Global Economy, University College Cork, BComm (Hons) Commerce
  • 2013 - Business Cycles and Macroeconomic Policy Debates, University College Cork, BComm (Hons) Commerce
  • 2010 - Economics of the Labour Market, University College Cork, BComm (Hons) Commerce
  • 2010 - Economics of Human Resources, University College Cork, BComm (Hons) Commerce
  • 2010 - Professional Business Skills, University College Cork, MSc Business Economics
  • 2010 - Economics of Business Strategy, University College Cork, MSc Business Economics
  • 2005 - Business Economics Report, University College Cork, MSc Business Economics
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Research Domains

  • Labour Market Policies  
  • Labour Market Compensation  
  • The Economics of Skills and Human Capital
  • Skills, Education, and Training Policies
  • Incentives and Contracts  
  • Measures of Economic Progress  
  • Income Distribution and Inequality
  • Economic Growth and Sustainability  
  • Economics of well-being, social and environmental progress
  • Sustainable livelihoods in Developing Countries
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Journal article

Year Publication
1997 HOLLAND, T. J., LUCEY, S., KAVANAGH, C., O'MULLANE, D. M. (1997). Costs in providing facilities for treatment of handicapped patients under general anaesthesia.. Journal of The Irish Dental Association, 43 (3).

Book chapter

Year Publication
2015 CLARK, C., KAVANAGH, C. (2015). Social Progress in Ireland. Measuring Up? Ireland's Progress: Past, Present and Future. Social Justice Ireland.

Magazine article

Year Publication
2018 KAVANAGH, C., LEHINAN, N. (2018). Strategies for Success: How a Small Business Competes in the Motorhome Industry in Ireland. Irish Business Journal.


Year Publication
2018 LEHINAN, N., CLARK, C., KAVANAGH, C. (2018). Measuring Progress: Economy, Society and Environment in Ireland.
2017 KAVANAGH, C., CLARK, C. (2017). Sustainable Progress Index 2017. Retrieved from https://www.socialjustice.ie/sites/default/files/attach/publication/4746/2017-02-22-sustainableprogressindex2017.pdf?cs=true
2019 KAVANAGH, C., CLARK, C. (2019). Measuring Ireland’s Progress: The Sustainable Progress Index 2019. Retrieved from https://www.socialjustice.ie/sites/default/files/attach/publication/5678/2019-02-22-measuringprogress-thesustainableprogressindex2019finalfinal.pdf?cs=true
2020 KAVANAGH, C., CLARK, C. (2020). Measuring Ireland’s Progress: The Sustainable Progress Index 2020. Retrieved from https://www.socialjustice.ie/sites/default/files/attach/publication/6248/measuringprogress-thesustainableprogressindex2020new.pdf?cs=true
2021 KAVANAGH, C., CLARK, C. (2021). Measuring Ireland’s Progress: The Sustainable Progress Index 2021. Retrieved from https://www.socialjustice.ie/content/publications/sustainable-progress-index-2017
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