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Dr Declan Jordan

Declan Jordan


Department of Economics
Aras na Laoi
University College Cork
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Declan Jordan is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at Cork University Business School. He is a current research associate and former co-Director of the Spatial and Regional Economics Research Centre. He is also a member of the Centre for Sports Economics and Law. Declan's research interests include regional and urban economics  business innovation, regional development and competitiveness, innovation and enterprise policy, and sports economics. He has published widely in these areas in international peer reviewed journals.

Declan is currently an editor of REGION, the journal of the European Regional Science Association (ERSA), and an editor of the early career section of Regional Studies, Regional Science.  He is a member of the publications committee of Spatial Economic Analysis.

He is a regular contributor on economic issues to national and international media, including newspaper, radio, and television outlets.

Prior to joining UCC, Declan gained substantial management and corporate experience, as Manager, Consulting with the leading Irish treasury and financial consulting firm in the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) and as Treasury Manager with Intel Ireland. He lectures at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has taught on the Executive MBA programme and has supervised PhD students to completion. Declan has a PhD (Economics) from University College Cork. He graduated from University of Limerick in 1991 with an honours Bachelor of Business Studies degree. In 1993 he was awarded an honours Masters in Economic Science degree from University College Dublin.

Grants and Honours

  • 01/09/2018 - College of Business Law Publication Excellence Award, UCC
  • 01/09/2018 - Opening the Black Box of Innovation in Social Enterprises, University College Cork
  • 10/01/2015 - Measuring and evaluating economic and commercial impact of large and publicly funded Research Centres., Irish Research Council
  • 20/11/2014 - EI"H2020 Prop Prep CS-2015-1184"Dr D Jordan [X], Enterprise Ireland
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Other Activities

  • 24/05/2021 - Aer Lingus sale compromises commitment to regional development
  • 03/05/2021 - New economic thinking is needed as we emerge from the pandemic
  • 27/04/2021 - RTE Primetime - Impact of COVID recession on students and graduates
  • 21/11/2020 - Cork-Limerick greenway: Taking the right road to generate a natural cycle of health and wealth
  • 04/09/2020 - Irish Examiner Mick Clifford Podcast - Time for a Basic Income
  • 17/08/2020 - Covid crisis shows need for basic income scheme - Irish Examiner
  • 14/08/2020 - Supports for business in localised COVID lockdown - Newstalk
  • 09/07/2020 - The COVID economic stimulus - RTE Primetime
  • 06/07/2020 - Minister Harris needs to address the immediate huge hole in our colleges' finances - Irish Examiner
  • 03/07/2020 - Climate Change and the Economy - Newstalk
  • 16/06/2020 - Green climate commitments mark a 'change in mindset' - Irish Examiner
  • 12/05/2020 - The future of third level education in Ireland - Newstalk
  • 11/05/2020 - Emission reductions must be necessity not ambition for next government - Irish Examiner
  • 07/05/2020 - What are the prospects for Irish economy post-COVID - RTE Primetime
  • 20/04/2020 - Shoppers may value their local stores more highly after Covid crisis ends - Irish Examiner
  • 02/04/2020 - The cost to the Irish economy from COVID19 - RTE Primetime
  • 17/03/2020 - Memo to Government - defer Vat payments and commercial rates amid the Covid-19 crisis
  • 16/03/2020 - Unemployment rate likely heading to 10% amid Covid-19 economic toll - Irish Examiner
  • 17/02/2020 - The next cabinet faces taxing choices - Irish Examiner
  • 20/01/2020 - Elections undermine regional advances - Irish Examiner
  • 28/12/2019 - Housing and climate take centre stage - Irish Examiner
  • 02/12/2019 - In election year, Government is deaf to the warnings - Irish Examiner
  • 04/11/2019 - The next best Brexit deal for business - Irish Examiner
  • 24/10/2019 - RTE Morning Ireland - Interview on FDI and Irish regional development
  • 16/10/2019 - Ireland is on the verge of Brexit - there are degrees of harm - Dagbladet Information (Denmark)
  • 24/09/2019 - RTE Drivetime - Interview on decentralisation in Ireland
  • 27/08/2019 - European Regional Science Associaiton 59th Annual Congress
  • 17/08/2019 - Newstalk Down to Business - Future of public transport in Cork city
  • 05/08/2019 - Cork needs buses not rail to drive its growth - Irish Examiner
  • 27/07/2019 - Ireland’s love affair with multinationals is set to change - but how can we adapt? - Irish Times
  • 18/07/2019 - RTE Primetime - Should Ireland continue oil exploration?
  • 16/07/2019 - Regional Science Association International - British & Irish Section Annual Conference
  • 07/06/2019 - Airlines 'cannot expect a free pass' on emissions tax - Irish Examiner
  • 24/05/2019 - CPA Ireland Annual Conference 2019 - Invited Speaker, Certified Public Accountants (CPA) Ireland
  • 09/05/2019 - Irish Economic Association Annual Conference
  • 22/04/2019 - Time to decide on third-level funding - Irish Examiner
  • 25/03/2019 - Brexit mess still offers opportunity for Irish firms - Irish Examiner
  • 16/03/2019 - Newstalk Down to Business - What will Irish economy look like post-Brexit
  • 02/03/2019 - RTE Business Show - Trump Economics
  • 04/02/2019 - Offshore wind can blow many benefits our way - Irish Examiner
  • 07/01/2019 - We need to get serious about climate change - Irish Examiner
  • 01/01/2019 - REGION
  • 11/12/2018 - CUBS Insights Podcast - The rise of populism - Is Ireland next?
  • 17/09/2018 - Strong sense of déjà vu all over again on property taxes - Irish Examiner
  • 01/09/2018 - Special Virtual Issue on Regional Inequality
  • 27/08/2018 - European Regional Science Association 58th Annual Congress
  • 27/08/2018 - European Regional Science Association 58th Annual Congress
  • 27/08/2018 - No-deal Brexit could result in 40,000 Irish jobs lost, warns economist - Irish Examiner
  • 08/05/2018 - To compete and prosper, our cities need fewer cars - Irish Examiner
  • 20/03/2018 - The Government’s much-vaunted 2040 plan is a manifesto for sprawl - Irish Examiner
  • 22/02/2018 - First Choice Purchasing Annual Conference - Brexit Presentation
  • 08/01/2018 - Time to stop feeling guilty about investing in the arts - Irish Examiner
  • 04/12/2017 - Regional policies hurting the places they should help - Irish Examiner
  • 03/10/2017 - Radio Kerry - the economics of Ireland's bid for Rugby World Cup 2023
  • 02/10/2017 - Rugby World Cup ‘benefits’ unlikely to be converted - Irish Examiner
  • 11/09/2017 - Budget should focus on one thing: Housing - Irish Examiner
  • 01/09/2017 - Regional Studies. Regional Science
  • 01/09/2017 - Special Virtual Issue on Urban Development
  • 29/08/2017 - European Regional Science Association 57th Annual Congress
  • 22/08/2017 - Regional Science Association International - British and Irish Section 46th Annual Conference
  • 22/08/2017 - Regional Science Association International - British & Irish Section
  • 31/05/2017 - Cork jobs dispel Donald Trump threat, expert says - Irish Examiner
  • 01/05/2017 - Evidence shows immigration is a boon to economies - Irish Examiner
  • 09/02/2017 - RTE Morning Ireland - Should Ireland reconsider its dependence on FDI?
  • 19/01/2017 - RTE Primetime - Ireland's transport problems
  • 19/12/2016 - Ireland between a rock and a hard place on Brexit - Irish Examiner
  • 10/11/2016 - President Trump’s stated economics could be bad news for US and global economies - Irish Examiner
  • 01/09/2016 - Special Virtual Issue on Migration
  • 30/08/2016 - Regional Science Association International - British and Irish Section 45th Annual Conference
  • 04/02/2016 - RTE Drivetime - What is the fiscal space?
  • 22/12/2015 - The battle for the soul of modern art - Irish Times
  • 19/11/2015 - Regional Studies Association Winter Conference 2015
  • 27/08/2015 - European Sports Economics Association 7th Annual Conference
  • 06/08/2015 - RTE Morning Ireland - Employment statistics and prospects for the Irish economy
  • 19/08/2014 - Regional Science Association International - British and Irish Section 43rd Annual Conference
  • 13/01/2014 - RTE Sunday Sport - The future of the League of Ireland
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Research Domains

  • Innovation
  • Regional Development  
  • Sports economics  
  • Innovation and Enterprise Policy
  • Regional Science  
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  • 9999 - Doctoral Degree, University College Cork (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • Doctoral Degree, University College Cork (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
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Journal article

Year Publication
2018 DORAN, J., JORDAN, D., ELHORST, P. (2018). Virtual special issue on regional inequality. Spatial Economic Analysis. Details
2015 DORAN, J., JORDAN, D. (2015). Decomposing US regional income inequality from 1969 to 2009. Applied Economics Letters. Details
2013 DORAN, J., JORDAN, D. (2013). Decomposing European NUTS2 regional inequality from 1980 to 2009. National and European policy implications. Journal of Economic Studies. Details
2017 JORDAN, D., MONASTIRIOTIS, V., ELHORST, P. (2017). Virtual special issue on urban development. Spatial Economic Analysis. Details
2016 JORDAN, D., ELHORST, P. (2016). Virtual Special Issue on Migration. Spatial Economic Analysis. Details
2012 MCGUIRK, H., JORDAN, D. (2012). Local Labour Market Diversity and Business Innovation: Evidence from Irish Manufacturing Businesses. European Planning Studies. Details
2013 DORAN, J., JORDAN, D., O'LEARY, E. (2013). Effects of R&D spending on Innovation by Irish and Foreign-owned Businesses. Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland.
2012 DORAN, J., JORDAN, D., O’LEARY, E. (2012). The Effects of National and International Interaction on Innovation: Evidence from the Irish CIS: 2004–06. Details
2008 JORDAN, D., O'LEARY, E. (2008). Is Irish innovation policy working? Evidence from high-technology businesses. Journal of Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland.
2019 JONES, C., JORDAN, D. (2019). Agglomeration, urbanization and competitive performance: the natural experiment of English football. Regional Studies, Regional Science. Details
2012 CROWLEY, F., EAKINS, J., JORDAN, D. (2012). Participation, expenditure and regressivity in the Irish lottery: Evidence from Irish household Budget Survey 2004/2005. Economic and Social Review.
2017 CROWLEY, F., JORDAN, D. (2017). Does more competition increase business-level innovation? Evidence from domestically focused firms in emerging economies. Economics of Innovation and New Technology. Details
2012 DORAN, J., JORDAN, D., O'LEARY, E. (2012). The effects of the frequency of spatially proximate and distant interaction on innovation by Irish SMEs. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development. Details
2015 BOURKE, J., JORDAN, D. (2015). A two-stage examination of business innovation decision-making: Evidence from Ireland. International Journal of Business Innovation and Research. Details
2016 DORAN, J., JORDAN, D. (2016). Cross-sectoral differences in the drivers of innovation: Evidence from the Irish Community Innovation Survey. Journal of Economic Studies. Details
2018 DORAN, J., JORDAN, D. (2018). The effect of geographical proximity and rivalry on performance: evidence from the English Football League. Regional Studies. Details
2020 KANDROT, S., CUMMINS, V., JORDAN, D., MURPHY, J. (2020). Economic and employment impacts of offshore wind for Ireland: A value chain analysis. International Journal of Green Energy. Details
2020 KANDROT, S., CUMMINS, V., JORDAN, D., MURPHY, J. (2020). Economic and employment impacts of offshore wind for Ireland: A value chain analysis. International Journal of Green Energy. Details
2021 CROWLEY, F., JORDAN, D. (2021). Do local start-ups and knowledge spillovers matter for firm-level R&D investment? Urban Studies. Details

Book chapter

Year Publication
2010 JORDAN, D., O'LEARY, E. (2010). The University, Innovation and Local Development. Glasnevin Publishing, Ireland.
2009 JORDAN, D., O'LEARY, E. (2009). Innovation Policy after the 'Celtic Tiger.

Conference paper

Year Publication
2009 WENCHAO, W., JORDAN, D. (2009). The determinants of the adoption of Internet Banking by Chinese consumers. IEEE. Details

Book review

Year Publication
2012 JORDAN, D. (2012). Universities, Knowledge Transfer, and Regional Development: Geography, Entrepreneurship, and Policy - Edited by Attila Varga. BOOK REVIEW. Growth and Change. Details

Magazine article

Year Publication
2009 JORDAN, D. (2009). Re-imagining Innovation: Hold the Scientists and Bring in the Practitioners. Ivey Business Journal.


Year Publication
2018 JORDAN, D. (2018). Research and Innovation Observatory Country Report 2017: Ireland. Retrieved from
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