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Dr Frank Crowley

Frank Crowley



University College Cork
Cork University Business School

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Dr Frank Crowley is a lecturer in Economics, Cork University Business School since 2007. Frank is Director of the Spatial and Regional Economics Research Centre at UCC. He has a PhD from University of Groningen under the supervision of Prof Philip McCann, MA (Economics), BA (Economics and Geography), Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. He has published research articles on the topics of innovation, firm performance, urban development, regional development, spatial economics, government policy intervention, management practices, consumer behaviour and public choice in International and National peer reviewed journals. Currently, his research work includes examining the regional impact of Covid-19, automation, innovation, industrial structures and spatial economic resilience in Ireland. Frank has over 15 years’ experience supervising students conducting empirical research. Frank is currently supervising PhD students that are examining a range of regional economic topics including automation, the economic and social burden of population loss, commuting and sustainable cities, the burden of sprawl and city growth and competitiveness. Frank lectures on economics, econometrics, innovation, regional development, policy intervention and firm performance at undergraduate and postgraduate level in UCC. Frank's email is [email protected] and you can follow him on twitter @frankgcrowley

Research Domains

  • Innovation  
  • Firm Performance
  • Regional Development  
  • Environmental and development economics
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  • 2024 - Future Automation in China: Who and What Places will be most impacted?, Cork University Business School (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • 2024 - Entrepreneurship, family firms and Enterprise Performance in China, Cork University Business School (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • 2024 - Urban Sprawl: Commuting and Emissions in Irish Cities, Cork University Business School (Thesis Co-Supervisor)
  • 2024 - The role of cities for national growth, Cork University Business School (Thesis Co-Supervisor)
  • 2024 - Economic and Social Burden of Population Loss, Cork University Business School (Thesis Co-Supervisor)
  • 2021 - Interactive Linkages, Non-Interactive Linkages and Innovative Activity in Offshore Renewable Energy Sector, Cork University Business School (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • 2021 - Investigating the relationship between open innovation and appropriability in marine energy SMES; examining the role of the CEO, Cork University Business School (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • 2021 - Urban Form and City Competitiveness in Europe, Cork University Business School (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
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Journal article

Year Publication
2020 DORAN, J., RYAN, G., BOURKE, J., CROWLEY, F. (2020). IN-HOUSE OR OUTSOURCING SKILLS: HOW BEST TO MANAGE FOR INNOVATION? International Journal of Innovation Management, 24 (1). doi:10.1142/S1363919620500103. Details
2019 BRADFIELD, T., CROWLEY, F. (2019). The demand for fee-paying secondary schools in the Republic of Ireland. Irish Educational Studies. Details
2016 CROWLEY, F., BOURKE, J. (2016). Which organisational changes are most beneficial for firm innovation?. Economics and Business Letters, Spain.
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.
2008 CONSIDINE, J., CROWLEY, F., FOLEY, S., O'CONNOR, M. (2008). Irish national lottery sports capital grant allocations, 1999-2007: Natural experiments on political influence. Economic Affairs. Details
2015 BOURKE, J., CROWLEY, F. (2015). The Role of HRM and ICT Complementarities in Firm Innovation: Evidence from Transition Economies. International Journal of Innovation Management. Details
2015 CROWLEY, F., MCCANN, P. (2015). Innovation and Productivity in Irish Firms,Innovation et Productivité dans des entreprises irlandaises,Innovación y productividad en las firmas irlandesas. Spatial Economic Analysis. Details
2017 CROWLEY, F., BOURKE, J. (2017). The Influence Of Human Resource Management Systems On Innovation: Evidence From Irish Manufacturing And Service Firms. International Journal of Innovation Management. Details
2017 CROWLEY, F. (2017). Product and service innovation and discontinuation in manufacturing and service firms in Europe. European Journal of Innovation Management. Details
2017 CROWLEY, F. (2017). Firm subsidies in central and eastern Europe and central Asia: Is there urban bias?. Regional Studies, Regional Science. Details
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
2018 CROWLEY, F., BOURKE, J. (2018). THE INFLUENCE of the MANAGER on FIRM INNOVATION in EMERGING ECONOMIES. International Journal of Innovation Management. Details
2017 CROWLEY, F., MCCANN, P. (2017). Firm innovation and productivity in Europe: evidence from innovation-driven and transition-driven economies. Applied Economics. Details
2020 CROWLEY, F., DORAN, J. (2020). COVID‐19, occupational social distancing and remote working potential: An occupation, sector and regional perspective. Regional Science Policy & Practice, 12 (6), pp. Pages 1211-1234. Details
2021 CROWLEY, F., JORDAN, D. (2021). Do local start-ups and knowledge spillovers matter for firm-level R&D investment? Urban Studies. Details
2021 CROWLEY, F., DORAN, J., MCCANN, P. (2021). The vulnerability of European regional labour markets to job automation: the role of agglomeration externalities. Regional Studies, 55 (10-11). doi:10.1080/00343404.2021.1928041. Details
2021 CROWLEY, F., WALSH, E. (2021). Tolerance, social capital, and life satisfaction: a multilevel model from transition countries in the European Union. Review of Social Economy. doi:10.1080/00346764.2021.1957994. Details
2021 CROWLEY, F., DORAN, J., RYAN, G. (2021). Covid-19: How important is education for social distancing and remote work. Economic and Social Review, 52 (2), 217-239.
2021 CROWLEY, F., DALY, H., DORAN, J., RYAN, G., CAULFIELD, B. (2021). The impact of labour market disruptions and transport choice on the environment during COVID-19. Transport Policy, 106, 185-195. doi:10.1016/j.tranpol.2021.04.008. Details
2022 MCCARTHY, N., O'DRISCOLL, C., CROWLEY, F., DORAN, J. (2022). Retail sprawl and CO2 emissions: Retail centres in Irish cities. Journal of Transport Geography, 102. doi:10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2022.103376. Details


Year Publication
2015 CROWLEY, F. (2015). Empirical explorations of firm innovation, government intervention and firm performance in European countries. University of Groningen.

Book chapter

Year Publication
2016 CROWLEY, F. (2016). The Regional Dimension of Subsidies, Innovation and Job Growth in European Firms. RSA Research Network on Cohesion Policy, Belgium.
2009 CROWLEY, F. (2009). Irish National Lottery Sports Capital Grant Allocations 2003-2007. In Duffy D and Shinnick E (Ed.), Issues in Public Economics, Public Goods, Public Policy and Taxation. A European Perspective. LIT Verlag.
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