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Dr Fergal O'Connor



Lecturer in Finance

Economics AL2.27 Áras na Laoi Cork University Business School University College Cork

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Fergal has been a lecturer in finance and economics since 2009. He began lecturing in UCC and went on to work in Lancashire Business school (2011-13), York Business School (2013-2015) and the York Management School (2015-2018). He rejoined the Economics Department in UCC in 2018. He holds a PhD in Finance from the Trinity College Dublin which was funded by the London Bullion Market Association.

His research focuses on the financial economics of precious metals, particularly the London Market, and he is currently developing missing data sets of metals prices in order to show how this market function before the closure of the gold window in 1968. 

Prior to becoming a lecturer, Fergal worked as a research fellow in University College Cork on a number of business projects and a project with Department of Trade Enterprise and Investment, Northern Ireland researching Productivity and Innovation in Small Open Economies.

Externally he is external examiner for finance at Durham University (UK). He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Global Commodities Applied Research Digest (GCARD) in J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities at the University of Colorado, Denver Business School, and an Associate Editor at the International Review of Financial Analysis.

He has acted as an expert advisor to gold market institutions such as the London Bullion Market Association and The World Gold Council.