NERI Staff


  • Tom Healy, Director NERITom Healy - Director

    Tom Healy is Director of the Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI). Tom has previously worked in the Economic and Social Research Institute, the Northern Ireland Economic Research Centre, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the National Economic and Social Forum and the Department of Education and Skills.

    He holds a PhD (economics and sociology) from UCD. His research interests have included the impact of education and social capital on well-being, social vision and economic strategy for the island of Ireland, Education, Housing and Health.

  • Tom McDonnell profileTom McDonnell - Senior Economist

    Tom McDonnell is Senior Economist at the NERI and is responsible for among other things the NERI's analysis of the Republic of Ireland economy including risks, trends and forecasts. He specialises in economic growth, economics of innovation, Irish and European economies, and fiscal policy. He previously worked as an economist at TASC and before that was a lecturer in economics at NUI Galway and at DCU. He has also taught at NUI Maynooth.

    Tom obtained his PhD in economics from NUI Galway. He is a native of Limerick city.


  • paul-goldrick-kellyPaul Goldrick-Kelly - Economist

    Paul Goldrick-Kelly is an Economist at the NERI who’s work to date has looked at the possible financial impacts demographic change may have on broad areas of the public service.  His research interests are public finances, fiscal policy, innovation & economic growth.

    He is a graduate of University College Dublin with a HDIP and MA in Economic Science.

  • Ciarán 2Ciarán Nugent - Economist

    Ciarán Nugent is an Economist at the NERI. He is currently working on a number of projects relating to the Just Transition and labour managed enterprises. Ciarán previously worked as a teaching assistant in Political Science in Trinity College Dublin and as a tutor in Economics in NUI Maynooth.  His research interests include income distribution, wages, precarious work, the cost of living and intergenerational inequality.  He graduated with an MA in Economics and BA in International Politics from NUI Maynooth.

  • Louisa 1Louisa O'Brien - Administrator

    Louisa O'Brien is the administrator for NERI and has over twenty years’ experience in the trade union movement, and brings extensive project, event and budget management to NERI. Louisa has particular experience in senior administration and has training in communications, social media, adult education and caring.


  • Paul 3Paul Mac Flynn - Senior Economist

    Paul Mac Flynn is a senior economist at the NERI specialising in the Northern Ireland Economy.

    He is a graduate of University College Dublin with a BA in Economics and Politics and the University of Bristol with an MSc in Economics and Public Policy, specialising in the economic impacts of political devolution in the UK.

    Having previously worked in financial services he is now based with NERI in Belfast.

  • Lisa Wilson photo NERI websiteLisa Wilson - Economist

    Lisa Wilson is an Economist at the Nevin Economic Research Institute. Her main research interests lie in the areas of income distribution, poverty, public expenditure, living standards and well-being.

    Lisa is keen to continue to conduct research examining the impact of economic and social policy both at macro- and micro-economic levels. Furthermore, she is interested in exploring ways in which economic and social inequalities can be reduced and in developing policy recommendations to these ends. Lisa has previously worked on numerous short-term research projects within the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queens University, Belfast. She also taught extensively across sociology (and in particular quantitative methods) and social policy degree programs.

    Lisa has just recently completed her PhD in Sociology titled ‘Income inequality and well-being in the United Kingdom’ which she carried out in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queens University, Belfast. 

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