Agricultural Economics Society of Ireland (AESI) Annual Conference Thursday 7th November 2013

Venue: Ashtown Food Research Centre, Teagasc, Ashtown, Dublin 15


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Registration and Tea/Coffee


Invited Paper Session 1

A review of future prospects for dairying

Prof. Michael Keane (University College Cork)


Contributed Paper Session 1 (2 parallel sessions)

Sustainability in the Irish dairy sector

Thia Hennessy, Emma Dillon, Trevor Donnellan, Brian Moran and Mary Ryan.

A comparison of dairy production systems in Ireland and Northern Ireland

Patrick R. Gillespie and Cathal O’Donoghue.

Spatial population and employment growth in rural Northern Ireland

Myles Patton and Siyi Feng.

The redistributive impact of EU farm payment reforms in the UK and Ireland

Stephen O'Neill, Stephen Hynes, Cathal O’Donoghue and Kevin Hanrahan.

Spatial dependence in the adoption of organic drystock farming in Ireland

Doris Läpple and Hugh Kelley




Contributed Paper Session 2 (2 parallel sessions)

Analysing benefits accruing from the EU Water Framework Directive using a spatial microsimulation approach

Stephen Hynes and Cathal O'Donoghue.

An analysis of the capitalisation of CAP payments into land rental rates in Ireland

Stephen O'Neill and Kevin Hanrahan

Agri-food expansion and climate policy constraints: quantifying the trade-off in Ireland

Ana Corina Miller, Trevor Donnellan, Alan Matthews, Kevin Hanrahan and Cathal O’Donoghue.

The relationship between governance and performance: Implications for network formation and management

Douglas Sorenson and Maeve Henchion

What do we know about retailer pricing behaviours?

Chenguang Li and Richard Volpe


Invited Paper Session 2

Perspectives on Agriculture in Ireland and Scotland

Prof. Alan Renwick (University College Dublin)





Early Career Researcher Session 1

Optical remote sensing of Irish forest disturbance: challenges and proposed methodologies

Guy Serbin and Stuart Green

Responding to change: medieval and early modern agricultural systems and landscapes in Ireland, c.1100– 1800 AD

Michael Corcoran

Economic performance of towns in Ireland

Cathal Geoghegan and Cathal O’Donoghue.


Early Career Researcher Session 2

An examination of the effects of personal characteristics on farm productivity

Clare Faulkner and Michael Mulreany

Young farmer innovation practices for agricultural and rural development

Jessica McKillop, Kevin Heanue and Jim Kinsella

Policy Incentives as Behavioural Drivers of Beef Enterprises in Ireland: Where are the Kinks?

Michele McCormack and Cathal O’Donoghue.


Grass utilisation as a driver of efficiency on European dairy farms

Patrick R. Gillespie, Cathal O’Donoghue, Thia Hennessy, Stephen Hynes, and Fiona Thorne

Diffusion of an Innovative Land Use – Private afforestation in Ireland between 1990 and 2012

Conor Lynch, David Meredith, Maarten Nieuwenhuis and Tamara Hochstrasser

Stimulating innovation in the Irish dairy sector: the design of systemic Instruments

Christina Ryan and Kevin Heanue


Contributed Paper Session 3 (2 parallel sessions)

GMO regulation in Europe: a policy coherence for development issue

Alan Matthews

An economic cost-benefit analysis of GM potato cultivation in Ireland

Fiona Thorne, Sinéad Phelan and Ewen Mullins

Evaluating the economic impact of converting land from agriculture to forestry in Ireland using the forest investment and valuation estimator (FIVE)

 Mary Ryan, Cathal O’Donoghue, Vincent Upton, Henry Phillips and Niall Farrelly

The value of forests and afforestation for recreation in Ireland

Vincent Upton, Mary Ryan and Cathal O’Donoghue


Presentation of Early Career Researcher Prizes

How to Find The Venue

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The Teagasc Food Research Centre is 5 minutes walk from Ashtown train station, 15 minutes taxi journey from Heuston Station and 30 minutes from Dublin Airport

By bus: the 39, 39A and the 37 buses depart from Aston Quay in the city centre, to the bus stop at The Halfway House Pub, which is a 15 minute walk to the TFRC. The 120 bus leaves Parnell Street in the city centre, to the River Road, which is a 5 minute walk to the TFRC.