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Professor Eamon O'Shea

Job Title: 
Professor in the School of Business & Economics

Eamon O’Shea is a Personal Professor in the School of Business & Economics. He holds an MA from University College Dublin, an MSc from the University of York and a PhD from the University of Leicester.  He has had over 70 papers published in peer-reviewed journals, including publications in top-ranked journals such as: the Journal of Health Economics, Social Science and Medicine, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Age and Ageing, Ageing and Society, Health Policy, International Journal of Health Technology Assessment, European Journal of Health Economics, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and the Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics. He has authored/co-authored 15 books and monographs, mainly in the field of ageing and social policy. He has been responsible for numerous reports commissioned by national and international agencies, including: the National Council on Ageing and Older People, The Department of Health and Children, the Health Research Board, the European Commission and the European Council. Professor O’Shea has also contributed 25 plus chapters to various books, mainly on ageing and inequality issues. His work has been influential in setting the agenda for the ongoing reform of the long-stay sector in Ireland, particularly in relation to funding, priority-setting and dementia. His current research is focused on:  the economics of dementia, health care evaluation and rural ageing.

Professor, MA, MSc, PhD
Research Interests: 

Social gerontology, the economics of ageing, and the economics of the welfare state.

Research Projects: 

Currently working on projects relating to: The economics of dementia; public policy and dementia; rural ageing and social exclusion; economic evaluation of various health care programmes.


Links to selected Research

O'Shea, E., Devane, D., Murphy, K., Cooney, A., Casey, D.,  Jordan, F., Hunter, A., and Murphy, E.(2011).  A cluster randomised trial on the effectiveness of a structured education reminiscence-based programme for staff on the quality of life of residents with dementia in long-stay units. Trials. 12.

O’Shea, E with C. O’Donoghue and D. Meredith (2011) Postponing Maternity in Ireland, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 35,1.

Walsh, K., O’Shea, E. (2009).The Role of Migrant Care Workers in Ageing Societies: Context and Experiences in Ireland. Irish Centre for Social Gerontology