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Professor Frances Ruane has been Director of the ESRI since December 2006. She is currently a member of the Economic Advisory Group in Northern Ireland and the European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC). She was appointed a member of the new Council of Economic Advisers in Scotland in January 2015, having previously served two terms 2007-2011 and 2012-2014. She is also an Honorary Professor in the Department of Economics at Trinity College.
Prior to joining the ESRI, Frances Ruane was Associate Professor in the Department of Economics in Trinity College Dublin, where she also held the posts of Director of the Policy Institute and Director of the MSc programme in Economic Policy Studies. Earlier in her career, she held positions in the Industrial Development Authority, the Central Bank of Ireland and Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.
Following her undergraduate studies in Economics, Politics and Statistics at University College Dublin, Frances Ruane studied at Nuffield College and was awarded the degrees of B.Phil. and D.Phil. from the University of Oxford.
Frances Ruane is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and was elected an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College Dublin in 2010. She is also on the Council of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, the Council of Economic and Social Studies, and the editorial boards of the Journal of International and Economic Policy and the International Review of Economics and Finance.
Frances Ruane has published extensively, especially in the fields of international economic and industrial development. Her current research interests centre on exploring the innovation and exporting behaviour of enterprises in the manufacturing and service sectors.
From 2007 to 2012, Professor Ruane was a member of the Higher Education Authority and of the Health Research Board. During 2009/2010, she chaired the Expert Group on Resource Allocation and Financing in the Health Sector, which reported in July 2010. She was a member of the Commission of the National Pensions Reserve Fund from 2009-2014.
Earlier in her career, Frances Ruane was Chair of the National Statistics Board from 1996 to 2003 and represented Ireland on the European Advisory Committee on Statistical Information in the Economic and Social Spheres (CEIES) from 1998 to 2008. She has also served as a member on a number of Irish State Boards, including the National Board for Science and Technology, the National Theatre Company (the Abbey Theatre), the Industrial Development Authority, Forfás and Bord Gáis Eireann. In addition, she has participated on numerous governmental advisory committees/groups, including Funding of Third Level Education, Tax & Social Welfare Reform, Future Skills Needs and the Research Prioritisation Steering Group.