Seán Lyons specialises in applied microeconomics, and he manages ESRI’s Environment Research Programme. He has published research in a diverse set of areas including energy economics and policy; effects of policies on broadband and mobile telephony; how the local environment affects public health; and the economics of disability. Two themes running through Seán’s work are an interest in the distributional effects of public policy and in the behaviour of individuals as consumers of regulated goods and services.
Collaboration is a central element of Seán’s research. He currently participates in several funded collaborative programmes, including research projects on the health effects of urban noise, funded by the EPA, inequalities in local access to GP services, funded by the Health Research Board, and on financial security in Ireland’s older population, funded by the Health Service Executive.
Seán has a PhD in Economics from Trinity College Dublin, an MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a BA in History from TCD. He joined the ESRI in 2007, and his former posts include Partner at Indecon Economic Consultants, Senior Adviser at the ODTR (now ComReg) and Managing Consultant at London Economics. He is a member of the Council of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland.