Barraí Hennebry, which we see here depicted in his homeland, Cork, in the Republic of Ireland, has been a usual presence in Moura in recent months, where he has developed research work under the RurAction project under the guidance of participating social enterprises.
“I hold a bachelor degree in International Development and Food Policy and a master degree in Economic Sciences, both from University College Cork. I also have a higher degree in Economic Sciences from the National University of Ireland in Galway. During my studies, I had the opportunity to work for several NGOs in different countries, including a six-month internship in an institution in rural Haiti and another three months for a local based organization in India. In both cases, I worked on monitoring and evaluation of projects. After completing my master degree, I worked for Kerry County Council. My position was a graduate economist, working for the economic development unit. Much of my role here was research oriented. I used census data to create socio-economic profiles of cities and I also worked in the field of public consultation, through the survey of residents of cities, to create proposals for local development plans. After a brief period as KPMG data analyst, I joined the RurAction project.
I am currently working at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, working on a my PhD thesis entitled “Dynamics of rural regions in Europe – an economic research”. This research project is divided into three major issues:
Question 1) what are the regional differences in Europe, specifically between rural regions and in the seven countries that are part of the RurAction project (Germany, Austria, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Poland and Portugal). What is the trend over time? The purpose of these questions is, first of all, to examine regional differences in Europe and how these differences have changed during the period 2000-2014. Then the project will specifically examine the differences between rural regions. This will show us how the differences between rural regions have been changing over time, in other words, we have seen an increase in polarization among rural regions. The next step will be to emulate the above, but for each of the seven countries of the RurAction’s project. This will highlight which of these countries were most successful in reducing regional differences, especially among rural regions.
Question 2) what socio-economic characteristics lead to regional equality within countries and the economic growth of rural regions? First, the factors at national level that determine regional equality, especially for rural regions, will be considered. Next, the factors at regional level will be considered to determine which characteristics lead to strong growth in some rural regions. Some of the factors that will be analyzed will include: human capital, infrastructure capital, institutions, social capital, geography and culture.
Question 3) how did rural regions respond to the recent crisis? There is growing literature about the resilience of the regions and how cities respond to the crisis. This literature often analyzes the factors that lead to resilience in city economies and the structural change caused by recessions. However, there is little research about the factors that lead to resilience in rural regions. The purpose of this question is to highlight how rural regions respond to the crisis in order to see if some rural regions were more resilient to the crisis than others. If yes, my research will examine the possible factors leading to resilience among rural regions.
See Poster about my research project