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Doctoral Research Fellowship

Applications are invited from students interested in studying for a PhD in the area of technology and knowledge transfer. The Fellowship is being offered by Dublin City University Business School (DCUBS) in conjunction with Teagasc (The Irish Food and Agriculture Development Authority).

The project will focus on understanding the adoption of key agricultural technologies and practices in two spheres of particular relevance to Teagasc - Grassland Management Practices and Agri-Environmental Practices. The project will seek to analyse the characteristics, motivations and attitudes underpinning adoption/non adoption decisions in relation to these key technologies; the obstacles, barriers and absorptive capacity issues surrounding the adoption of these technologies on the part of farmers; the barriers to diffusion faced by the Teagasc Advisory service; the best mechanisms to be used to transfer these technologies and the role of regulatory and market drivers in technology adoption.

Students should have completed a Master’s degree in a related area such as economics, management, agribusiness, commerce, rural development or sociology.

The successful student will be funded by the Teagasc Walsh Fellowship programme, and jointly supervised by DCUBS and the Teagasc Rural Economy Research Centre (RERC). The student will be expected to spend a proportion of their time at RERC in Athenry, Co. Galway over the course of the Fellowship. 

The Walsh Fellowship is for €21,000 per annum (inclusive of fees), payable for a maximum of 4 years and scheduled to commence on October 1st 2009.
Informal enquiries about this position may be made to Professor David Jacobson at Dublin City University Business School, DCU by telephone at +353 1 700 5218; email: or Kevin Heanue at RERC, Teagasc at +353 91 845 834; email:

 Application Procedure

Applicants should submit a full CV and covering letter either by post or email to: Rachel Keegan, DCU Business School, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland. Email:

 Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday August 21st, 2009.